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5-hr layover in GC on way to Brac -- what to do??

Discussion in 'Greater Antilles' started by GrannyDiver, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @GrannyDiver here's a couple of videos and a travel article about Brac that you might enjoy:

    https://vimeo.com/165357805

    https://youtu.be/NTcZso-Zg80

    http://caribjournal.com/2015/09/15/journey-to-cayman-brac/

    And below is the link "Cayman Went" a sweet little "feel-good" movie that was filmed on Brac and includes gorgeous footage of the island and the reefs.

    Cayman Went movie streaming on vimeo:


    About Cayman Went:

    "TV personality Josh Anders (Michael Lombardi) is a legend in his own mind … and even he has doubts. Ratings are down and the hottie star of Diver Down (a male Baywatch) can’t get arrested in Hollywood these days. When the smug pretty boy receives an ultimatum from an ultra-wealthy, powerful and unethical resort developer – who also happens to own the network that broadcasts his show – Josh finds himself the key player in a land grab scheme targeting the picturesque, unspoiled and tiny Caribbean island of Cayman Brac. The laid-back locals, most of them big fans, are putty in his hands, except for the eccentric Mr. Bowman, a cranky retiree who’s never even heard of the show. Secretly petrified of the ocean, Josh just wants to close the deal and go home. That is until Mr. Bowman, a parentless kid named Rodney and Darby Thomas (Susan Misner), the beautiful but opinionated owner of the local Sand Bar, change his mind about what really matters most. A romantic drama that proves It’s all good … if you just know what to look for."
     
  2. oly5050user

    oly5050user Dive Travel Professional

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    Agree going to yacht club marina. There is a pool there if you want to go for a dip, and there is a changing room with lockers. We made arrangements to have a boat meet us at the marina and went to sandbar/ stingray city to blow off some time. Operator supplied lunch of subway sandwiches and soda. Can use free shuttle or short walk to get there from airport.
     
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  3. howswedeofme

    howswedeofme Barracuda

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    We had a ~5 hour layover on the way to the Brac and coming home. On the way there we went to the yacht club and had a really nice time. The drinks aren't too expensive for GC but it also wasn't a cheap visit :) On the way back we rented a car (not reserved, just walked in and asked if they had something we could use for a few hours) and drove up to get breakfast at Sunshine Grille, which I absolutely love. The car rental was only $25! Way cheaper than a taxi up that far. We also went up to the beach by Calico Jack's after breakfast because for our entire 8 days on the Brac we had no sun and I refused to leave vacation without at least some consolation prize sun during our layover. We had an easy time with customs when we arrived on GC thankfully and we checked our bags with Cayman Air before we left for the yacht club so all we had to do when we got back to Owen Roberts was go through security.
     
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  4. Doctorfish

    Doctorfish Loggerhead Turtle

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    5 hours. One hour to pick up luggage and go through immigration. One hour to check in to Cayman Airways and go through security. That leaves three. Go to the Grand Cayman Yacht Club for lunch or to Sunset House.
    I do not think you have time for a car rental or the Botanical Gardens. Georgetown is a crowded, ugly tourist trap, Camana Bay is a newer tourist trap. steer clear of both.
     
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  5. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    5 hours is not really that much. We've never tried GCYC, but food and hanging out there or Sunset House is about as much as I would do, if you really want to get out of the airport. (For us, we'd likely just suck it up and hang out in the airport with a book. It's at least nicer than it used to be.)

    If there's an earlier flight to Brac that has space you might just be able to get on that. I know sometimes people book a later inter-island flight in case something earlier seems too tight and risky to make, or the early ones were full at the time. But sometimes things work out.
     
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  6. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    The mosaic tower there is worth seeing though.
     
  7. al248005

    al248005 Solo Diver

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    5 hours isnt that long...if Customs still takes forever like it did a few years ago you won't have much time...if you get in line behind a big flight you could be there a while.
     
  8. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The new airport has opened and we have found that the immigration, customs, and security lines are much shorter. You can still get stuck in a crowd if several big planes are landing around the same time - but it general things have improved. When we were there late last year, the departure lounge was small and inadequate but it was still under construction, so I am hoping that it will be better next time we visit GCM.
     
  9. al248005

    al248005 Solo Diver

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    Yeah I was on Brac at the beginning of last year and ughh the airport construction was bad! Hopefully they get it completed sooner than later
     
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  10. Hoag

    Hoag Loggerhead Turtle

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    Do you maybe need to do some banking for which the unique "features" of an offshore bank in the Caymans are ideally suited? (Hypothetically of course.)
     

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