Grand Caymen

Trip Start Aug 13, 2005
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Trip End Aug 21, 2005


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Friday, August 19, 2005

We need a tender today not so good for Brenda.
This time as we are getting brave we first take a look around the town and the look at the local choices for a tour.
We found a local lady who in her twin set and being I would think about sixty years old look like the stereotypical Caribbean lady going to church on a Sunday.
This fascinating lady was full of interesting information and showed us the devastation from last years hurricane.

Three particularly memorable sights were the Turtle Farm, Hell and Seven mile beach.
Hell is an area of blackened and jagged rock formation that gives this little district in West Bay its name. Hell's intriguing weathered rock formation is over 1 1/2 million years old and resembles the charred remains of a hell fire. Hell's own post office was opened in 1962 for tourists who wanted to send postcards from Hell.

The Turtle farm located in West Bay, it is the only one of its kind in the world. Home to 15,000 turtles in all sizes, from newborn hatchlings to 600 pound adults. Green turtles are now increasing in numbers in the wild after been restocked from deliberate excess hatchings at the Turtle Farm. Another project at the Turtle Farm to reintroduce the endangered Kemp's Ridley turtle has also shown initial success, with some reproduction in captivity occurring. Come and see these amazing creatures up close and personal. Even pick one up if you dare, I did. I had just got Brenda convinced that the farm was for conservation when our guide told us that they were mainly bred for food.

Seven Mile Beach, with it's broad expanse of fine white sand, has been called by many "the most beautiful beach in the world".This beautiful stretch of sand is lapped by the waves of the sparkling clear Caribbean sea.
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