The area of Bowden Town is a very short drive away from the hustle and bustle of the Georgetown area. Just what I was looking for. My grown daughter and I loved the apartment, which is attached to the owners home. Everything we needed. clean, fully equipped kitchen, 2 full baths. And, it is not overpriced like some places. The spiral staircase is nice and added to a little exercise! The owners, Ryan and Katie were awesome... friendly and helpful. The beach chairs, towels, snorkel gear and basket were a very nice touch. You could easily walk across the street to the beach, but we usually chose to drive across since we usually took several things and it was just easier. The snorkeling was great, sea turtles, lots of fish. My daughter saw a barracuda. Stay here if you can... you will not be disappointed!!
My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to escape the snow of Boston and were able to spend 8 nights at the Sun Spott. We absolutely loved our stay at this rental. We enjoyed the quiet and relaxation of Spotts Beach (a quick walk across the street). We liked to start our day at Spotts with coffee and spent many nights finishing the day with the sunset at Spotts. We are beginner's at snorkeling and really enjoyed Spotts. We saw many turtles, not so much in the heat of the day, but more in the mornings and evenings. Ryan and Kate were excellent hosts, the house is in great shape and for that reason we never had to contact them for any problems.
We would recommend a rental car, we loved ours. We explored from the far tip of West Bay at Barker's all the way to the far tip of Rum Point at Starfish Point and many places in between in the 8 days we were there. I would recommend checking the cruise ship schedule online and avoiding the touristy areas of Seven Mile Beach (SMB), on the days when there are a few cruise ships in port.(It seemed like Tuesday and Wednesday were the heaviest for the cruise ships) We loved SMB, especially public beach. By being familiar with the cruise ship schedule we were able to have 4 days of hanging out at the public beach practically by ourselves! It was a dream.
Sun Spott is a central location to let you explore both sides of the island. There is a nice little village of shops a couple minutes down the road for supplies. When you drive, stay to the left!
We stayed at the sun spott for a week and it was so much more than my girlfriend or I could have ever asked for. It is in the perfect location on the island to be able to reach anywhere within about 30 minutes. Spotts beach right across the street was one of the highlights of the entire trip. I saw several sea turtles, stingrays, and fish every time I went snorkeling and the beach is rarely busy allowing you to enjoy the perfect view virtually in private. Ryan and Katie could not have been better hosts and are so friendly and welcoming. Will definitely be staying here again.
If I did not have a 3yr old and was still used to living with road noise I would give the Sun Spott a 4.5/5 - all it lacks in that case is more useable outside space. (There is a bit of deck space, but not really enough for more than 2. There are a couple areas that could be turned into an extension of the place - the jagged pile of rocks and spiderweb filled garden that are there now weren't really conducive to letting a kid run around in.)
However since I did have a 3yr old and am a bit more sensitive to noise now, I felt I could have done better. The house is nice, Ryan and Katie are incredibly accommodating and friendly hosts, and Spotts beach across the road is really, really nice - I miss sunrises and sunsets with the sea turtles. But the road noise was too much, especially since I had avoided the 7 mile area in hopes of finding a quieter but still central location. Most roads in Cayman are 2 lane and 20-30mile/hr, cars on this stretch typically top 55miles/hr over 3 lanes - it is in fact probably the busiest stretch of road in the country, and stays that way through most of the night. Again, if you're used to city noise you probably won't notice it. The fact that a noise machine was supplied (which our daughters used) tells me I am not alone though and not something I really wanted to try to sleep through on vacation.
The busy road and the arrangement of the house were also not very great for young kids. Our barely 3yr old still falls a lot, so hearing her try to navigate the spiral staircase in the dark was always unnerving and resulted in a few (thankfully small) tumbles. And having just about nowhere for her to run around outside was a bit disappointing since there is the space there (the aforementioned garden and rocks).
The road also made the walk to the beach a pretty unpleasant experience for our daughter - walking alongside trucks barrelling down at 80km/hr is not a big deal for me, but pretty unnerving for a little girl. Especially when your crossing is a sprint to avoid traffic in the 100m stretch of visibility. (Cayman drivers are very good about slowing down or stopping to let pedestrians across, but a fully loaded dump truck can only slow down so quickly at full speed.) If you don't have very young kids though, you probably won't even think about any of that.
So overall not recommended to those with young kids, or those seeking a quiet spot - go to the east end or Rum Point for that. Highly recommended otherwise, and pretty close to everything great on Grand Cayman.
This apartment rental is near ( across the street from) Spotts Beach- several minute walk. It is the only snorkeling location on the island where we actually swam with turtles every day there! We wanted to stay away from Seven Mile Beach and the crowds- and chose this place because it seemed to be in a location that was a compromise distance wise between Seven Mile Beach and the East end. The location was perfect! We swam/snorkeled at Spotts beach each day- but the location near Boddentown was central to explore many other places on the island.
The picture here is a tiny bit misleading- as it appears to be a rather large house. The door you see here is actually the door to the owners 2/3 of the house. The rental apartment is off to the left - on main floor a full kitchen (stove, refrgerator, table, dishes etc) and a pull out sofa bed and TV and a bathroom with a shower. Then there is a winding staircase and a beautiful yostairs bedroom with a full bath. The location looks big in the photos so we invited another couple to come with us. However, the apartment is not really suited to two adult couples. Because of theoutlay of the apartment - there is no privacy for either couple- we could hear everything up and down. That being said- it is perfect for a family- where kids can sleep downstairs and mom and dad sleep upstairs. You can be at beach in minutes nad the beach is absolutely lovely.
The owner- Ryan- was kind and accomodating - he assisted us with several special requests and as two couples in our 60's - his help made us feel safe and secure. The apartment is well appointed with excellent attention to details - snorkel equipment for 2; several coolers; cold packs; local attractions details; several keys provided; shopping bags; first aid kit ( which we used;); outside grill; clothesline; ample parking; and very quick response to directions, concerns and questions.
From this location:
each day started at Spotts Beach to swim with the turles and then take excursions to explore island
we were 30 minutes from Rum Point- on the one day we went- snorkeling not great - choppy and turbid- but the setting was not crowded- free beach chairs and tables- no picnicing allowed but good reasonably priced meals available. Lovely lovely spot. that evening we went on Bioluminescence kayak tour with Cayman Kayaks and it was fantastic!
next day- 20 minutes to play golf at Ritz-Carlton Golf course and then spend rest of the day at seven mile beach; swam and swam and rented a catamaran and it was so fun!!
next day- 25 minutes to take off point for Sting Ray city- via Capatin Marvins' group- and several snorkel stops
next day- 30 minutes to 3 hour West Bay loop bicycle tour- and then snorkeling at Cemetary Beach ( very nice- reef out a ways though)
next day - 15 minutes to Smith's Cove ( best snorkeling day for us)- right off the beach- spent the day and had dinner at Grand Old House next door
next day- drove 30 minutes to Collier's point on east end- it was ok snorkeling- deserted- we were only ones there ( would skip this beach if time limited)
last day back to Smith's Cove- had showers and bathrooms and picnic tables
This was a great location- apartment clean and nicely done- but smaller than expected by the photo. Would definitely stay here again- just not with another adult couple.