7MB looks like fun to visit but we doubt we would want to stay there – where on the island is a good area to stay that is “away” but not too far away? We’ve been looking at the Turtle Nest Inn and the Bodden Town area. We don’t dive (do snorkel) so diving isn’t a factor. What I do like is sailing – is there anywhere to either rent boats or go on one that would alow you to sail it?
Thanks so much for any help.
Glad you found us! Boy, from what you tell us about yourself, I would think that the Turtle Nest Inn is just about ideal for you! It’s off the beaten track, but not too far away from restaurants and night life if you just want to take a little drive into Georgetown.
There are a few trip reports from members of this forum who have stayed there and were quite thrilled with it.
Don’t know if there are any places that will rent you a sailboat (is that where your name “hobie” comes from??). I do know that Moore Marine rents motor boats, but I realize that’s not what you’re looking for. You can read about them on this thread….
I’m sure others will read this and maybe post some more suggestions for you after the busy holiday weekend.
Take care, and once again, Welcome!
I would not X-out SMB. For a first time Cayman visitor, it is a proper introduction to GC. It is not an overdeveloped strip of sand. Most properties along SMB are low-rise low-density condos. In my experience, SMB “crowds” can be found in front of the hotels Marriott/Hyatt/Ritz (I guess now that is open)/Westin, the public beach (north of the Westin) and at properties that cater to the cruise ships (Royal Palms and Beach Club Colony). If you stay at a SMB condo, many days (even in February), you may find yourself on a relatively deserted beach.
However, if the off the beaten path travel adventurers spirit in you prevails, then TNI would be an excellent choice as would the NorthSide, Cayman Kai or West Bay.
Snorkeling is not great along SMB, but SMB in front of the Marriott offers some interesting snorkeling in and around a manmade reef. A Soto’s Cruise’s trip to StingRay City and North Sound snorkel sites is a must.
Sailboats are not listed among the rentable inventory at MooreMarine (caymanislandsboatrentals.com), but I imagine an inquiry to them might sort it out for certain. Sunfish and catamarans can be rented beachside in front of most of the major SMB resorts.
I agree, from what you say, you are probably going to be well suited to the Turtles Nest.
We look for quiet, and less crowds in our vacations too. We have stayed both on 7MB and on the Northside. The Northside suits our needs best, but, we too are considering the Turtles Nest should we be able to make it down this spring [expecting a grandbaby…number 1, can’t leave, so we’ll see]. The Turtles Nest sounds like it would be the best deal for you, because it meets your requirement of out of the crowd, and yet close enough to enjoy them should you choose to do so.
MJ may also be able to help you with questions.
You are going to love your trip!
If you decide to go with Turtle Nest Inn, be sure to contact them by using our new Hotel Search feature
I had just sent T.N.I. an e-mail about availability and haven’t heard back yet, we’ll also check out the North and East side.
If there are catamarans around I’ll find a way to get on one – I’ll just look for the sails.
I will be glad to mention the CAG to the hotel and it looks like a discount is available from Andy’s Rentals as well. We wanted to use them anyway just because we thought the name was cool for a car rental place – kind of like “Bob’s Burgers”, etc.
Thanks again, I’m sure we’ll have more questions in the coming weeks and won’t hesitate to ask.
Edit: Title changed for clarity. – Joe
Welcome Mart000, You will have a great time on GC. There is so much to see and do. What are your interests? Do you guys snorkel or dive? If you don’t dive but would like to learn you can take a resort course that would allow you to try diving out to see if it is for you or not. Don Fosters and Eden Rock are very convenient to Georgetown which would be convenient for you since you are staying in Bodden Town. If you will need a rental car you can get a 20% discount thru Andy’s rental. Just go to their website to reserve it. To get the disc. just use the CAG20. And please feel free to browse around the forums, there is a wealth of information here at your disposal. If we can help you out in any way, just let us know.
I definitely think you should check out Cayman Kayaks for something fun and different to do….
I’m also thinking that your son might be interested in the Black Pearl Skate and Wave Park…..you can read about that here….
Have fun planning!
You need a car when staying at the TNI as it is about 20 minutes out of Georgetown (10 miles) but you won’t regret staying there.
We’ve stayed in ocean front and ocean view and both were great. Had one night in the small village room and it is very small – just as the web says – ok for a night or two but we overpack every time
Can you tell we loved staying at the TNI???
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask… I’m a definite fan and repeat customer of the TNI.
Are all toilettries there? Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion? I want to know if I need to pack that sort of stuff.
Does it get cool at night at all?
Know any restaurants that seat you outside on the beach besides Hemmingways? We rented a car. I am really looking forward to it.
I’m so excited and we have such a long time to wait for our Cayman Holiday!
It looks lovely in the pictures, but it also looks like it’s sitting pretty much by itself. We stayed at a beautiful resort in Punta Cana a couple of years ago, but it was so far removed from other resorts and towns that we felt a little isolated. We don’t want to be that far out again… Is it close to anything like other hotels, restaurants, etc?