Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is one of the most beautiful
and famous in the world. It’s fame is well justified. Running northwards for
nearly seven miles exactly from the capital, Georgetown, up the northern ‘dog
leg’ of the island as far as the settlement of Hell (yes, it’s really called
that – the post office does a tremendous trade in ‘postcards from Hell’) it’s
one long expanse of sun-kissed sand that blends with a whisper into the deep
azure of the Caribbean.
About halfway along the length of Seven Mile Beach you’ll find
the Beach Club Colony Hotel and Dive Resort. This is one of the most successful
of Grand Cayman’s resorts – largely because it caters for such a wide range of
vacationers, and it does so in such style at such a reasonable price.
One of the main attractions of the Beach Club Colony is the very
wide range of Scuba diving activities it offers. If you’re a qualified Scuba
diver the resort offers some excellent packages which combine the use of all
the on-site amenities coupled with the chance to undertake 50 and 100-foot
dives with specialist guides who work for the resort’s partner company, Resort
Sports Ltd. If you opt for such a package you will be able to enjoy a daily
two-tank dive, plus the close attentions of an experienced guide and the
services of an on-site dive shop. And you don’t have to worry about dragging
all your equipment over the Grand Cayman, either – all of it is provided on
site. The only exception to this rule is in the case of wet suits. You have to
bring your own.
If you’re a less experienced diver – or you’ve done no diving at
all – instruction is usually available on site or nearby. If you don’t feel
like getting wet, don’t worry. There’s lots more to do at the Beach Club Colony
Hotel and Dive Resort. Golfers are well provided for, with a full eighteen-hole
championship course nearby.
The resort is in the vanguard of the latest international trend
in vacation pricing – the all-inclusive package. Diving and non-diving packages
are available. All include a private room with air-conditioning and a private
balcony or patio, plus meals and most drinks. Also thrown in are the use of all
kinds of non-motorized watesports equipment, and, of course, the use of the
resort’s amenities, including its pool. Added to all this the resort enjoys a
five hundred foot stretch of Seven Mile Beach and practically unlimited
sunshine! The general all-inclusive package includes unlimited non-premium
drinks and all the resort’s amenities, plus an introduction to Scuba diving.
If you’re of a slightly more adventurous turn of mind you might
like to make the most of one of the resort’s excursion opportunities. These are
not included in the price of your package, though they are generally charged at
a cheaper rate than what you would have to pay through a guided tour company.
The trip to Stingray City is particularly worthwhile if you’re a diver. The
area, which can only be reached by boat, is regularly patrolled by as many as
thirty stingrays. The water is only twelve feet deep, so divers and snorkellers
should find themselves equally at home. If on the other hand you’d like the
resort to find you a rather more relaxing and romantic excursion, the Mermaid
Dinner Cruise should not be missed.
If you feel more inclined to dine on dry land, the Beach Club
Colony Hotel and Dive Resort offers a couple of memorable places to satisfy
your appetite. The La Ronde Restaurant and Terrace offers excellent cuisines in
a semi-formal and friendly atmosphere. If you’re after something a little more
laid back, you might like to consider the Escape Hatch Bar, where you can pick
up drinks and snacks to help relax after a hard day underwater.
The sights of Grand Cayman beyond the Beach Club Colony Hotel
and Dive Resort’s boundaries are not to be missed, either. If, for example,
you’re interested in wildlife, you might like to visit the Cayman Turtle Farm.
Here you can stroll among great glass tanks learning about the life cycle of
the green turtle and observing these majestic animals up close. You might also
enjoy a walk around the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park – one of the most
interesting parks and gardens of its kind in the Caribbean. It has literally
thousands of species of exotic plants that you’ll find hardly anywhere else.
So whether your idea of a good time is to be found underwater or
on dry land, the Beach Club Colony Hotel and Dive Resort could be the place for
you. Great fun, great value and great times await!