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acdesousa
02-12-2010, 05:16 AM
We are off in a week and looking for beaches in GC and Cozumel. I have read that the Marriot(not Courtyard Marriot) in GC allows you to use the beach with food and beverages available for purchase. Anyone done this?
Is the Courtyard Marriot same as Marriot?
How long does it take to get there?

Is the beach good for 2 -4 year olds?

In Cozumel looking at jumping in a cab to Chankanaab Park same question good for 2-4 year olds, hard to get to etc

Thanks

lucky1
02-12-2010, 09:10 AM
We loved Playa Mia in Coz. We did do the Disney excurison (Beach Break). DD7 had a blast and loved the sand the water and also they offered sand toys for her to play with in the sand. The DCL had it own set of chairs and we were all in the same area, so DD7 got to play with kids from the cruise as well.

The lunch food was also good.

kcashner
02-12-2010, 09:29 AM
ALL beaches in Grand Cayman are free and open to the public--no one can "own" a beach there. There are many places that have vendors that will sell food, rent chairs, jet skis, or whatever while you enjoy the beach. 7 Mile Beach and Sea Grape Beach (they connect) are great and you'll find everything you want. The taxi is $4 per person, beach bus $3 per person each way...takes 10 minutes to get there. If you do an excursion (island tour or snorkel) thru Captain Marvin's, they will drop you at the beach or the tender pier (your choice) so you can save one way transportation if you wish.

Sorry, I don't know anything about the hotels there letting you use their facilities.

loveysbydesign
02-12-2010, 09:32 AM
At GC we took the taxit to the closest beach...I believe it was at Royal Palms. They have a bath house there that you can use and there is a small ourdoot restaurant. We used the facilities but did not get food there.
In Cozumel we went the Chankanaab and LOVED it! Our kids were 10, 6 and almost 2 and Chankanaab was the perfect fit. Grabbed a taxi at the port...a nice scenic 10 minutes later you're there. We didn't take a stroller but wished we could have as it is quite a walk from the ship to the taxis. We weren't sure if we'd be able to push one at Chank. but you can if you need to. Very clean, beautiful, friendly...plenty to do in one day, we wished we could've stayed longer!
LMK if you have any specific questions!

TheWog
02-12-2010, 09:36 AM
If you ask a taxi to take you to Courtyard Beach or Sea Grape you will find what you are looking for on GC. These two beaches are right next to each other. Both have facilities. We used Courtyard Beach. The hotel is across the street, but there are facilities there such as restrooms, food, drinks, outdoor shower, chairs and umbrellas for rent (you don't need them, you can drop a towel on the beach for no charge), water sports rentals, etc. There is also a taxi stand at the beach when you are ready to return. These beaches are great for the kids. The sand is great and the water warm. It also doesn't drop off dramatically at the shore like it did at St. Maarten. As mentioned it is about a 10 min ride.

TraciM
02-12-2010, 12:31 PM
We just got back from a 7 day Western on the Magic. While in Cozumel we went to Paradise Beach (think that’s the name). Someone from work who travels to Cozumel told me about it. After we got off the boat we took a short cab ride to the beach. Once there we paid $12 pp for the day. No charge to not swim. They just ask that you order something. They had showers/changing rooms, lockers a shop and bar/restaurant. All non-motorized water sports were included. Nice lounge chairs with umbrellas and a waiter who spent the day getting us food and drinks (food and drinks is an added charge). Motorized water sports are available along with hair braiding and massages. In fact DH and I went parasailing.LOL In the water they had a ton of inflatable things to play on. A group of us went and had a great day.
http://www.paradise-beach-cozumel.com/
The other place we told about and considering was Mr. Sanchos. It is all inclusive so costs a bit more. Next time we will try this one out.LOL
http://mrsanchos.com/


Did a DCL snorkeling excursion in GC so have no advice.LOL

Disney On A Dime!
02-12-2010, 01:20 PM
We just cruised the western caribbean in December. We have friends who have booked a room at the Marriott in Grand Cayman for the day and used their facilities. I also think that you can get day passes there...but it is very hard to find info. out on this...so we did not do it. The Courtyard Marriott was closed for renovation in December...so that may not be a choice. We usually go to Sea Grape on 7 mile beach. They have a restaurant, restrooms, chairs and umbrellas for rent and all the motorized watercraft for rent. The beach at Grand Cayman is beautiful! We usually walk past the restaurant and watersport stuff to find a spot to put our stuff - it's less crowded. Keep in mind that this is the ocean and depending on the current and weather...it could look like glass or it could be really churned up. Both times we have been there it was very calm and you could see the fish in the water. I think that it is a great place for kids - we usually bring our own floats and toys.


