Turks & Caicos vs Grand Cayman
As most of you know I just got back from Grand Cayman about a month ago. If you have read my previous posts you know that we kind of ended up in Grand Cayman at the last minute due to having to cancel a trip.
Turks and Caicos is “our place.” I mean…my blog is named after Turks and Caicos because it is the place that makes us happy and that we dream about when we are not there. In our eyes, you just cannot get better than Grace Bay and Providenciales. We like to travel and experience new places, but when it comes to the beach…I mean…have you seen Grace Bay…HA. Anyway, so there are very few beach destinations that we are even interested in visiting. Grand Cayman was not one of them.
However, since we ended up in Grand Cayman and it is a beach destination, I thought I would write a post – Turks & Caicos vs Grand Cayman. I know lots of people look for vacations and like to know the pros and cons of each place and what is good/bad about each place before they make a decision on where they will book their next trip. Hopefully this post will help you if you are going back and forth between Turks and Caicos and Grand Cayman.
I will start off by comparing Grace Bay Beach and Seven Mile Beach. My first instinct is to say there is no comparison…Grace Bay is better. However, I am going to put my feelings of Grace Bay aside and give an honest review.
Grace Bay Beach is pretty no matter where you stay on it. There are not good and bad parts of Grace Bay…it is all good. The sand is powdery soft and it gets even softer as the water rolls over it. The color of the water is the prettiest turquoise color you will ever see.
There are no rocks or shells to slip on or cut your feet. The water is pretty shallow for a decent distance off shore. On the best days the water is like a sheet of ice with no waves and just perfection. On the worst of days you have some waves but the color of the water remains the same.
As for Seven Mile Beach, there are good and bad areas of the beach. We stayed on the good area of the beach. Our first day there, however, the water was pretty rough and not so pretty in color and loads of seaweed. By our second day the clarity was good and the color was good. My husband and I both agree that Grace Bay is better but that Grand Cayman is the second best in water that we have seen.
We went to some different resorts while there and I must say that the beach area at some resorts was a bit icky due to sea grass and in certain areas and LOTS of rock in some areas. Our beach area did have some rocks but not everywhere. The depth of the water does drop off pretty quickly in Grand Cayman.
So, as far as the beach goes, Grace Bay Beach is a complete WIN.
Turks and Caicos and Grand Cayman have similar type beach activities. Like most places, you can snorkel, kayak, paddle board, parasail…all those things.
In Turks and Caicos we always go out with Caicos Catalyst and it is a blast each and every time. We just love going out with Mat and Morgan…they are the BEST. There are times in Turks and Caicos when we have seen a fair amount of fish and occasionally a sea turtle or shark.
In Grand Cayman we went out with a boating company for snorkeling and Sting Ray City. We did not like the boating company that we went on but we did LOVE the snorkeling and Sting Ray City. Sting Ray City was amazing and the snorkeling was amazing. I have never seen so many fish right in front of me or sting rays that were so friendly and that would give kisses and back rubs.
The highlight of our trip in Grand Cayman was Stingray City and snorkeling. If there was any one thing that would bring me back to Grand Cayman it would be those two things.
If I could go with Mat and Morgan on Caicos Catalyst to Sting Ray city and snorkeling…that would be the perfect trip.
This particular one is a tough one to say which is best. Caicos Catalyst is hands down the best in terms of overall trip. However, we saw more sea life in Grand Cayman. Like I said, combine the two and you have the perfect trip. Caicos Catalyst cannot know what we will see when we go out.
Again, in my opinion, it is hard to beat the food in Providenciales. It is hard to beat the atmosphere of the restaurants in Providenciales. We have a group of places to eat in Grace Bay that we just LOVE and that we crave when it has been too long. There are not a ton of restaurants on Providenciales…well not compared to the amount of restaurants in Grand Cayman.
There are so many places to eat in Grand Cayman that it gets overwhelming. Also, we had decent-good food in Grand Cayman but there was not one place that wowed us with the food or atmosphere. I mean, in Turks and Caicos you have places like Coco Bistro. It is hard to beat the food/atmosphere at Coco Bistro.
Oh, and the prices in Grand Cayman..whew…you get way better food and experience for your money in Turks and Caicos.
For the food…Turks and Caicos is WIN.
Turks and Caicos is a charming little place. When you go to Turks and Caicos you can completely disconnect and relax. You can unwind and chill and actually feel like you are away from big crowds and traffic.
Grand Cayman is BUSY…like really BUSY. When you get out on the highway the traffic is busy and crazy and you feel like you are in a large city in Florida. For example, it took us two hours to drive 20 miles to dinner one night…you do not get that in Turks and Caicos. I feel as though Grand Cayman lacks the caribbean charm that I love so much.
In Grand Cayman you can have pretty much whatever your heart desires. From shopping centers to chain restaurants…they have it all.
Turks and Caicos is the best for me. The only category that Grand Cayman wins out in is the snorkeling and sea life.
Different people like different things. If you want to go to the best beach in the world and chill and unwind away from all the modern amenities/traffic/shopping – then go to Turks and Caicos.
If you like the hustle and bustle as well as shopping, night light, traffic, ect…then you would probably like Grand Cayman better. Everything is slower in Turks and Caicos!