Turtle Nest Inn
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Turtle Nest Inn

Apartment 6
Traveller (1523)
Inside Apt. 6 Living Room
Room & Suite (341)
Part of the beach area
Pool & Beach (330)
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#1 of 3 hotels in Bodden Town
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Turtle Nest Inn is an intimate and elegant establishment located at the center of Grand Cayman but off the beaten track. The inn boasts a Spanish-style architecture with eight apartments, whitewashed walls, and cooling terracotta tiles. Guests can relax in the seclusion of the outdoor terrace, surrounded by graceful arches, or on the uncrowded beach.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Beach
Diving
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Clothes dryer
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Snorkelling
Fishing
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Safe
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Kitchenware
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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166 Bodden Town Rd, Bodden Town Grand Cayman
Getting there
Car recommended
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Shari F wrote a review Aug 2022
55 contributions34 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Turtle's Nest for 5 nights at the end of July 2022 and what a stay it was. From the moment we arrived and met Donna, we knew it was exactly the place for us. So lets get this off the bat to start with: if you are looking for 5 star luxury on what I would describe as a lapping, white sand beach - this isn't the place for you.

However, if you are looking for the most genuine, friendly and local experience all within a reasonable price, then keep reading.

Car Hire - car hire was included in the room rate and this was awesome. It took away the stress at the airport and made for an easy transition. Turtle's Nest is literally 20 mins easy drive away and you pass loads of shopping centers on the way so if you need to pick anything up, then job done.

Arrival - Donna. Donna. Donna. We all know that it's the people that really make the place and Donna was the most awesome of awesome. What a lovely lady - she really couldn't do enough for you and before she even opened her mouth to speak to us, she gave us the biggest, most welcoming smile. She was fab. Luckily for us, we arrived on a night they were doing welcome drinks - what a hoot! Donna/Turtle's Nest put on some lovely local food and some exceptional jerk chicken. We had such a good time that welcoming drinks turned into a great session and we spent out first night learning and laughing with our hosts.

Rooms - They are huge, well, equipped and have the most incredible views. We had room 7 which looked directly out on the beach. It was absolutely brilliant to be able to keep the french doors open all night and listen to the crash of the sea and see the impressive lightning storms. There were thoughtful touches too - a cool box and picnic set for example. We had everything we needed to provide for ourselves during our stay.

Beach - Make no bones about it, the beach suffers from seaweed. This is primarily due to South American farmers run off going into the oceans and causing this to land on Caribbean beaches. It's unfortunate but it is not the fault of Turtle Nest. We saw it across the island and then further on our travels to Miami. Local workers do their best to clear it but it is a never ending task. In all honesty, it didn't bother us too much, we swam from the beach - literally 20 seconds and you're through it. There was unfortunately a little bit of litter on the beach (not outside Turtles Nest though - they did an awesome job of keeping it clean). Mainly looked like it was washed up. We didn't see any of that at 7 mile beach but we didn't want to stay in the heart of touristville.

Pool - The pool was great and there were kayaks that you could borrow. Towels are provided (in your room). There's no curfew on the pool too - you use common respect for other guests.

Local Area - Spotts beach is 10mins drive up the road and it's a turtle and ray heaven. First day and first ten seconds I saw a huge ray followed on by 4 turtles. It was phenomenal. Locals advised us to swim to the left of the pier to avoid rips which we did and felt safe at all times.

Rum Point was closed when we were there but you could still get in - we saw 4 baby sharks playing in the shallows.

In your room back there was a recommendation for a breakfast place (cannot remember its name) but go - food portions were huge, reasonably priced and it was tasty.

Local people in the area surrounding Turtle Nest were so friendly. I love staying away from the main tourist hubs and this did not disappoint.

We will only ever visit Grand Cayman once and all I can say is, Turtle's Nest and Donna made sure our stay was a time we wouldn't forget.

Do yourself a favour and book. You will not regret it.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Splash out and pay the extra money for a 1 bedroom beachfront apartment.
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DarkoTraveler wrote a review Feb 2020
Edmonton, Canada74 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a beach front condo for 11 nights and our son flew in to meet us for the duration.
The rental car from Payless that is included in your booking was great and hassle free.
The condo is very large, two floors with bedrooms and en-suites upstairs.
It is spotlessly clean although the old style jacuzzi tubs should be replaced with something more updated and sanitary.
The kitchen is large with full size fridge and stove and BBQing is a short walk.
The best feature is the walk out the back patio to the pool and beach.
The water is warm and good for snorkeling but it was super windy during our stay so we didn’t see much.
We rarely interacted with the owner but the staff are very helpful and very pleasant.

Highly recommend and we would stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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bimshire84 wrote a review Jul 2022
Fairfax, Virginia19 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I chose this guesthouse (one of the managers has a dog named Mango) in Bodden Town on the southern coast of Grand Cayman for our first visit to the island because of its location right on the beach and away from the crowds in the Seven Mile Beach area.

