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GRAND CAYMAN. While on vacation, we saw a lot of chicks and co- ...We saw a lot of hens and roosters.😂😜 They are all over the place here, roaming freely, even perching over guests’ shoulders during breakfast and cockadoodledoo-ing to their hearts’ content 😆. No alarm clocks needed here! ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #islandlife #caribbean #chicken #wheretoeat #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. We literally drove all around the island in hope of finding good fish fry. In past travel, we’ve found the best local food are often made in the most not-fancy, no-nonsense, shack-looking restaurants.😁 So, when hunger struck, this one looked like a viable candidate. We turned from the road into their dusty lot, hopped off the car, and placed our orders. We waited almost 30 minutes for the food and it was... uh... *not* worth the wait.🤦🏻‍♀️. Ugh. (Sorry, Capt Herman — the fish was dry and the taste too vinegar-y.) Then, we later were told by a local — a bit late, unfortunately! — that many places on Grand Cayman don’t have access to truly fresh fish. Mainly those markets/restaurants that are situated right on the docks. If you’re going, couple places recommended to us were: Calypso Grill ( @calypsogrillcayman ) and Cracked Conch. Have you been to either one? ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #crackedconchcayman #calypsogrillcayman #caribbean #food #fishfry #wheretoeat #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. This island is fantastic. Apart from the obvious — great beaches, good weather, etc — traffic, airport, supermarkets are so organized and neat. And the people! They are friendly, helpful, respectful. I’m so glad we came. 🤑 FYI, if you’re planning to go: the FX rate is $1.25 USD for every $1 Cayman Island dollar and cost of living seems high enough here to begin with. So, estimate about $100USD per person per day on average for regular meals. If you want to have a couple drinks each or have, say, a fancier dinner, I’d add about another $50 USD per head per meal. So, definitely budget a bit more than your normal Downtown Jersey City food.😁 That being said, there is a very good likelihood that Grand Cayman might nudge Turks & Caicos off of its #1 spot as my favorite Caribbean vacation destination. But, hey, I don’t know. Guess I’ll have to revisit both just to be sure...?😉 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #caribbean #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #sunset #view #views #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. First time trying... crocodile meat. I can’t really say I’m daring when it comes to food but these fritters were made of a conch-and-crocodile mix. And, I normally don’t say “no” to conch, sooo... lemme try that croc meat, then.🤪 (I finished all four fritters, btw, if you’re wondering how this went. I thought the fritters were very good. Thanks, @cayman.tukka 👍) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #tgif #grandcayman #caymanislands #conch #crocodile #fritters #caribbean #food #wheretoeat #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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GRAND CAYMAN. Another beach! This one is on the eastern side of the island (Seven Mile Beach is on the West coast, Smith Barcadere is on the Southwest side, Coe Wood is on the South, in case you’re trying to place my previous posts, haha). It’s not as nice and neat as the others and I didn’t go in — the water doesn’t seem to be as crystal clear and there may be a lot of sea grass — but it’s supposed to have great snorkeling. Other than that, we again found this beach to be clean and quiet with two cabanas, restrooms, and outdoor showers for public use. We had to drive off; otherwise, this would’ve been a good place to just relax, picnic, and/or read a book. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #caribbean #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #sunset #view #views #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. I’d love you show you a photo of Coe Wood Beach but this tree wouldn’t let me!🤦🏻‍♀️😁 This public beach — like most of the beaches here, it looks like — is clean and quiet. I also saw about 3-4 cabanas for use and, yes, there’s parking. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #caribbean #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #palmtrees #coconuttrees #view #views #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. The heat and humidity can be pretty brutal here but I’m finding that one of the cool things about this island is that there‘s access to the water all over the place! There are several public beaches with clean restroom/outdoor showers spread out along the coast plus “Public Beach Access” walking paths from the road every few houses. This one is Smith Barcadere Beach. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #caribbean #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #sunset #view #views #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC(?)... . Peekaboo, Sun. I see you... Last sunset of the cruise. Of course, I know I can catch the sunset pretty much everywhere but the ones I’ve seen at sea have to be some of the most spectacular ones I’ll ever witness. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #caribbean #sailing #horizon #clouds #sunset #ocean #sea #calm #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC(?)... 🎵The loooooove boaaaaat...🎶 . Actually, no, this was more like the kids-running-around-and-screaming-like-mad-men kind of boat 🤦🏻‍♀️ . But, at night: ahhhh, peace.👍 ••••••••••• Come along! 📸: @missmartysays #caribbean #sailing #horizon #clouds #sunset #ocean #sea #calm #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC(?)... Sometimes Mother Nature likes to show off. When she does I say just enjoy it. (Capturing it is a bonus but don’t even think about using a filter!😉) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #caribbean #sailing #horizon #clouds #sunset #ocean #sea #calm #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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Well, of course, what’s my feed without another food photo?! SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC (?)... Had I known sooner that there was a fish fry place within walking distance of Pillary Beach in Grand Turk, I would’ve bought bags of it in a heartbeat. But, alas, we found out too late. Instead, to get my fix, I ended up with this Fried Seafood Platter from the Seafood Shack on the ship (try saying that 5x fast). It was, as expected, not as satisfying. The lesson? Ask locals the important questions first: Where is the nearest place to get good food from? ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandturk #turksandcaicos #resort #fishfry #calamari #seafoodtime #seafoodplatter #wheretoeat #food #caribbean #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC.(?) I’d never seen the ocean this glassy-sm👀th before. And those blues... ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #caribbean #sailing #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS. The Turks and Caicos islands are home to my fave Caribbean beaches (at least as of today, haha). But the ones flanking the Grand Turk port were ridiculously crowded — umbrellas-touching-each-other kind of crowded — so we escaped via taxi to this one, Pillary Beach. Much better.🏖 Because it’s at a private resort, it’s quiet and there were probably less than 50 souls on that beach. Just the way I like it.😉 (Taxi costs $8 per person each way and the resort charged $10 per beach chair.) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandturk #turksandcaicos #resort #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #caribbean #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS. I asked our driver if people do daytrips from island to island and turns out they can and do! If I recall correctly, a ferry runs from North Caicos to Middle Caicos (approx 20mins) to South Caicos (roughly 45mins) and then it sails back. And, if you need to get from Providenciales to here, Grand Turk (the capital), you can take a 20-min plane ride for about $150, round-trip. So, next time I’m in T&C with extra days and dollars to spare, I can actually visit the other islands in one day.🤗 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandturk #turksandcaicos #port #ship #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #caribbean #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS. Horses and donkeys roam freely all over Grand Turk. We were told people don’t necessarily own them - they’re just there! Then, those I saw that do live with people were just “parked” out in their home’s... driveway.😆 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandturk #turksandcaicos #streets #horses #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #caribbean #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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ST THOMAS, USVI. Here’s a view of the ocean, the ship, the cruise port, and the shopping plaza from the Paradise Point Skyride. It’s located across the street from the port/plaza. The ride, itself, is quick — just about 10 mins roundtrip. And, as long as you keep your Skyride pass sticker on, you are allowed to get off at the top where a restaurant is perched overlooking the port and re-board to ride back down. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #stthomas #usvi #usvirginislands #skyride #cablecar #birdseyeview #view #views #sea #ocean #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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ST THOMAS, USVI. Water is what I came here for! This is Magen Beach - lots of people there but it, thankfully, did not get as crowded as, say, the Jersey shore. We left shortly before lunchtime, just as more people were arriving. Some ℹ️nfo for new visitors like me: there were about 5 or so outdoor showers and about the same number of restroom stalls and changing stalls (at least for women). And, iguanas — that seemed indifferent to us — roamed the beach area. Just FYI, in case you care about these things. 😉 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #stthomas #usvi #usvirginislands #streets #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #caribbean #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. San Juan streets pic #4 (see last posts). What else can I say? I’ve been charmed and now I’ll have to go back... ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #streets #streetsofsanjuan #alley #colors #architecture #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #caribbean #view #views #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #charmed #travel #seetheworld #explore


