Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Vacation in luxury with your friends at these Cayman Islands Airbnbs

The Cayman Islands have to be one of the most sought-after Caribbean destinations in the world. With over 1.3 million visitors touching down between January and June 2018 alone, it's not hard to see why.

The islands--which comprise of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman--possess an undeniable allure, a product of its diverse and international population, rich local culture, lush forests, and stunning beaches (where under the waves lie underwater walls and accessible shipwrecks.)

The only thing for you to do is to dive in. While you're at it, why not spend a few days living like a rockstar at one of many beachfront Airbnbs? Here are at least five.


1. Beachfront Villa, Bodden Town


Price per night: US$175

Accommodates: 4

The space:

Sea Palm Villas boasts luxurious beachfront contemporary Caribbean-style villas that are centrally located in Grand Cayman, nestled into the East side of Bodden Town and 200 yards from the Turtle Nest Inn /Condos.


"Jacqueline's villas are the perfect vacation getaway! The photos online do not do the actual villas justice. They are bright and airy, and you can not beat the stunning views. You open the door, and you step right out onto the sand! My favorite part of the stay was being able to fall asleep under a palm tree right at the water's edge. It's the perfect place for some peace and quiet and relaxation. Jaqueline was an excellent host, she went out of her way to make sure that we were settled in, that we felt safe, and that we were able to get around the Island easily. Also, an added bonus: there's a fantastic local restaurant just steps away from the property!!!!" (Mary)


"Great spot to stay for being away from the 'crowds'/ it's in the middle of the island (sorta) which made it easy to explore both sides of Grand Cayman- Seven Mile Beach and East End areas. It was extremely clean and bright and the view was truly incredible! You definitely need a car though, and the drive to most areas are a good 20-30 minutes. The island has traffic so sometimes it took longer. We had a wonderful trip, and loved exploring all over so it was seriously perfect for us!" (Peggy)


2. Coco Beach Villas Seaside, Bodden Town

Price per night: US$159

Accommodates: 4

The space: Great for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families. Accommodation taxes now included in the rate.


"Great place to be, centrally located with easy access to all parts of the island." (Normal)

"We loved our stay at Annie's villa. It definitely exceeded our expectations and the photos do not do it justice. We had never been to Cayman before and Bodden Town proved to be a great springboard for exploring the entire island. I did not see anywhere else I would have preferred to stay in Bodden Town. We would definitely stay there again." (Andi)


3. Ocean View Condo, West Bay

Price per night: US$149

Accommodates: 4

The space: This one-bedroom ocean view condo is just steps from the sand and is nestled on its own private beach with all the activities of 7 Mile Beach a short drive away. The best diving and snorkeling are outside your door and the finest food and cocktails across the street. 


"Incredible, secluded location in West Bay away from the hustle and bustle of 7 Mile Beach. Pool and ocean front felt like they were ours and ours alone - a rare fine the Caymans. Nice to come home to a comfy, cozy villa after long days of scuba diving. Great pier steps away to go & read or watch the sea life swim by, quite & relaxing with great sunsets and sunrises. Mary thought of everything for her guests - washer & dryer, fully stocked kitchen, patio for meals, an abundance of sheets, towels, linens, pillows etc. Felt like I was in someones home vs. a rental." (Debbi)

"This place was amazing! We recently celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and was looking for a place away from the tourist chaos but still close enough to get where we wanted to go quickly. This place had it all; extremely clean, updated, easy check-in and a phenomenal view! Our only regret was waiting until the last day to snorkel right off the dock; which we should have done sooner...absolutely beautiful! Definitely the most bang for your buck and would highly recommend staying here. We know we will next time we're on the island!" (Hans)


4. Poolside Condo, Rum Point

Price per night: US$145

Accommodates: 6

The space: This two-bedroom, two-bath, beachfront condo is part of the Kaibo Yacht Club Phase II. All of the comforts of home can be found in this immaculate island oasis.  A beautiful view of the ocean can be enjoyed from many of the rooms. In the master bedroom, you can let the waves of the ocean lull you to sleep. 


"The three excursions (7am Stingray City/barrier reef snorkel (only boat out there!), Crystal Caves and bioluminescent kayak tour) we did were close to this condo, which was great. We rented a car (must) and explored the island. The only downside is seven mile beach can take 45-1 hour to drive to. The water outside the condo was great for paddle board and kayaking. The condo is on the first floor (very convenient), right behind the pool and beach is right there. Clear blue water snorkeling is best at Smith's beach, Spott's beach and beaches along 7 Mile. Place was great and had everything we needed, just like at home. Lee pays attention to detail and is great and quick communicator. We had a blast and wished we would have stayed longer. Seven nights wasn't long enough." (Judy)

"Great host! Very helpful and super responsive. We texted back and forth several times with questions and Lee was always welcoming. The packet of information and suggestions was spot on as well. If you are looking to get away from the cruise ships and masses of people, book this location. We basically had the entire Kaibo Yacht Club pool (literally 20 feet from the screened patio) to ourselves during what appears to be an off-season (Early September) and enjoyed every amenity this location has to offer." (Connor)


5. West Bay Condo

Price per night: US$140

Accommodates: 4

The space: The condo unit is on the ground floor and has direct access to the pool, saltwater lagoon, and ocean. The condo is custom-decorated with new furnishings and a fully equipped kitchen. 


"Dulian’s place is amazing, if you have the opportunity to stay here take it. Perfect place for an authentic Cayman experience!" (Jocelyn)

"Dulian’s place is perfect! It’s clean, quiet and has an amazing pool, lagoon where you can snorkel right in front of his place! Bring water shoes for sure! He was a great host!" (Jane)



Some things to note:

-Prices quoted are per night, not per person;

-Many of these properties are in high demand; be sure to double check the Calendar to confirm availability for when you're booking your trip. 


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