We loved it despite the abundant seagrass littering the shoreline and a noisy rooster that woke us up in the pre-dawn hours every day. We were able to sit on the balcony with a great view of the ocean while we had breakfast. We had all the modern conveniences like a stove/oven, microwave, kitchen area with utensils and even an outdoor pool. The rooms were tastefully furnished and the place felt like home away from home. Our house managers, Marlene and Donna, did everything they could to make sure our stay was pleasant and we had everything we needed – even offering sightseeing suggestions and restaurants to have dinner.

Everything wasn’t perfect (there was limited in-room maid service for example) but we really enjoyed our seven days there and would recommend Turtle Nest Inn to travelers to Grand Cayman who want to avoid the resorts.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Moe T wrote a review May 2022
West Chester, Pennsylvania92 contributions17 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an excellent find. Our first visit to Turtle Nest did not disappoint. Greeted by Donna upon arrival set the tone for an excellent stay. Our apartment (8) was ideal with an excellent ocean view to the front via balcony an obstructed ocean view from our bedroom side balcony. The apartment was clean and had all the amenities needed for our stay. The staff was wonderful and provided everything needed to include places to eat and visit. The pool was always at the right temperature in between snorkeling from the beach just steps away from the door. We took advantage of the included rental by getting out to drive the island to visit other beaches and scenery. The Grape Tree Cafe, The Czech Grill and Rankin’s Jerk are must try for dining to get the island flavor. Thank you Donna and Marlene for an awesome stay. Your hospitality was loved and appreciated. See you next year.
Moe and Ingrid
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Leave the worries behind!!!
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Gail S wrote a review Mar 2023
Lake Helen, Florida2 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I suppose this could be a review of Grand Cayman in general and the Turtle Nest Inn specifically.
It has been very many years since I last visited Grand Cayman, it was very busy and noisy back then and it it
naturally far worse now. That being said, there are still some lovely and secluded beaches you can find if you hunt them down.

The Turtle Nest Inn is in Boddentown which is supposedly a quieter area than the more touristy 7 mile beach area, etc. It surely is a quieter area but it’s not quiet at all. The traffic roars right passed the Inn. Boom boxes, horns blowing, engines revving,etc.

The property itself is well kept and very attractive. I can’t comment about any of the apartments except the one that I was given. You don’t want apartment #3. It is situated on the side of the Inn, and offers a partial ocean view which is nice if you can stand to spend anytime on the porch. I would have enjoyed a nice, quiet, secluded porch to spend mornings and evenings on. It is noisy, fumey(cars)???? Or maybe odors coming from a utility room right beneath it. Also, workers at the Inn are walking past the porch all day long. It’s just not private at all.

