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First trip to Grand Cayman and need help

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First trip to Grand Cayman and need help

We’re planning our first trip to Grand Cayman at the end of September and have a few questions.

First the hotel-We’re thinking of staying at the Westin. How are the crowds at this time of year and will there be any major refurbishing taking place? Best location in hotel which offers an ocean view? I see lounge chairs and umbrellas seem to be a huge problem what about late Sept.?

Last question- Which would you consider the best days to fly in and out of Grand Cayman? Most likely we’ll be staying 5 nights 6 days.

Thanks so much for your help!

Laura

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1. Re: First trip to Grand Cayman and need help

We fly in on a Tuesday and out on a Thursday....but Sept.. Is low season so it shouldn't be too busy...go for the day that you get the best airfare.

the Westin has a great beach and pool area.

They have already done some refurbishing there...don't know if there is still some left to do

Hurricane season in Sept.

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2. Re: First trip to Grand Cayman and need help

When we go during high season March prefer to arrive/depart midweek, but during your timeframe not really an issue sogowith whatever best airfare you can get. As said, Sept is prime hurricane season but even without storm threat one of the quieter months so wherever you stay ought offer no crowding. Westin recently underwent renovation, offers a lovely and spacious sandy beachfront, is located within easy walking distance to many excellent restaurants. Stayed there once and found room space small (we generally stay in condos) but adequate.

For September you might also look into Beachsuites where you get separate bedroom, living/dining space w/ kitchenette that has sink, microwave, under cabinet refrigerator, either full sit out balcony or smaller Juliet step out balcony. Special offers excellent for your timeframe!

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3. Re: First trip to Grand Cayman and need help

I appreciate your help.

From what we've read, we think this area will offer a wide range of choices as far as restaurants go. Since this is our first trip we'll try and take in as much as possible. Condos are always a great option too. We happen to own a condo in Hilton Head which we love and always comes in very handy having that extra space.

I think this visit we'll try and get the lay of the land and probably eat out every meal.

Is Westin's ocean/pool view a good choice? Any particular section in the hotel which is best?

It's always risky traveling during hurricane season. Hopefully we'll be ok. We usually purchase travel insurance just in case..

Thanks

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4. Re: First trip to Grand Cayman and need help

Ocean/pool view should be good---the pool is on the ocean side.

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When we stayed at Westin we booked and paid extra for "oceanfront room." Upon arrival were given what at best was "partial ocean view" thru the trees when standing at an angle on tiny balcony. Immediately addressed this and was reassigned to what they called "oceanfront" on one of the wings of the hotel but room was on 2nd or 3rd floor so trees blocked view of ocean. I think to really have an oceanview you need to be on highest floor and in the middle of the building.

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7. Re: First trip to Grand Cayman and need help

Thank you everyone you've been very helpful.

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8. Re: First trip to Grand Cayman and need help

FYI, several years ago husband and I decided to do an early October GC getaway. Really enjoyed the warmer sea temperature and experienced excellent weather until day before scheduled departure. Tropical storm that began to develop southwest of Jamaica quickly became Hurricane Wilma. A category 1 mid-afternoon and not on track to hit GC, but flights for next day cancelled. By evening Wilma became Cat 4 or 5 as it passed to the West towards Cancuan. That evening and for several hours following day were very windy, rainy but never felt in any danger, hotel staff (then Hyatt Beachsuites) outstanding delivering light sticks to occupants, granting rock bottom cost for added night, taking care of re-booking flights. We live on East Coast and have endured hurricanes...GC handles such storms a zillion % better than our experiences with them here!

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