We bought our tickets directly from the Cayman Turtle Farm. They offer a discount on their website and will also provide transportation from the cruise port. We bought the full access to the park for 4 adults and our daughter (just under 2) was free.
Turtle Farm Rating:
When we got to the pier, after a quick tender process from the Disney Wonder, we sought out the information booth and the nice lady working it pointed us toward one of the turtle farm employees in a teal shirt. We, and 2 other families, met up with him at the same time, so he called us our own bus transport to the farm. He said to meet at 8:30am at the information booth and he will escort us to a bus. On the bus ride, the driver gave us the quickie tour of George Town, Seven Mile Beach, etc. He pointed out everything along the route and some of the history of the island. Once at the turtle farm we were directed inside to claim our prepaid wristbands.
Our Turtle Farm tour guide met us and gave us the tour of the breeding program they have and a history of the park and turtles that live there. We got to hold 'baby' turtles as advertised. It was a neat experience! After the turtle part, we were shown the entrance to the rest of the park. There is a snorkel lagoon, large pool with a big slide, an aviary, predator aquarium, and restaurant. We checked out the aquarium and aviary to feed the birds, it was all very nice, clean, and landscaped. After that we spent the rest of our time in the pool.
We felt safe leaving our things on the lounge chairs, everyone working here or visiting seemed trustworthy enough. It was also not that busy as we got here first thing in the morning. The pool is huge and there are iguanas all around. Some even came in for a swim a few times. Our daughter can't go into the ships pools with a swim diaper, this place allows it. That is the main reason I selected this park as our excursion in Grand Cayman. I would return here for the use of the pool again. I think our daughter would enjoy coming back when she is older to hold the turtles for herself. We also didn't get into the snorkel lagoon this time around, it looked nice and clean, but we just didn't quite find the time to go in.
Around 11 we decided to get out of the pool and start to dry off before our scheduled 12pm bus was set to bring us back to the pier. We shopped in the gift shop within the park and also in the small shops right outside (better selection of some items and prices), and walked across the street to the dolphin encounter to check out how that looked.
The return bus waited for 10 minutes past noon, for any late travelers, then drove us back to the pier. Some families took the option of being dropped off at Seven Mile Beach, though, if you do that you need to take a bus or taxi back to the pier at your own cost. we were hungry and wanted lunch on the ship, so we went straight back.
We enjoyed the farm and it was well worth the price we paid by going direct with the farm itself. The transportation was also very easy, nice staff, and well organized. Just seek out the information booth and they will direct you to who you need to find.
We got off the Disney Wonder as soon as they cleared the ship. We were docked at Punta Langosta, near downtown. We easily found the taxi stand in the rear of the port shopping area. A taxi for 5 of us was $25 each way. A little more than I expected. If we could have found another family going there, we would have split it with them.
Beach Break Rating:
Unfortunately, a cold front was sweeping through the area and it was overcast and rainy off and on all day. We didn't let this get us down. We could have cancelled our day at Mr Sanchos without issue, but we decided to go for it and make up for the bad weather with good food and drinks! And boy, did we ever! We paid a $5 deposit online to book our table on the All Inclusive side and paid the balance in cash when we arrived. They also were willing to take a credit card.
When we first got there, we were a little skeptical. I think it was because we got there right as they were opening. They weren't quite ready for people to be showing up. We didn't get a tour, not that there was much going on today. Because of the weather some activities, such as a the water toys, weren't going on. It was too windy and the current was quite strong in the water. As soon as we started ordering drinks and food, the service turned around and we had a GREAT afternoon! In between rain showers we got in the pool and made use of the swim up bar. WE loved it, but it would have been better with some sun!
Even with the rain, Mr Sanchos was still a wonderful place to spend the day. When the rain got really bad, we escaped to the big covered restaurant building and tables. Everyone there was nice and welcoming, even some of the people selling the souvenirs. They of course were also trying to push things on you a little, but if you are polite and say no thank you, they generally will leave you be. The facilities were all very clean and they even have attendants in the bathrooms to keep them in order.
I thought we would get back to the ship around 3pm and able to rest before dinner. Instead we didn't get back until almost 5! Oops! We had 45 minutes to get ready for dinner!! We had such a good time, we lost track of time!