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Useful Information

Check in/out Time:

Check in time is 3 p.m. Check out is 11 a.m. If you have a later flight, please check with NCRM to see if there is someone coming in on the same day, if not you may be able to stay later than noon.

Telephone Number:

The telephone number for the apartment is 1 (345) 947 2541, the area code is not required when called locally.

Internet:

The password to access the Internet is information book in the condo.

Tennis Courts

There is a tennis court on site. There are rackets and balls in the closet by the front door – please help yourself.

Games room/gym

The games room and gym is for the use of Retreat guests only. The lights are on a sensor and the air conditioning is on a timer. There are table tennis bats and balls for your use in the closet nearest the door.

Recycling:

We recycle at the Retreat. You can put your cans, bottles and plastics in the recycle bins by the main dumpster. Magazines and newspapers can be put in the collection bins in the games room.

Wild cats:

There are a number of wild cats at the Retreat. Please do not feed them. Walter, next door at Red Sail runs a cat feeding station just in front of the Red Sail office so they have somewhere to go and be feed. You are welcome to go and visit the cats next door and see for yourself how it works. They are also very happy to receive any donations of cat food or cash to buy it.

Power outages:

While not too frequent, we do sometimes experience power outages in Cayman Kai. There are lanterns in the closet by the front door. There is also an LED light on the key rack if you need it.

Beach chairs

All the beach chairs and tables are for your use. Please do not take them into the water as they will rust. If there are none available, please see the staff in the office to see if there are any more in storage that you can use.

BBQs

There are various BBQs around the property – please feel free to use one. They have to be used in the open air and cannot be used on the patio areas. You will find BBQ utensils in the closet by the front door.

Bicycles.

There are 4 bicycles, two adults, one teenage and one child (7 years) in the storage shed by the tennis court – are two locks tying them together. The combination for both locks is in the information book at the condo and there is a type pump in the closet by the front door in case you need to add more air. There are helmets in the closet too. Other than on a Sunday when there is a lot of traffic in Cayman Kai area, it is very nice to cycle around the area and with the roads being flat, its also fairly safe and a relatively easy way to get some exercise. We have bad drivers here in Cayman too so please be careful. There is a basket on one of the adult bikes in case you want to take anything along with you.

Starfish point is just 1 mile away so an ideal trip on the bike. There are no facilities so pack the cooler bag or the picnic basket (both available at the condo for your use) and have a picnic while enjoying the starfish and the tranquillity.

Restaurants

There are lots of great restaurants in Cayman. Check out trip advisor for more information and the Good Taste book for sample menus, directions and pricing – you will be spoilt for choice – also available online at www.caymangoodtaste.com

In the immediate area there is the Rum Point Club next door which is nice but quite expensive for dinner. The beach bar, the Wreck is much more inexpensive – website is www.rumpointclub.com. There is also upstairs at Kaibo just over a mile away but again it can be quite expensive but again the beach bar is a less expensive alternative and a fun spot for watching the boats come in and out. They serve great pizza right on the beach. Check out the website at www.kaibo.ky. They also have a coffee shop which opens early in the morning so ideal for breakfast for great coffee and breakfast pastries.

As a general rule, lunch is a much better deal than dinner in Cayman so you may consider having breakfast at home – lunch out and dinner at home to keep to your budget. The beach bar next door is very nice as is the Kaibo beach bar and considerably less expensive than their formal restaurants. You also don’t have to dress up for them which may appeal to you, you are on vacation after all!

Other good restaurants in the area are www.tukka.ky; www.italiankitchencayman.com, www.lighthouse.ky, (great Sunday brunch and open air deck over the water), www.bombaychopsticks.ky, kurt’s corner for great local food at low prices – www.kurtskorner.ky (Kurt is one of our senior politicians who has a passion for cooking – he is famous for his cayman style beef). Over The Edge is another favourite close by, very popular with locals and tourists alike – don’t miss the johnny cakes (fried bread fritters – definitely worth the calories). I couldn’t locate a website to add here but if you google the name you will find sample menus and reviews etc.

