Jelly fish in Grand Cayman in May?

Jun 4th, 2002, 02:51 AM
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I have been going to the Caymans my entire life, my dad owned property in the 70's that is now a luxury resort( yes he sold it for big bucks that got lost in the market crash in the late 80's). I got bit then by a jelly fish when I was 12 and then again in my twenties. The water is their home !!!at least that is what the Dr. who treated my bites told me and my dad, it didn't make the pain go away or alleviate my fears of it happening again, so I just stayed my the pool and avoided going into the water. This is just part of the carribean experience... we always went in Dec and Jan, so I don't know about the summers...
 
Jun 4th, 2002, 01:36 PM
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Just a note on the sea lice/jelly fish repellent... tried it while diving in Thailand earlier this year and still got stung. Of course I didn't stop wearing it, hoping that it was at least minimizing the number of stings! FYI, it seems to depend on the person whether you swell up or not.
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 09:07 AM
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Just got back from Grand Cayman late last night.
We had a GREAT trip. My wife, my two daughters ge 16 and 19, and myself. Stayed at a wonderful condo called Northern Lights on the north shore east of Franksound road, west of Morritts Tortuga Club. Bo Miller is the owner and is a gracious host; a native Caymanian with lots of knowledge and amazing stories of "growing up on the island". The units are beautifully decorated and have a freshwater pool for those who prefer.
We would definately return and stay there again!
Jellyfish:
No jellies first few days; 3rd day we saw swarms of the thimbles just off the beach brought in by the current. We chose not to swim there and had a "jelly free" swim / snorkel that day across from the Governor's place on Seven Mile Beach. The next day..no jellies. We did however run into sea lice in the water across from Cemetary Beach.

We had not tried the "Safe Sea" lotion at this point and all left the water with a rash. This went away after hosing ourselves and gear off on the beach.

From then on, we used the lotion which we found to all but eliminate the stings. My wife and daughters used a dive skin, I just wore swim trunks.
Back on the reef in front of our condo I swam through several swarms of the lice (looks like little red / brow dots in the water). I felt only a few little stings where I falied to put the lotion and never experienced any more rash, etc.
The rest of the family had similar success.
We came back "rash free" and enjoyed snorkeling daily all over the Island. This time of year seem to be the "season" for these little critters.
I would imagine that reactions vary with each individual. We had success with the lotion and would not worry on future trips.
Someone there also suggested using any brand of "waterproof" sunblock. As this product was a waterproof sunblock as well, there may be merit to this.
The trip in general:
Expensive with the exchange on currency, however, we broght food from home, shopped at Hurleys Market not too far from the airport, cooked most meals in the condo, and kept our expenses in check.
We did have a wonderful meal at Portofinos on the east end.
Without going inot detail..would NOT recommend Andy's Rental cars.
Would recommend Captain Dexters for a trip to Stingray City / Sandbar.
Feel free to e-mail for any questions.

Larry
 
Jun 6th, 2002, 12:28 PM
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Larry -could you tell us why you don't recommend Andys rentals? I heard mixed reviews about them so I'm wondering what sort of problem you had since I almost rented from them. If you don't want to speak publicly pelase email me. Thx
 
Jun 6th, 2002, 01:54 PM
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Didn't have a good experience with them. We were quoted a price over the internet using our AAA membership for a 20% discount. They honored the price when we got there and we drove away in our midsize car (Suxuki esteem). As we got close to our condo, I went to put the window down and it fell down. I managed to pry it up and keep it shut till we went back the next day to have fixed or exchanged. We were told they only had other cars at the 7 mi beach location so off we went. We were told to ask for Tioni. When we arrived and asked for her, we were told no one by that name works there. The person who assisted us was beligerent about exchanging the car. She finally agreed and we waited about 30 minutes while they put a seat in it and "cleaned it up." When I went to roll down the window, the same thing happened. She tried to get it to work, but unsuccessfully. She said we could have a compact or a "newer" car if we wanted to pay $17.00 / day upgrade. I reitterated that I just wanted the size car we were quoted. I asked why we couldn't have a newer car and was told "not at that price". I wasn't aware that using a discount put us in a older / unreliable car. I asked to speak to the manager. The woman who came out was named Dioni. Tioni / Dioni...guess they couldn't figure it out! She asked us to wait a minute and told us she could put us in another midsize for our quoted price.
(Cavalier). We waited about 30 more minutes till it was ready. Gas gauge didn't work and the fuel cap was broken but we wanted to get on with our vacation. Each time we went into their office, there was someone arguing about their car / problems. Coincidence?
The local gentleman we rented from who was wonderful, recommends and uses Thrifty.
While Andy's was the lowest price, sometimes you get what you pay for.

I have read other posts both positive and negative. It's your choice. I chose not to recommend them. Maybe it was just a bad week for them?

Larry
 
Jun 6th, 2002, 02:19 PM
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Thanks for the report Larry. Andys seems to be popluar and yet I have read quite a few reports like yours with service or older vehicle problems. We saw good prices on their website and called them when we got there but the price they quoted over the phone was almost double the online price. So we went with Avis and got a brand new car for less.
 
Jun 6th, 2002, 04:52 PM
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You're welcome!

The feedback / different perspectives found here are helpful.

The feedback we got prior to our trip on the condo we stayed at and Dexters were accurate. We enjoyed them both.
 
Jun 6th, 2002, 05:56 PM
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Larry,
Glad you enjoyed your stay at Northern Lights and that you found my info to be accurate. Next time you go, try renting from McCurley's Tours. They live next door, to the west of Northern Lights.
 
Jun 6th, 2002, 08:37 PM
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Thanks Sue! We met McCurley while at the condo. Seemed like a nice fellow. Has a great Golden Retriever named Marley. We missed ours named Harley.

 
Jun 7th, 2002, 04:32 PM
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Marley the golden, is a recent addition to the Greene family. Their old dog died, and they wanted to get a new one from the same breeder, so Marley passed through 4 people in our family on his way to GC.
 
Jun 10th, 2002, 09:27 AM
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just got back and saw several man-o-war jellies. Sea itch is gone but a few jellies were still around. Nothing too terrible but it was worth being on the lookout!
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 08:38 AM
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I spent the day on SMB yesterday (yes, yesterday) and did not see a single jellyfish. Just lots of sun, sand, and gorgeous turquoise water. Have fun!
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 08:55 AM
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Are there jellyfish in October?

We may visit btn 10/26-11/2.
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 10:36 AM
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Are there jellyfish in Sept.?
 
Jul 19th, 2002, 05:54 AM
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ttt
 

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