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Is Grand Cayman for us?

colorado
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Is Grand Cayman for us?

Greetings,

My girlfriend and I (and possibly another couple) are considering taking our winter vacation in Grand Cayman. We're all in our early 30s.

From what I can tell the beaches look great, the water looks great and the atmosphere is friendly. None of us are very big into snorkeling or diving - we might be interested in a boat ride/fishing trip or 2 but our main priority is relaxing in the sun.

As a secondary priority, we would like the option to enjoy a little bit of night life. I remember reading a post somewhere that said Grand Cayman felt more like Florida than the Caribbean - this concerns me a bit. Is this true? We don't need to be out at clubs until 4 am every night but a place to go for a few drinks, some people our age and maybe some good music would be nice.

Based on what I've said here, does it sound like we'd be happy somewhere on 7 mile beach?

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1. Re: Is Grand Cayman for us?

while admittedly older than you, I am not a big fan of Florida yet LOVE Grand Cayman. We have vacationed on SMB annually for more than 10 years. What we love is being able to take nice, relaxing walks along SMB, a dip in the beautiful waters, relaxing quietly on the beach during the day, enjoying terrific dinners at some of the many wonderful restaurants, deciding what to do or not do without having to plan way ahead of time. Our son, now 35, has gone there several times over the years (with us and also not with us but with friends his age) and says it is always the best vacation place he ever goes to. So yes, I think you will be more than happy if you stay somewhere along SMB where the beach is huge and long, enjoying the water doesn't require having to snorkle or dive, you are conveniently located to a wonderful selection of restaurants, there ARE some friendly spots (bars) to enjoy drinks, people, & music...Royal Palms right on the beach is one of our son's favorite night time places for that! Go once and you'll never want to go anywhere else:)

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Grand Cayman is the perfect place to relax in the sun. I am in my late 30's and have been traveling to GC for about 9 years. It is be far my favorite island. I have been to St Lucia, Aruba, and Turks and Caicos. They were all good experiences but they do not measure up to GC.

Your second priority (good nightlife) may be hard to find. We spend our nights enjoying awesome restaurants and most often head back to our condo . The sun seems to wear you out. However, I agree with the poster......my favorite bar is the Royal Palms. It has live music and a dance floor that sits right on the beach. The restaurant there is good too but you dont have to eat there to enjoy the bar. Grand Cayman is not a place for hard partying but there are several places that have entertainment where you can have a few drinks and enjoy the music.

As for the Florida thing, I would say that GC may be more like Florida than other islands in the way that it is americanized. I am guessing that someone may be thinking that the americanized grocery stores and fast food restaurants give it that feel. It depends what you are looking for. The americanized feel is a big reason why GC is may favorite island....it is safer and cleaner than many of the other islands. Let me know if you have more specific questions.

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just got back and unlike the other replies my partner and i did not care for the island. it does feel like florida the only place that didn't was rum point. seven mile beach is very pretty ,relaxing but not at all island like, very large hotels, lots of commercialism(?) lots of traffic

definalty need a car to get anywhere unless you want to restrict yourself to smb area.

in addition, we knew that gc was expensive mre expensive than most but didn't realizer how much more and that really threw us, 4 dollars us for a little cup of soda,

there is no night life, the sidewalks rolls up by 10pm and some nights by 8 pm, sunday there is zippo since it is a very religious island and all attractions, are closed for the day.

the island focus' on its water attractions, diving, snorkleling kayaking.

we have been to st. martin on numerous times and love that island great beaches( 38 of them) good night life and a very pretty ilsnad with that islandy feel to it.

hope this helps

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4. Re: Is Grand Cayman for us?

GC is all about the water -- snorkeling, diving etc. It is also probably the most expensive island we have been to. There are no casinos etc. There are a couple of clubs and it is very easy to take a taxi to them. The restaurants far surpass B'dos, St. Thomas and many other islands. Sunday is usually day off for most people and business which follows the same pattern of events that occurs in the U.K. (or atleast used to). There are places, we stay on the other side of the road from the hotels along SMB, where you can enjoy parrots in the palms, read a book on your balcony and hear nothing but the birds or the boats in the canal. When we go to the beach we just walk along the canal and cross the road. Everyone looks for something different, and I do think that most of the people who are familiar with GC have made the true nature of the island really clear in their posts. Sorry that it didn't meet up to your expectations and I hope your next holiday is more fun for you!

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Just starting to do a bit of GC research for a future trip, what does SMB stand for?

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6. Re: Is Grand Cayman for us?

SMB stands for Seven Mile Beach --- which is actually about 5 miles long.

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I have been going to Grand Cayman for about 15years and the one thing I would say to all visitors is take about 4 times more money with you than you could imagine you will need.its VERY expensive. You will easily spend $250-300 on a night out at a restaurant for 4 people unless you choose Burger King and $4-6 for a beer is normal. Sunday brunch can set you back $50 each.Having said that the beaches and coves are great and the island safe but you have huge numbers of people from the cruise ships in town every day

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I have been going to Grand Cayman for about 15years and the one thing I would say to all visitors is take about 4 times more money with you than you could imagine you will need.its VERY expensive. You will easily spend $250-300 on a night out at a restaurant for 4 people unless you choose Burger King and $4-6 for a beer is normal. Sunday brunch can set you back $50 each.Having said that the beaches and coves are great and the island safe but you have huge numbers of people from the cruise ships in town every day

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My thoughts are that spending 250-300 a night for four people must include several bottles of wine and/or drinks. We've eaten at many of the nicer restaurants and main courses are usually in the 18-25 dollar - CI - range. It's the liquor that increases the cost of the meal outrageously. You can also cut costs by eating at some of the very good and flavorful restaurants that serve local food.

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