I haven't been in Grand Cayman for too long, and I've already found the beach and learned several things about the island. OK, finding the beach wasn't too hard as I'm staying right on Seven Mile Beach (pictured above), which is where many of the hotels are located. And the rest of what I've learned has come pretty easy too.
1. The name is pronounced Cay-man (equal emphasis on both syllables), not Cay-min. I'm still saying Cay-min, but at least now I know I'm pronouncing it incorrectly and I'll do my best to try to remember that it's Cay-man.
2. They drive on the wrong side of the road here. Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory, so I guess it makes sense that they drive on the left side. In case you forget the British connection, just remember that the official name of the adorable turtle mascot you see everywhere is Sir Turtle.
3. A Cayman Colada is a pina colada with blackberry or raspberry liqueur. I'm not sure what the story behind this is, but this seems to be the official drink. I tried one and it turns out that I like the traditional pina colada better. But I'm not surprised because a traditional pina colada is above and beyond my favorite tropical drink. A Cayman Colada is quite tasty and is very pretty when it's served as the pink liqueur gives it a marbelized look.
4. There are Blue Iguanas here. I thought that iguanas only came in green and brown. But apparently they also come in blue, but only in Cayman. Unfortunately they are extremely endangered so my chance of encountering one is slim unless I go to the Botanic Park and I'm not sure I'll make it there with my limited amount of time. But the good news is that the Blue Iguana Recovery Program has made great strides in expanding the population. I'll be keeping my eyes out for long blue tails in case I get lucky…