Travel to the Cayman Islands – Episode 463

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Hear about travel to the Cayman Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kendra Pierre-Louis from about her trip to this island paradise.

Kendra says: “I feel like often times when we going vacation, we go to destinations where we cram so much in that when we come back we need a vacation from our vacation. The Cayman Islands are beautiful. They’re stunning amazing landscapes in the Caribbean. It’s great typography. The people are super welcoming. It’s low crime. It’s everything you want in a beach destination, but it’s so small, It’s so compact that you don’t have to plan everything that you’re doing before you go. You don’t have to overthink it. It’s a genuine beach vacation.”

The Cayman Islands are three different islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. “Most people who go to the Cayman Islands go to Grand Cayman, the biggest of the Cayman Islands. It’s roughly 2 miles x 20 miles. Most people who go, go with a cruise ship. They come in around 10 and they’re gone by 4, so before 10 and after 4 the only people on the island are you and the locals and so, nothing is full. The Cayman Islands post the port itinerary for the day, so you can tell which days have the most cruise ships.” Kendra used that schedule to decide which part of the islands to visit on which days.

Kendra did some of the more touristy things like Stingray City where you swim with pet (and or kiss) the stingrays. She also visited starfish lagoon, 7 mile beach and some of the other snorkel sites. All the beaches in the Cayman Islands are public beaches.

Kendra also spent a day on Little Cayman to visit the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Kendra gives some restaurant suggestions as well as a nod to Tortuga Rum Company for their rum cake and the Caymen Distillery Company for their rum.

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Show Notes

Kendra Writes
Cayman Islands Tourism
Grand Cayman
Ship Schedules
Sting Ray City
Star Fish Point
Seven Mile Beach
Eden Rock
Little Cayman
Cayman Brac
Cayman Spirits Company
Tortuga Rum Company
Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink
Royal Palms Beach Club
Coconut Joe’s
Rum Point
Central Caribbean Marine Institute


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Dear Mr. Christensen,

Just want to let you know that my husband and I really enjoy listening to your podcast. I travel overseas a lot, so I always make sure to download enough episodes for the whole trip. Thank you and appreciate your work. Please keep up with the good work and may God bless you and your family.

Jenny and Donny

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Great episode. I grew up in western NC. Only correction that I heard was that Lake Lure is SE of Asheville not N.

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Gary in Liverpool writes:

Just to let you know Chris, podcasts are just about all I listen to apart from when I watch the box. Whilst they are popular here in England, they are really only very popular with a certain type of person. By that I mean techies and the sort, or like myself, involved in the creative industries. I have in the past let other people know about the podcast world but they don’t seem to keep it up. My commute is a 60 mile round trip which takes 50 minutes each way if the traffic’s OK and for me, it’s podcast heaven. Also, when I’m working in the garden or washing the car, stuff like that, again it’s podcasts all the way. I no longer listen to radio and haven’t for years to be honest. I have subscribed to AmTrav for years and thoroughly enjoy it, and This Week in Travel, keep up the good work.

Cheers, Gary, Liverpool

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

5 Responses to “Travel to the Cayman Islands – Episode 463”

Barry S. Kramer


Hi Chris and Kendra;

On most cruise ships, the Cayman Islands seems to be an obligatory port of call when sailing from Florida to the Western Caribbean. Over the past few years, my family and I have stopped at the Caymans on 5 different occasions. I must admit that on our last two stops, I was one of those passengers who spent the day on the boat rather than taking the tender over to Georgetown on Grand Cayman.

We have toured and shopped Georgetown, and we have spent some time at one of the beaches. But on our last two visits, I personally didn’t feel there was anything else I wanted to see or do on Grand Cayman. The reason for this is that many of the programs and tours offered on Grand Cayman are very similar to those offered at other port of calls. I was very happy to hear from Kendra that there are indeed some unique things to do in the Cayman Islands. I would also be very interested to hear from Kendra or other listeners to the Amateur Traveler, if there are additional day trips or experiences they enjoyed when visiting these islands.

Thank you for the information presented on the Amateur Traveler. Each episode brings so many interesting ideas on how to enjoy travel. I had almost given up on these islands, but I will definitely look deeper for new experiences to explore the next time we are in the Caymans.

Barry S. Kramer

Al Woodcock


Another great travel destination well presented, particularly enjoyable because I got pictures on my iphone again. Same last week so either you or Apple have done something to solve this long standing problem. If it is in your coding and don’t mind, I would like to share your solution with another podcaster I listen too without his pictures appearing. Keep up the good work.



As relatively new parents, our travel budget for trips further than Disneyland or the mid-West has shrunk and our existing guidebooks are getting old. Thankfully, the books are not quite legally allowed to drink yet, but still… 🙂

Anyway, a lot of our newer books are understandably very kid focused. There’s several series my kids and I really like with great colorful pictures: “My First…”, “Baby Touch and Feel,” “Visual Encyclopedia,” and so on. I never really noticed the publishers before, but imagine my surprise when I found all of these books are from DK, the same publisher that sponsors your podcast. If their travel books are as good as their kids books, we’ll definitely be looking at them for our next trip.

Thanks for feeding my imagination and wanderlust as we begin to talk about our next destination.

Anay Bhide


“Hey Chris!
Thank you for the invitation! And I’m thrilled! The traveler videos definitely vouch for the good points jotted in the blog. The video or audio inclusion is one of the best methods I must say as they are very realistic and worth the try. The islands are amazing wish I had one trip at bay just to get used to the Caribbean marine”

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