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1st time visitors to grand caymen need info

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1st time visitors to grand caymen need info

my wife & i are visiting g.c for 2 weeks during december 06.flights are booked & nothing else .please any info of any holiday topic would be most welcome.from where not to stay to where can i fly fish.im also most intrigued,can it be any more expensive to stay than the u.k. or any other place in europe .your help will be most welcome.may i also add we are 50 plus age bracket... yes we dive but nothing much more strenuous thank you.

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1. Re: 1st time visitors to grand caymen need info

I would recommend you stay on 7 mile beach and rent a car. Go to www.caymanvacations.com for a listing and description of some hotels and condos. You will love Grand Cayman. It is expensive by US standards, but eating out is like New York City prices.

My husband is in the UK now, and he complains about how expensive it is. But that's looking at it from dollar to pound exchange rate.

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www.caymanislands.ky

will answer any questions you have

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3. Re: 1st time visitors to grand caymen need info

If you want the high rise hotels, close to lots of restaurants, stores, etc - then stay in the Seven Mile Beach area. This area is great but is where most tourists stay.

If you want away from the high rises. etc., stay in the Cayman Kai area of GC.

Wherever you stay, I would definately rent a jeep or car and explore the island.

Our favorite place to stay is at the Cayman Kai Sea Lodges - cheaper than the houses in that area (which we don't need a whole house) and better than in a condo complex. The lodges are individually owned. Nothing fancy about the small complex but the lodges are nice. When staying there, we just feel like we have our own peace of heaven.

The best snorkeling at Grand Cayman in right off the beach in front of the lodges. The reef is just right off the shore, easy snorkel out to it, and tons of awesome sealife to see.

To check out 2 of the sea lodges, goto http://www.sealodgical.com/ or http://www.caymanhaven.com/#reservations.

Rum Point is a a 10 minute walk along the beach and there are restaurants a short drive away.

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Forgot to mention, Red Sail Sports has a location at Rum Point. We have had excellent experiences dealing with them for watersports, etc. I do not know if they do fishing trips but there is a dock there for easy charter boat access.

Goto www.caymanislands.ky/to_do/fishing_main.asp for fly fishing info. Part of it says:

On Grand Cayman, Captain Ronald Ebanks specializes in flyfishing and light tackle fishing trips to secluded fishing spots around Grand Cayman. Charterboat Headquarters and Bayside Watersports will also be able to provide information about any other guides available to escort anglers on flyfishing trips along Grand Cayman's flats in North Sound and South Sound and inland canals.

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My wife and I just returned from two weeks in Grand Cayman last Friday...our 8th visit. We much prefer staying at the north end of Seven Mile Beach. It's quiet vs. further south and yet affords access to a large variety of restaurants and the beaches and the snorkeling in that area is excellent. On north Seven Mile we stayed at the Aqua Bay Club (not our first time) and we highly recommend that facility. Nearby is Discovery Point Club (also nice and a few properties south) which is also also a facility we would recommended. Check out their individual WEB sites. Might also recommend a phone call to the individual facilities. You should be able to get a good deal during your planned visit as the island is quiet between the U.S. Thanksgiving and Christmas.

With prices about the same, you'll be much happier staying in a condo than in a hotel. You'll have much more space, full kitchen facilities, more convenient parking, beaches will not loaded with people, pools will be little used and you'll have much less activity in the ocean than in front of a hotel. Though grocery stores (like everything else) are quite expensive, having some lunch and breakfast stuff in the condo will save you money vs. eating three meals a day out and food will be available on your schedule vs. when restaurants are serving AND you can eat in your night clothes or bathing suits. We tend to only go out to eat at night.

Though we prefer north Seven Mile Beach, the rates are slightly less on the other side of the island and snorkeling is good over there as well. The trade-off staying on the the south or east end is a greatly reduced number of restaurants, food stores or shops and, depending on your location, reduced access to dive operators. No matter where you stay, noplace on Grand Cayman is cheap IF you want to stay on the beach.

Rent a car. Cabs can be expensive. You should be able to get a car for a net of about $250/week U.S. or less. As they drive on the left hand side of the road insist on a right hand drive car. It's easier driving on the "wrong" side of the road that way and easier to remember NOT to drive on the right.

If you stay on Seven Mile Beach, for restaurants we recommend the Grand Old House just on the other side of Georgetown (excellent menu and a super setting), Ragazzi (again excellent food and service and MANY nightly specials, Deckers (the owners will stop by your table and make certain all is OK) and, for a less expensive meal, the Lone Star (yup, more a less a Texas bar in Grand Cayman). You'll also have a large variety of other restaurants to pick from and, over two weeks, you'll never had to eat at the same place unless you want to.

If you're going to snorkel it will not be necessary to us a tour operator. Lots of choices right off the beach on north Seven Mile plus even more locations you can drive to. For diving there are multiple boat operators that area easy to find and will probably, in many cases, pick you up right off the beach. For mask/snorkel/fins, buy them rather than renting. And though you can save money purchasing equipment from WEB sites, go to a store at home or once in Cayman as, in particular with the mask and fins, the fit is really important. The only expection might be if you want Force Fins which, due to their open toe design, are a bit more forgiving and may not be available in Cayman. Check out Scuba.com for these.

Good luck and enjoy your trip.

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You really should dive. No matter where you go, the diving is great (I'm 50 and "not in the best of shape"). The diving in Cayman is just so easy. We usually go out with friends now, but when we stayed at the Hyatt property along SMB, used Red Sail Sports. (They service a number of the resorts -- Westin, Ritz, Hyatt, Marriott). Although they take out a number of guests at a time, everyone is broken in groups, so you only go with a small number. Water, fruit etc., is supplied. We have our own equipment, but never had an issue their rentals (they replace everything every six months). Sometimes the North can be a little choppy but if the boat is going well worth it --the west is like bath water. I totally enjoy wherever we go. If you stay at a resort and want to save a little money, charge your food, drinks, water activities (everything but your room) directly on your credit card. That way you don't get the added hotel tax on other services! Good luck!

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we've stayed at aqua bay club on seven mile beach several times and would stay there again. great location, beach and wonderful snorkeling just a short swim away. aqua bay is a small, quiet complex of individually owned condos. the website has realistic photos of the property and beach, but ask if there are photos of the specific condo you are interested in. some have been newly renovated. if modern and updated decor is important, do specify when calling. aqua bay is a short drive from the grocery store (fosters) and we always stop in to get food, soda, water, fruit and snacks on the way from the airport . if possible, pack a soft cooler pack in your luggage. you can take along snacks and water on your excursions. staying at aqua bay will give you plenty of room, privacy, great beachfront and snorkeling...and it's just a short stroll away from the big hotels, etc. we made good use of the gas grills on the property for quick beachside lunches as well as a few steaks at night. after spending our days swimming, diving, sunning and, well, just doing nothin', it was wonderful to have the ability to prepare dinner if we didn't have the energy to go out!! you will have a wonderful time, grand cayman is magical. enjoy.

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8. Re: 1st time visitors to grand caymen need info

Plonker, where did you decide to stay?

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