What are the similarities/differences of the Cayman Islands and the Turk and Caicos? Is the landscape more tropical in the Caymans?
I do not know but a friend of mine has been to both and she prefers Grand Cayman.......check teh Turk and Caicos forum here also.
I have been to T&C and going to GC in April. T&C seems like it has fewer restaurants. No real downtown area. Grace bay was nice but many parts of provo had a lot of garbage and grafiti.
GC seems to have more to do. It sounds a lot cleaner and has more shopping.
Been a few years since we were in TC but would say that costs are about the same as GC. Definitely not as much to do nor the choice of restaurants. As another poster indicated, there's no real downtown, just scattered shopping areas. Had a modern supermarket near Grace Bay. Some fancy condos and hotels and smaller accommodations but not the number or size of GC (although that could have changed in the last few years). Didn't have any safety issues or anything. Can't recall about trash, etc. Drive on the left in both islands, if that's a concern. Nice place for a very low-key, quiet vacation.
Grace bay beach and 7 mile beach are both beautiful, but my vote goes to Grand Cayman. There is more to do and the food is better. Prices are similar (both expensive).
GC and Provo are quite similar in my mind. Both are flat and scrubby and rather arid, perhaps GC is a little more lush. Both have that British colonial feel to the architecture. Drive on the left. Downtown GC has a multistory parking garage, if you can believe that. Provo has a lot of construction going on along grace bay, while GC is pretty well built out. GC feels more prosperous, while Provo is a bit more trashed outside the immediate resort area. GC has much better diving and snorkeling. There are other islands in T&C that I haven't explored that might be more appealing. One thing that Provo has that GC lacks is an excellent Club Med. What a fun place!
Much more to do on Grand Cayman -- restaurants, shops, sites. And the snorkeling is much, much better in the Cayman Islands. Bloody Bay wall off Little Cayman Island is one of the best places in the Caribbean.
Both the Caymans and the T&C are flat islands, as opposed to the Virgins, for example, so you don't get that same lush, tropical feeling that you have in the Virgins.
Grand Cayman also has Sting Ray City, which can get touristy, but is a fun activity to swim with the rays.
If you want lush vegetation, flowers, beaches fringed with seagrapes and palms, you might consider the US or British Virgins or St. Lucia.
Also consider WHEN you go. Both T&C and the Caymans can have cooler water in the winter than the islands further south in the Caribbean.
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