"If you're looking for a Caribbean island vacation that's unspoiled by multiple high-rise hotels, crowded beaches, thousands of cruise ship tourists, crowded streets and shops, locals badgering you, then look no further than Cayman Brac, one of the two sister islands of Grand Cayman. It's ideal! Our three-generation family of 10, ranging in age from 8 to 73 had a terrific week at Garden Estates on the south shore of this 12-mile long by only 1.5 mile wide island. The Garden Estates owner, Shane, is a terrific host and will do everything to make your stay a perfect one at his exquisite two-acre complex overlooking the sea where privacy abounds. He has designed a beautiful, unique house that accommodated us all very comfortably. Everything you could possibly need is provided, including a fully stocked fridge that lasted for two days when we supplemented with our own groceries. One night Shane prepared a delicious Thai meal for us, which we all enjoyed with him on the huge deck overlooking the sea. Another night he had a local musician, Perry, come over and we all joined in singing and playing some of the percussion instruments to accompany his guitar and singing. On two occasions, a government nature guide, TJ, took us spelunking in two of the many caves that lay within the over 100-foot high, limestone Brac (bluff) that runs the length of the island. On the way he made numerous stops where we learned about the many plants used in cooking and medicinal purposes. Later in the week our daughter and four grandchildren, 8, 10, 17 and 19 went to four more caves where they literally had to crawl in and out of very tight spaces. Not for everyone, but they loved it! Several in our group also went fishing as arranged by Shane and caught trigger fish and snapper. Our oldest grandson prepared a delicious dinner for us that night. Snorkelling was excellent and though none of us dive or are certified, we'd like to experience this another time as Cayman Brac is known as one of the world's best dive spots. Garden Estates has a nice pool and huge surrounding patio with ample lounge chairs and hammocks. Hammocks also abound on the shaded patios adjoining the house. Nearby is an excellent, deep public beach with facilities and the day we went, we were the only ones there! A local restaurant/bar has karaoke and darts that grandkids and adults enjoyed one night. We also found the locals (2800) are extremely friendly and helpful. We highly recommend Garden Estates. Thanks Shane!"
Guest: Ray G.
Date of Stay: June 2014
Review Submitted: June 26, 2014