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Chocoholic
02-15-2008, 17:39
We will be staying at Morrit's Grand in April 2008. I have been reading as much as I can find about the area. It sounds like the diving will be fabulous. My husband doesn't dive, so i am looking for any info that will help him have a wonderful time while I am diving. I plan on spending lots of time with him, but I really want to be underwater as much as possible. He likes to golf, eat good food and snorkle. I am hoping he will love GC so that he will agree to go back often. thanks for any help. Choco

DLXM Cayman
02-15-2008, 18:36
There is snorkelling at Morrits an also at Ocean Fontiers down the road (which I would highly recommend for the diving). Food is better in the West but you have Portofinos in the East End which is lovely and further along the road past Est End there is the Lighthouse restaurant which is also very nice. Both have fabulous ocean views. The only golf courses are inland from Seven Mile Beach but the drive is only just over half an hour outside of rush hour (avoid rush hour at all costs!). Rum Point is an extremely pleasant drive along the north coast road where there is a beautiful beach and the (in)famous Kaibo for food and drink (try the mudslides).

jpjanke
02-16-2008, 08:21
I'm heading there in March 3 weeks and counting. I'm told it's a wounderful place under as well as top side. Anything is better than 0 degrees F and 80 inches of snow!

DLXM Cayman
02-16-2008, 10:10
well without wishing to sound smug, looking out of the window now it is about 88F and brilliant sunshine!

ianr33
02-16-2008, 10:22
Morrits used to have arguably the best snorkelling in the island underneath their dock. Unfortunately Ivan totally destroyed it. Anyone know if it has been rebuilt?

The pair of you could do a Stingray City snorkelling trip from Rum Point.Water is only waist deep and those rays get big.

DRNightdiver
02-16-2008, 11:22
I'll be there Mar 29th-April 5th. I've been staying at Morritt's now for over 15 years. This will be my first time staying in the Grand. DLXM is right on Portifino's is very good. We also like to go to The Lighthouse and when we prefer a more casual setting we head west to the Over the Edge. I definately would avoid diving w/ the dive shop on site (Red Sail). They took over a number of years back and the service left with the previous owners. Oceanfrontiers is definitly the way to go. Not only do you get great diving they also make it fun. Great personalities who enjoy their jobs.

Is any body else going to be in paradise at the same time?

Chocoholic
02-21-2008, 14:33
Thanks everyone. I'm starting a restaurant list from what I've read so I can print it out and take it with me.
sounds like we need to rent a car, to get around. Driving on the wrong side sounds like a challenge, I've only ever done that on a scooter.:smiley36:
I'm about to look at Ocean Frontiers webpage.

Chocoholic
02-21-2008, 14:38
Also, we will be arriving two days prior and staying an extra three days after our week at Morrits Grand. Where are some good places to stay that would give us a different feel for the island? Something a non-diver would just LOVE.

ianr33
02-21-2008, 20:42
Take a look at the Turtle Nest Inn
Cayman Hotels: Turtle Nest Inn, Grand Cayman - Exotic & Affordable Beachfront Alternative. (http://www.turtlenestinn.com/)

DLXM Cayman
02-21-2008, 21:42
for a non-diver, it depends on your budget, the Turtle Nest is a great location although if you are staying at Morritt's it may be worth considering something nearer seven mile beach to get a contrast where, to be honest, the list is pretty extensive as are the prices. It is much more touristy than the east end and Turtle Nest but the beach itself is very nice (albeit crowded when the cruise ships are in). Check out the hotel websites for deals and see what you can get. As for driving on the left you will soon get used to it as everyone around you will be doing the same thing!

Chocoholic
02-22-2008, 13:57
Is the Turtles Nest on the east end then? close to Morrits? I think we might try one of the larger hotels for the first couple days and then maybe something close to morrits for the last couple days. Not sure, but the Turtles Nest looks cute and comfy.

diversteve
02-22-2008, 14:56
TNI is in Bodden Town. Almost directly in the middle of GC on the South side. On the road out to the East End. Probably 15mins. to Georgetown (guessing) for food and groceries.

There's really not much close to Morritt's except for the Reef Resort and Compass Point afaik, and some condos which I don't think rent nightly. Compass Point is tied into Ocean Frontiers so most of their packages include diving.

Almost all the accommodations on Grand Cayman are north of Georgetown along Seven Mile Beach. The Courtyard by Marriott looked pretty nice, but it's on both sides of the road. Pricier is the better Marriott and the Westin.

Chocoholic
02-23-2008, 02:04
So not much for other resorts around Morrits... are there any other restaurants or stores?

Chocoholic
02-24-2008, 16:11
What are some don't miss things to do around Grand Cayman? We both want to go to stingray city, and maybe to Hell. Anything else?

DLXM Cayman
02-25-2008, 07:56
Definitely head out to Rum Point (on a Sunday is when it is liveliest), if your budget allows, the Sunday brunch at the Ritz is great ($67 for as much amazing food as you want and unlimited champagne), Pedro's Castle is a beautiful plantation property that has been restored in lovely surroundings, go on a sunset cruise (Red Sail offer them amongst others), if your timing is right, there is a good kayak tour at night of the mangroves showing all the bioluminescence.

Chocoholic
02-26-2008, 13:18
Ooh, I just copy pasted that reply to my list that I'll print out before we leave. Thanks Bioluminescence at night from a kayak sounds awesome.

DRNightdiver
02-26-2008, 15:30
It's also a requirement to stop by the blow hole's and take a picture. Make sure you do it when the wind is strong from a southerly direction.

mselizann
03-24-2008, 09:00
I was just at Morritt's in January.....
The snorkeling is great- when we were there a current was present, so we walked way up the beach- swam out about a hundred yards, and drifted all the way to the Reef Resort- we saw 2 stingrays, kuttlefish, tarpons of course, tons of live conch out there- (we got the maintenance guy to clean some we brought in for a tip -very fun lunch) it's a really nice time
as far as food- for a quick lunch the market across the street has hot foods- I like the chicken patties- hubby likes the beef
we also frequent a lot of the jerk stands- you'll pass a bunch of them on the way to Morritt's they are good if you are adventerous and cheap
We had a really nice Sunday brunch at Portofino's....and Morritt's organized a sunset cruise/dinner out the week we were there
let's see-what else
be sure to take part in the activities- name that tune, bingo by the pool, etc- fun, good way to meet people, and you can win great prizes During my stay I won 2 rum cakes, koozies, key chains, $50 in gift certificates-great time
I would say do not miss the Botanical Gardens- they are so beautiful and fun with all the dragons running around

Chocoholic
03-25-2008, 16:48
I am royally bummed out. I've had this condo at Morrit's Grand booked since last May, but we can't go. I got half my money back from RCI and rescheduled my tickets with Alaska Air. BUT I am so bummed about not going! I guess there's next winter.

mselizann
04-07-2008, 14:24
that stinks! I would be bummed if I were you too.....