I love reading trip reports so I thought I'd send one in on our most recent trip.
We stayed on the Northside, in the Northside Condo's [Harv's Kai]. The condo
was nice, kept up beautifully, had everything we could ever need, clean and
perfect for our needs. The pool was very nice, the beach was a nice sand beach.
Sue and Harv were great to work with, and have a great Northside guide they
send out to people who stay at their place. It's also a great place to fly a kite!
The weather wasn't quite what we had hoped it would be, but was interesting
nonetheless. VERY windy on the Northside the first week. Got to see some
windsurfing being done. The waves were high and gorgeous. The sound pretty
darn wonderful too...but alas, no snorkeling for us there. We had hoped to do
a lot of snorkeling on the Northside. We love the 'life-pace' on that side of
the island, but snorkeling wasn't going to happen for us then and there. What
did we do??? We just packed up most days and drove towards Eden Rock, Smith's
Cove or some other destination. [Thank God for unlimited miles on the car-we
rented from Island Style. We got a great deal from Courtney there, and they
have the BEST customer service and approachability! Nothing but smiles from
the employees there.]
The wind lasted for most of our first week there.
The second week the wind had died down, but the water seemed a bit low. This
was confirmed by several wonderful local people we got to talk to...so again,
we did Rum Point [always a beautiful place to be] or did a lot of sunning and
funning near Ivory Kai, the beach at Northside Condo's or the pool.
The island needs rain. I know most travellers don't want to hear that, but the
water trucks are doing a booming business on the Northside as cisterns run dry.
We had forecast for rain each day, and it did rain some most days... for about
2 minutes. I think the rainy season is upon them, so perhaps they will get some
relief there. PLEASE DO NOT THROW CIGARETTE BUTTS OUT THE WINDOWS AS YOU ARE
DRIVING. There were several small ground fires while we were there.
We are not big foodies, so I generally don't worry about restaurants that have
'food to die for', but again, we enjoyed the Bella Capri Restaurant very much.
We also ate the Sunday buffet at the Driftwood, at Papagallo's, Cimboco, The
Reef Resort and Over the Edge. We tried to eat at Chicken Chicken one day after
reading excellent reviews of the food, but the woman running the place was the
most rude, unkind, tactless person I have met on the island. I know rude people
abound everywhere, but, blue cats... she took the cake! My husband speaks very
low and softly, so generally he will tell me what he would like to order and
I will relay that information to the person taking the order. We did this and
were berated [and that is a mild word] for ordering more than one order at a
time. She shouted and shook her finger at us - "ONE ORDER AT A TIME!!!! That's
how we do it here!!!" I took the abuse, as my grown children really wanted to
try this place out, but when I asked about one of the salads, and the woman
huffed and turned her back on me [never answering] and placed a phone call...
well, we left, and she made very rude comments about us as we left. If I could
find the information on the owners of the place I would gladly let them know
they need to look into this type of situation. There were no other people in
line to order and the young woman who was trying to wait on us was very
embarrased and uncomfortable. I felt badly for her.
We saw the Barefoot Man at the Reef Resort and had a very good time. We loved
Chuck [he accompanies the Barefoot Man] he is a very NPR'ish straight-man for
Barefoot, and my entire family [5 adults] really enjoyed this night out. The
food was pretty good [again, not a foodie], the atmosphere great and the
entertainment was fun. My boys wanted Chuck to sign their cd's! So Tom... if
you are reading this, again Marghareta was so helpful [give her a raise], and
you run a very nice place.
Captain Marvin does a phenomenal full day snorkel trip. We used Captain Dexter
last year and loved him... but we wanted a bit more this year as our two sons
and daughter in law were with us. Oh my gosh, what a fun day we had! I will be
taking the time to write them a personal letter of thanks and appreciation and
getting it in the mail to them. Eric and Paul [ran the boat] were there with us
all the way making sure we had a good time, saw plenty and learned a lot. Jody
did a wonderful video that we bought and really enjoy. We dove for conch, then
went to Coral Gardens, The Kaibo Yacht Club for lunch on the beach [and lunch
was pretty tasty], then to the Barrier Reef where we got a wonderful, personal
tour of the reef from Eric who led a big procession of us through the Reef and
pointed out many wonderful things. Then to the sandbar. Eric not only showed
the stingray underside to us, but was very informative on things to do with
the rays. I can't say enough how much all 5 of us will talk about this trip
forever. When we are back next year... Captain Marvins it will be for us!
Cruise ships were in dock a plenty. Thank God for the port schedule. I printed
that sucker out and took it with us.
That's about it. We had almost two weeks in paradise, and it wasn't nearly enough.
We did bring our conch shell [from the dive with Captain Marvin] home with no troubles at all.
And last but not least...
things of note we saw while snorkeling -
Eden Rock -
the biggest, most lumbering, scarred baraccuda, he was awesome. A huge - and
I mean huge - parrot fish, turtles, some sort of snake - not eel, but a snake,
and all sorts or beauty.
Smith's Cove -
A grouping of squid. That was pretty cool! Lots of box, file or puffer fish.
Cemetery Beach - a lone eagle ray and a huge lobster.
We saw so much in the Cayman waters. Those of you who don't dive or snorkel
ought to look into the waters you are swimming in. It is like the Grand Canyon
underwater. Beautiful and awe inspiring.
Another great trip.
Thank you Sue and Harv.
Subsequent post about her treatment at Chicken! Chicken!
I am a person that can take a whole lot, and we really wanted to try this
place out. It smelled soooo good. But after her second bout of 'hatefulness'
well, enough is enough, and we'd had plenty.
I even think, "Perhaps she is having a very bad day." But bad behavior is just
that, bad behavior and if I acted in such a manner in my job, I'd be called on
the carpet over it. I'd certainly not make disparaging remarks about a patron
after I had been rude to them and they quietly just left the building as they
left the building - on purpose - in their hearing.
Cimboco, their sister restaurant, was a very different story. The waitress
was a delight, the food tasty and the service wonderful.
I have never complained of a restaurant on any of the boards, always
preferring to just list the ones we really liked and had good service at in
hopes that others would find the same thing true for themselves.
If you had good service there you either hit that woman on a good day, she
likes you better than us, or you had someone else serve you. She was a menace!