A Tour to Starfish Point with CayTours
by Maia Muttoo Sep 9, 2019
CayTours is a tour provider in Grand Cayman offering a local perspective.
Touting a “true Caymanian experience”, CayTours offers a range of guided tours around the island, with itineraries that include stops at popular sites like Hell, the Blow Holes and the Botanic Park.
We recently joined CayTours in their 34-seat Yutong coach for a trip to Starfish Point. The idyllic beach in North Side boasts pristine white sand, crystal-clear water and is home to a beautiful colony of starfish.
Rum Cake Tasting at Tortuga Rum Co.
Our tour included roundtrip transportation to and from the cruise ship port in central George Town. After boarding, we were pleased to discover that the fully-airconditioned mega bus also offered comfortable seats and free Wi-Fi on board!
Our first stop was the Tortuga Rum Company. The rum-products manufacturer was founded in the Cayman Islands in 1984, and now operates bakeries and distribution locations in Cayman, Barbados, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Tortuga is famous for their moist rum cake, which comes in a wide range of flavours like original, key lime, coconut and chocolate.
We sampled their cinnamon-raisin and chocolate rum cake; both were delicious, with flavours that were recognisable without being overpowering.
A Tour Around the Island
After leaving Tortuga, we began the 45-minute drive to Starfish Point.
Along the way, our friendly and knowledgeable driver pointed out major historical and touristic sites and explained their significance. These included Heroes Square, The Legislative Assembly, Fort George, Red Bay Dock, Pedro St. James, and the islands’ first capital, Bodden Town. He also gave information about Cayman’s heritage and culture, painting a comprehensive picture of the island. For the cruise ship passengers on the tour whose exploration time in Cayman is limited, this was a great education opportunity.
The paradisiacal Starfish Point is at the northern tip of Grand Cayman. Even with a few tour boats anchored there, the white-sand beach was still quiet and peaceful when we arrived.
We laid out our towels and enjoyed the shade from palm and casuarina trees before tipping our toes in the cool water. We spotted at least six starfish during our visit, and from the looks of it, there were many more.
Cautionary signs were posted around the beach, warning visitors not to remove starfish from the water. Outside of the ocean, starfish lose their ability to breathe and could be injured or die.
After two hours of allotted time at Starfish Point, we headed back to the George Town port.
Our six-hour trip with CayTours included tastings, culture and beach time.
What more could you want?
CayTours offers tours for a range of price-points and interests. Visit https://www.caytours.com/ for more information.