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Trip Report Grand Cayman - Trip report

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Just got back from a fantastic week in Grand Cayman. The weather was perfect, it only rained twice and both times for less than 30 minutes. Thank you to all those who helped answer the questions I had while planning this trip.

We stayed at the Marriott Resort on 7 mile Beach and were very pleased with the hotel. The rooms were large and the staff accommodated our every request. It was great for us especially since it was contained in one large U shaped building on the beach, our 10 year old had the freedom to go around the hotel by himself (breakfast, gift shop, etc.) We had contemplated staying at the Ritz , but when we saw it, we were glad we did not because our rooms would have been in the section across the street and our kids would not have had the freedom they had at the Marriott. the beach is slightly narrower, but just as great as any other, fine powdery white sand, warm water, and not crowded at all, beach chairs were abundant even at noon. The pool was on the small side, but we were not interested in the pool, so it did not matter. The Marriott's food was ok, not great, but our rate included the breakfast buffet which was very good and saved us quite a bit. We had dinner at Solana and had the "All you can eat lobster dinner" on Wednesday, but were not impressed with either meal. Friday night, they have Buccaneer's night with a show and all you can eat buffet, but we did not try it.

The Marriott location was very convenient, you can walk to many restaurants, a dive shop, ice cream and liquor stores, a small strip mall and a supermarket (there's a fridge in each room).

Rent a car for one or two days if you'd like to go to the various snorkeling spots and to go to Rum Point but Taxis and buses are abundant, also any tour or charter you take, the operators provide pick up and drop off at no extra charge, so you there's no need to rent a car for the whole vacation.

We went diving with DiveTech and Cayman Diving school, both great outfits. We visited the Coral Gardens and stingray city with Soto tours, great experience and very reasonably priced. We went horseback riding with Pampered Ponies on a secluded beach, it was beautiful. We chartered with Captain Marvin's for a half day of Reef fishing and were very pleased with the crew, they made it fun and picked the best fishing spots. We rented a car for a day from Andy's Car rental and drove to the Blow Holes and Rum point. Had dinner at the Wharf and watched the Tarpon fish feeding. Red sail Sports is a large outfit that runs many of the tours and runs the water sports on the beach, they were generally 20% more expensive than the other tour operators. They do have a free sail to Rum Point at 5 pm on Wednesdays mainly for you to have dinner at the restaurant there also run by Red Sail.

Restaurants I would recommend are Guy Harvey in Georgetown, Reef Grill, the Wharf, Cimboco, and 7 Prime at the Ritz where the service and the food were impeccable. We had lunch at Hammerheads in Georgetown but were not impressed. Restaurants were generally very expensive, but that's the case with everything on the island.

Be sure to pick up the Activity Guide from the airport, it has many coupons for restaurants, tours, and the liquor store.

We found the island very safe and had plenty to keep all of us busy. We did not have time for the submarine, the botanical gardens or the turtle farm, maybe next time. The people are truly friendly whether in the hotel or on the street. It was a great trip, and we would definitely be heading back again - hopefully soon.

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