Things to See and Do Around Morritt’s

The eastern districts of Grand Cayman are the least populated on the island, however they are full of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s a selection of the attractions that are just a short drive away from Morritt’s. 

 

Cayman Parrot

Cayman Parrot Sanctuary

Located just before Tukka restaurant on Austin Connolly Drive, the Cayman Parrot Sanctuary is one of the island’s newest attractions but it is already growing in popularity. As the name implies, the facility is a place where injured Cayman parrots (the Islands’ national bird) can be rehabilitated with the ultimate goal of being released back into the wild. The sanctuary offers a fun, interactive and educational experience where families of all ages can see, hold and feed a variety of Cayman’s native animals. 

 

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park showcases the best of Cayman’s natural beauty, where guests can enjoy guided or self-guided tours through colourful gardens, botanic, lake and nature displays. You might even see an endangered blue iguana or two, which roam freely throughout the park. They are found nowhere else in the world — only in the Cayman Islands! 

 

Tukka Restaurant & Bar

Visit Tukka for a casual Australian and Caribbean fusion lunch or dinner any day of the week while taking in the calm sea views from their deckKids will also enjoy watching the Frigate Bird feedings that take place daily at 5:00pm!  

 

Cayman Flora

Mastic Trail

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, grab your hiking shoes and water bottle for a 2.3-mile hike through the Mastic Trail to see some of the last remaining untouched old-growth forests of the Caribbean as well as several species of birdsreptiles and insects that live within the reserve. Guided tours are also available. 

 

Rum Point & Kaibo

Enjoy a fun day at the beach in North Side at Rum Point Club or Kaibo. Both locations offer casual beachside restaurants and bars, loungers and watersports activitiesKaibo also has a coffee shop and a fine dining restaurant for dinners. From Rum Point you can catch a catamaran to visit world famous Stingray City, where you can swim and touch the rays.

 

Starfish Point

A short walk from Kaibo on Water Cay Road, Starfish Point is a popular destination for these special creatures to naturally congregate in the shallow waters. Just be sure to not remove any from the water when you pay them a visit!  

 

Cayman Crystal Caves

A guided walking tour through the Crystal Caves and flora and fauna of the surrounding tropical forest will not disappoint!  

 

Bioluminescence Tours

Kids and adults alike will delight at this glowing natural wonder in the Bio Bay. Night tours are available via kayak or boat where you will be able to view the natural splendour of glowing dinoflagellate plankton that twinkle like stars at the slightest movements in the water. The tour companies go out only when the moon phases are favourable and some provide gear for you to swim in the water to see the magic up close.

Of course, Morritt’s is packed with on-site activities and amenities including watersports, swim-up pool bars, diving and snorkelling – so you never have to leave the resortBe sure to check out our daily activities programme, which includes a little fun for everyone! 

December 12

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Memories at Morritt’s

Read the stories and fond memories below to find out what has kept our family of guests coming back for over 30 years.

 

(Hint: It’s not just the sandy beaches or the 5-star experience you’ll get at our amenity-rich resort!)

If you have a Morritt’s family memory you’d like to share, contact our sales team here. Or you can always reach out directly to your favourite staff ambassador.

 

Cat M. and her son make lifelong friends

“My first visit to Morritt’s in 2010 was one where I got a taste of the island, scuba diving, and made life-long friends. I KNEW it would be the first trip of many!

While visiting each year (leaving my son at home), I fell more and more in love with the island, resort, and friends I made from all around the world…enough so, that I brought my son WITH ME for his first visit in 2014.

Needless to say, when Morritt’s beaches are the first a child ever experiences in their life, you KNOW he will be hooked!!! And he was! I chose to purchase that year when I realized that the friends my son made and would make at Morritt’s and the experiences he would have over the years were memories I HAD to give him!

As my son has gotten older, he has helped in timing the vacations to ensure his lifelong friends will be on-island the same time we’re there. And my friends are both on-island and tourists, so I’m HOME with every visit.

For anyone thinking about visiting Morritt’s, imagine the most friendly people you’ve encountered in your life…they are the ones who will greet you on arrival and make your stay AMAZING! The accommodations, while gorgeous, pale in comparison to the customer service you will get at the resort!

Wishing all future guests and owners many happy “blue days”!”

