Guest Blog From Mrs Fake Geordie (AKA Kim)
A year to the day since my last guest blog, time flies!
So, we had the pleasure of our fab friends the Cash's over for the first two weeks of June.
The last week of May, rained and rained and rained (in a similar fashion to the floods of May last year mentioned in this post) This put me in a state of panic, nothing worse than thinking your friends who are desperate to leave rainy Northern England face the same in Cayman on their much anticipated holiday.
Anyway, we were very lucky, other than occasional showers and rumbling of thunder, we were treated to good and very hot weather.
Now the Cash's are seasoned travelers and have also lived and worked in various sunny destinations over the years. Despite this Mr Cash managed to burn nicely on the first morning trip to Royal Palms beach. (And whilst to quote Mr Cash " red goes brown" it did take a while and a bit of peeling!) The first morning was also made extra entertaining by some extremely drunk cruise shippers "frolicking" in the sea and attempting to steal an unattended jet ski. Most interesting if slightly disconcerting at 10.30am! A lot of shrieking!
We visited lots of the usual haunts, 7 Mile Beach, Smith Cove, Starfish Point, Rum Point, Camana Bay, Stingray City and a bit of George Town shopping! Our Stingray City trip was made all the better thanks to the bravery of four year old Jonny leaping from the top of the Red Sail Catamaran into the Caribbean sea!
We also ate and drank at many of our fave spots, Macabuca Monday BBQ, Sunshine Grill, Grand Old House Thursday pasta night, Sunset House, Yoshi, George Town Yacht Club, Tiki Beach, Rum Point Beach Bar, Kaibo and Morgans Harbour.
However, we also enjoyed a mini surprise staycation at the Reef Resort. It was all very last minute as whilst I knew I fancied it, James had been away with work and a days holiday from work on short notice had to be secured. In addition I needed to sort out care for the lovely Duggy. We went away on the Sunday and normally Cayman Pet Paradise don't take animals on a Sunday but fortunately they very kindly agreed to help out on this one occasion.
The 'staycation' commenced with a delightful brunch at the ever wonderful Tukka. I know people argue over the best brunch in Cayman, but for me you just cannot beat the laid back and friendly atmosphere at Tukka. The kids love it and the setting is fab. The feeding of the frigate birds and tarpon is always a point of interest and they dined on Lion fish on this occasion!
Whilst it may not be as fancy or have the extensive selection of some of the seven mile competitors, I find it to be fresher, tastier and more interesting. We all enjoyed it!
Mrs Cash allowed us to enjoy the bottomless bubbles and she kindly drove the short distance to the reef resort. We arrived in a five minute rain shower but this swiftly disappeared to be replaced by glorious sun.
Our 2 bedroom apartment was lovely with lots of space and amenities, we spent the afternoon wandering around exploring and playing volleyball (poorly) in the pool! Myself and Mrs Cash enjoyed a couple of brief hot tub spells!
We had dinner on the beach and enjoyed some card games and drinks on the balcony, it was all very lovely and as part of the staycation club I got some appreciated discount.
After our stay we headed to rum point for some waterside relaxing and fun. Jonny had been requesting a shot of the pedalo/bike type thing for sometime but weather conditions had never panned out. We were in luck and the boys took a ride across the turquoise seas looking like celebrities all sunglasses and tans. The image was slightly ruined by Mr Cash having to get off the bike on the way back and push!
We then headed to starfish point for some peaceful solitude........ Wrong! It was disappointing to be joined by the hoards of tourists and their guides. I felt sorry for the starfish, they don't seem to get a break. Nonetheless it is still a magical place.
There is much more I could say about the fantastic time we enjoyed together, doing the owl, cocktail creations, pool games, and not a grumpy face in sight, however this blog would go on forever! A great time and a brilliant chance to again appreciate the delights of Cayman!