Frequently Asked Questions
GREAT NEWS! Grand Cayman is now open fully for unvaccinated and vaccinated guests effective 8/24/22
Where is Rum Point Grand Cayman?
Far from the cruise ships and crowds of Seven Mile Beach, The Retreat 23 is located in the quiet, north end in Rum Point Grand Cayman. (Where even the locals come to have fun!)
Grand Cayman is is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking turquoise water in the world. Part of the British West Indies, the Cayman Islands are in the Caribbean, somewhere between Jamaica and Cuba. There is plenty of snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing and boating to be done in Grand Cayman. Many US cities have direct flights to Grand Cayman and Southwest Airlines just began flying here.
Grand Cayman is approximately 22 miles long and anywhere from one to seven miles in width, and is probably best known for being one of the world's top dive and snorkeling sites. The Cayman Islands are a British Colony with a Governor appointed by the British Government. The capital is George Town, located approximately 25 miles from Rum Point.
What is the snorkeling like?
UNBELIEVABLE! We have seen sea turtles, stingrays, nurse sharks, yellow fin tuna, lobster, moray eels, tarpon, and every kind of tropical fish imaginable RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR CONDO. Grand Cayman has a reef around it so really big fish don't usually get through the reef. There is a small reef right in front of our condo with numerous tropical fish, where even beginners and children can explore super easily.
What’s a typical day for Rum Point Retreat condo guests?’
You will awake to panoramic ocean views all over unit 23– it’s truly amazing! Many guests enjoy a quiet, morning walk along the beach and/or dock or just kicking back and sipping coffee on the beach or your private screened in 40 foot porch and watching the sunrise. Then, you can play in the beautiful turquoise beach, lay on a raft, snorkel, rent kayaks or jet skis, beachcomb, or just lie on the beach and do nothing. Refilling your drink is easy, just walk into your condo right behind you or walk to the bar next door. Many families and couples will book excursions through Red Sail Sports or or go to the World Famous Stingray City or walk/drive to Starfish Point (about a mile away). There is also the Bioluminescence nightime Kayak Tour that is amazing! Some guests will take a day trip to the busier side of the island to see The Turtle Farm or Swim with the Dolphins. Some vacationers choose to cook in the condo while others prefer to dine at local restaurants or on the beach out front. (There are a couple picnic tables for you to enjoy right outside). There is a grill next to our condo. Then sip cocktails on the beach, watch the stars, and listen to the soft sounds of the ocean as your background music. We often take a night walk on the dock and bring squid (available at little gas stations, etc) to feed to the stingrays and other fish. It’s pure bliss! SEE ACTIVITIES
Is there a Grocery Store
The closest small grocery and liquor store are 10 minutes away. There are larger ones that are 20-30 minutes away.
Is there a place to get Coffee?
Kaibo has an expresso coffee place about a mile away near Starfish Point.
How far is The Retreat at Rum Point from the airport?
It's about 40-45 minutes from the airport.
Is Grand Cayman Safe for Tourists?
Yes, it is very safe and welcoming to tourists, unlike many other Caribbean destinations. Peddling/soliciting is against the law in Grand Cayman so visitors are never approached by solicitors peddling items or asking for money. The crime rate is very low, especially in the remote area where The Retreat at Rum Point is located. Our condo has never had any reports of crime or issues.
Are there Covid Restrictions?
As of June 30, 2022, they have dropped the required Covid Test. They do require the first set of vaccines. We went in May and had a fabulous time. Travel was much easier than we expected and check in at both airports was easy.
What is the weather like?
Perfect! The islands are warm year round with cooling trade winds. The dry season lasts from December to April, with February and March the driest. Like most islands, a little rainfall here and there is normal and usually passes quickly. Total annual rainfall averages 46 inches. Temperatures range from a low in February of 78-82 F to a high in July and August of 85-90. The sea temperature is 78-82 in winter and 82-86 in summer.
Should I rent a car?
Yes. You can choose from many carriers including Avis, Budget, Hertz, etc. Having a car will allow you to vacation in remote Rum Point but venture out to visit many landmarks and fun destinations all over the island. GPS sometimes doesn't register the location so it's best to ask the car rental people for directions to Rum Point. See Maps page
Who is this a good vacation for?
