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“1st Caribbean Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Beachcomber Grand Cayman

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933 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Houston, Texas
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“1st Caribbean Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We picked the Grand Cayman to visit out of the other Caribbean islands due to airfare and reported safety. I feel we made the right choice in staying in a condo vs. a hotel. From the Beachcomber we floated over to the Ritz. The people at the Ritz have a small roped off area labeled swimming. Sadly for them the sand was not powdery smooth like at the Beachcomber. They also had way too many chairs on the beach. The hotels we looked at were Westin, Marriot, and Sunshine Suites. We never made it down to the Westin but the Marriot looked old from the front. We did enjoy our dinner at the Sunshine Suites. The place did not include gratuity in the bill which I thought was nice. I feel we received better service and they did not expect to be tipped twice. The hotel looked really nice and clean from the outside. However they have no view. I really recommend paying the extra for the Beachcomber’s location.

I recommend the 1st floor for easy in and out access. We stayed on the 4th floor and really enjoyed our view. Personally I would not enjoy the 3rd floor because people on the 4th floor can look straight down on you. We had a really nice conversation with the family on the 3rd floor. I feel that the sliding glass doors in the master bedroom are unnecessary. Perhaps with a normal window the street noise could be lessened. However we had no problems sleeping. The sliding door between the 2nd bedroom and bath had problems staying closed. It would have been nice to have one softer light in that bathroom to use as a nightlight. The 2nd bedroom has no windows. The condo had spotty internet which was annoying because we needed to communicate with family in the states. A big plus was the free state calls! We put all the dishes that we needed in the dishwasher before using them. They were very dirty. Sadly some pans could not be used due to stuck on food. We would have had liked a baking sheet. It would be nice if housekeeping could do the dishwasher. We did pay more for this condo than in Hawaii and they cleaned the dishes.

My family really enjoyed the calm clear waters of the Grand Cayman. We did rent a car through Avis which was okay. The car was clean and sufficient. However the customer service was more of a self service. You need to come prepared with your questions. For example ask for the driving permit, insurance offered, and what cars they have. We also received really poor instructions. Hertz and Alamo car rentals are next door to Avis. I may choose Hertz next time because of price. When you exit the airport turn left and cross the street. Budget was in front of the airport and across the street. I did contact Budget for a price and was not impressed with their reply. Budget seemed old from the outside. I do recommend a car over taxi. The taxis are everywhere but it looks like they have no AC. They also stuff people in and drive erratically. Too bad the Beachcomber has no shuttle because we really did not require a car. This island did not have the tropical atmosphere compared to Hawaii. It is a flat island with plants that I see at home in the states. Everyone told us you won’t find fish on Seven Mile beach but that is not true! We saw the spotted stingray, lionfish, flounder, and versus other species. We wasted too much time driving to find better snorkeling.

We were not impressed with Georgetown. Beware the stores close at 5pm and some don’t open on non cruise days. However it seems the only area for shirts. Too Hot to Handle by Margaretville is where I found the best selection. Margaretville also had better food and prices than I had expected. I just wish they had a view. The pool was small and seemed more for kids. Rental cars can park for free in the Bay mall parking lot.

Cayman Bay is a very pretty mall. Michael’s had awesome and unique food. It had a more European flair. Beware the cops where pulling over vehicles in this area.

Foster Food Fair is across the street which was nice. At night we walked as a group along the lighted store fronts and used the sidewalks. Remember to bring your own shopping bags because they charge for plastic. Beachcomber provided one bag.

We stayed only 3 nights in Grand Cayman for the price of Hawaii for a week. I still would rather go to Hawaii over Cayman for the tropical feel and no customs. However the Cayman’s had the calmest and clearest water I have ever seen.