 

Jenny L. takes up rooms for the whole family

“Magnificent Morritt’s is always where we want to be! The moment our eyes see the beautiful lavish Morritt’s Resort, there is wondrous knowledge of the glorious vacation that awaits!

For over 20 years, we have relished the serenity, tranquillity and immaculate resort and beach of Morritt’s.  All the buildings, pools and grounds are phenomenal and every detail is perfect.

We first purchased a one-bedroom unit when on an exchange and did not want to leave paradise. Now we own many two-bedroom units so our children and grandchildren will be able to cherish Morritt’s!

There are endless amenities for the energetic active person or if you prefer there is incredible quiet calming contentment on the beach also. We have met ultimately kind, gracious men and women at Morritt’s and they have become very special friends who we meet at Morritt’s every year.

Morritt’s radiates pure bliss, happiness and joy! Morritt’s Resort is the ONLY place in the whole wide world my husband will vacation – Morritt’s is absolutely the BEST!”

 

Loren G. and his wife relive their honeymoon year after year

“Our first experience with Morritt’s vacation club was on our honeymoon five years ago. My wife and I were gifted a week from her father and stepmother.

Grand Cayman is a place I had dreamed of going for many years, and we were also lucky enough to find the friendliest resort I have ever been to. Not only are the accommodations warm and inviting, the entire staff is dedicated to making your stay as amazing as possible.

We purchased a unit the same visit as our honeymoon, and we just recently purchased a unit in Mont-Tremblant. We cannot express how thankful we are to be a part of such an amazing organization.”

 

Angela G. dove over 100 times and is still logging

“My first trip to Grand Cayman and Morritt’s was in 2008 on an RCI exchange. Grand Cayman was recommended by another scuba diver who was an owner at Morritt’s. I decided to give it a shot. That first year it was in November.

As a diver, I quickly determined it was a place worth returning, which then turned in to returning again and again. Almost immediately I also fell in love with the resort and the East End.

It is 2020 and this will be my first year that I won’t get the chance to go. I have already booked 2021 and cannot wait to get back. I have been to Cayman in March, May, June, July, August, November, and December. Over the years, I have made friends with other guests (who we now sometimes return together) as well as friends on the island. I have unlimited Cayman memories created over the last decade; they make me smile, laugh, and remember the joy from each trip. I am always ready to plan the next trip.

Almost every trip I have spent time diving; logging more than 100 dives in Cayman over the years. The walls on the East End are amazing and the shallow dives have just as much character. As an underwater photographer I continue to enjoy capturing shots each trip. I fell in love with macro shots many years ago, so the shallow dives are probably my favorite for taking photos. The wall dives continue to impress. The local dive shops continue to take care of the ocean and their actions over many years tackling the lionfish population is part of why the diving continues to be top notch. I have logged more dives in Cayman than any other single location and am ready for my next dive trip.”

October 15

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Three ‘Must-Have’ Caymanian Dishes

Delicious foods to try on your next visit!

There are certain flavours that come with Caymanian cuisine and Morritt’s adds its own special flare at our on-site restaurants.

Here are a few dishes we offer on our menus, as well as a recipe to try at home so you can feel that Caymankind spirit when you’re away from our shores. And if you are just browsing our site and have never experienced these foods, well you are in for a treat!

Breadfruit
Similar in texture and flavour to a potato, breadfruit is a popular side dish in Caymanian cuisine. It can be prepared much in the same way as a potato, with roasting in the oven being one of the most popular. Here at Morritt’s we turn it into fries and serve it with a light sprinkling of salt.

Cayman-style Beef
Beef has a special place in Caymanian culinary history. Several decades ago, before Cayman became the thriving tourism and financial centre it is today, beef was hard to come by and therefore expensive. This meant that it was typically only enjoyed as a special treat at Christmas time (also known as ‘Christmas beef’).

Cayman-style beef is stewed low and slow to yield tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth shredded beef that is flavoured with onion, garlic and peppers (scotch bonnet, or seasoning peppers if you can’t take the heat!). Served up with a side of rice and beans, roasted breadfruit and fried plantain and you have yourself a perfect hearty meal!

Cassava Cake
Cassava is a starchy root that can be enjoyed in savoury applications, such as roasting, or in sweet dishes such as cassava cake. Like Cayman-style beef, many Caymanian families have their own recipe and secret tweaks for cassava cake – so much so, that it’s not unusual to see cassava cake competitions at local food festivals! Cassava cake is dense, sticky and deliciously sweet. Grating the cassava for this dish is labour intensive, but man is it worth it!

 

Cassava Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Cassava, grated
  • 2 lbs Dark brown sugar
  • 2 cans Coconut milk (plus additional 3-4 cups of water)
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Nutmeg, grated
  • 1 teaspoon All Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Bring coconut milk to a boil. Add sugar, stirring until completely dissolved and continue to boil for about 45 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the coconut milk/sugar mixture for later.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir until well blended. Add hot coconut milk mixture and stir well. Mixture should be of a thick liquid texture.
  3. Use 2 tablespoons of coconut milk mixture to grease 9” baking pan. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake at 350ºF (basting occasionally with reserved coconut milk mixture) for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Spread any remaining coconut milk mixture over top of cake. Place cake on top of stove to cool completely.

Recipe courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism – check out their website for this and other traditional Caymanian recipes!

October 1

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Morritt’s COVID-19 safety protocols  

After a closure of approximately three months in accordance with local COVID-19 restrictions, we were excited to reopen our doors to Cayman residents in June 2020 as it was evident that the spread of the virus was well under control within the Islands and restrictions could therefore be eased.

Despite Cayman’s near COVID-free status, we remain committed to the health and safety of our guests and employees, and as such have implemented rigorous cleaning and sanitising policies and procedures throughout our resort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These include:

• Enhanced cleaning and sanitising of rooms between guests
• Training of staff on enhanced disinfecting and hygiene procedures
• Hand sanitiser available throughout resort
• Hourly cleaning and sanitising of common areas, to include door handles and other high-touch surfaces
• Installation of plexiglass barriers in reception, along with contact-less check-in
• Use of QR code menus, single-use napkins and the discontinuation of self-service food stations in our restaurants

We will continue with these policies as long as necessary to provide peace of mind to our local staycationing guests, as well as to our overseas guests and owners once you are permitted to return.

Active cases of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands remain low thanks to strict Government mandates, which includes our borders remaining closed to visitors. At present the anticipated date of reopening is 1 October 2020, however this will be to a limited group of persons and is subject to change.

There are also a number of requirements that incoming visitors will be expected to follow, including testing, quarantining, the use of a “bio-button” to measure vital information such as respiration and temperature, as well as a geofencing device to ensure they are staying within their quarantine address. Further details can be found here.

September 3

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Because here, we’re family.

The Cayman Islands has undertaken some of the most stringent measures globally in implementing COVID-19 safety regulations, which has led to a near COVID-free status and positioned the country as a global leader in successfully managing the virus.

Prioritising safety of residents has not come without sacrifices. Morritt’s, along with the rest of the Cayman Islands hospitality and tourism industry, had to pause operations as soon as local COVID-19 restrictions came into place in March 2020.

The restrictions closed Cayman’s borders to visitors and had residents sheltering in place. Many local businesses, particularly in our industry, had to make extremely difficult decisions with regard to their staff and operations. As a result of lay-offs and closures, emergency repatriation flights were organised by the Cayman Islands government to assist expats who needed to return to their home countries.

Owner, David Morritt, was adamant that we remain true to our family values and do everything possible to retain all staff throughout this period of uncertainty. We are delighted and fortunate to report that Morritt’s kept each member of staff employed and compensated during the temporary several-month closure of the resort necessitated by the local COVID-19 restrictions.

We are proud of the fact that the familiar faces and sense of community that we’ve developed here with our owners and staff will now continue for years to come. With many of our staff having been with us for decades and being like family, it was our top priority to ensure that their needs were met during this time and that our owners can reunite with them once borders reopen.

Happily, local restrictions were eased in June and we were able to reopen our doors to Cayman residents. We have enjoyed offering them the same Morritt’s hospitality that has kept many of our overseas guests coming back to see us over the years.

Cayman’s borders remain closed to visitors for now, but when they reopen we’ll all be waiting to greet you with a warm smile and an ice-cold Mudslide! In the meantime, join us in welcoming a number of new owners to our family as many of our local residents are now ‘sharing the experience’ with their purchase of weeks at the resort.

Until next time!

August 28

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