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We will be in Costa Maya, Cozumel, belize, grand cayman. None of us are beach people in anyway but I would like the boys ( 7 years old) to have some beach time on one of the islands. Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated.
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Grand Cayman has a lot of nice beaches. Check out this website for more information: http://www.caymanislands.ky/sun_sand...a/beaches.aspx
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Cozumel has a park that is about a 10 minute hair raising taxi ride.
it's a nice park but not much of a beach
very nice water though

Grand Cayman
take a taxi from the peir and ask the driver to take you to a public entrance to 7 mile beach. That was about a 5 - 10 minute ride and had a place to change and shower
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I agree with both. If you are not big beach people on Grand Caymen you can go to 7 mile beach and go to one of the resorts. We went to a Marriot. The nice thing about this is there are pools where you can get lounge chairs and you can also walk down to the beach. The other great thing is that the pools are fresh water, unlike the pools on the ships. Most resorts also have food and beverage service. Basically you get the best of both worlds.
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Playa Mia in Cozumel is nice and big and is well kept.
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We will be in Costa Maya, Cozumel, belize, grand cayman. None of us are beach people in anyway but I would like the boys ( 7 years old) to have some beach time on one of the islands. Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated.
If you can swing it financially, I really would recommend taking the boys to the Mayan ruins in Tulum from Cozumel. It will be a full day excursion, but very educational. Also, the ruins are in a park where they can run and burn off some energy. Be sure to bring a large (liter) bottle of water for each person in your party and to drink from them frequently while in the park to prevent dehydration, as the weather tends to be very hot there.

As to beaches, Grand Cayman's "Seven Mile Beach" (which really is "only" 5 1/2 miles long) is one of the nicest beaches in the world. You can take a taxi right from the tender pier to a beach club where you can rent a locker to store your valuables, umbrellas, beach chairs, etc. All of the hotels along the beach have restaurants and bars where you can buy lunch.

Of course, on Grand Cayman, the boys really might prefer the excursion to swim with the stingrays at Stingray City, but you probably will have time to go to Seven Mile Beach after the excursion to Stingray City. Since Grand Cayman is a tender port, a morning shore excursion will facilitate getting ashore since you won't have to wait in line for a tender. The shore excursions get priority on tenders at their scheduled times.

I should mention that there's a shopping area directly across the main street from the tender pier in Grand Cayman, and that it offers some of the best shopping in the Caribbean. Overall, the quality of merchandise at local shops seems to be much better quality than what you'll find in other ports of call. And while you are in the shopping area, be sure to stop by the rum cake stand for some free samples. The coconut rum cake is my personal favorite!

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wow thank you so much for all that. My husband and I have wanted to do a tour of the ruins. We just dont know which ones. SO much to decide when you have never been there before.
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Carolinablue- Do you mean you just go up and hang out at the marriot and use their chairs and pool. Or do you check in and have to pay something to hang out there for the day?
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Cheeseygirl,

Yes, we simply took a cab to the marriot and used their facilities. We did buy lunch and some drinks so we did not just free load. Our kids loved it because they were able to play on the beach and also swim in a freshwater pool. To be honest, going back to the ship without being covered in salt water was really nice. One other suggestion is that you can get a cab to take you to Hell and the turtle farm and then back to one of the resorts. I makes for a very full day.
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