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Default Grand Cayman Stingrays or 7-mile beach?

I’ll be going to Grand Cayman during the week of March 12th on the Radiance of the Seas. I want to go to Stingray City as the excursion. However, my fiancé is afraid of the Stingrays. Can she stay in the boat or is there an area where she can stay that is not near the Stingrays?

Also, we were thinking of doing the 7-mile beach, instead of Stingray City. Should we book through the cruiseline ($30 per person) or just take a taxi to the beach. I know that the cruiseline excursion includes a chair and resort entrance (bathroom, etc). Are there public restrooms and the sort available if we were to take a taxi? What would you guys recommend.

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I would for Stingray City; an unforgetable experience! Yes, you can stay on the boat if you want to, many people do. If you get in the water, then you will be in the middle of the rays, no place to hide!
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Absolutely Stingray City. It's a once in a lifetime experience. They are tame enough because they are fed every day. You are on a sand bar about 3-4 feet deep, and most boat tours have a professional camera crew to take some unforgettable pictures. Don't be squeamish-enjoy the scene !
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Stingray City is a fantastic experience - something you will remember forever. It is freaky at first with the stingrays swimming all around you and up against you, but it is sooooo cool! They are so tame and used to humans. I promise, you won't regret your decision if you try it. Like Subtropic stated, "it's a once in a lifetime experience".
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My vote is for Stingray City...YES
You won't regret it. your fiancé can stay in the boat. I bet she will want to join the fun once she sees how gentle they are.
she does not have to feed them, just stand near you. the feeding gets a little crazy, but lots of fun.
btw...If yuo happen to catch the Freedom of the Seas on the Travel Channell. It goes to Grand Cayman and features the stingray city.
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Singray city is a really cool tour. The Singrays are very tame. I was their in 2004 and at first my mother and I was very scared to go into the sand bar which was about 4 feet with the singrays and was going to stay on the boat but the tour guides talked us into going into the water and we had a really great time with the Singrays and feeding them and they had a photographer who took some really nice pictures. Seven Mile beach is also very nice.

I just got back from my second time in Grand Cayman about 3 weeks ago and this time we did the Submarine and snorkel tour which was cool, but I really enjoyed Singray City much better. We also talked with allot of other people on the ship who did Singray City and really loved it.

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We did both. Through RC there was an excursion that included both. Grand Cayman has been one of my favorite islands so far. I would definitely go to StingRay City. He can stay on the boat if he wants. It was an awesome experience not to be missed. Also, I loved Seven Mile Beach. So if you can do both, I would do both!
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I know that you have already been on your trip but I had to reply for anyone reading that has not been yet. I just got back from a Carnival cruise that included a stop in Grand Cayman. The winds and water were pretty bad all week. Any water excursions booked through Carnival in all ports were canceled. We had booked through Caymanislanddiscounts.com. We were scheduled to go out on a private sail boat with a former sail boat racer. We were so suprised when the captain himself (John Michael) picked us up himself!! Since the water conditions were not ideal we opted for his spped boat instead of the sail boat. There were 5 of us plus John Michael. When we got to Sting Ray City our little group could see all of the LARGE groups of people in the other tours. Ours was so personal. John Michael made us feel as if we were out for a day on the boat with a friend. After Sting Ray City we snorkled and went to a private beach. I believe we were to do some fishing too but with the water the way it was I got sea sick even after Dramamine. He took us to do what ever we wanted. I asked him if sand dollars were easily found and he stopped the boat, put on his mask and dove in and came back with 2!!! I doubt that anyone on one of the cruisline booked tours had that kind of service. Anyone with a small group (only 5 or less) should definately do this. It was the highlight of our trip---even after getting seasick.
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We went to 7 mile beach after our stingray excursions. It was a short walk from where we were dropped off. We caught a cab back to the ship. Enjoy.
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Hey Everyone, I am new here. My friend and I are going to Costa Maya and Grand Cayman in December. I was wondering if anyone has been to these places in December and if so, how is the weather? I have been told that Grand Cayman is beautiful and usually nice and warm around that time, but then I have also been told that it rains every day all day Also, any ideas for excersions? I have heard so many great things about string ray city and I would love to do that but my friend is terrified of sting rays (the whole steve irwan accident). This is going to sound soo stupid and feel free to laugh, but how do you know these stingrays are tame and wont harm anyone? I'm trying to talk her into doing this
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The Stingrays are scary at first....I screamed when the first one rubbed up against my leg! But after the initial shock, you relax and you realize they are gentle, docile animals. They will suck a piece of squid right from your hand. Don't miss this trip....you will regret it.
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I’ll be going to Grand Cayman during the week of March 12th on the Radiance of the Seas. I want to go to Stingray City as the excursion. However, my fiancé is afraid of the Stingrays. Can she stay in the boat or is there an area where she can stay that is not near the Stingrays?

Also, we were thinking of doing the 7-mile beach, instead of Stingray City. Should we book through the cruiseline ($30 per person) or just take a taxi to the beach. I know that the cruiseline excursion includes a chair and resort entrance (bathroom, etc). Are there public restrooms and the sort available if we were to take a taxi? What would you guys recommend.

Thanks,
Austin
We did both the 1st time there. Do the Sting Rays 1st and have them drop you off at 7-Mile beach on the way back then catch a taxi to the ship. Make sure they drop you off where it is free to get onto the beach. Some areas try to charge you access to the beach.
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I'm trying to find someone that can tell me the difference between Singray City Sandbar and the "Real" Stingray City. I believe the sandbar location is the main one all the tour groups go to but I've found a few excursions that talk about the "Real" Stingray City and say it's in about 10 ft. of water (vs. the waist deep) and great for snorkeling because there's a lot more than just the stingrays.

I'm also wondering if the stingrays at the Real Stingray City are as calm as they are at the sandbar.
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Um, do these stingrays have their little barbs removed? I don't mind petting them but I might be too nervous to have them swim around me.
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