There’s no way I was going to let my own mother come to Grand Cayman and not kiss a stingray. Its one of Grand Cayman’s biggest attractions, as well as being where I work a few days a week! I’m lucky in that I think the company I work for runs the best trip in Grand Cayman, so the decision of where to bring people coming to visit has been easy. It’s a small boat, and we leave super early (8am is early when you’re on vacation!) to beat the hordes of cruise ship crowds.
We start out with a boat ride out to the sandbar, then disembark for the first stop, Stingray City. Here you can pet, feed, hold and kiss wild stingrays while I get it all on video. The stingrays can be a bit bold and are always knocking me over when I have the camera in hand! My mom was absolutely terrified and it took some goading but by the end of the trip she gave one a big kiss! You know that song, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause?” I might have to write one about southern stingrays. That’s seven years good luck and I’ve got the proof.
While the stingrays are the main attraction, I think the second stop, to the barrier reef, is also really impressive. It’s a nice shallow reef that holds lots of juvenile fish and an impressive green eel. At this point I put on scuba gear and dive down under do I can get video of people snorkeling and waving at the camera.
At the end I go around and do my salespitch and sell videos. Since family is VIP, I made Cathy and my mom a special copy with only my footage (Heather’s stock is far superior, but it was fun to make a stingray video solely of my own photos and video!). Its a pretty short video, and it gives you a good idea of what I do here at Stingray City, as well as some nice eye candy. Enjoy!