Cayman - 7-mile ara

Old Mar 11th, 2012, 05:05 PM
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Cayman - 7-mile ara

Starting to plan a trip to the Cayman Islands in Feb 2013. Not sure how many of us there will be yet but definitely want to stay in the 7-mile beach area. We want to stay in a condo vs. hotel. Don't want to spend tons of $$. If we do a 2 bedroom we definitely want to stay under $3000/week. Are there some condos that have more activities, etc? It looks as though it is broken out by the north, center and south parts. Which area is the best to stay. I have been looking at VRBO.com but not even sure where to start. thanks!
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Old Mar 12th, 2012, 04:55 AM
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Southern end of SMB has the narrowest and usually rockiest stretch of beach. Rates are cheaper here and you are close to dinning and shopping. Can feel crowded during high season and when there are a lot of cruise ship visitors in port due the proximity of Royal Palms beach club.

Central SMB has the widest and rock free stretch of beach. Also close to dinning and shopping, but is the most expensive. The beach in front of the Ritz is the only stretch that tends to be crowded (due to the properties size and relatively small beach front).

Northern SMB tends to be the quietest section. The beach is generally very good, but there can be some steeper and or rockier water entries by some properties. A rental car is advised here, as there are fewer dinning options within a comfortable walking distance. Less expensive than the central area.
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Old Mar 12th, 2012, 03:24 PM
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Thanks TurtleTracker! Any recommendations on condos? I have been looking at VRBO but pretty overwhelming. Any websites for discussion boards, etc?
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Plenty of good ones. All tourist rentals have to be licensed by the tourist board, so rare is the day when someone gets a lousy rental. Of course there are differences in the level of amenities, furnishings and the like.

What complexes are you looking at?
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Old Mar 13th, 2012, 03:37 PM
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Treasure Island, Crescent Point, Cayman Reef are a few. May be more....I did find one in VRBO but it doesn't say the name of the resort--it is number 24826 (has a swim up bar which we like)--do you know which resort this is? These are in the price range we want. We don't want to spend tons!! thanks for your help.
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Gutzy, you can do better than going to the properties you mentioned. Treasure Island Resorts has very bad reviews. Central Seven Mile Beach is probably not in your price range. North Seven Mile Beach has lower prices than central and the overall experience will be very good. Check with the owners on VRBO and I am sure you can get a discount on the published rates. You can also see pictures of actual condos.Some name of the condos there, Discovery Point, Anchorage, Christopher Columbus.

Most condos do not have organized activities like a hotel, but there are places to rent jet skis, kayaks, boards etc. Dive operators and tour operators to Stingray City will pick you up at your condo.
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