Leroy Jordan is personal assistant/concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman where he personifies the spirit of true hospitality. Many residents and visitors have heard the “island myth” of a server who waded out into waist-deep water with guests’ drinks rather than call out to let them know their order was ready. Those who know Leroy and his enthusiasm have no doubt that he is the server who wouldn’t hesitate to get wet in order to provide exemplary service. He has been recognised multiple times as one of the hotel’s five star employees. These are Leroy’s tips for a seven-day stay in Grand Cayman.
Take a beach break and a taxi or, better yet, the local bus up to West Bay to the Cayman Islands Turtle Farm and Cayman Motor Museum.
Picking up the yearling turtles at the touch tanks is a can’t-miss experience, but be sure to put them back in tail first to avoid getting splashed.
It’s tough to choose a favourite among the vintage cars at the Motor Museum, but the Queen’s Inaugural Rolls Royce is a favourite.
Make a quick stop at the West Bay dock for a great photo opportunity of Seven Mile Beach and George Town Harbour.
Rent a car for the day and take your own east side island tour.
First, stop for a walk through Pedro Castle and its historical installations and sweeping views.
History lovers should call in at the Mission House (open weekday mornings). This small home museum in Bodden Town is worth a stop.
Then visit the endangered Blue Iguanas and stroll the vibrant gardens at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.
Double back to the coastal road so you pass the blowholes for a quick photo/splash and visit the Wreck of the Ten Sail site.
Continue around East End all the way to Rum Point and spend the afternoon on the beach.
Generally a busy day for cruise visitors, so plan a beach day and then break for a stroll through Camana Bay’s shops.
Take a trip up Camana Bay’s Observation Tower which features a floor-to-roof mosaic of Cayman’s underwater world, made of more than three million tiles, and enjoy 360-degree island views from the top.
Explore the west side by water. Cemetery Beach is one of my favourite snorkel spots and right across the street is what I call Iguana City, a quarry where dozens of green iguanas congregate. I recommend a Jet Ski safari for adrenaline junkies.
For snorkellers who want to really learn about the reefs and shipwrecks below the surface, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman leads five adventurous snorkel tours.
It’s usually a light day for cruise visitors and a great time to visit George Town for some duty free shopping.
Mix in a little history and culture with a stop at the Cayman National Museum and go find the historic step well that has been preserved under glass.
Friday night is the main going-out night in Cayman.
I suggest starting out at Aqua Beach around 10pm, where there is an eclectic mix of residents and visitors.
This is my favourite day for Stingray City because there are fewer cruise ships on the weekends.
There are great operators to get you there however you prefer – group charter, private boat or even Jet Skis.
Go in the afternoon for a better chance of having the stingrays all to yourself.
A leisurely beach morning, followed by one of Cayman’s signature Champagne brunches.
Of course, I’m biased, but The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman brunch at its restaurant 7 is a lavish affair not to be missed.
Or, if you missed Rum Point during the week, head out on Sunday with all the locals and a veritable parade of boats in the shallow waters offshore.