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Grand Cayman vs. Belize ???

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Grand Cayman vs. Belize ???

My wife and I are considering a first time trip to either G Cayman or Belize... basically because of what I have seen on House Hunters.

I would be traveling there in January or February from Boston or NYC.

Which would be your choice for a first time visitor ?

Should I fly and stay longer....

or would a cruise with its shorter stay be enough for me to get a feel for either island???

I could research cruises to see if there is one that visits both.

Thanks

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1. Re: Grand Cayman vs. Belize ???

You really won't get a real feel for either place on a cruise. I have been to Cayman scores of times (since 1976) and to Belize 4 times. The 2 are as different as night and day. About the only common link would be the high quality of scuba diving in both places.

House Hunters episodes do not show you the reality of either place. Tell us what you are looking for in a vacation destination, and perhaps we can be of more help.

Cayman is a highly developed country. Belize is a developing country. Miles apart.

I love both, but for different reasons.

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2. Re: Grand Cayman vs. Belize ???

I agree with Sue. Rule out a cruise if you want to get the real feel for where you're staying. I have never been to Belize but there is much to love about Grand Cayman. It truly offers something for everyone's preferences, tastes and budget.

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3. Re: Grand Cayman vs. Belize ???

If Belize is too laid back I am afraid I might not enjoy it...

My problem is I just do not do "lay back & relax" very well.

Guess that puts GC in the lead.

Still. I am not a bright lights city person either so what would you suggest?

Any good GC websites, besides TA, you would recommend?

Thanks

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4. Re: Grand Cayman vs. Belize ???

For other websites you could take a look at the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism websites:

http://www.caymanislands.ky/

http://www.divecayman.ky/

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5. Re: Grand Cayman vs. Belize ???

I have never been to Grand Cayman (we are going in November), but I have been to Belize. We spent 10 days there last winter, and we did very little "lay back and relaxing". There were so many things to do, and I didn't even get to do everything I wanted to!! You can go to my profile and read all my Belize reviews if you'd like.

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6. Re: Grand Cayman vs. Belize ???

I have been to both places and they are so different. To me the diving is way better (and more expensive) in GC. The islands themselves (I assume you are talking about Ambergris Caye in Belize) are like night and day. GC is very developed, almost like being in Miami, whereas Belize is much more rustic. You will spend more on lodging in GC and there are many more good (but expensive) restaurants in GC. If budget is an issue, you can def get more bang for your buck in Belize, but if money is not an issue, or if you prefer more luxury, than GC is where I would go.

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