Pirates Point Resort Hotel

, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
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Pirates Point Resort Hotel

, Little Cayman
Preston Bay - Little Cayman - Cayman Islands Hotel Website | 345/948/1010
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3/10
Great SCUBA, very poor accommodations
Submitted by: Marc in 05/02/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
The diving is great and the dive crew is generally very nice, helpful, and experienced. It's hard to imagine better diving anywhere. The food is very good and there's plenty of it at the three tightly-scheduled meal times. That's the good part. Now for the bad part.

The accommodations are terrible. The beds have uncomfortable mattresses with hard, flattened pillows. Paint is peeling, the showers leak, floor tiles are chipped and missing, doors and dresser drawers are warped so they no longer close, lampshades are worn and burnt, and wall fixtures are known to fall off. Perhaps worst, there's no privacy as the windows facing out to the pathways have open shutters or translucent shades that become nearly transparent at night – when you want privacy most. The surrounding beach and resort area have some trash and building materials strewn about. The clubhouse has a friendly and eccentric atmosphere but is also dusty with cobwebs. Sand fleas invested the place. I guess there's not much you can do about them on the beaches, but they were in the buildings, too, including our bed, leaving red itchy bumps for days after we departed.

Other than diving there's almost nothing to do. You can join the owner, Gladys, in her nightly game of dominoes. Other games are in bad shape with pieces missing or items unusable. Bicycles for visitor use are kept outside all year round where they have rusted to the point of nearly being unusable and have been known to break down.

The gift shop, surprisingly, contains no aloe, aspirin, or toiletries. Souvenirs like t-shirts cost nearly double what they do on Grand Cayman. Almost everything costs extra at Pirate's Point and the cost of renting scuba equipment for the week is about 70% of the purchase price for brand new equipment.

Finally, don't think that the run-down condition of the place is unavoidable due to salty air or excessive heat, as you will be told by the staff. Gladys lives next door in one of the biggest, most pristine, beautifully decorated houses you'll find anywhere.

In my opinion, you can find similarly great diving and better accommodations for the same price, or great diving and equivalent accommodations for much less money elsewhere.
10/10
Best in the Caribean!
Submitted by: Dan Samford in 09/03/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Great all inclusive, Lots of privacy & seclusion. Great food and service. BEST on Little Cayman. Thanks!

Top Local Tips for Little Cayman

Don't Go Looking for The Usual! A trip to Little Cayman is like stepping back in time. Rooms are generally not air conditioned, but the diving is incredible. Food is great, but there isn't a lot of shopping. The pool is quiet and clean, and the bar is open. The program at Pirate's Point is somewhat regimented - there is a time schedule - but there is a wide degree of flexibility if you really just want to relax.

going through grand cayman The airport hotel in GCM has closed so now you have to go to the Comfort suites or the Marriott, a 15 minute cab ride at $30 rt, to stay at these very mediocre hotels. I paid $179 a night for the view of the parking lot - and couldn't get any breakfast because I was catching an 8 am flight to Little Cayman and had to leave at 6:45 am. It's slim pickings. You could take a longer ride to get to a nicer hotel but then you need to stay there for a few days, and it's pretty expensive for what you get. The airport restaurant still hasn't recovered since the hurricane years ago so there just isn't much for food options there. So if possible book all the way through to little cayman and carry some food with you.

For nightlife, look up! The nightlife consists mostly of stargazing. There's very little light pollution. If you MUST have a nighttime activity, the Hungry Iguana is the sports bar. Some resorts will have functiuons at night, but with only about 100 hotel rooms on the whole island, don't expect any glitz. Leave the "resort wear" at home. Flip-flops, T-shirts and shorts are business casual here!

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