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Our shopping advice for food and drink

Virginia
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Our shopping advice for food and drink

Shopping: for the best selection of wine, Big Daddy’s at the intersection of West Cross Road and South Side Road (called Foster’s Corner). Wines from Chile and Argentina are reasonably priced and considerably better value than wines from Europe or North America.

Each of the three grocery stores has a few slightly different products. Most of the foods are American products that come in by weekly barge (ocean conditions permitting).The selection dwindles steeply every day in the interval between barges, so buy it when you see it. Some prices are double what you’d pay in the U.S., others anywhere from nearly equal to 50 percent higher.

Most stores and businesses are closed Sundays, except for the dive shops and eateries. For Saturday arrival, plan on shopping right away (stores are open until 8 or 9), but you could also eat out or bring some food from home to get you through until Monday.

For fresh fish, check the fish cleaning sheds at the various docks until you encounter someone cleaning their day’s catch. On more than one occasion, usually around noon, we surfaced from a dive to find fish for sale. They don’t advertise, you just have to ask ($4 Cayman dollars a pound is reasonable.)

Water: The island has a reverse osmosis plant to desalinate seawater. It is delivered to house cisterns by truck. If you’re not used to it, you may be better off drinking bottled water (though it’s perfectly safe if boiled for cooking, or for tea or coffee). On the West Cross Road (on the west end, it connects the north and south side roads) is a small hut that dispenses purified water for $1 a gallon (use 4 Cayman Island quarters). Once you buy a gallon at the grocery store and use it up, you can then reuse the jug at this hut and save some money. When you leave you can drop your empties at the hut for others to use.

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2. Re: Our shopping advice for food and drink

So sorry. Totally my bad. Didn’t realize it was about The Brac!!!

Illinois
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3. Re: Our shopping advice for food and drink

Thanks for the detailed information about shopping for supplies on Cayman Brac! Where did you stay and who was your dive op? How was the diving and did you mostly do boat dives or shore dives or both? What restaurants did you try and what were your opinions? What activities did you enjoy besides diving? How were your flights?

Sorry about all the questions but there isn't much info available about the sister islands. We are heading back to Brac for the 4th or 5th time later this year; we staying at the Cayman Brac Reef Resort all-inclusive again. We love the CBBR, but we always try to get off-campus on bikes and by renting a car to explore the island and I am always happy to hear the advice and experiences of others. Thanks in advance!

Edited: 10 May 2018, 01:08
Virginia
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4. Re: Our shopping advice for food and drink

We were on Brac for a week and rented a house through VRBO (and posted a review on Trip Advisor). We cooked all our meals and only went out for ice cream. We did only shore diving and rented our tanks and weights from Brac Scuba Shack (we posted a review). We also went snorkeling around docks at night and saw a couple of large octopi. The shore diving was easy and spectacular, and you can safely leave your keys in the car without attracting trouble. There is a good shore diving guide booklet for sale on the island, and we found it indispensable.

Aside from diving, we went to the parrot preserve, lighthouse, and a few caves.

They drive on the left, but there's not much traffic.

The flights from the US to Grand, and from Grand to Brac all went smoothly and were reasonably priced. We had a nonstop from Washington Dulles to GCM on United, which only offers the nonstop on Saturdays.

Illinois
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5. Re: Our shopping advice for food and drink

Thanks, I think that I just saw your report on Scubaboard and I asked a lot of the same questions! :)

Ottawa, Canada
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6. Re: Our shopping advice for food and drink

We just returned from 2 weeks at CBBR and had such a great time diving and relaxing!! Took the bikes out a couple times (my husband had bad luck with the chain always falling off his), visited the caves (Skull Cave has the most bats, they are adorable!), did all boat dives, did a taxi tour, walked through the parrot reserve, and walked over to the abandoned resort next door (the beach there isn't bad for snorkeling and wading).

Illinois
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7. Re: Our shopping advice for food and drink

Two weeks at Cayman Brac Beach Resort, how lovely! Was this your first trip to Brac? How was the diving?

Are you able to access the beach for the abandoned Divi Tiara resort from the seashore? We walked over there once from the road and the bugs and burrs were pretty bad, I'd don't think I'd try it again.

Ottawa, Canada
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8. Re: Our shopping advice for food and drink

We went last year as well! Water was lovely and the diving was really great- we didn't always see exciting things, but viz was consistently fantastic and I did my advanced cert too!

you could certainly use the kayaks to access that beach from CBBR. We walked over again from the road, a few burrs as you said, but no bugs yet. We did have a lot of mosquitoes at the parrot reserve and in the caves though.

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