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Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

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Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

We just returned from our first stay on Grand Cayman and loved it! Thank you to all the Trip Advisor Destination Specialists who tirelessly answered questions while we were preparing for our vacation. Your advice helped to make this a very enjoyable and memorable vacation.

We took your advice and used McCurley's car rental service. BA picked us up at the airport and transported us to the Resort where are car was waiting. One of the easiest rentals we have ever encountered. If you don't mind an older vehicle (ours was probably a 10 year old Nissan Sentra) it's a great setup. If you tell her in advance, she'll work a grocery stop into the trip so that you can stock up on supplies for your stay.

I know I asked in advance about the price of food....I knew it would be expensive...I just was quite prepared for how expensive. Some items just floored me (beer/wine). Next time I'll pack half as many clothes (we lived in bathing suits and shorts for the most part) and use the second suitcase to bring food items (coffee, spices for cooking, cereal, rice, tuna in foil packets etc). We used the Foster's Express across the street from the Resort and found the selection to be limited. That being said....we arrived late on a Saturday and it's closed on Sunday. With Friday/Saturday check-in at the Resort for both the Reef and Morritt's, I think the selections were depleted. We took a trip to Savannah on Monday and stocked up at the grocery store there (across the street from Wendy's in the shopping center). Prices seemed much more reasonable and a huge selection of fresh produce, meats etc.

We loved the quiet of the East End vs. our last night a the Comfort Inn Suites in George Town on Seven Mile Beach. Quick drive to Rum Point (which we determined was our favorite). We made 4 trips out to this beach during our stay. We used Testudo's snorkel guide and found our way to several beaches. Barefoot beach was just up the road from the Resort and the snorkeling was good.

We made reservations for a special dinner at the Lighthouse restaurant. Extremely windy night so our reservation for dinner on the dock had to be moved inside. A bit pricey...but memorable.

Husband took the Resort Dive course through Tortuga Divers at the Resort. A short class and pool instruction in the morning and a 25' dive inside the reef in the afternoon. Once this is completed, they will allow you to participate in any of their other dives later in the week. Very worthwhile according to hubby. I'm a timid snorkeler...but they did allow me to accompany them on the boat at no charge and snorkel while the rest were down for their dive. Also an opportunity to see some great real estate from the water! Beautiful homes!

The snorkeling at the Resort was very entertaining. We thought it was at least as good as the snorkeling on our trip out to Stingray City. A bit rocky (swim shoes highly recommended) but lots of fish under the pier (Mimi's Dock Bar). They are well fed from the Dock Bar scraps and hang tight to the pier. Tarpon, parrot fish, trumpet fish and many days we saw a barracuda. We were a bit surprised on our last day to see two reef sharks (about 5') under the dock. Let's just say I was glad it was the last day and not our first!

The Resort has a shuttle into George Town for $12.50 US per person. Picks up at 9 and returns at 4. I was just as happy not to try driving in the busy city traffic and take advantage of the shuttle for shopping. Be sure to check the cruise ship schedule and pick a day with few boats in port.

We're now hooked on the East End of Grand Cayman and already talking about "next time".

Thanks again for all the great advice and reviews. There's no reason to ever have a bad vacation experience with Trip Advisor! If you do your homework...you'll know exactly what to expect!!

Lynda & Ed

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1. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

Thanks for the positive review. will be staying here April 27th- May 5 :)

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2. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

" If you do your homework...you'll know exactly what to expect!!

You did yours and it paid off. Excellent advice to those who don't, and then complain or to those who ask " What is such and such like? I am arriving tomorrow ".

Glad you had a great vacation!

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3. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

We are going there Feb 17th for a week. Did you have wifi at the condo?

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4. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

Thank you for the informative trip report. I am looking forward to seeing the reef sharks under Morritts' dock!

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5. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

Great trip report with some fantastic information - always best to get first-hand information rather than stuff taken from websites. Transportation is always a big concern and it really does look like your research paid off.

Glad you are ready to return - I know I would rather not leave... :)

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6. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

Yes...Wifi available at $7.99/day. When opening your browser, select "guest", enter name and room # and the number of days you would like to purchase. One at a time or the entire length of your stay. No bulk "Package" deals. Personally...I thought this was pretty expensive when most resorts this day and age have free Wifi.....

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7. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

Thanks for the info. Yes free wifi would have been nice. Oh well.

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8. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

It's not that unusual to find resorts, particularly on islands, charging for WiFi. Some will only have it for free in central locations like the lobby, which isn't always convenient. The Reef next door also charges for WiFi (don't remember the cost) . People used to use the free WiFi at Dunkin Donuts by Foster's Express, but it has since closed. While we keep the computer usage to a minimum while on vacation (one of the reasons we go on vacation is to "disconnect" from the electronics) but if you need to use your computer extensively while on vacation, then the cost (or not) of WiFi is something to consider when selecting your accommodations.

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9. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

You are right Barb. Does anyone know if there is a shuttle from the airport?

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10. Re: Morritt's Tortuga Club - January 5th - 19th

Yes, there is a shuttle (that costs $32 US per person):

http://www.morritts.com/airport-transfers/