My last piece of advice is to not pack all your necessary items in a checked bag. Our checked bag never made it the Grand Cayman airport. United airlines lost our luggage along with 4 other individuals. We did receive it at the condo on our 2nd night. If it happens to you I recommend calling the airliner in the morning and afternoon for a status update. Supposedly they did not know anything about missing luggage. Also the airport store employees were not welcoming. Buy gifts before arriving at the airport. One last thing if you have SSS on your boarding pass your baggage will be checked at the gate which is insane. I don’t understand how you can pass immigration and normal airport security only to be checked at the gate.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Beautiful condos and never a huge crowd. All rooms are direct oceanfront but not all are decorated equally we realized how incredibly fortunate we were after going to an open house. There are 4 or 5 grills down by the pool and many of the vendors will pick you up on the beach out front.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Spring, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed in # 15 and it exceeded our expectations. Danielle was wonderful helping us get our stay planned. The extended patio off the 3rd floor was a plus that none of the other floors offered. The view was spectacular, especially at sunset. Everything you needed was included. From the fully stocked kitchen to the gorgeous bathrooms, comfy memory foam king size bed, to the free local and long distance line. Not all the units have that amenity, so ask. We were traveling with 2 teenage girls and the long distance and wi fi was their saving grace to no cell service. Fosters grocery store was across the street, many restaurants within walking distance, watersports rentals very close. We used the public transportation vans which were cheaper than taxis. We would definitely go back. Housekeeping service was awesome and everyone was very friendly and helpful.
Great vacation!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South Haven, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Stayed a week in Unit #26 and it was the best spot in Cayman. Wonderfully apportioned. Great views of 7 mile beach. Private access to the beach and pools. Close to the market. Very quiet and relaxing. Staff was very accomodating. This unit far surpases anything that my wife and our friends have ever stayed at anywhere in the world. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stayed at #26 every time we visit Grand Cayman and it's our home away from home, only way better. A beautifully decorated condo with all the amenities you could ever need. The condo is spacious, comfortable and has a lovely view of the beach. Best part of my day is having my morning coffee on the big balcony overlooking the ocean, makes it tough to come home, the only consolation is that I will be back. I can't say enough about this place, you just have to see it to believe it!

Mona

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We just returned from an AMAZING weeks' stay at the Beachcomber. We loved everything about the condo, beach and staff! This was our first time at the Beachcomber and I can say that we have been spoiled beyond belief and nothing else will be able to measure up. We stayed in a 2 bedroom unit on the 6th floor and watched the Cayman sunset every night. The beach is perfect and there is NEVER a shortage of umbrellas & lounge chairs. Even though the complex was booked solid, you'd never know it - very quiet and relaxed. We went to the store right across the street and stocked up on food - we had breakfast and lunch at the condo each day and alternated going out to dinner and grilling up food on one of the pool-side BBQs (which we never had to wait for and were pressure washed each morning). The condo was VERY nice and spacious and it was nice for the kids to have their own bathroom w/ complimentary Gilchrist & Soames bath products. Cleaning service and towel service each day was a nice touch as well. We were able to travel with just Cary on bags since the condo had a full sized washer & dryer. Be sure o check with reception for left rafts / floaties - there seems to be a "recycling" program! All yo need is a raft & a lounge chair an you are set! We did rent a board from Cayman Stand up Paddle Board Co. and had blast on it! Jonny will deliver & pick up an the price is the same as you'll pay if you rent from The Ritz. Also, the board is a lot nicer and he'll give you a little tutorial. We also did Capt. Marvin's Stingray tour as well as Dolphin discovery. We went into Geargetown one afternoon to shop, but will probably shop at Caymana Bay next time. Shops @ Georgetown are very "souvenir-ish", the nicer shops are @ Caymana Bay. Our favorite restaurant was Deckers and Sunshine Grill (both walking distance).

Of everything we did, our favorite was just hanging on the beach right in front of the Beachcomber, swimming in the beautiful ocean and relaxing!

We couldn't have asked for a better location or accommodation for our vacation! We will DEFINITELY be back!!
Thank you, Beachcomber!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stayed in Unit 17, corner unit, third floor and it was amazing!! We stayed in the Ritz a few months ago and we will STAY AT BEACHCOMBER FROM HERE ON OUT. The unit was really well appointed and well kept. This condo is on the best part of 7-mile beach if you have not been to Grand Cayman yet. GREAT UNIT, GREAT CONDO, GREAT LOCATION.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Beachcomber Grand Cayman

Address: 933 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > Seven Mile Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Seven Mile Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seven Mile Beach is truly a world-class beach, set against a dazzling backdrop of tropical landscaping. It could be described as an elite neighborhood of mostly luxurious, private ownership condominiums fronting on the white sand beach and crystal clear turquoise sea. In every such waterfront neighborhood however, there are “special pockets” – sites that rise above the others in terms of beach quality and The Beachcomber is one of these! ... more   less 
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Beachcomber Grand Cayman Cayman Islands

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