Supermarkets

Cayman is expensive and everything is imported so expect sticker shock at the supermarket. However, that said there are farmers market options and the quality of food here is very good.

The main supermarkets are

Red Sail Sports

There is a Red Sail Sports shop next door which offer various trips including Stingray City right from their beach. Its well worth checking it out and the sunset cruise is a lovely evening. There is also a store which carries some nice souvenirs and useful beach items. Their website is www.redsailcayman.com.

Snorkelling and Diving in Cayman

With respect to snorkelling sites the area right in front of the retreat complex is a marine park and therefore great for snorkeling. The water is shallow and typically calm. There is a little current so we suggest that you enter the water a bit down from the condo complex at Cayman Kai Public Beach and let the current drift you back to the condo while you enjoy the fish - you're on vacation so not supposed to be working too hard. We have water noodles in the condo too so you can stick them under your arm and just drift along the surface of the water.

Starfish Point

Just 1 mile from the condo by the Kaibo Yacht club you will find starfish point - just down to the end of the road that the Kaibo Yacht club is on. Loads of pretty star fish right at the water's edge.

Smith Cove (South Sound)

A small but picturesque pocket of sand in the mainly ironshore coastline just outside George Town. Easy snorkelling, lots of trees, picnic tables, restroom facilities and a freshwater shower. Parking area across the road.

Spots Beach

A small and often deserted south–facing beach with cliffs at either end and a dock in the middle. It's a great place to spot elusive turtles who usually come into the shallow waters to feed on the sea grass between 4-6pm. Sitting at the end of the dock with a drink in hand, watching the turtles pop their heads up for air as the sun goes down is a fantastic experience! No facilities. Beware of strong currents.

Snorkelling and Diving in Cayman

With respect to snorkelling sites the area right in front of the retreat complex is a marine park and therefore great for snorkeling. The water is shallow and typically calm. There is a little current so we suggest that you enter the water a bit down from the condo complex at Cayman Kai Public Beach and let the current drift you back to the condo while you enjoy the fish - you're on vacation so not supposed to be working too hard. We have water noodles in the condo too so you can stick them under your arm and just drift along the surface of the water.

Eastern Districts

Various deserted long sandy beaches can be found in the eastern districts. One favourite spot is Barefoot Beach (the Reef Resort is about 2.3 miles away). Expect these beaches to be strewn with washed-up seagrass and quite a bit of flotsam. They aren’t the tidiest of beaches but they have great snorkelling. There is a lovely sandy beach at the Morritt’s Tortuga resort with a bar in the middle of the dock and a virtual aquarium of unafraid fish below. East End Public Beach has a dock, restroom facilities and cabanas for shade. Do not swim out to the reef at this spot though as the currents can be very strong.

Cayman Kai Public Beach

On the right before you get to the Rum Point Club, this north facing public beach has a small car park, simple restroom facilities, a cabana and a rustic white sandy beach that is interspersed with rocky areas. The snorkelling here is highly rated. A good driftsnorkel, the east to west current will push you along towards Rum Point. Expect depths of 3ft-10ft and lots of fish and soft corals. Enter the water here and drift back to the Retreat.

Governor's Beach (located on Seven Mile Beach)

Ample parking and a wide stretch of white sand and crystal clear blue water makes Governor's Beach a popular beach for residents and tourists. One of the better snorkelling sites on Seven Mile Beach with a short swim out to the shallow reef. Governor's Beach is located just north of the Governor's Residence on West Bay Road. A white buoy marks a coral reef where you’ll find lots of friendly fish and maybe even some rays.

Eastern Districts

Various deserted long sandy beaches can be found in the eastern districts. One favourite spot is Barefoot Beach (the Reef Resort is about 2.3 miles away). Expect these beaches to be strewn with washed-up seagrass and quite a bit of flotsam. They aren’t the tidiest of beaches but they have great snorkelling. There is a lovely sandy beach at the Morritt’s Tortuga resort with a bar in the middle of the dock and a virtual aquarium of unafraid fish below. East End Public Beach has a dock, restroom facilities and cabanas for shade. Do not swim out to the reef at this spot though as the currents can be very strong.

