Given the choice of airlines, I’ll always choose JetBlue. I appreciate all of the little touches that make it an enjoyable experience – where I feel like a valued customer rather than just a dollar sign. Living in the Boston area, I’m fortunate that JetBlue is the largest airline serving Boston Logan – so I have the opportunity to fly them frequently. We are all members of the JetBlue True Blue frequent traveler program, and I love the fact that we can pool our points together to travel. JetBlue also offers JetBlue Getaways – where you can save on airfare and hotel when purchasing as a package through JetBlue. It’s a great way to minimize vacation planning stress, and is so easy to book. Travelers can even call JetBlue directly to book a JetBlue Getaways trip, and the phone booking fee is waived when purchasing a Getaway. You’ll even earn extra True Blue miles for your trip. I’ve booked three JetBlue Getaways already, and have always enjoyed the experience.
This past week, my family enjoyed an end of summer JetBlue Getaways trip to Grand Cayman. It was the perfect way to enjoy some quality family time before school started up again for the year. We experienced a travel delay with our initial flight, but were impressed with JetBlue’s service in informing us. We received a phone call and were rebooked without us having to do anything at all.
On Friday, we left early in the morning from Boston’s Logan Airport and connected through JFK Airport in New York City. I hadn’t experienced the famous JetBlue Terminal 5 at JFK before, and we really enjoyed our layover. With loads of restaurants, fabulous shops, and even some fun cosmetics vending machines, the time went by quickly.
Our flights were super easy. Since my daughter has tree nut allergies, I was so glad to see that JetBlue serves nut-free cookies as one of their free snacks. Our flight to the Cayman Islands also offered free WiFi (over the US), DirectTV at every seat, complimentary movies, and fabulous service. We landed at about 12:30pm, and were checked in to the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa a short time later. By 2pm, we were enjoying this gorgeous view:
We choose to spend our afternoon at both the pool and the beach – the water was so clear and warm, so it was easy to just sit and enjoy it. The view from the resort into the gorgeous Caribbean Sea is absolutely perfect. After several hours, we showered and headed across the street for a casual dinner. Given our 3am wake up time, we were all asleep by 8pm.
The next morning, we had a delicious buffet breakfast at the Westin’s Ferdinand’s Cafe, before walking around the property.
I took some gorgeous photos of the beach and hotel, while my kids enjoyed exploring. After a bit of time looking around, we got into our bathing suits and hit the beach. Because we were up so early, it was so quiet and peaceful.
My turtle-obsessed son was desperate to go to the Cayman Turtle Farm, so we talked to the resort concierge about getting there (we didn’t have a rental car). Thankfully, the Turtle Farm offers a complimentary shuttle from the Westin, so we packed up and took the shuttle. Once we arrived, we had the choice of just the Turtle Farm, or the whole adventure park. We opted to purchase tickets for the whole adventure park, which includes the Turtle Lagoon (snorkeling with turtles and fish), Breaker’s Lagoon (the largest swimming pool on Cayman, which includes a water slide), an aviary, as well as the turtle farm. Snorkel rental is included, but be sure to bring along your own towels.
Overall, we spent about 3 1/2 hours at the Turtle Farm and would definitely go back. My son loved it, and it was a great spot for his first snorkel experience, since the water is calm.
After returning from the Turtle Farm, we went back to the beach for some more swimming and relaxation before dinner.
Because we had just a limited time on vacation, I wanted to make sure we maximized our stay. So I was thrilled to find out that our hotel, through the onsite Red Sail kiosk, offered an excursion to Stingray City then to Rum Point beach. We were able to purchase the excursion for our family on our last full day. We took a shuttle over to the catamaran/sailboat, and then sailed off for 45 minutes to Stingray City. Originally, Stingray City was a spot where the Cayman fisherman would stop to clean off their fish. Any unwanted parts would be thrown into the water, and eventually the stingrays knew to hang out there to get some food. Now, tourists travel via boat to Stingray City, where you can stand in chest-deep water and pet the stingrays. It’s in the middle of the ocean, so it’s such a beautiful spot. It’s usually more crowded, but with no cruise ships visiting on a Sunday, it was very peaceful.
After Stingray City, we got back on the boat and rode to Rum Point, a public beach on the other side of Grand Cayman. Because of the distance from most of the popular hotels on 7 Mile Beach, Rum Point tends to be filled with more locals. It’s a gorgeous spot, and the kids enjoyed using their snorkels (rental was included in our fee for the excursion) to explore.
Our sail back was relaxing – perfect after a long day. We arrived back at our resort around 4pm, so I stopped at the concierge for dinner suggestions. She recommended a fabulous Italian restaurant located a short walk away, and even provided us with a discount coupon.
We woke up on Monday sad that we were headed home, but happy that we had the morning to enjoy our resort. After a quick breakfast, we headed to the peaceful beach. I did go in the water for a while, but I was also happy to just sit in a lounge chair enjoying the view.
Because the kids loved the pool so much, we also spend a little bit of time there. Then we showered, packed up, and headed back to the airport (about 15 minutes away). Our flight to JFK was right on time, and we had about 3 hours to explore Terminal 5 again before flying home to Boston.
Our JetBlue Getaways experience was fabulous, and we are already talking about booking another Caribbean adventure for our family. The timing right before school was great – we truly enjoyed bonding as a family before the hustle and bustle of the fall.
To learn more about JetBlue Getaways, and see all of the options they offer, visit the JetBlue Getaways website.
Disclosure: Our JetBlue Getaways trip (flights and hotel) was complimentary. We paid for food and excursions on our own.
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