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Reflections on The Cayman Islands. Starfish Point


The Cayman Islands have to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Seven mile beach is just that. The downside is the cost. As I understand how things work here, no tax is paid so the government claim their money on all items sold. Hence a litany of taxes and charges are added to each and every bill. An hour in the Kirk supermarket, a lovely clean supermarket that I wish we had in UK, is sadly enough to depress one when looking at the cost of food items. Think of a UK price and then increase it between 2-4 fold.

The Island itself is full of lovely coves and beaches and snorkelling reveals hundreds of fish and other underwater paraphernalia. The hateful sea urchins live surprisingly close to the shore, maybe less than 10 yards in places. Even 20 yards from shore there are moray eel type fish living in their little holes, spitting sand at snorkelers.

Starfish Point is well worth visiting , to see guess what, Starfish. In 20 minutes we also saw a wild dolphin, sea cucumber and an odd red jellyfish. The point is accessible by car but you need to know where to go and where to park. Most visitors come by boat and spend maybe 30 minutes there whilst we spent 2 hours. A hot place and there is no shade and no facilities of any kind.  The official boat trips seem to come earlier in the day and the starfish are collected from a little way out and you can find maybe 6 easily in the shallow waters, maybe more. So, midday is not a bad time to go.

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

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Cayman Islands Here We come


Some great news tonight. My Scuba diving instructor daughter, also known as my middlest, has been offered a job in the Cayman Islands. I am now going to become an expert in working travel out, when to go there, where to stay! my first attempts have not been so good. I had a look on the Marriott website, as have a fair amount of points saved up over the years and just randomly picked a date at the end of March. The bad news was no availability in the Cayman Island hotel, ok, but wait they were suggesting alternatives. Interesting, these began at 500 kms away and extended to 2500 km away. Bit like trying to book a London hotel and being told ” sorry but Barcelona is available”…….

the ramifications will be massive including the videas that she will post on You Tube. If you have a few minutes go to the site and type in Kim Bushe, beware there are a few, but look for the diving videos and in particular Roatan and the shark diving videos. These are fabulous and keep the sound on too as the music is also worth listening to!

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