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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving CAYMAN STYLE !

While Thanksgiving is not a holiday in the Cayman Islands ( Cayman Islands are a British Territory) many of the local restaurants do offer the traditional American Thanksgiving meals in honor of the many American visitors.

Here are just a few choices that I have personally enjoyed and can attest to - all are just a short distance from Beachcomber. Please note: orders / reservations must be made by November 22.One of my favorites and the best value is the Thanksgiving Take Out dinner offered by Foster’s Food Fair – @ US$ 86.00 you receive:
A choice of: A 10 – 12 lb roast Turkey or 6 -8 lb Glazed ham (I’ve had both… hard to choose)
A choice of 3 sides: Stuffing, Mashed Potato, Green Bean Casserole, Broccoli Casserole, Buttered Corn, Rice & Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Fried Plantain. Also includes gravy, cranberry sauce & dinner rolls.
A choice of (1) Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie - Pick Up at The Strand Plaza
ph: 345-945-4748

Next up is Chicken Chicken – Caribbean Wood Roasted Turkey Dinner for 6 – 8 @
CI $ 112.00 / US$ 136.50

(1) 10 lb Wood Roasted Turkey
Garlic & Herb Mash Potato or Rice, Aunt Dee’s Stuffing,Sweet Potatoes
Homemade Gravy, Cranberry sauce w/hint of fresh orange, Carib. Cornbread
Choice of (1) Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie
OR – You may order individual dinners @ CI $ 15.50 / US$ 18.50 per dinner
Order by Nov 22 and pick up from Chicken Chicken in West Shore Plaza
ph: 345-945-2290

The nearest restaurant to Beachcomber is the popular Edoardo’s Restaurant – Edoardo’s will be offering a Traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving night. For Reservations call: 345-945-4408

The Ritz Carlton lives up to it’s glitzy name when it comes to dining at Thanksgiving!
The Restaurant “7” offers a Thanksgiving Buffet 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm @ CI$ 95
/US$ 115.00 for Adults and Children 3 – 12 CI$ 35 / US$ 42.50 Call: 345-815-6200 for reservations.

The Ritz also offers “Turkey to Go” for 6 people @ CI$ 260 / US$ 317.00 + 20% Grats. + $25 delivery chg. This scrumptious and perfectly packaged dinner includes:
Island Greens Salad, West Indian Curried Pumpkin Bisque
Dark Rum & Citrus basted Free Range 10 lb Turkey
Kumquat & Cranberry Sauce, Giblet Gravy
Jamaican spiced rum Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts, Acorn Squash, Mashed Potatoes
Pumpkin Pie & Apple Cheesecake
Order by Nov 22 call: 345-815-6043 for Pick up or Delivery between 10 AM – 4 PM
For Ritz Holiday Dining see:

Nothing compares to a lovely homemade (take out!) Thanksgiving Dinner served on a patio overlooking the Fabulous Caribbean Sea surrounded by family and friends!
Plus you are only steps from a large Flat Screen TV offering any number of Thanksgiving Football games (in case you are traveling with avid fans!)

We look forward to spending the Holidays with our Beachcomber guests and we will hope that you make it an annual Cayman celebration!
See you on the Beach!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Favorite Cayman Island Activity!

You must know that when visiting the Cayman Islands, the main point of interest is
going to be the crystal clear, warm Caribbean Sea. It is something you must see to believe!

As a certified diver, I have to say, I have seen some pretty amazing sights 100 ft below the water’s surface – but – at those depths, the viewing time is limited. (more on the fabulous diving later)
But Snorkeling…. You can see just as amazing sights at just 6 – 10 ft below the surface.
And the best part - it’s Free! All you need is a mask, fins, snorkel and there is no limit to the time spent floating quietly across the calm surface. You will never get bored being part of a living aquarium!

Lucky for Beachcomber guests, some of the best snorkeling can be found right off Beachcomber beach! With the sandy bottom and gently sloping (no rocks /broken coral) entry into the sea, it is a snap to just don your gear and glide off into the warm water.
You won’t find much of a ‘coral reef’ off Beachcomber beach, what you will find are occasional large coral heads or large rock formations that are home to lobster, spotted eels, grouper, schools of yellowtail snapper, puffer fish and many other assorted tropical fish. These areas provide protection to these sea creatures, so take your time and look in all the little nooks and crannies.

What you will see in the open sand areas are sea turtles, stingrays, schools of squid, an occasional conch and my favorite ‘funny looking’ fish, the Flounder! Don’t be in a hurry, as you might miss some interesting creature that blends in perfectly with the surrounding sea bottom!

Just a reminder – The area around Beachcomber / 7 Mile Beach, is a protected Marine preserve, so, no fishing/ lobstering in this area. Also there are boat / jet ski restrictions so that the area is safe for swimmers and snorkelers!

I would love to hear from any Beachcomber guests – what/where are some of the creatures you have seen snorkeling off Beachcomber beach? Let us know.
For more Snorkeling Tips:

See you on the Beach!