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meta Dec 19th, 2003 05:10 AM

beach bum, on Marriot's website, they mention beach erosion. I've heard it's in very bad shape. The very north and south parts of SMB, has been hit the hardest. I believe someone may have mentioned Holiday Inn. The beach there is supposingly very nice and I believe the hote is fairly new, so it should be in good shape as far as rooms go.

Kristen Dec 19th, 2003 05:17 AM

Meta & Beach Bum....

Meta, you mentione dthe Holiday and if I hadn't seen it I would have also said it's a good choice, but I would not go near that place witha 10 foot pole. We were ther ein off seasona nd when we walked by the Holiday Inn beach, Oh my god! There were hordes of people, kids, watersports vendors etc... it was noisy, super crowded and extremely unappealing. People in the water were almost on top of each other. This is the ONLY hotel/condo beach I saw like this.

It was stressful just walking by!

Just something to consider...

Robin Dec 19th, 2003 06:02 AM

Kristen, "Congratulations" on your recent wedding in GC! If we had been there on the 6th I would of surly been on the beach in the background watching your wedding. I'm so glad things turned out great for your special day. We left on the 3rd and only had one day of rough water with nice size waves. It was a nice surprise for my teens as they love the waves here at the Jersey shore and I told them there would be no waves in GC. We had great weather with very little rain, I just loved GC and can't wait to return. It's nice to hear you really liked VOG, we walked by it and it really looked nice from the outside. I just wanted to say "Hello" and so glad you had a wonderful wedding and honeymoon, just sorry I missed it by a few days :-(

Kristen Dec 19th, 2003 06:15 AM

Thanks Robin!

We can't wait to go back...hopefully for our 1 year anniversaty :-)

Where do you stay?

cruisin_tigger Dec 19th, 2003 09:19 AM

Haven't heard anyone mention Treasure Island Resort yet. Sometimes reviews are mixed on this, but you can't beat it for what the property offers. We have always stayed in the condos, also on this property, and love it. We are going back for the 3rd time in May. Two swimming pools and swim up bar. If you stay at the resort, walk past the two pools and you are at the beach, which is a bit rocky, so has pretty good snorkeling. Just walk a bit north and you'll have the smooth white sand beaches. Check out for more pictures and location of the property in relation to 7MB. If you stay at the resort, prices should be pretty reasonable for the off season. It is in receivership now, but have heard from people who have just stayed there and they say you can't even tell. Business as usual.

Dee2 Dec 19th, 2003 04:44 PM

beach bum - I can be reached at [email protected] I'll be glad to share favorite restaurants with you.

meta Dec 20th, 2003 04:50 AM

we used for reservations. They were very helpful and honest. They also have a toll free# which is 1-877-582-1049. I like the fact that we can actually speak with someone and not just have to communicate via e-mail.

Andrew304 Dec 20th, 2003 11:01 AM

Even if the Marriott's beach is all gone, the hotel sits along the same stretch of beach as the Hyatt and the can walk a very short distance to be on a wide stretch of beach -it's all public and several (although not really 7) miles long...the part DIRECTLY in front of the Marriott is gone, but don't rule out the hotel just because of that - especially if you were going to find a place that is not on the beach at are nice alternatives on GC...the kitchen comes in very handy at EXPENSIVE meal time...

beach_bum Dec 20th, 2003 03:23 PM

Thanks for everyone's advice/input... unless something better comes along, I think we are going to stay at the Sunshine Suites. We are able to get a room there for 110/night. Even though it's not right on the beach, we don't mind walking across the street, and it appears to be the best value.

cayman420 Dec 24th, 2003 04:29 PM

Don't stay at sunshone suites. Try Seaview or sunset house. Try a bed a breakfast.
Renting a car can be inexpensive and you will be able to really experience Cayman. Have you thought about Jeff's resort? It's located in West bay, not by the beach but there is something really great about waking up to a rooster! Get a real feel for Cayman and not the tourist one.
Even staying at Seaview is better than sunshine suites. I think once you are there you would agree. Take a chance!

beach_bum Dec 24th, 2003 04:52 PM

Well, unless we find a better deal, we are staying at SS. Turns out that when we called them directly, w/the entertainment card we can get a room there for 85/night! (Seaview is 99/night) With the money we save on a room there we can get the car rental for the entire week and see the rest of GC :)

Dee2 Dec 24th, 2003 06:27 PM

Have to disagree with Cayman420 - Sunshine Suites is a nice property and I think you will be pleased with it. We are NOT a young couple, as you are, and walking to the beach was never a problem for us. A few minutes. It's a new, clean, comfortable proiperty. You are within walking distance of several restaurants and the grocery store. It's on a nice stretch of beach. I've stayed there several times and would stay again. Enjoy yourselves.

beach_bum Dec 25th, 2003 11:57 AM

Dee - glad you think we'll enjoy it there :) Hey did you ever get the email I sent you, or did it never go through?

Dee2 Dec 25th, 2003 05:09 PM

Never got it.

Dee2 Dec 26th, 2003 04:11 AM

Beach bum - try this address and see if it works - [email protected]

beach_bum Dec 27th, 2003 09:19 PM

Dee - tried sending another one your way; let me know if you don't get it. Or you can try emailing me at [email protected]

Dee2 Dec 28th, 2003 04:27 PM

My computer skills failed me - sigh!!!! Try [email protected]

cayman420 Dec 30th, 2003 09:49 AM

I understand. Please go to Seaview and at least have a cocktail at the bar or go for dinner some night!
Don't forget to hit "the crows nest" they have the best pepperpot soup on the island!! Have a great time.

jkurtiak Dec 30th, 2003 10:25 AM

Sorry to jump into the post alittle late.
If you are lookng for reasonable eats, try looking at they have many menus listed so you can see the prices before hand.
Lone Star Grill in front of the Hyatt is very good, as is Chicken Chicken. You can get take out and have a beach picnic. Eats Cafe is very reasonable as well
You should take a snorkel trip while there for sure, it was the best part. Try either or Captain dexter's. both reputable and affordable. Stay away from REd sail sports, they are expensive.

Visit Rum Point as well on the north end. Just not on a weekend when more locals are there and it can get crowded. You can either drive or take the ferry from the Hyatt for I think $10 round trip.

While there we didnt rent a car since the whole driving on the left thing was confusing. taxis were very available and affordable. The island is VERY small and there isnt much touristy things to see. You may not need the car for the entire week. ZIf you explore the 1st few days and then if you think you'll just be going out for dinner, and hanging at the beach all day it might be a way to save money.

Make sure you have snorkel gear with you. You can snorkel everywhere and bringing it from home pays off in the end. Also pack light snacks with you to save from spending too much on snacks.
Make sure you have ALL toiletries you think you might need. They are VERY expensive on the island so I packed a medicine chest with me.

We loved the Reef Grill (loved the tuna), the Wharf (steak was delicious), Pappagallos (potato gnocci I dream about still) all very pricey but so worth it.

Have a great time, I loved Cayman and it is so worth the expense

meta Dec 30th, 2003 01:01 PM

Cayman, what is peperpot soup?

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