A beach to compare with 7 Mile in Grand Cayman?

Sep 17th, 2004, 05:13 PM
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A beach to compare with 7 Mile in Grand Cayman?

It looks like we might have to find another destination for next summer. Anyone have any suggestions for anyplace that compares to any of the beach front condos on 7 Mile Beach in Grand Cayman? We stayed at the Villas of The Galleon on Grand Cayman last year and so wanted to return next summer. But, thanks to Ivan, that might not be possible. Looking for a condo right on the beach, anywhere in the Caribbean. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Sep 17th, 2004, 05:24 PM
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thought you might be interested in this info from www.stormcarib.com on the status of many of the condo buildings on 7 mile beach.


From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 13:17:01 -0400 (EDT)

From the Pleas for Help Board:

Author: phil baxter (80.41.149.---)
Date: 09-17-04 09:16
Info received today and the following confirmed
CASA CARIBE - Damage to carports and garden area and some windows in
the office. Structure appears to be in fairly good shape. Lost 1 of
the Casuarina Pines. Repairs are expected to commence promptly.
CAYMAN CLUB - Little to no roof left, but structure intact. Most of
damage was to the back units. Little to no damage on ground floor
units on the ocean side.
CAYMAN REEF RESORT - Part of roof has gone but buildings intact.
Several units have lost the windows. Beach has gone.
CAYMAN SANDS - Minor damage to units 5 and 6.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS - Iitial reports indicate that some of the
windows and doors are missing on ground floor uits on the ocean side
no.s 7,8,9,10. Some of the penthouse units 29 and 30 suffered damage
to the roof but no further info. Interior conditions are unknown.
Ground floor units and office had water go through them. Willie and
Lise are OK.
COLONIAL CLUB - A few broken windows and some sand and water insome of
the units. Landscaping is badly damaged, but overall things appear OK.
COCO PLUM - Intact.
CORALSTONE CLUB - Looks mostly intact.
DISCOVERY POINT CLUB - Buildings are intact with no major damage.
Phase 1 building has some roof damage. The ground floor units have
some water and there are some broken windows. The beach is a mess and
lts of sand in the pool.
LACOVIA - First floor units had 2' of water at the height of the
storm. Water came from the Hyatt side. Some roof damage. Door on
office and unit 1 had blown off. All openings have had plyboard put on
and there is securty on site.
THE PALMS - Appears to be in good shape.
AQUA BAY CLUB - The beach side of the property looks good, and no
broken windows appart from on the side of unit 1. Roof looks good.
Minor water damage to ground floor units. All palm trees are down and
the beach has been battered and a lot of sand in the pool. The office
building is intact. Overall looks good.
PLANTANA - There is broken glass in units 19,20,21 and 44. and some
units have wet floors approx 1". Landscaping has gone and some minor
roof damage.
SILVER SANDS - Structure OK, windows are intact but sand everywhere.
SOVEREIGN - Damaged. No further info on this
VICTORIA HOUSE - The casuarina trees are standing as is the hut. Some
roof damage on 212, and roof of on penthouses. All air con units have
blown off the roof on the centre portion of building along with a lot
of roof shingles. Ceilings are down in the upstairs units and water in
them. Water in downstairs units. All trees at front are gone.
VILLAS OF THE GALLEON - Heavily damaged. No further info.
WHITE SANDS - Minimal damage, mainly cosmetic and slight water damage.
In general, Cable and Wireless is making good progress on restoring
cell services on the island.
Phil Baxter

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Sep 18th, 2004, 04:15 AM
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stratt, Provo in Turks & Caicos has beaches like 7 mile beach and everyone raves about it. Most of the hotels are condos. There are lots of places to stay as shown in the following list:


Don't know if they were damaged during Frances or Charlie hurriances but might be worth exploring if you are concerned about Grand Cayman for next summer.

I was in St. Thomas after the hurricane hit them and it was one miserable mess for a long time so the Caymans will probably be no different.
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Sep 18th, 2004, 06:18 AM
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Negril has a beautiful beach which I believe is also around 7 mi. long. Also consider Aruba. Palm beach is beautiful.
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Sep 18th, 2004, 07:42 AM
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I would also recommend Negril's beach, which I honestly think is far prettier and less Americanized than Grand Cayman, but I am hearing varying reports about how it fared during Hurricane Ivan. But since you're not going until the summer, you definitely have time to check it out.

Negril doesn't have many huge condo complexes on the beach the way Grand Cayman does, but look into MOON DANCE VILLAS. It's located on the best part of the beach, and not too far from the restaurants/nightlife of the West End.

If resorts will do, check:

IDLE AWHILE, which entitles you to use the facilities at SWEPT AWAY
or, for a cheaper stay,
COCO LA PALM RESORT which is just next door to IDLE AWHILE. The jr. suites at COCO LA PALM are huge, and have a dining table, refrigerator and sink in each room. If you opt for these, just make sure not to choose the ones directly over the bar or you'll never sleep at night!

Have a great trip!
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Sep 18th, 2004, 11:39 AM
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I heard that Negril also took a pretty bad hit with Ivan.

Since you're going in the summer I would recommend considering Bermuda ... incredible beaches.
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