Sticker Shock

Old Aug 27th, 2004, 01:42 AM
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Sticker Shock

Am I the only one who found the prices to be outrageous in Grand Cayman? Don't get me wrong the water was incredible, and if I could have stayed in the water and didn't need to eat or drink it would have been perfect! I've been to St. Lucia, Bahamas,the FL Keys and have never seen anything like it.
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 06:32 AM
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No, you are not the only one to find the prices of GC high. We had researched our first trip there several years ago, and knew before we got there what to expect, so the shock wasn't so bad. It's tough when the US dollar is only worth .80 CI. So right off the bat, you are down 20%. Although the prices are high there, there are several ways to save a few bucks. Getting a condo is a great option for many. The beauty of getting a condo is that you can eat several meals in. We usually get a bunch of stuff for breakfasts & lunches, and save going out for dinner. Also, we bring in a couple bottles of booze to help offset the cost of drinks down there. The restaurants can be very expensive, and spending $100-150 per couple is not unusual for the better places, and sometimes even more if you are a wine drinker. But keep in mind, there are a ton of restaurants to choose from down there, and not all of them are expensive. We found plenty of places to eat good good for $50-75 or so. We don't do the fast food places, but I guess that's an inexpensive option as well. One last option I'll mention is actually lugging down food with you. Although I don't really agree that it's worth the effort, many folks save money this way. Yes, the grocery stores are higher priced, but not worth it to us to warrant more luggage. Whatever works for you....
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 09:06 PM
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If you think GC is expensive try St. Barth's!
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Old Aug 27th, 2004, 10:01 PM
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I don't object to paying a good price for a good meal. Having said that, I can also say that we have never spent 150 to 200 for a meal in Cayman. There are many good places to eat that are reasonable - you just have to look for them. And when you do splurge big bucks, it's sure worth it - Cayman has many outstanding restaurants.
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Old Aug 28th, 2004, 06:23 AM
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Yep, its very expensive. Its a commonly known fact.
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Old Aug 31st, 2004, 01:41 PM
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We've been to GC 3 times (Love it!) and also did major research before going, so knew what to expect. We've learned to cut costs by renting a condo and eating breakfast and lunch in, and by utilizing places like "Eats". However, GC has such fantastic restaurants (Calypso Grill, Cafe Med, Smuggler's Cove, etc.) that we do tend to splurge a lot for dinner. Yes, it's expensive, but it's worth it to me for the diving, food and safety features that many islands don't have. Also, if you dine at a 4-5 star restaurant in U.S. cities, GC prices are very comparable.
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The Cayman Islands can be a expensive - but so is most of the entire Caribbean!!! Deals can be had.... not all accommodation in Hyatt or Westin priced... you just have to shop around... A lot of the restaurants can be expensive but there are some really great ones that aren't that expensive at all.... It's a really nice destination with a lot to offer and in my opinion, is worth the dollars!

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