Well that was a clusterf&%k of a trip home. I don’t think anymore s&*t could have gone wrong. First off, we showed up to the airport in Cayman 3 hours early because it’s international so it’s supposed to take a while to get through Caymanian Customs right? Nope. Nope. Not at all. It took us 20 mins max. It’s not fun waiting 3 hours in an airport that has absolutely nothing in it.
Then, we had to connect in Charlotte because there’s only one direct flight from Grand Cayman to DC and that’s only on Saturdays. When you connect internationally, you have to go through US Customs and when you have to go through US Customs, you have to stand in line with the rest of the international flights. So naturally, we made it out of Customs just as our plane was scheduled to depart. Thanks to the massive storms up and down the East Coast, we had a delay that worked in our favor. We made it to the plane just as they were finished boarding. Win, right? Nope. We sat on the tarmac for the next 90 mins. I scheduled the flight so Maddox would sleep and he did… while we were waiting to take off. And then he was awake the whole flight home. Not cool with a sleepy baby who was completely over that traveling life. Did I mention the turbulence? I’m not a good flyer and when the plane starts rocking side to side and shaking, I’ll take one vodka cranberry, hold the cranberry.
We landed in DC at 9:00pm. Sadly, our luggage did not. It didn’t make it to the plane in time and was on the next flight out of CLT. It was 11:30pm before we made it home. Moral of the story, we should’ve stayed the whole damn week. Now we know.
We had such an amazing time and flight out so I’m considering the trip home the payment for such awesomeness!
If you’re heading to the Grand Cayman, I recommend the following:
- Fly direct to and from!
- Rent a car. They’re dirt cheap and driving on the left side of the road is AWESOME!
- Stay at The Marriott Beach resort. It’s super baby and kid friendly. The bar area has couches and open area seating. Really convenient with a sleepy kid. They even have “parents’ night out” where they do activities with the kids for 3-4 hours so you can have a night out.
- Bring a good stroller.
- Eat at Tukka. It’s on the East Side but totally worth it.
- Dress for the heat. Think light and airy clothes. NO SILK.
- Get your kids a rash guard. Maddox always wore his and it eased my mind about him getting burned. They’re on sale at the gap right now! Check below for deets.
Thank you to Devin and Wendell for giving us a reason to escape to the warm blue water of KY for a few days. Congratulations on your beautiful wedding and we’re wishing you a lifetime of happiness!