Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Grand Cayman Island

One week ago Doughboy and I had spent the day exploring Grand Cayman Island. The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea. They are the peaks of a massive underwater ridge, known as the Cayman Trench, standing 8,000 feet from the sea floor, which barely exceeds the surface. And like any island worth its salt, and sand, Grand Cayman has weathered a few hurricanes -- most recently Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The Cayman Islands are most known for its thousands of banks, making it a mecca for the rich and famous to dodge the IRS through protected offshore accounts. The pristine waters make it a popular destination for divers, snorkelers, and tourists wanting to escape the winter for white sand beaches.

Our shore excursion was a Jeep caravan around the island. We visited a beach, drove through a mangrove conservation area, and the town of Hell. Our excursion ended with lunch on famous 7 Mile Beach just a stone's throw from the port of George Town. It was also Doughboy's 62nd birthday which we celebrated back at our cabin. Thank you ScrapMap for the champagne and chocolate treats. And happy birthday, sweetheart...I love you!




8 comments:

~Vanessa~ said...

Debra, Gorgeous photos! I love the Caymans!!!! Very fond memories of parasailing there :)

I have tagged you on my blog. Stop by!

Vanessa

Mental P Mama said...

Wonderful! Happy belated birthday Doughboy;)

Doughboy said...

I,like many, stop counting birthdays around 40. So on the 22nd anniversay of my 40th birthday, I feel blessed that I get to spend it with my soulmate over a bottle of Champaign, looking at a sunset over tourquoise green Carribean waters. And what was I thinking looking at the Caymen skyline from the balcony of our stateroom?....those banks should hvae money in them with my name on it.

Judyann said...

Debra, the photo of the tree is my favorite. Have never seen anyone drink champagne with ice before. Looks good though. So glad Pete was able to enjoy his birthday in such a lovely place. When Mitch and I were there we viewed the Caymans from underwater. The diving is wonderful.

Deb said...

Oh, I've been to "Hell" a couple of times. I always thought that Grand Caymen had the best snorkling anywhere!

Deb said...

and I left you an award on my blog!!!

Country Girl said...

Yay! Beautiful photos. I've never been there. And happy belated birthday to your husband.

Hilary said...

Beautiful photos.. what a dream spot. And as lovely as they are, nothing beats that sweet comment from Doughboy.. awww. :)