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“Just what we wanted!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carib Sands Beach Resort

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Carib Sands Beach Resort
193 Bert Marson Drive | Southside, KY2-2101, Cayman Brac   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Cayman Brac
London
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Just what we wanted!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay here. Our ground floor, ocean view condo was fitted out to the highest standard with everything we needed and what a view! It was so peaceful and, as non-divers, we had the beach and the pool to ourselves for most of the time. You do need a car - the nearest grocery store is a 5/10 minute drive and choices for eating out are limited. These condos provide the perfect combination, for doing your own thing when you want to or dining out when you fancy a change. Can also recommend the spa services - had the best massage ever from the wonderful Elaine! All the staff on site were friendly and helpful - highly recommended and would definitely come back here again!

Room Tip: Ocean views make all the difference.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Long Island City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

My wife and I stayed here during our dive vacation to Cayman Brac. The unit #135 was furnished and decorated very well and it was very clean. There were basic pots, pans, and utensils in the kitchen but nothing other than salt and pepper and a few sugar and folgers coffee packets. All of the appliances worked well. The first floor porch had two lounge chairs and 2 small tables. The beach maybe 20 yards straight out from the unit and the pool was to the right about 15 yards away. The pool was very clean and well kept. Maintenance was out there every morning. The biggest problem with the pool area was a lack of shade. No over hanging trees and no umbrellas which could be a real problem for families looking to relax by the pool without getting roasted. The beach was somewhat sandy but one you entered the water there was a lot of hard pan, rubble and sea grass so this made going barefoot next to impossible. The lagoon was great for snorkeling once past the first 25 feet shallow part. The dock to the dive boat was right off the pool and made diving with the Brac Scuba Shack incredible easy and convenient since their boat docks there. The biggest complaints that my wife and I had did not really affect our trip much because we were there to scuba dive and these were spotty internet service (basically had to sit on the porch to access it) and limited channel selection on the t.v. with several of the channels having poor picture and sound quality. My wife and I would not hesitate to head back here, in fact we tried very hard to find a way to stay longer.

Room Tip: Phase 3 units are right on the beach
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carib_Sands, Manager at Carib Sands Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thank you for your review of Carib Sands Beach Resort. We appreciate the time you took to review us. Just letting everyone know we now have a big umbrella for our guests to use around the pool. Of course the coconut trees are still on the beach too, which guests like to lay under for a nice break. The internet service here on island has just introduced a more powerful internet service which we now have!! Time pretty takes care of most guests suggestions!! Thanks again and we look forward to your return.
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Michigan
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The Brac isn't for everyone but it was perfect for us. We are a family of 4 divers and enjoyed walking right out our door to the Scuba Shack dive boat - literally a 30 second walk. The valet dive service made diving so easy we even added a day of diving to our plans. We rented a 3-bed, 3-bath condo right next to the ocean. Each room was big and clean with comfortable beds. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to make our own meals. The air conditioning was appreciated since it is very hot on the Brac in June. We were grateful for the pool which is bigger than it appears in the pictures. This is a no frills location which means it is quiet, most nights it was just the 4 of us gazing at the stars and scanning the ocean from the 2nd floor of the dock/pier. We enjoyed seeing the Southern Crux in the skies and eagle rays, sharks, tarpon, barracuda, and crabs under the dock. The internet worked intermittently which I found helpful in my quest to getaway from it all. I'm sure some people could be bothered by this. Car rental is critical to enjoying all of the island has to offer. We zipped around everywhere - caves, sunsets, restaurants, grocery store, snorkeling and hiking. Carib Sands set-up the car rental and diving for us. The airport is tiny so you really do need to pre-arrange your transportation. We did visit restaurants at some of the other resorts and found a different vibe in each location but were always happy to return to Carib Sands - where it really was "Laid Back on the Brac" (fyi . . . .Brac is pronounced "brack." so it sounds like back). My advice: Just GO! Then enjoy the STOP!

Room Tip: The Condo right out front is Room 111 - loved it!!
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  • Stayed June 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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Carib_Sands, Manager at Carib Sands Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay with us!! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family! Keep us in mind for more vacationing and diving by staying at Carib Sands Beach Resort.
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Unbelievable cleanliness and beautiful ocean views from this 2 bedroom 2 bath unit. Wish I could buy this unit as it is for sale. I know this unit will sell quickly.
Loved the privacy of being on 3rd floor and late night candle light dinners on the balcony. Master suite was great with another bedroom on main living area with own bath.

  • Liked — the view was spectacular; beautiful water; nice dock; scuba /snorkel access
  • Disliked — I had to leave!!!
  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Bay, null, Cayman Islands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Took my family to the brac for vacation and it was great. carib sands is a very quite and nice place.
enjoy the facilities having your own kitchen , pool and dock. beautiful place to injoy everything.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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central missouri
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71 reviews 71 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We loved our stay here. Great location, friendly and helpful staff, very clean, well stocked kitchen, nice beach, nice pool. Easy walk to restaurants, dive shop and liquor store. Will not even consider anywhere else upon a return visit. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Actually, there is no fitness center or room service but didn't want to leave those blank. W...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Bettendorf, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

If you are looking for a Hilton quality resort with all of the amenities, Carib Sands Beach Resort isn't the answer, but then neither is Cayman Brac. From my family's experience, Carib Sands Beach Resort is the best place to stay on the island. The condo style resort is basic, clean and comfortable. We arrived late at night and were a bit reluctant at first, but this quickly dissipated the next day. We settled in nicely and very much enjoyed our stay for a week. The basic pool and deck are private and well cared for. The dock and the associated marine life is fascinating. The view of the ocean is nice. While the beach is a bit rustic, it is typical of the island.

All of the staff was very friendly and helpful. When walking around the first morning, I ran into the maintenance man . He stopped me to shake my hand and introduce himself. The office staff tried to help with all of my requests and obtained a car for us after I figured out one was a must on the island.

One suggestion is to ask for a condo with a clear view of the ocean. Also, if you're a diver, we highly recommend that you book with Brac Scuba Shop about 300 yards down the road and boat pick up at the resort.

The reason we gave the resort 4 stars is because there are no truly 5 star locations on Cayman Brac.

We are very much look forward to the next time we can stay at the Carib Sands resort.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Carib Sands Beach Resort

Address: 193 Bert Marson Drive | Southside, KY2-2101, Cayman Brac
Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Cayman Brac
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Cayman Brac
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Laid Back on the Brac" is our trademark. Carib Sands Beach Resort a vacationer's dream, safe, quiet, relaxing and welcoming surroundings are all here. The only thing that is missing is you! Direct flights from Miami on Saturday's get you here by 1:00 p.m. so you have the rest of the day to lay around the pool, beachcomb, swing in a hammock, or sit out on your patio, enjoy a good book or choose to have a massage in your own condo or out on the second floor of the dock. So pack up the family, or your favorite person and come on down to the greatest piece of paradise on Cayman Brac. ... more   less 
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Carib Sands Beach Resort Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

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