Caribbean Islands Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Caribbean Islands activity »
  1. 1 Upcoming Cuba Trip
  2. 2 Trip Report Credit Card-Carrying US Independent Travelers Go to Cuba
  3. 3 when to visit barbados
  4. 4 Honeymoon Help!!
  5. 5 Barbados Beaches
  6. 6 Caribbean Vacation Advice
  7. 7 Punta Cana
  8. 8 Honeymoon destination help!!!!!
  9. 9 Family Friendly Resort w/ Fam of 5 (+1?)
  10. 10 Puerto Rico Questions: elec conv? hiking boots for El Yunque/
  11. 11 Suggestions for a 1 month first visit?
  12. 12 Surfing School recomendations, Puerto Rico?
  13. 13 Nonstop Flights from East Coast to Martinique and Guadeloupe from the US
  14. 14 Trip Report Unwinding and Warming Up on Eleuthera
  15. 15 Trip Report Havana City Walk - Travel Report
  16. 16 Restaurant Recommendations
  17. 17 Trouble booking hotels!
  18. 18 Tropical Island Trip HELP
  19. 19 Airport transfer PUJ
  20. 20 Bahama's outer island
  21. 21 Clear Calm Water Caribbean Destinations
  22. 22 Mosquitos in Guadeloupe
  23. 23 Choosing an island for summer vacation
  24. 24 Family Trip Recommendations: All inclusive, Fast Flight, 2 bedroom
  25. 25 40 min layover in CLT
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Grand Cayman - Trip Mini-Report

Jump to last reply

We've just spent a week on Grand Cayman for the fifth time in about 25 years; this time with our son, his wife and two-year-old grandson. A great time! We were lucky to find the Villas of the Galleon condos the first time and have never looked back. The first time, the Villas were between the Holiday Inn and a vacant lot. Now they're between the Westin and the Ritz-Carlton, right on the best part of the best beach. They're upscale, well-kept and well-run, still by the same manager we first met 25 years ago. No pool, but hey, you're at the beach!

We toured the Ritz-Carlton and got lost. We thought it overblown and pretentious. The hotel itself is on the wrong side of a busy highway (though you can traverse a long, cavernous covered bridge over it). Individual cabana chairs line the beach row upon row. It looked difficult to glimpse the water from the second row on back.

We had a better impression of the Westin. Smaller but not too small, right on the beach and with plenty of amenities, it appealed to us far more. Beaches on Cayman are open, by the way, although some are demarcated with a rope you can just step over.

No ax to grind, just our impressions of three properties right next to each other. For us the Villas of the Galleon will always be the choice. The Ocean View units actually do have a good view and are just steps from the Ocean Front units.

P.S. Sorry, no nightlife, sightseeing or shopping tips. We skipped Georgetown and the cruise passengers. We didn't go anywhere but to that great beach.

2 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement