Aruba, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, or St. Maarten?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve only been to the Bahamas…but the only point I can make is that it will still be college spring break in March, so that might not be the best time to go to Nassau or Paradise Island. 

Post # 5
921 posts
Busy bee

We went to Grand Cayman for our honeymoon last August.  It was off-season so it wasn’t crowded and it was absolutely spectacular.  We loved it so much we are going back this June with friends and family! Smile

Post # 7
921 posts
Busy bee

We stayed at the Ritz.  Beautiful resort but make sure you stay on the ocean side (vs. the canal side) if you can.  Kinda pricey and big (and you must get down to the beach very early to secure a front row spot) but gorgeous grounds. 

I would definitely stay somewhere on Seven Mile Beach (the other areas are very pretty but pretty far from everything and would require a car).  This year, we are staying at the Beachcomber – which is a condo style resort.  There is no room service and the like, but a lot more room and less people for amount the same $ (and we will have a kitchen to make some of our meals/drinks/etc.). 

We hit the beach every day, of course.  We took a trip with Captain Dexter (you can google him) on his big catamaran to Sting Ray City (a must!) and snorkeling out on the reef.  Went out another day to Sting Ray City with a friend we met down there (the owner of a cigar shop) and to Rum Point (which is a lot fun if you can get out there).  Did a lot of snorkeling and if you’re a diver, you’re in one of the best places in the world (we are getting certified before we go this year).  I colleague of mine also went there last summer and he said the Turtle Farm is pretty cool too.  Be sure to check out Dexter’s for dinner (great food, atmosphere [not on the beach] and live music) and Luca’s restaurant at the Carribean Club – super yummy food and ocean view (love to hear the waves crash).  And we had the Ritz set up dinner for us in cabana on the beach one night.

Here’s a couple pix: first – water at Sting Ray City; view from our room at the Ritz; and Rum Point

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Post # 8
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

They are all beautiful. I LOVE the Caribbean! I have been to all four of these places and would rate them in the following order:


  • St. Martin
  • Grand Cayman
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas

 This is based on a number of factors…For me the top factor is food/restaurants. I also consider the range of activities, how nice/classy the island is, and safety.

I could go on and on. If you have any specific questions, let me know.

Post # 9
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I haven’t been to Grand Cayman, but St. Maarten is awesome. Definitely the best choice if you are foodies, since it’s the “culinary capital of the Caribbean.” Nassau (the Bahamas) is gross in my opinion. St. Maarten is also nice because it has both the French side and the Dutch side so you get to experience two different styles of architecture, cuisine, lifestyle etc in one happy little island.

Post # 10
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve been to St. Maartin and the Bahamas. St. Maarten was AMAZINGLY beautiful. I would recomend it.

Aruba is on my ‘want to visit’ list, and we’re stopping in Grand Cayman on our honeymoon.

Post # 11
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I really like Grand Cayman- beautiful beaches, easy to drive around, and lots of great food and friendly people.  I actually stayed in Bodden Town, about a 30-40 minute drive from 7 mile at a place called the Turtle Nest Inn.  It is not a luxury resort, but gives you the potential to have an ocean front apartment, complete with housekeeping.  We bought groceries and packed a beach lunch every day- a different beach every day of the week.  There are tons of great restaurants to choose from at night, but we also borrowed their grill and enjoyed some fresh seafood at an oceanside table for two at the inn.  There is not a lot of nightlife in GC, so if that is important, I’d go Aruba or St. Martin.  I don’t know what it is about STM, but for me, I have never felt at peace/beachy vacation relaxed when I’ve been there.  Oh- there is a little sticker shock on the set exchange rate- 1.50 Cayman is equivalent to 1 US.

Post # 12
15 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have been to Cayman and St Maartin.

Between those two St Maartin. Cayman is too busy now

Post # 13
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am SO Glad to read all these good things about St. Martin, since that’s where Fi and I will be spending our week-long honeymoon!!! We booked it on a whim … so we didn’t know too much about it, lol! Any must-dos from people that have been?

Post # 14
745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have only been to Aruba and it was phenomenal..we didn’t want to come home.  Perfect climate, beautiful island, safe..

Whatever you choose I’m sure it’ll be great!

Post # 16
746 posts
Busy bee

If you’re looking at the Caribbean, and you want an all adult, all inclusive property, your only option out of those islands would be the Bahamas. There’s a Sandals Resort there, ( not my favorite one) and Kamalame Kay.

Have you look at St Lucia, Jamaica, or Punta Cana? You will find adult only resorts there.

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