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Old 09-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #1
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Tell me about Tiki Beach at Grand Cayman

Our family is considering booking the Family Beach Break at Tiki Beach for our Jan 2014 cruise. We had originally planned to stay on the ship but several of our friends have encouraged us to rethink this, as they said Grand Cayman is a beautiful place that should not be missed. So for those of you that have done this excursion, what are your thoughts? Postives/Negatives???

Also, if we decide to not book an excursion in Grand Cayman, is there anything within walking distance of the port that our family could visit?

It will be myself, DH, DS6 & DS2. We have looked over Disney's excursions for Grand Cayman but nothing really seems to appeal to us. TIA!
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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We also booked Tiki beach for our family for October and would love to hear reviews for it!
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:00 PM   #4
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We have it booked for November as well. Looking forward to reviews!
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:02 PM   #5
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Looks like this might not be a popular excursion. Acamechis & doodledog, I would love to hear feedback from your families if you decide to do this excursion as our cruise is in Jan 2014. Thanks!
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Go to cruisecritic.com and search for the tiki beach review, there are plenty of reviews for you to read. Sorry I can't provide a link to it, I still don't know how to completely do things on my iPhone.
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Also, if we decide to not book an excursion in Grand Cayman, is there anything within walking distance of the port that our family could visit?

It will be myself, DH, DS6 & DS2. We have looked over Disney's excursions for Grand Cayman but nothing really seems to appeal to us. TIA!
If weather is good/normal, you will dock right by downtown (in Georgetown) and it's great to walk around. Go up (inland) 2-3 blocks from the main drag to see the Peace Memorial and public buildings. Close to the library is the main bus area -- you can ride the local bus up and down West Bay road to go to the beach, to the Turtle Farm, etc. depending on how much time you have; it's about $2.00 per person. If you turn right to go down the main drag, you will come to the C.I. Museum which is a cute little stop and you can go into the Elmslie Chruch and look up at the ceiling which is built like a ship, then go on to the Craft Market. Keep an eye out for painted "dragon" (large iguana) statues. There's tons of store (name-brand) shopping also, but it's on the spendy side. C.I. is a first world country (with generally first world, or worse prices). Walking around there is as safe (or safer) than U.S. cities (of course, one much always use due caution). There's a Margaritaville which has a small swimming pool on the second floor -- also plenty of other places to eat. You might want a small stroller for the 2YO, but even close to the dock you can poke around and get a feel for the place. A U.S. dollar is worth 80 cents C.I.; everyone takes either currency. Of course, going to 7 mile beach is also wonderful -- shallow water for the little ones, and you don't have to go out far to see pretty fish (usually). Our favorite beach is Cemetery Beach, but it's pretty far north, and doesn't have any services.

I would not recommend staying the ship, if you don't have to.

Here are some photos from my last visit -- photos from town are on pages 2 and 3: http://s113.photobucket.com/user/mec...?sort=3&page=1

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If weather is good/normal, you will dock right by downtown (in Georgetown) and it's great to walk around. Go up (inland) 2-3 blocks from the main drag to see the Peace Memorial and public buildings. Close to the library is the main bus area -- you can ride the local bus up and down West Bay road to go to the beach, to the Turtle Farm, etc. depending on how much time you have; it's about $2.00 per person. If you turn right to go down the main drag, you will come to the C.I. Museum which is a cute little stop and you can go into the Elmslie Chruch and look up at the ceiling which is built like a ship, then go on to the Craft Market. Keep an eye out for painted "dragon" (large iguana) statues. There's tons of store (name-brand) shopping also, but it's on the spendy side. C.I. is a first world country (with generally first world, or worse prices). Walking around there is as safe (or safer) than U.S. cities (of course, one much always use due caution). There's a Margaritaville which has a small swimming pool on the second floor -- also plenty of other places to eat. You might want a small stroller for the 2YO, but even close to the dock you can poke around and get a feel for the place. A U.S. dollar is worth 80 cents C.I.; everyone takes either currency. Of course, going to 7 mile beach is also wonderful -- shallow water for the little ones, and you don't have to go out far to see pretty fish (usually). Our favorite beach is Cemetery Beach, but it's pretty far north, and doesn't have any services. I would not recommend staying the ship, if you don't have to. Here are some photos from my last visit -- photos from town are on pages 2 and 3: http://s113.photobucket.com/user/mec...?sort=3&page=1
Thanks so much for this info!
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Thank you for this info!
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:56 PM   #10
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Saw this on CC and thought as a current review, it may or may not interest anyone considering it.

Grand Cayman : The worst excursion we did (tiki beach), sand was nice where chair was, but when you got in water very grainy and rocky and tiny pieces seashells like sand, and coral reef about 20-30 feet from shore, so could not swim much, drinks were outrageously expensive, got back to ship, tried to find a restaurant near docks, found none, shops were quite expensive too...... so no lunch that day (4/10)
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:53 PM   #11
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We didn't do the Tiki Beach Club excursion, but we did visit the "beach club" just down from Tiki Beach. We took a city bus (think van) from near the port to the "Public Beach" on 7 Mile Beach. The bus let us out right across from the Surfside Club. http://www.surfside.ky/

We rented a few beach chairs and umbrellas and spent our time there. We had a bit of lunch and a few drinks and the prices were reasonable. The water was sort of rocky and I had water shoes which were very helpful. However, the water was crystal clear.

Our stop in Grand Cayman was too short, so this was a cheap and easy way to spend our limited time on the island.

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