“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

– Ray Bradbury

North Side Guide to the Cayman Islands

North Side Guide to the Cayman Islands

I knew my boyfriend and I's trip to the Cayman Island's would be a little different than the average tourist experience. We were staying in Old Man Bay at his uncle's vacation home across the island (about 40 minutes away) from the resorts, 7 Mile Beach, and Georgetown.

This turned out to be the perfect escape as my plans for the trip were simply to relax and read on the beach. I hadn't been able to afford a real vacation in some time, opting to cash in vacation days for cash at previous jobs. But the truth is, vacation is a necessary component to self-care and a way to invoke creative thinking and restart your mind. 

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What to eat: 

-Bread & Chocolate: We ate breakfast at this sweet vegan restaurant the one day we were in Georgetown. Highly recommended.

-Over the Edge Cafe: This cafe was just a few doors down from us and had an expansive menu. It was reasonably priced and their back deck was over the water.

Note: The Cayman Islands is the only place in the world where you can eat sea turtle. If adventurous or rare dishes are your thing, Over the Edge offers a couple dishes to try.

-Tukka Restaurant & Bar: Brunch is a way of life on the island and Tukka offers a unique Australian Caribbean fusion menu. They have everything from made to order eggs Benedict to shrimp right off the grill.

Coffee:

-Kaibo Beach Espresso: Really sweet coffee shop right on the beach. Be sure to get there early before the chocolate croissants are sold out! They also offer some gift tins if you need something to bring back.

Where to go:

-Hell, Cayman Islands: If you don't have a lot of time or aren't easily amused this might be a good attraction to skip. I really loved the novelty of it though and the strange souvenir shops. It's basically a huge overlook of black rock. #brutal

It's also located next to the post office so it's a great place to send some postcards from. We also saw some chickens roaming around and some sort of huge iguana like creature.

-Rum Point: This is a private beach that's open to the public though it's probably appreciate if you buy some food or drinks. This is where the Mudslide cocktail was invented and it's worth trying. There's plenty of lounge chairs here and places to rinse off. 

-Starfish Point: It took us a few days to find Starfish Point but it was totally worth it. We were able to see and hold some large starfish. (Just don't lift them out of the water!) 

Tip: The directions will take you to a gate at the end of the road. To the left there's a parking area and some no trespassing signs. If you respectfully walk along the path you'll eventually run into Starfish Point. 

Other notes:

- If you rent a car, I recommend checking out the local radio station. We came across this amazing version of Panda by Jamican rapper Spice. I've included her video below.

- If you're driving at night, the roadways are full of crabs, yikes!

Castlewood State Park- Ballwin, MO

Castlewood State Park- Ballwin, MO

Kaibo Beach Espresso, Grand Cayman

Kaibo Beach Espresso, Grand Cayman

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