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Old 01-13-2013, 12:13 AM   #16
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My family and I (two adults and a 4year old) just took the first Magic cruise out of Galveston cruise this past September. We brought along a collapsible red wagon we bought at SAMs Club for $65 . It was a dream!!! We even had SEVERAL cruise passengers ask if we would sell it to them. In the Grand Cayman there is a bunch of walking to get to where you are going. And the streets are busy busy busy with traffic....crazy driver traffic, might I add. I hope you all have fun we really really did! We heard a lot of others bragging about the turtle farm, we hope to do it next time!
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:14 AM   #17
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Cozumel is 945am-545pm

Paradise Beach looks great, any other adventures we should try?
Or should that fill the day?
(both my kids are under 8)
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:19 AM   #18
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Definitely the Turtle Farm in Grand Cayman! My mom and I went, just the two of us, but my two brothers (2 and 4 at the time) would've loved it. While we did that, the 2yo stayed in the nursery while step-dad and 4yo did the pirate thing and said it was really fun. Good luck!
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:53 PM   #19
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How do you book the turtle farm when you arrive?
After you get off the small boat, through a vendor or reps from the turtle farm?

Will it be tight trying to fit that, lunch and also the beach?

(Grand Cayman day is 730am-330pm)
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Do you recommend Royal, 7, Grape, or Tiki (one with facilities to change, shower; casual restaurant lunch; other small kids under 8)

Take a taxi? Or public transportation?
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Cozumel is 945am-545pm

Paradise Beach looks great, any other adventures we should try?
Or should that fill the day?
(both my kids are under 8)
Bump to hopefully save me reading multiple threads, great info on this forum.

Comments to my questions anyone?
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:01 AM   #20
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If you want to wait until you arrive there will be multiple vendors holding signs offering an excursion to the Turtle Farm, often coupling that with a stop at Hell.

Any tour to the Turtle Farm will be happy to drop you off at a beach location on the way back to the port. It would then be up to you to take a taxi or catch a bus to get back to the tender pier.

Several popular beach locations in Cayman have good and easy access for food. Royal Palms, SeaGrape, Seven Mile Beach Public Beach and Tiki Beach are some of the more popular locations due to available services. For just a few hours with small kids I'd go to Seven Mile Beach Public Beach and eat from the food trucks or next door at Calico Jacks. The kids will enjoy the beach and the playground equipment.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:03 AM   #21
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If you want to wait until you arrive there will be multiple vendors holding signs offering an excursion to the Turtle Farm, often coupling that with a stop at Hell.

Any tour to the Turtle Farm will be happy to drop you off at a beach location on the way back to the port. It would then be up to you to take a taxi or catch a bus to get back to the tender pier.

Several popular beach locations in Cayman have good and easy access for food. Royal Palms, SeaGrape, Seven Mile Beach Public Beach and Tiki Beach are some of the more popular locations due to available services. For just a few hours with small kids I'd go to Seven Mile Beach Public Beach and eat from the food trucks or next door at Calico Jacks. The kids will enjoy the beach and the playground equipment.
^Thanks!

Anyone know what the cost of a taxi ride is supposed to be to 7-mile (or back)?

And how much the Turtle Farm Tour is when you buy from a vendor?
(These vendors are from TF? How do you trust them?)
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:39 PM   #22
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:44 PM   #23
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Grand Cayman Turtle Farm

http://www.turtle.ky/

You can book online if you want to avoid the port vendors.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:20 PM   #24
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Hi! We're on your cruise, but you probably know that by now!

For Grand Cayman, we booked tickets to the full access pass for turtle farm (pool/snorkel/aviary/etc) on the website for a discount.. just print out the confirmation. They offer transportation, so we plan on getting in line early for the tender that day to make sure we get off the ship in time.

For Cozumel, we are going to Mr Sanchos and doing the All Inclusive. Our DD is young enough to be free, so we're going that route. I also considered Chankanaab and Paradise beach. Taxis are easy to get to/from any destination.

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:06 AM   #25
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So we plan on doing the San Gervasio ruins and Discover Mexico tour in Cozumel - kids are tween/teen. We booked this thru DCL already.

For GC, kids want to stop by Hell and maybe a little beach time. But not sure about the Turtle farm. DCL beach pass is sold out, so we are looking to do this on our own. Any suggestions for this?

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:17 AM   #26
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Nevermind. If it was a couple of bad reviews out of the last 10, I'd take it with a grain of salt, but reviews seem mixed to the extreme.

My kids love the beach and GC day is short(er) than Coz. Think we'll just go to 7-mile.

Oh, yes, hi RxP! See you soon!
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:33 AM   #27
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Just read some reviews.

Sea Grape vs 7-mile.

Which one would you go to with small kids (under 8)?
(preferably with facilities and a restaurant nearby)
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:17 PM   #28
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We were on the Fantasy earlier this month and did not purchase any excursions through Disney.

In Grand Cayman we took a taxi van to Royal Palms. We just loved it there. Kids were free to get in and I think we paid $10 for the two of us. Royal Palms consists of a nice beach area with a restaurant, bathrooms, outdoor showers and umbrellas and.chairs to rent. The water was heavenly! I would certainly go back. Taxi drivers were always out front and ready to take you back to port if necessary.

In Cozumel we rented a jeep ahead of time through Avis. We had a tough time finding the physical location of the car rental. It felt like we were on an episode of the Amazing Race!!! Once we had the jeep we had a wonderful time driving around the island. If you go to the opposite side from downtown you will find the most incredible beaches that are geared for swimming rather than diving. We stopped at a restaurant called Rio ??? (can't remember the name). They had fresh fish and an amazing beach. The coral kept the waves calm and we saw a lot of tropical fish. No one bothered you....it was incredibly tranquil and low key.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:49 PM   #29
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Anyone do the turtle farming your own on a late arrival day? I'm on the 3/2 fantasy and it says we don't arrive in GC until 10:30 and the turtle farm doesn't have transportation that late - at least, that's what they say online. Waiting on email response but would love input from any DISers.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:59 PM   #30
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Cozumel

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Going my 2nd time next month.. It's all inclusive.. The lunch is to die for good.. all you can drink..bottled water.. snacks.. bathrooms a pool.. beautiful beach.. it's picturesque..
Highly recommend

Cab fare is $16 each way

They limit the amount of poople so it's not crowded
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