But let's hold off with Hell...
During the last year's cruise, we had planned to go to the island of Grand Cayman, but the weather got us in trouble.
We approached the island, stared at its beautiful beaches and emerald water and white sand from the side (what we could see in the zoom of the camera)... and sailed further. It was a lovely sunny day, but very windy, and the Caymans are surrounded by the reefs, and you can reach the
only on the tender.
But this time there was calm and glassy surface!
We boarded on such a tender and sailed towards the goal...
The most transparent water ever! And what an emerald color!
By the way, the black spots in the water are fish, in reality, they were very visible, but on the photo, look like spots...
The water there is very transparent due to the fact that the Cayman island has no rivers (or streams).
By the way, exactly on this island some 75 years ago (hope I counted correctly, February 1937) Atlantic cruise ship unloaded the first cruise passengers - 450 wealthy older passengers... Yes, it used to be so that the elderly were doing this kind of hmm... sport...
And now on the ship, you can find just everyone - both rich and poor, of all colors and ages.
And here is our ship.
Can you see the turtle on the island's coat of arms?
It was Columbus who named the Islands 'Las Tortugas' (the turtles).
And Cayman, i.e. the crocodile, these Islands were called by mistake - someone there confused iguanas with alligators, hmm... Maybe they had poor eyesight?
, looks very clean, not like the Caribbean.
And that is understandable.
The Cayman Islands are also called the 'Caribbean Switzerland'.
There are mountains!
Not real, but the money mountains...
According to the legend, in the 18th-century residents of the city saved the members of the English Royal family, which were wrecked near the island and for this the King gave the island the right to be the 'tax-free' zone.
Since then, the business flourishes there - money laundering, etc. There are much more banks and different companies than the population of the Islands! And this, of course, affects the income of the population. The taxi driver who was taking us around the island proudly told us about their prosperity. We were very happy for him.
Some photos from the city.
But later we were wandering around George Town on our own.
First, we went to the town of Hell!!!
Of course! Where else can you meet such a landmark?
Although you can't really call it a "town". There is not even a hamlet, just a few houses.
There is a post office there!
Anyone wishing to buy a postcard there, with words like 'Having a Hell of a time - wish you were here,' and send it to their friends can easily do that! We did! To many friends.
Next was a small shop with souvenirs (postcards, by the way, were sold in both places).
The staff politely asks you - 'What the Hell do you want?' and everything like that...
I've read that they can even be dressed in costumes of devils, but during our visit, there were common aunties-saleswomen.
In short, it is 'One Hell of a town', so why wouldn't we visit it?
Then we went to the center with the dolphins.
We didn't want to swim and take pictures with them (already out of this age), but we looked how they were training with pleasure. By the way, photos with the dolphins cost quite a bit, I now can't remember how much exactly, but we were surprised with the price.
There is also a souvenir shop where you could buy rum cake. You can also taste it there.
We liked it, but did not buy - where are we going to do with it? We're not going to return home after the cruise...
This beach was crowded, but not critically. We stayed there because we suspected that there will be too many people on the Seven-mile beach. Don't know whether we were right or not. But it was nice to swim even on this beach - and the water was wonderful and the sand too. All the beaches there are probably great.
This one, for example, is in the port.
Nobody was swimming there...
And the beach is great.
And from there...
National Museum is situated in the old building of the Court - one of the oldest buildings on the island.
And more pictures from the travel around the island...