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Need advice!

I am trying to start planning our yearly vacation....and can't decide betweem Grand Cayman islands or the Riviera Maya. We are going for 9 days at the end of October(tentative). We went to Cancun last year and loved the crystal blue water and the relaxation.

We are looking for great beaches, relaxation and some fun things to do- but I am totally undecided...anyone been to either place that can offer any pro/cons, feedback, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Need advice!

you will certainly get crystal clear water in GC as it is consistently rated one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world because of the variety and abundance of marine life thanks to their eco friendly awareness. Aside from that it depends on what you like. If you want mega resorts, casinos, dancing til dawn GC would not be for you. If you like laid back, fantastic restaurants, tranquil seas, it might fit the bill. What do you like to do during the day and during the evening/night?

I haven't been to Mexico for many years, however, on the news today I heard that colleges are cautioning springbreakers on going to Mexico because there had been 6,000 drug related deaths this year alone...maybe I misheard, I was driving, but that would certainly put me off!

CHICAGO
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Thank you for the response...during the days we enjoy going to the beach and enjoying the scenery- we are not fancy or high maintenance when it comes to vacations. In the evenings we like having a nice dinner and relaxing by the water...very low key!

Have you been to GC recently? We were thinking about staying at the Marriott...any feedback?

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If you want to enjoy a relaxing beach I would steer you away from the Marriott. The beach is crowded and varies in size with the tides and weather patterns. If you want a hotel, the Westin offers the largest and least crowded beach but I would really recommend a beachfront condo. There are plenty to choose from! The beach in the central section of Seven Mile Beach is wide and beautiful, and you can walk to shops and restaurants. Other options where the beach is great but a car is needed are the northern end of Seven Mile Beach or a property on East End or the Northside of the island. Check caymanvacations.com or caymanvacation.com for an overview of rental properties available.

Grand Cayman is a safe, clean and friendly destination, I'm sure you will love it!

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Since you said you plan to enjoy the beach and scenery during the day, a little quick note to inform you about Grand Cayman - beautiful beaches, definite yes...beautiful scenery, not so much. It's a wonderful place to visit, just didn't want you to expect the scenery of an island like, say, St. John. Enjoying the beautiful "scenery" on the beach is enough for me, not enough for others though. It's best to know what to expect.

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GC is very flat, but what's in the water outweighs other locations including USVI. If you want to get a bird's eye view go on google earth and click on the pictures that individual people (not ads) have put on. You can also access it by going to caymanislands.ky pages and get a good look at beaches, different attractions, hotels, condos, etc. from the actual pictures that are flagged on the google earth link. Hope it helps!

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