Sandy & Bill's 2018 Winter Adventure travel blog

Pirate greeting

Norwegian's Epic cruise ship

Sign welcoming you to Hell

Sandy in a Hellacious sign

Limestone rocks that predominate area around Hell

Inhabitant of a tidal pool on Cayman coastline

Fossil of possibly an oyster in rocks along Cayman coastline

Large sea turtle in a Turtle Farm

Turtle equivalent of "Your It"

Iguana in a tree at Turtle Farm

Green iguana seeming to supervise turtle feeding

Smiley, Grand Cayman's first saltwater crocodile since the 1950s

Up close meeting with a sea turtle at Turtle Farm

Hell, Grand Cayman postcard

Trainer with two dolphins

Dolphin watching tourists taking its picture

Oh, goodee, it's feeding time!

Grand Cayman was the first stop of the cruise. We disembarked in the capital, Georgetown. We were greeted at the dock by a pirate, and I took the opportunity to take a picture of him and a huge cruise ship.

Georgetown is a pleasant small city, much in the vogue of Caribbean cities and towns. By that I mean homes and businesses have multi-colored buildings, most of which are pleasing to the eye. The people Sandy and I met were uniformly pleasant, and the weather was sunny and balmy. We decided to take a tour of the island, and our tour guide, Gerrie, proved very knowledgeable about her island's history and topography.

The first place we went to was Hell! I kid you not. You'll see pictures of a sign welcoming you to Hell and there is one of Hell's small post office. Apparently, its name derived from early settlers coming during the peak of summer's heat and seeing formidable looking limestone rocks along the shoreline. In any case, there are pictures of Hell's sign, one of Sandy's face in a comical Hell sign, some of the almost volcanic looking rocks (but they are actually limestone), one of the shoreline tidal pool citizens, and fossilized remains in the shoreline rocks. Sandy and I can now say that we had a pleasant, but short, visit to Hell.

Our next excursion on the tour was to a sea turtle farm. This farm served the dual purpose of raising turtles to return to the wild and for eating since turtle is a popular menu item in Grand Cayman. There are a number of pictures of turtles feeding, various iguanas that also populated the farm, and of Salty, the Cayman Islands first saltwater crocodile since the 1950s. I would recommend visiting this facility to learn about the efforts to keep the turtle population viable and financially support the effort through the admission price (reasonable).

Across the street is a dolphin facility where they care for sick mammals and train them. A smaller portion of the facility is available for people who want to "swim with dolphins."

There are several pictures of these amazing mammals.

The next, and last, stop of this short cruise was Cozumel, Mexico.

Thanks for reading.

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