Aruba or Grand Cayman for family?

Old Feb 9th, 2001, 08:14 PM
Posts: n/a
Aruba or Grand Cayman for family?

Which island do you recommend for ocean front suites/condos for a family with teenagers who want to swim and snorkle over Thanksgiving? How about golf and shopping?

Old Feb 11th, 2001, 08:39 AM
Posts: n/a
Aruba is better for the money. Snorkeling is good on some reefs, especially Arachi reef and there are some neat ship wrecks to snorkel or dive. The ocean is pretty and you always have that great breeze!. The jeep safaris through the back desert country would be great for the teens and you. Nice horseback riding at the Natural pools too. Grand Cayman is gorgeous but by far more expensive. If you are looking for the stingray snorkle you will love it and 7 mile beach is gorgeous. I think the food in Aruba is better and the people in Aruba are great. All in all I would do Aruba. The Holiday Inn there has an optional all-inclusive and the rooms are clean and roomy. The beach is nice there and there is every imaginable water sport offered right from the beach/peer. Have a great trip!!!
Old Feb 16th, 2001, 12:00 PM
Posts: n/a
I just came back from the Grand Caymanian Resort (5 star) in Grand Cayman and loved it! If you are considering the Caribbean for Travel, this is the place to stay! Some amenities are Kitchen, Washer/Dryer, Pool, Beach, Dock, Dive Shop, Restaurant, Free Shuttle, plus more… I actually am willing to talk to you regarding this resort and can offer availability at a discounted rate ($800-$2000/week). To see more info on this resort visit:, Please call Jeff (570) 374-3482
Old Feb 20th, 2001, 02:47 PM
Posts: n/a
Have been to Aruba once and Grand Cayman twice (will be going again in May to Cayman) and loved both. There were kids and teenagers at both.

Keep in mind if you are going in November, you may want to think about Grand Cayman. Aruba is a desert island and November is their rainy month. I have neen to Cayman in July and December and the temperature was great both times of the year. Don't know about golf. The shopping is great in both places. Whichever you decide, you can't go wrong (unless it is rainy in Aruba).
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 08:27 PM
Posts: n/a
For snorkeling, Aruba doesn't compare to Caymans....Caymans is known for snorkeling/diving, where as Aruba more windsurfing...very windy....Oceanfront condos on Caymans are many.
Old Feb 28th, 2001, 07:19 AM
Posts: n/a
Just got back from Grand Cayman Feb 10. Would not go back. By far Aruba has this island beat as far as things to do, places to see and restaurants to eat at. The exchange rate is a killer in Cayman. We stayed at the Westin and would not recommend that for a family. They are more geared to the business environment. We could have stayed in Aruba at the beautiful Marriott for 2 weeks for the price of 1 week at the so-so Westin in Grand Cayman.
Old Mar 1st, 2001, 05:18 AM
Posts: n/a
Don't know when Connie stayed @ The Marriott in Aruba but 'beautiful' is not
what comes to mind for us when we describe the Marriott in Aruba! I am
talking about the Hotel (not timeshares.
Can't comment on the timeshares b/c did not stay there). The Marriott Hotel in Aruba is seriously in need of upgrading.
Perhaps it was 'beautiful' @ one time but it is now run down & tired. We were there last Fall & found the service very
poor, the rooms about a 3 star not 5 star as advertised and the thing that really bugged a lot of guests....for the entire week that we were there the elevators did not work properly! The food was awful & there were long line-ups for breakfast every morning.
We would go back to Aruba but not to The Marriott! I have heard the Hyatt & Radissson are good choices for 5 star
if that's what you are looking for. That said, it's all moot b/c you asked for suites/condos! Sorry. Don't know if Hyatt & Radisson have suites/condos.
Old Apr 5th, 2001, 05:02 AM
Posts: n/a
Aruba by far is better; the climate is always sunny and hot with some wind. We stayed at the Hyatt and loved it. Snorkeling is good; lots of beach activities, good pool (get there early to reserve a spot), bus transportation is cheap and reliable. Our boys loved it.
Old Apr 5th, 2001, 09:05 PM
Posts: n/a
Aruba would be my choice. There is
little else to do in Grand Cayman
other than the snorkeling. It is a
very British island, very conservative.
Not much nightlife there, especially
for teens. Also, November is still
hurricane season for Grand Cayman.
Aruba, on the other hand, is outside
the hurricane belt. However, it does
experience short showers on some days
during November-- but not enough to
ruin your vacation! Further, there is
much to do in Aruba during the day and
at night, indoors and outdoors! There
are discos that the teens can go to;
horseback riding, ATV tours, snorkeling,
scuba, snuba (a cross between snorkel
and scuba), parasailing, windsurfing,
jeep tours, sailing excursions, movie
theater at the Sonesta (shows first-run
films), bowling, minature golf, a
butterfly farm, bird sanctuary, tube
rides, banana boat rides.. the list
goes on. Aruba does have at least two
golf courses and there are plenty of
great shopping in colorful Oranjestaad.
You might want to consider staying at
a timeshare resort with kitchen
facilities, especially with teens!
I would suggest the following timeshare
resorts: Playa Linda, Costa Linda,
La Cabana, Casa del Mar and Aruba Beach
Club. For more information about places
to stay and things to do, try these
All three websites have bulletin boards,
trip reports, restaurant information,
and many more information about Aruba.
Aruba gets my vote for good weather,
great beach, good snorkeling (got some
great shipwrecks to explore!) and
wonderful restaurants and so many things
to do. We are returning for our third
trip to Aruba!
Old Apr 8th, 2001, 09:29 AM
Posts: n/a

Noone responed to your golf question & all the posters did a great job in explaining Aruba! We have been going to Aruba for years now & the golf course there is supber! We have stayed at the Hyatt, Sonesta Suits & Playa Linda, but the last few times we stay at Tierra Del Sol. This place is unreal & has all the ammenties you want plus the golf course. We spent our 25th anniversary there in November, Not that much rain & Aruba only gets 26" per year maybe! Just be glad the trade winds are there! The golf course is super. Playing the winds of Aruba are a feat in itself! Here is the website, do some researching & see if it to your liking. The seniors use to play this course a couple of years back when it 1st open. Enjoy your vacation regardless wherevere you go!


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -