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Christopher Columbus Condos
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

This is our fifth stay at the Christopher Columbus and we couldn't find a better place to stay on Grand Cayman. Privacy, cleanliness, beautiful environment without being overwhelmed and feeling like we are staying in a rain forest. Our dream is to own a unit here, until then..........thank you to the owners and management who share paradise with us.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Gloriana T
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

19 years ago, my wife and I honeymooned at the Caribbean Club on Grand Cayman. Back then, it was a quaint group of pink bungalows in the heart of a quiet stretch of 7-mile Beach. Today, it's a multi-story condo complex. So, when we wanted to return for Spring Break with our boys, we looked for a reasonably-priced, small complex on a quiet stretch of beach.

We found it at the Christopher Columbus, Unit 4. Our flight arrived around noon, and we were at the complex on the North End of 7 Mile Beach by 1:00. Check-in was 2:00, but the friendly staff let us throw our bags in the condo while they finished cleaning and we went shopping at the grocery store down the street.

Our unit was absolutely perfect. It has been updated extremely well with tropical furnishings and two flat screen TVs. There was a good selection of books in the unit. Because we were on the first floor, the view was not great and we were directly in front of the pool. We enjoyed the ability to walk directly out of our door and out to the beach. Second and Third floors will have better views, but you have to walk around the building to use the stairs.

The pool has been recently re-done and it is great. We made some great memories with night-time swims with the boys as the lights in the pool changed colors. There's also a great kiddie/wading pool with a fountain in the middle.

Snorkeling directly in front of the complex is incredible. We took the short walk to Cemetery Beach one day and found the snorkeling no better than directly in front of our place. There are some sea urchins in the area, and I would advise water shoes or sandals. Perhaps 20 yards down to the left is a good stretch of sandy ocean bottom, but right in front of the complex, the coral starts fairly quickly.

There are only two very small downsides to this complex. First, they have great covered cabanas and umbrellas on the beach. But, because the complex was close to capacity, those went very quickly every morning. If you sleep in, you are in the sun all day. Second, they don't supply shampoo. Luckily, I saw this raised on another review, so we packed the Head N' Shoulders.

They do have beach towels that can be replaced every day, and our unit had a hair dryer.

To me, the location is great. It is at the North End of 7 Mile Beach, and our stretch of beach was not very busy. Looking back towards Georgetown, you could see some busy stretches of beach.

7 Mile Beach Road is extremely busy. You have to cross the road to get to the tennis courts, which are in good shape. Small kids should be kept close at hand.

In reading the guest book in our condo, some visitors noted that they had stayed in other units prior to arriving at Unit 4. They noted that those units were not as nice, so I suggest doing your homework if you are looking at another unit.

Finally, there are no restaurants within easy walking distance. We found some great places to eat, but we were in the car to get to them.

We will definitely be back, and highly recommend this unit.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Fly_FisherSoutheast
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

We returned to the Christopher Columbus for the second year and stayed in unit #16 again. The unit is well stocked, clean, and has a wonderful view of the Caribbean. Wifi is also provided free of charge. We were pleasantly surprised to find the pool deck redone along with the pool and a small splash pool for children added. The thatch roofs were redone and the beach easy to access. The staff are very accomodating and even provided a local bbq for guests one evening. It was fun and the food was delicious. You can snorkel right off the beach and there is some excellent viewing right off the reef not far out. We are tentatively booked to return to #16 for a third year.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank misslucy58
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

We have visited Grand Cayman on a few occasions, but this was our 1st time staying at Christopher Columbus. Our stay was from 12/31/11 - 1/7/12. Overall we enjoyed the property and would recommend this to others. We stayed on the upper 3rd level on the back side closest to the street. Keep in mind there is no elevator so all luggage, dive equipment and groceries get carried up the stairs. Being on the street side we did have some traffic noise which can start pretty early so this may be something to consider. Our unit had all the necessary amenties, the beach & pool areas were nice and had plenty of chairs & thatched huts for shade. Close to shopping, restaurants & pick up for diving ( we dove with DNS diving). We would most likely stay here again, but would get a unit on a lower level & away from the street as much as possible.

Room Tip: Facility is close to road so ask which units provide the least amount of traffic noise.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank LunrLandn
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

My family has been coming to the "Chris" (as it's affectionally known by the regulars) for over 15 years, and we have never had a bad experience. It's a great beach, away from the hustle of Georgetown but close enough to it that you are able to experience the restaurants and nightlife there. One word of warning - you have to book far in advance to get a condo. This place is that great that the popular seasons sell out quickly.

Room Tip: Ground floor units are great because the back door opens out right to the beach.
  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank teetee0706
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