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. San Juan streets pic #3 (see last post). First-timer’s observation: The port area is clean and folks are friendly. And, even though the bars/restaurants were lively and music was constantly playing, people weren’t rowdy. Great for a pleasant walk. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #streets #streetsofsanjuan #alley #colors #architecture #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #caribbean #view #views #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. San Juan streets pic #2 (see last post). If you remember from a previous post, the national parks were closed the day we were at port in Puerto Rico. So, the best we could do with the limited time we had was just stroll around the immediate area. We ended up hanging out at two restaurants. The food and drinks there were fantastic but wish had more time to explore. I’ll likely come back — are there any places you recommend for staying/eating/drinking/checking out?🗺 Please feel free to comment/msg helpful suggestions! ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #streets #streetsofsanjuan #alley #colors #architecture #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #caribbean #view #views #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. I’m a sucker for colorful buildings and cobblestone streets! And San Juan had plenty! And now I’m sharing photos of them! Here’s pic #1!🤗 (And I just had coffee.💃🏻💥😁) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #streetsofsanjuan #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #caribbean #view #views #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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I am a firm believer that Mr YC makes the best skirt steaks 😉 but this one came wayyy close. Delish. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #instafood #skirtsteak #steak #fries #dinner #food #elasador #sanjuan #puertorico #restaurant #wheretoeat #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #nofilter #iphone6 #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #vacation #live


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. Because of the events that were (still are) happening in Puerto Rico, we weren’t sure we were going to be allowed into town. We were given the “Go” later in the afternoon and then told that the national parks were closed, too. A bit of a bummer but glad that we had enough time to at least walk around the port area, escape the heat and humidity and have a nice little chat with the bartender and a few fellow tourists at this little gem of a place: El Asador. PS: If the bartender recommends that you try their seafood-yuca mofongo and their skirt steak, please do yourself a favor and listen to the man.😉 So good. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #bar #restaurant #wheretoeat #mofongo #steak #summer #vacation #cruise #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #carnivalcruise #iphone


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. Me, unsuccessfully trying to blend into local architecture...😆 ••••••••••• 📸: @coff33g4l #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #summer #vacation #cruise #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #carnivalcruise #iphone


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When you can’t decide between lobster or prime rib, your @carnival server can/will give you both! (And I didn’t even have to ask haha)... ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #instafood #primerib #steak #lobster #shrimp #risotto #carnival #cruise #dinner #ship #sea #food #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #nofilter #noedit #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #vacation #live


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