Marriott Hotel

(on 7 Mile Beach) - Check out the 300 artificial reef balls installed in the water in front of the hotel which are now home to stunning marine life.

Cemetery Beach (located on Seven Mile Beach)

The best snorkelling on Seven Mile Beach with plenty of shade plus parking facilities. Located at the north end of Seven Mile Beach. Look for the cemetery across from the fire station and you will find Cemetery Beach. Swim out to sea for 5 to 10 minutes to find the most vibrant part of the reef.

Stingray City & Sandbar (North Sound)

Only accessible by boat, this is an absolute must! There are two sites – the shallower Sandbar, which is 3ft-4ft deep, and Stingray City, which lies at 12ft and is often declared the best 12ft dive in the world. You will be surrounded by dozens of tame southern stingrays, who will brush past you with their silky wings looking for food. You can do this from Rum Point Red Sail Sports - right next door.

Turtle Reef (West Bay)

Primarily a shore dive with a mini–wall, snorkeller's can follow the edge of the wall, looking at the colourful reef fish and soft corals. Access to the water is easy from Macabuca (opposite the Turtle Farm in West Bay). If you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of sea turtles and stingrays.

Cheeseburger Reef (George Town)

In front of Burger King, access is from a small sandy patch on the north side of the building. Swim straight out to sea for 100-200 yards to find an abundance of reef fish and impressive coral formations rising up to within 10ft or less of the surface.

Wreck of the Cali (George Town)

Less than 70ft from shore, opposite Casanova’s restaurant, the wreck of a 244ft freighter lies in 20ft-30ft of water. Sunk in 1948, over the years numerous fish and corals have made their home in and around the wreck.

Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto (George Town)

From Eden Rock or Don Fosters, swim out to the mooring balls marking these two dive/snorkel sites. Explore tunnels and overhangs, where large tarpon and grouper hang out. In the summer months the caves fill up with millions of tiny silversides – a very impressive and magical spectacle.

Check out the Explore Cayman book for the best dive sites or ask at the Red Sail shop. You will find we love to talk about our Island paradise and what it has to offer to visitors.

Botanic Park

Check out the website www.botanic-park.ky for further information. Bring water if you go. This is the home of the World famous blue iguanas.

Bioluminescent Tours and kayaking

They are based beside Kaibo beach bar – website is www.caymankayaks.com. This is one of the few places in the world that you can see the bioluminescents.

Marine Park

The area right in front of the Retreat is a marine park. You will see some lovely coral and lots of fish without having to swim out far. There can be a lot of movement on the water so the most enjoyable way to snorkel is to walk down the beach to the public beach (ie turning right in the opposite direction of the beach bar) and let the current take you back to the Retreat. Then you can enjoy the sights without having to work too hard. There are 2 noodles in the apartment which you can put under your arms to help you float as the coral is in quite shallow water and you don’t want to touch it and that kills it. We quite often have rays and turtles too although we have yet to personally seen an octopus, we understand we have one of those too. Look for empty conch shells.

Churches

Most religions are represented on the Island. You can find out details of the services online or in the new resident book (available free everywhere and there is at least one copy at the condo). You should also check out the Island pages in the phone book as it has some useful information

Bat box

There is a bat box outside the Island Houses across the street from the Retreat. Just after sunset, it is great to watch all the bats come flying out – there are hundreds of them in that tiny box. Bats may look a bit scary but they really are our friends as they eat the mosquitos and flies.

Fire Alarm.

There is a note in the condo information book on what to do in the event the fire alarm goes off. Please make sure you read and understand it. Any questions, please contact NCRM. There is a fire extinguisher on the wall at the end of the kitchen and a fire blanket under the sink.

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