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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!