The Cayman Islands are a series of three islands; Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, and Cayman Brac. These islands are a great destination for couples and families and often a stop many cruise ships make. If you have a port stop in Grand Cayman here are a few ideas for activities you might enjoy.
Seven Mile Beach is the most famous beach on the islands and has been consistently ranked as the ultimate beach vacation location in many publications and listings. It’s on the western shore of the island with many beach bars, restaurants, a playground and other amenities. If you’re new to snorkeling this is a great location to give it a try. The water is very clear and you’ll see plenty of marine life close to shore. If you’re an advanced diver you can scuba dive in the current-free waters surrounding the island to see even more marine life, shipwrecks, and explore the coral reefs.
Stingray City is a favorite tourist attraction, and to be sure what you’ll find here are lots of tourists interested in feeding the Atlantic Southern stingrays that call the shallow sandbar home. Boatswains Beach Turtle Farm is another opportunity to interact with local wildlife. There are also opportunities to swim with dolphins on the island. The Grand Cayman’s were originally dubbed Las Tortugas by Christopher Columbus due to the massive amounts of this animal he found nearby. However the animals are now endangered. One of the main missions of the farm is to provide edible turtle meat so that local islanders don’t hunt the wild turtles to extinction. Visitors can see the turtle life cycle up close and personal either through a dry tour or a wet tour.
If you’re more of a land lover, add the Mastic Trail to your to-see list. This 200 year old path winds its way through a mangrove swamp and woodland area on the island. Plan for several hours and take a guided tour to learn more about the area and indigenous wildlife. Relax and be pampered at one of the spas or mobile massage stations scattered throughout the island. There are also several yoga studios to rejuvenate and regain your balance while soaking in the Caribbean sun and sounds.
Some of the best food in the Caribbean is found in the Grand Cayman’s so skip the ship food and opt for something on land. Fried conch fritters, BBQ, and fresh caught seafood are just a few local offerings to be enjoyed. Restaurants here work hard to get it right and along with sourcing their own local food on land some even have fishermen on their payroll to ensure they get the freshest, best catch possible. You’ll be able to find places like Vivine’s Kitchen serving extremely authentic Cayman food and high class establishments like Blue by Eric Ripert pairing local flavors with principles of haute cuisine.
Whether you’re an adventure seeker wanting to experience something new around every turn or just looking for the best opportunity to relax and eat delicious food, you’ll be happy on Grand Cayman!
Have you traveled to Grand Cayman? What was your most memorable experience there?