We are Southwest Airlines Super Fans. When we heard they fly to Grand Cayman through Fort Lauderdale or Houston, Texas we were on a mission to get there.
We were trying to find a warm, tropical destination to spend my 40th birthday as a family and the super kid-friendly, family-friendly island of Grand Cayman was at the top of our list. We also didn’t want to rent a car and Grand Cayman is a place where you can take cabs.
We decided to stay a week and fly out on a Tuesday. The flight was not bad because it stopped in Fort Lauderdale which is only about 2.5 hours. Our layover was short and once you are in the air from Fort Lauderdale that flight is so short.
Owen Roberts International is so close to all the main hotels on Grand Cayman. The cab ride from the airport to the hotel was 11 minutes. It’s pretty cool because they drive on the other side of the road in Grand Cayman and that was interesting to see.
Where to Stay
Things To Do
Marriott Veranda’s Lobster Fest
Every Wednesday night the Marriott’s beach front restaurant called The Veranda has a lobster fete. There was also a pajama party for kids during the fete but children have to be 5 years old.
We booked a private boat charter through Crystal Charters on my actual birthday to take the 3 of us to Stingray City, Starfish Point and Rum Point for snorkeling. Sapphire Watersports also is another option that leaves directly from the Ritz.
We departed at 9am from Camana Bay and it was a 4-hour cruise that ended at 1pm. It was the highlight of our trip and we really enjoyed just cruising on the boat. The Stingrays are beautiful and holding starfish and being so up close and personal with nature was an awesome experience.
Observation Tower & Shopping
Camana Bay has cute shops and is only a 5-10 minute cab ride from the Ritz. We went here for breakfast one morning to eat at Jessies Juice Bar and check out the Observation Tower as well as do a little shopping.
Oasis Aqua Park
The Oasis Aqua Park is a new addition to Georgetown and located right where all the cruise ships arrive. Olivia loved this but it’s exhausting, really hard work and not for the faint of heart. You have to swim out to the aqua park. We went an hour before closing so that we didn’t have to deal with tears upon leaving.
Cayman Turtle Center
This was another highlight of our trip. The Turtle Center is an amazing spot where you can hold turtle, wade with turtles and also snorkel with turtles. It was a lot of fun and a pretty unique experience to do as a family. Hell is another tourist attraction located near the Turtle Center but we decided to skip it as most people didn’t rate it that high. I would have found it amusing to send a postcard stamped from Hell to a few family members back home though.
Hit the Spa
The Ritz has a fabulous spa and we have heard wonderful things about the spa at the Westin and Seafire. I was able to indulge in the Head and Foot massage at the Ritz and it was amazing.
Ritz Hotel Amenities
We had a beach day where we stayed at the beach all day and used the water bikes and catamarans. The Ritz staff will take you for a sail on the catamaran or teach you how to sail. We decided to let a captain take us out for an hour around the shore line.