15 March 2018 | Grand Cayman
This place has been a pleasant surprise. We had originally planned to head to the Bay Islands of Honduras and then on to Belize, but reports of piracy off Honduras changed our minds and we has a raucous 5 day sail to Georgetown, CI instead. Arriving late in the afternoon, we called the port security and were welcomed and handed off to the Harbor Patrol who escorted us to a courtesy mooring for the night. Then in the morning they returned and lead us into the wharf for customs and immigration clearance, all at no charge, and then back to a free mooring. After all the expense and crookedness of the past few months we were very pleased.
We stayed at the port in Georgetown for a few days exploring the town and sampling the local fare. Sing’s Roti Shack and Wellies Cool Spot were two of our favorites for good local food. There was an excellent grocery very near the dinghy dock with everything you might want. Georgetown is a busy commercial banking center and also a bustling port with anywhere from 3-6 cruise ships a day and a constant stream of commercial shipping. Downtown is a typical cruise destination with the addition of free range chickens and iguanas running all over the place. There is diving to do right in the harbor, with crystal clear water and beautiful coral and fish.
We then moved around to the north side of the island to North Sound. There is a marked pass through the reef into the calm sound with a controlling depth of 7.5 feet. We went to Governor’s Creek and anchored for several days in this very calm and protected anchorage. There is good access to the beach and walking distance to Camana Bay, an upscale dining, shopping and entertainment complex. Also Foster’s Food Store is nearby with great selection and prices. A Cost U Less store is also here, which is like a Costco but with no membership required. We spent a lot of time on the beautiful beach, and in the clear water.
After a few days we moved across the sound to Kaibo and a very quiet anchorage there nearby the resort. We took a dinghy ride out to Stingray City, a sandbar where very tame stingrays congregate and allow the tourists to play with them and be fed.
Now we are back at Governor’s Creek and plan to head out tomorrow. We’ll take the bus into town today and clear out with customs and immigration and pick up our pole spears and pepper spray, which were confiscated when we checked in, and do some last minute grocery shopping. Molly wants to stop at a used book shop we found and see if she can find any more treasures there as well.
Our plan is to head for Key West, a 3 and a half or 4 day run, or maybe all the way to Miami depending on the weather. Look for some more pictures in the gallery.