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How crowded is it now?

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How crowded is it now?

Just curious, last year we went to St. Kitts and we could walk into any restaurant go on any tour etc.. because the economy was so bad a lot of people were not visiting the islands. Our Hotel room with points was an absolute bargain, and we got our air early. The problem was the hotels cut prices but no one could afford to fly to the carribean as the airfare was too high. Just wondering if the Caymans will be crowded this year since it seems more people are traveling. Thanks.

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1. Re: How crowded is it now?

Off-season is May-Nov. Grand Cayman is only ever crowded (relative term) some holiday weeks during high-season and when there are many, many cruise ships in port at the same time (again during high-season). Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are never crowded. Seasonal pricing is evident throughout the islands.

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2. Re: How crowded is it now?

In that case, do you recommend we book dinner reservations ahead of time for four people, as well as tours etc. or do you think we will be fine just waiting until we are there? If we can't get in a nice restaurant one night maybe trying for another? Do tours book up? Thanks

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3. Re: How crowded is it now?

I would certainly recommend dinner reservations, especially for the more popular spots, but it is not necessary to book before you go. We make our reservations same day and have never had a problem securing them. We also book tours after we arrive so we can guage the weather more predictably. Some suggest booking a tour for early in your trip so you have time to reschedule later in your trip, if necessary.

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4. Re: How crowded is it now?

Popular restaurants always appreciate reservations, even if made the same day. One downside of off-season is that some restaurants close or reduce the days they are open and some tours also may reduce the frequency and quantity of tours offered. So if there are specific days you plan on taking a tour or eating at a particular restaurant it wouldn't hurt to make a reservation. If you are even semi-flexible I would not bother booking anything until you arrive.

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5. Re: How crowded is it now?

Don't book any restaurants until you arrive. Then you can get some local knowledge about where the best places are, in addition to whatever you may garner from these boards. I've never called up a restaurant and had them be fully booked, even though I only call the day of the reservation

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6. Re: How crowded is it now?

It does seem even in the heat of August when there's less people than during our January trip, we STILL couldn't get into Ragazzi or Copper Falls on our 'same day' call. Oh we could get in if we chose to dine at sunrise ;) or closing time but neither of those worked for us. SO as suggested if there's a place you really want to try on a certain day at certain time, book as soon as you know. If you choose not to go there, just remember to cancel the reso out of courtesy.

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7. Re: How crowded is it now?

Really Filter? I've never experienced that, how many of you were there? I eat at Copper Falls at least once a week and I had my birthday dinner at Ragazzi so I think I may be getting special treatment haha

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8. Re: How crowded is it now?

Filter,

Do what I do when I am told a restaurant is fully booked, just mention "sajidgidda told me this was his favorite place, guess I'll let him know I wasn't able to try it." Works like a charm every time. ;-)

Edited: 28 June 2010, 20:42
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9. Re: How crowded is it now?

Sajid, there were 4 of us for both places. It's happened more than one time over the years. Obviously places are smart to reserve/keep open a few tables for their regulars very similar to what happens back home. I don't take it personally. What I don't like is having a reservation at places and having to wait when regulars are seated when it's obvious it was a surprise to everyone that they showed up. Both restaurants by the way have also said I had no reservation when I did---or at least somebody took my info at their respective phone number LOL

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10. Re: How crowded is it now?

That's not on, I hate when restaurants on island fail to recognise the importance of regulars, and frankly if you're fairly frequent visitor you may as well be a regular. We keep the businesses going during the off seasons and I have seen what you're describing although not at either of the mentioned places. I know it sounds like an exaggeration at times but I spend so much time socialising it's hard to go anywhere without seeing familiar faces :) At a brunch at the Ritz on a Sunday, I think about 15 to 20 of the staff came over to our table to say hello... Slightly embarrassing after a while, it appeared like I did nothing else!

FYI, I think Bacchus and Copper Falls are the best restaurants on island, seeing as how I'm not of the seafood persuasion. If you're interested, a review of both can be found below

http://caymangourmet.wordpress.com/

If anybody hasn't been to Bacchus I would thoroughly recommend it, their lunch is superb too. I can guarantee Martin and Simone wouldn't make you wait