As far as Cozumel...we are partial to Nachi Cocom. It's an all-inclusive beach day. They only allow 100 guests per day. They have a beautiful beach, swimming pool, spa, restaurant, restrooms and watercraft sports for rent. Again, the ocean is dependent upon the currents and the weather...we have been there before where the ocean was very churned up and also when is looked like glass.


Enjoy...whatever you decide to do!
princess: Crystal

HallsofVA
02-12-2010, 02:11 PM
We loved Nachi Cocom on our December cruise. There were 8 cruise ships in Cozumel that day, and the beach was wide open. The drink was plentiful, food was good, and the pool with the big sunbathing area and swim up bar was also a wonderful addition. Cost more than the free beaches, but much less than the DCL beach excursion, especially with younger kids. Here are some pictures so you can see how nice it was (and also how empty the beach was despite there being so many ships in port.)
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160047.jpghttp://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160061.jpg
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160063.jpghttp://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160083.jpg
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160084.jpg

TheWog
02-12-2010, 02:12 PM
We just got back from a 7 day Western on the Magic. While in Cozumel we went to Paradise Beach (think thatís the name). Someone from work who travels to Cozumel told me about it. After we got off the boat we took a short cab ride to the beach. Once there we paid $12 pp for the day. No charge to not swim. They just ask that you order something. They had showers/changing rooms, lockers a shop and bar/restaurant. All non-motorized water sports were included. Nice lounge chairs with umbrellas and a waiter who spent the day getting us food and drinks (food and drinks is an added charge). Motorized water sports are available along with hair braiding and massages. In fact DH and I went parasailing.LOL In the water they had a ton of inflatable things to play on. A group of us went and had a great day.
http://www.paradise-beach-cozumel.com/
The other place we told about and considering was Mr. Sanchos. It is all inclusive so costs a bit more. Next time we will try this one out.LOL
http://mrsanchos.com/


Did a DCL snorkeling excursion in GC so have no advice.LOL

Paradise Tom is a great guy. He needs his milk though.:cool2:

loveysbydesign
02-12-2010, 02:20 PM
We loved Nachi Cocom on our December cruise. There were 8 cruise ships in Cozumel that day, and the beach was wide open. The drink was plentiful, food was good, and the pool with the big sunbathing area and swim up bar was also a wonderful addition. Cost more than the free beaches, but much less than the DCL beach excursion, especially with younger kids. Here are some pictures so you can see how nice it was (and also how empty the beach was despite there being so many ships in port.)
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160047.jpghttp://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160061.jpg
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160063.jpghttp://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160083.jpg
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/Disney%20Cruise%202009/PC160084.jpg

Great pix...as much as we LOVED Chankanaab maybe we'll try there next time! Were you able to snorkel there and see fish and stuff?
How long of a drive is it and did you just pay when you got there or book ahead on your own??

HallsofVA
02-12-2010, 02:37 PM
Great pix...as much as we LOVED Chankanaab maybe we'll try there next time! Were you able to snorkel there and see fish and stuff?
How long of a drive is it and did you just pay when you got there or book ahead on your own??

You should reserve a spot ahead of time since they say the limit admission to 100 people a day. There is a website referenced in the FAQ excursion links or you can google Nachi Cocom and you'll probably find the site. You first submit an availability request, and then if they confirm availability, you submit a small deposit (which is fully refundable if the ship doesn't make it into port that day) and pay the balance in cash when you arrive. There is snorkling, parasailing and other excursions you can book for while you are there, in addition to massages. We didn't do any of those since our kids are too young.

It was an easy taxi ride from the port (about 15-30 minutes depending on traffic.) I think the taxi fare was $20 for 5 of us. You go past all the other beaches (Playa Mia, Paradise, Mr Sancho, etc.) before you get to this one.

newbydisney
02-12-2010, 11:41 PM
You can take a taxi to the Marriott and they have a very reasonable day pass fee.

We also liked Nachi Cacoom..but that's not how you spell it!!

Disney On A Dime!
02-13-2010, 09:29 AM
You can take a taxi to the Marriott and they have a very reasonable day pass fee.

We also liked Nachi Cacoom..but that's not how you spell it!!


Here's the website...http://www.cozumelnachicocom.net/ it is spelled Nachi Cocom...:thumbsup2


princess: Crystal