Because unit 23 has no stairs and has immediate beach access to two beaches, this condo is a big hit with everyone! Couples of all ages who want a romantic getaway, honeymoon or special anniversary trips. It's also PERFECT for families with children of any age. Older people also love unit 23 because they don't have to walk up and down stairs or walk too far to the beach--it's literally right in front of you on two sides! We accommodate parties of 4 people or less to keep our wear and tear down. We will sometimes allow a third child to make a max of five people if they share beds.
Who won't like Rum Point?
We can't think of anyone because it's really an amazing place! But perhaps singles looking for lots of clubs, crowds and action might be disappointed that this is more exclusive and private. If you want a lot of bustling nightclubs, crowded beaches,, or came here to meet other singles, you should find a location on Seven Mile Beach or drive there from Rum Point. Basically, it's the best couples and family vacation spot ever!
Is there a Pool at The Retreat?
Yes, there is a refreshing pool at the Retreat and it's just a short ways away from unit 23. There is also an outdoor shower to rinse off from the beach just steps from the condo. If you are a guest, please request the pool bathroom code from us.
What time is Check-in/Check out?
Check in anytime after 4 PM. Check out is 10 AM. (Maids need time to prepare the unit for the next guests). If you get there before 4 PM, ask me if you can check in a tad early. Sometimes it is available.
What should we bring?
Water shoes, several bathing suits, sun hats/glasses, snorkeling gear, resort clothes, and sun screen, your own toiletries, etc. You won’t need dress up clothes and rarely will you need a jacket; Island wear is acceptable even at the nicest restaurants. We recommend bringing a little medicine baggy with tylenol, benadryl, tums, etc. You are allowed to bring some alcohol to the island. Four bottles of wine, a liter of spirits, or a case of beer. (See Grand Cayman customs for details)
What does the condo have?
The condo is stocked with towels, bedding, beach towels, linens, dishes, pans, utensils, glasses, barware. It has a fridge with an icemaker, stove, microwave, dishwasher, standard coffee maker, blender, electric can opener, toaster, blue tooth/CD player, blow dryer, and alarm clock. Our unit has two master closets-one very large and one small, both with hangers and a large dresser. We keep both our large and small closet open for guests whereas other units will lock this to keep their personal belongings. The condo also has two bathtubs with showers and a third half bath. We ask that you leave the condo as nice as you found it. A complete inventory of items will be conducted upon check out. The most common thing we lose is beach towels which will cost you $20 to replace so please remember to return these from the beach and excursions.
Are there any restaurants?
Yes. we have a list of our favorite places and other restaurants in the area. Tukka, Kaibo, Bombay Chopstix, Eagle Rays, Over the Edget, etc. There is a Domino’s (near Foster’s in Savannah) and Pizza Hut near Hurley’s. There is also a Subway sandwiches on the East end and by Fosters grocery store where guests sometimes like to stock up on sandwiches. Right next door is the Wreck Bar and Grill that serves burgers, fish sandwiches, delicious cocktails and the food is usually served from 10 – 5. There is also a finer restaurant there called Rum Point Club. NOTE: Both are set to reopen back up at the end of 2022 sometime.
What about money and credit cards in Grand Cayman?
Virtually everyone accepts US dollars and credit cards, but the prices on everything are usually listed in Cayman money (CI). After the conversion, your cost for the merchandise will be about 20-22% above the posted cost of the item or meal if you’re using US money.
Is there snorkel gear there?
Yes, there is often a variety of snorkel gear, swim shoes, floats and a couple of sand toys that you may use while you're there, but if you plan to do lots of snorkeling, we encourage you to bring your own so you'll have the right fit/sizes. We buy ours on amazon and read the reviews to find ones we like.
Is there maid service?
The condo is sparkling clean and ready for your arrival. It's nice to leave a gratuity when you leave.
Who do I call if there's a problem when we arrive?
We have local management available to help should a situation arise while you're on the island. You can also email the owners at firstname.lastname@example.org. We usually answer quickly and can help guide you on what to do as best we can from the U.S.
Email the owners Matt and Katrina. We are happy to assist you!