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If you go: Grand Cayman

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March 26, 2006

How to get there

Although there is rudimentary bus service on Grand Cayman, a rental car is best for sightseeing. Andy's Rent-A-Car, a local business (www.andys.ky; 345-949-8111) with locations at the airport and Seven Mile Beach, offers comparatively low rates.

What to do

Cayman Turtle Farm Boatswain's Beach

345-949-3894

www.turtle.ky

Daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $7.50, children $4. New marine theme park, adults $60, children $25.

Cayman Islands Helicopters Owen Roberts International Airport

Outside George Town

345-943-4354

www.caymanislandshelicopters.com

Tours $65-$265; discount for advance booking online.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park Highway A4

345-947-3558

www.botanic-park.ky

Daily 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (last admission 4:30). Adults $7.50, children $5.

Cathy Church Underwater Photo Center & Gallery Sunset House Hotel

South Church Street

345-949-7415

cathychurch.com

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 8:30-5. Free.

Red Sail Sports 877-733-7245, 345-945-5965

www.redsailcayman.com

Equipment rental and excursions from a number of locations, including the Westin Casuarina. Kayak rental $20 an hour. Catamaran to Stingray City Sandbar, adults $50, children $25.

Where to stay

Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa

West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach

800-WESTIN-1, 345-945-3800

www.westincasuarina.com

Luxury resort has big freshwater pool to augment its stretch of pristine sandy beach. Doubles $226-$628; ask about packages.

Where to eat

Casa Havana Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa

Elegant Nuevo Latino dining is complemented by first-class international wine list. Dinner nightly. Entrees $31-$41.

Calypso Grill Morgans Harbour, West Bay

345-949-3948

www.calypsogrillcayman.com

Caribbean seafood with an Asian influence at this colorful dockside room completely rebuilt after Ivan. Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. Entrees $21-$40.

Chicken! Chicken! West Shore Centre, Seven Mile Beach

345-945-2290

Healthy wood-grilled chicken and classic island sides served cafeteria style. Daily lunch and dinner. Chicken platters $7.80-$15.

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