In all fairness, I did not ask for another room. I am still here and will be for another 2 days. They appear to be full at this point and I really don’t like making waves. Suffice it to say, if you’re considering staying here make sure you don’t take this apartment, and question the exact location of which ever accommodation is offered to you. It can be the difference between a nice experience and a not so nice experience.
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Date of stay: March 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Neil B wrote a review Jan 2022
Toronto, Canada142 contributions82 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We’ve just finished a very enjoyable four-week stay at the Turtle Nest Inn. Bodden Town is a bit off the beaten track, of course, but Turtle Nest provided us with a car, so getting to anywhere on the island was made very easy. The big pluses of Turtle Nest are its location on a beautiful beach, it’s own swimming pool to cool off in after an energetic walk or bicycle ride, and the hospitality you will get from Marleine and Alain - it’s owners.
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Date of stay: January 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: One room has an excellent ground floor patio that is readily accessible by bicycle.
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Lmvollen wrote a review Feb 2023
Wallkill, New York77 contributions73 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful beach setting in a quiet area. We loved hearing the sound of the waves all night from our bedroom in room #7. Staff was friendly and very helpful and loved getting the car with the rental, saved aggravation upon arrival. The room was very well equipped with everything we needed, even chairs and umbrellas for the beach we could take with us as we drove the island. But we always came back to this beach. Despite lots of sea grass washing up each night, the staff did a great job of cleaning it up each morning, best they could. Wouldn’t have minded a more comfortable couch in the living room but we managed to move the loveseat around to use it instead. Overall, would love to return. Enjoyed a number of different restaurants on the island and always had a very good meal. Just had to get over the sticker shock.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Go for the beachfront rooms!
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Jim1887 wrote a review Jun 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed three nights at the Turtle Nest Inn and enjoyed the serenity and the location away from Seven Mile Beach. With easy access to the North Side and Rum Point, as well as the East End and local eateries, we were able to explore the quieter areas of Cayman using the Turtle Nest as a base. Marleine and Donna were gracious hosts, and we often felt like we were at a private villa, able to lounge by the pool in peace and enjoy the sight and sound of the blue Caribbean Sea. When we return to Cayman (which we hope to do soon!) we will definitely come back to the Turtle Nest Inn .
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Peg677 wrote a review Mar 2023
Rochester, New York34 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The helpful and friendly folks at the Turtle Nest think of the little things. In the apartment are two large closets with a ton of hangars. So many places have good enough closets and five hangars. We didn’t have dressy attire, but it was quite handy to hang up even t-shirts and shorts with space to spare – and of course damp clothes in the second closet. The night light in the bathroom is good enough that you don’t have to turn on a light in the middle of the night. And the vanity drawers are huge. We could spread out our stuff easily in them – so nice to not live out of toilet kits on a small vanity top. The shower has a wand so it's easy to rinse your feet.
Next to the bed was a plug with multiple USB ports.
The laundry is handy, as was the drying rack in our room.
I don’t know if this is normal, but when I asked about a yoga mat, she even loaned me one of hers for the week.
These all sound little but they really helped me relax and enjoy our room.
Apartment 7 is upstairs overlooking the ocean and pool. It has a small balcony with a table and two chairs.
We tried to get sand off our feet before coming upstairs, but of course that isn’t always possible. The cleaning person was able to get it all up. The place is so clean I was totally comfortable walking around barefoot. Plus, being from Buffalo I’m used to tile being cold underfoot, but of course in the tropics the tile is a nice temperature and great to have throughout.
We found the location very good. The road is a bit narrow to walk anywhere, but the inn is nicely between George Town and the East End so we were able to go wherever we wanted without always dealing with the traffic at Seven Mile Beach or George Town. The string of color lights at the entrance made the driveway easy to find after dark! And that area of beach is so quiet you can walk quite a ways and just look at the waves.
I’m glad my brother discovered the Turtle Nest Inn and recommended we stay.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: You often get the pool to yourself. Apartment 7 is very nice with a great view. Plenty of deck...
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Ginger Ninja wrote a review Apr 2022
Guildford, United Kingdom3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose the Turtle Nest Inn for its calm relaxed palm fringed beach front location and was most certainly not disappointed. The accommodation was immaculately clean and very well equipped for our 6 night stay. The hosts and staff were very friendly and accommodating even on a bad weather day we were able to borrow games and drink the best Pina Coladas ever ! The pool was a perfect cool down and long beach walks added to the overall experience. We would most certainly recommend this place if looking for an off the beaten track location. Although saying that there were nice bars/eatery’s and easy access by car, which is a must, to all activities and touring the island. Thank you Marleine and Donna for a lovely stay. Sue and Michael from the UK
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Cheryl L asked a question Dec 2019
Kentland, Indiana63 contributions46 helpful votes
Hello staying. In June. Questions are there and whirlpool tubs in rooms. .
Answer from Amber5176
East Hampton, Connecticut175 contributions58 helpful votes
I didn't have one in my room.
Tennessee293 contributions58 helpful votes
Yes there are. We did a property tour on our YouTube channel in May. I cannot link the video here but our channel is Sand Gravity Adventures and just look for the Grand Cayman playlist. You will see the video titled Turtle Nest Inn Property Tour.
Answer from P Shea
Clermont, Florida15 contributions21 helpful votes
Not a good beach - nothing like the 7 mile beach which is a great beach. But still worth staying on this side if you want quiet
Answer from Tina N
12 contributions2 helpful votes
Seeing this too late! Sorry. You are there now, I believe. Turtle Nest provides everything you need. Hurleys, Kirks and Fosters are all close if you have a car. As far as the weeds, make the best of it!
Answer from Gary F
New York City, New York12 contributions7 helpful votes
Yes there are two places literally next door, one is Paradise it doesn't look like much but the food is amazing, there is also a little restaurant Grape Inn next to the gas station, Czech Inn was our favorite restaurant on the whole Island and is about 1/2 mile east. Bring your own beer/wine (there is a liquor store 100 feet from the rest) amazing dishes, great fish, priced reasonable.
Daahris wrote a tip Apr 2024
Aberdeen, Washington53 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Enjoy the serenity."
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Lstuckmo wrote a tip Mar 2024
San Francisco 115 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay here for a quieter beach unmarked by cruise ships and jet skis. We were close to all the major sights, rental car was great!"
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Kelly F wrote a tip Mar 2024
Bodden Town, Grand Cayman27 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are an avid snorkeler, take your gear and walk East until you past at least 4 houses & swim straight out towards the reef "
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CindyH783 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Edmonton, AB21 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is not a hotel."
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sarahsinfo wrote a tip Mar 2024
West Bloomfield, Michigan103 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We loved the location which is far away from the main tourist areas. Book early and ask for a quieter beach facing room."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Turtle Nest Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Turtle Nest Inn?
Nearby attractions include Beach Bubbles Cayman (0.05 miles), Pedro St. James National Historic Site (2.9 miles), and Spotts Beach (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Turtle Nest Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Turtle Nest Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Turtle Nest Inn?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Turtle Nest Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Turtle Nest Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Czech Inn Grll, The Grape Tree Cafe, and Rankin's Jerk Pit.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Turtle Nest Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Turtle Nest Inn?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Turtle Nest Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Pedro St. James National Historic Site (2.9 miles) and Mission House (0.2 miles).
Does Turtle Nest Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Turtle Nest Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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