Day Trip to Rum Point

May 11, 2018
Grand Cayman rainyday 88°

We slept much better last night after figuring out how to properly set the AC in the apartment. After starting our morning with bagels, yogurt and fresh fruit we set out for a day exploring the other side of the island.

We drove along Seven Mile Beach back towards Georgetown and around this U-shaped island to the other northern point, Rum Point. The weather was rapidly changing and made for an interesting drive. One moment it would be clear skies, the next moment dark rain clouds.

The road would cut through lush green landscapes, through small towns and by picturesque water views.

After an hour drive we arrived to Rum Point only to continue down the road a few extra minutes. Starfish Point is a public beach an a common charter boat stop.

The beach is notable for the starfish that inhabit the shallow, knee-deep water. When we arrived it appeared to be the premier spot for tourists to attempt to kill as many starfishes as they could. Between stomping on them and taking them out of the water for that perfect selfie, it was clear why the signs said the population was dwindling.

We followed the beach away from the charter boats and found empty beaches with handfuls of starfish among the seagrass.

Their bright orange skin made them easy to spot as we walked along the shallow shoreline.

We walked the shoreline back to the parking lot and took the couple of minute drive back to Rum Point.

Rum Point is a sprawling, private, beachfront property with a restaurant, bar, rentals, chairs and private swimming area. It was also said that a good snorkeling spot could be found near their dock.

We skipped past the chairs and found a small section of beach between their property and the adjoining vacation rental property. The waters were calm and I sent Leslie out to investigate. She swam through the shallow waters where the seagrass reached up towards the surface of the water.

She returned and pointed out where the small reef was. I waited hoping the sun would emerge from behind the dark clouds that kept passing over the island but gave up on that idea after a brief rain shower.

I swam through what seemed to be an endless field of of seagrass. Not sure how I had passed the reef I got Leslie’s attention and she directed me to the correct area where a long rocky formation sat

To my pleasant surprise the snorkeling was pretty decent for such shallow waters right off the beach. Fan coral waved in the slow moving rolling currents. Small colorful fish sat tucked among the rocks and coral.

I came around the reef and spotted a lion fish, a fish that draws some mixed feelings. It’s exciting to spot because they are so unique but they’re an invasive species that can wreck the eco system.

I returned to the beach and we decided it was a good time to hit another beach since the weather hadn’t really been in our favor while we were there.

We started the drive back and came upon Spotts Beach, a favorite among locals. The sun was again peaking out so we pulled off the road and parked behind the cemetery. All of the good beaches here are behind cemeteries.

A long stretch of soft white sand extended from the parking lot down to the beach. On Seven Mile Beach the resorts claim much of the beach front leaving little to no room for trees and natural shade. This beach was dotted with palm trees offering plenty of shade.

We got situated on shore and enjoyed the days first stretch of good sunshine.

A short pier went out into the naturally protected bay and offered glimpses down to the sand and seagrass where fish circled below.

After getting our fill of sunshine we had a decision to make. The beach wasn’t west facing so we wouldn’t get a good sunset from the beach. We decided to pack it up and return to a spot somewhere on Seven Mile beach for the remainder of the day.

Leslie suggested a new spot near Royal Palms. We found a parking spot off the main road and walked through the Royal Palms. No one was working the door collecting the $2 fee to walk through their place to the beach. The one bad thing about Seven Mile Beach is the resorts don’t make it easy for non-guests to get to the beachfront.

We found a spot off to the side and immediately retreated to the water for some relief from the heat. The benefit of off-season travel was apparent as the bars and resort beaches were nearly empty.

Leslie stopped by the bar where happy hour drinks started at only $10, a real steal by island standards.

Food and drinks are very expensive and we’ve mostly avoided them. The food and drink menus we’ve seen haven’t looked all that exciting but Leslie took a risk and ordered the chicken tacos.

What was presented was the most interesting chicken tacos we’ve had. It started with a shelf-stable flour tortilla, topped with fried chicken nuggets and garnished with mayo and nacho cheese sauce.

As the sun set and mosquitos again returned so we packed it up and returned to the apartment for the evening. Leslie cooked up some bean burritos and we called it a day.