Imagine miles and miles of white-sand beaches with crystal-clear waters surrounded by incredible natural sights. Welcome to Grand Cayman, one of the most beautiful vacation spots in the world. The largest of the three islands in the Cayman chain, Grand Cayman is an idyllic Caribbean island where the rich and famous spend their holidays. From sipping cocktails on a picturesque palm-lined beach and enjoying exhilarating island tours to exploring hiking trails in the jungle and admiring the beauty of geological wonders, visiting Grand Cayman is an experience unlike any other. Here is our list of the best things to do in Grand Cayman.
1. Cayman Turtle Centre
A popular place to visit for families with children, Cayman Turtle Centre is one of the island’s best land-based attractions. This Island Wildlife Encounter center is home to turtle touch tanks where you can see these beautiful creatures. It also features a number of other attractions including Smiley’s Saltwater Lagoon where visitors can see the American saltwater crocodile, the Breaker’s Lagoon which is a large swimming pool with two picturesque waterfalls, and the famous Predator Reef that nurse sharks and tarpons can be found. Don’t forget to stop by other notable attractions at the center such as the Butterfly Garden, Turtle Lagoon, and Caribbean Free Flight Aviary.
2. Starfish Point
Searching for free things to do in Grand Cayman? Head out to Starfish Point, a lovely area with white sands and clear waters where visitors will find more than 2,000 species of starfish. Thanks to the shallow waters, you can even snorkel together with starfish and admire their orange-colored skin. Keep in mind that it is strictly forbidden to take these lovely creatures away from their natural habitat.
3. Camana Bay
A picturesque neighborhood with shady avenues lined with upscale boutiques, cute terrace cafes, and restaurants, Camana Bay is a great place to spend the day while exploring Grand Cayman. The neighborhood is home to dozens of small squares with a variety of water features and sculptures. Don’t miss the local Harvest Market which takes place every Wednesday from April to November and offers locally grown produce.
4. Pedro St. James
Built in the 18th century by William Eden who was a wealthy gentleman from England, Pedro St. James Castle is a picturesque three-story building. It was an important venue for many political events in Grand Cayman including the announcement that slavery does no longer exist in 1835 and the island’s first elected parliament in 1931. Today, visitors can freely meander through the property and see everything from period furniture to historical artifacts. There is even a small 3-D theatre where visitors can watch a presentation of this restored property.
5. Cayman Crystal Caves
One of Grand Cayman’s most popular attractions, the Cayman Crystal Caves can be found in a charming tropical forest in Old Man Bay. This geological wonder features impressive underground caves covered in beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. A 1.5-hour guided walking tour takes you through the forest and to 3 amazing caves where visitors can admire unique formations and colonies of bats. During the tour, you will also come across some fascinating tropical plants, as well as balsam trees and parrots.
6. Seven Mile Beach
With its crescent-shaped shore and soft sand, Seven Mile Beach is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. This 22 miles long stretch of sand is surrounded by dozens of posh resorts and features an abundance of facilities ranging from beach bars and restaurants to playgrounds for kids, showers, and restrooms. There is no shortage of fun things to do in Grand Cayman 7 mile beach. Whether you wish to go snorkeling and discover beautiful corals, try stand-up paddleboarding, or build a castle in the sand, Seven Mile Beach is an ideal place to spend your vacation days in Grand Cayman.
7. Stingray City
Adventure seekers will want to hop on a boat trip to Stingray City. This extraordinary landmark is an exotic destination where vacationers can snorkel and swim with stingrays. Home to about 50 stingrays who you can even hand-fee, Stingray City attracts around 1,000 visitors each and every day. The good news is there are many licensed boat trip providers in Grand Cayman that offer a variety of Stingray City excursions. Some of these excursions also include a few hours of snorkeling near the coral reef and a visit to other attractions such as the Rum Point.
8. Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef
It’s no secret that Grand Cayman is home to some of the world’s best dive sites and there are nearly 400 of them. Whether you wish to visit coral reefs or dive at stingray-ridden sandbars, there are so many unique and cool places to choose from. However, one of the best dive sites here is the famous Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef. Kittiwake Shipwreck was a submarine that sank back in 2011. Nowadays, this artificial reef and submerged submarine attract thousands of scuba divers. Thanks to the crystal-clear waters, scuba divers can look forward to seeing relics of the submarine and an abundance of sea life.
9. Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman
Wish to go swimming with the dolphins while on vacation in Grand Cayman? Pay a visit to the extraordinary Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman, an educational establishment that offers packages like the Dolphin Royal Swim, the Dolphin Swim Adventure, and the Dolphin Lovers’ Swim. This is a great place to visit your kids who can enjoy activities such as getting towed on a boogie board and riding on dolphin’s bellies. We recommend the Royal Swim package that includes an extensive list of activities with these lovely sea creatures.
10. Governors Beach
Located within the 7 Mile Beach, Governor’s Beach is a perfect spot to snorkel and attracts large crowds of visitors including everyone from couples on vacation to families with children. Some of the other activities beachgoers can enjoy on this lovely beach include paddle boarding and jet skiing. It is also worth mentioning that Governor’s Beach is a perfect spot to experience the most amazing sunset views while enjoying a refreshing drink from its beachfront bars.
11. Rum Point
A party beach located on the north of the island, Rum Point is well-known for its lively vibe. Thanks to its shallow waters and plenty of facilities, the beach is a perfect place for families with kids. There is a large parking area, as well as a nice beach bar, restaurant, and dozens of changing facilities and bathrooms. Keep in mind that Rum Point is one of the stops for cruise and boat trip excursions, which means that it can get crowded during the peak season and on the weekends.
12. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
Looking for romantic things to do in Grand Cayman with that special someone? Head out to the picturesque Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park where you can walk through the garden’s peaceful paths and see colored flowers, unusual plants, lily-topped ponds, and woodland habitats. This amazing botanical park is also home to a variety of animals including turtles, lizards, agoutis, and snakes. Bird-watchers can look forward to seeing dozens of bird species, while nature lovers can hike the nearby Mastic Trail. The entrance to the botanical park will set you back $10 per person.
13. Bioluminescence Bay
Seeing the glow of Bioluminescence is one of the most unforgettable experiences in Grand Cayman. These glowing microorganisms that put on a fabulous light show in the water can be seen in only a few places in the world and one of them is Bioluminescence Bay. Whether you wish to admire the beauty of it all from a boat or go snorkeling, seeing bioluminescent creatures that live nearshore is a sight to behold. Bioluminescence Bay is located in the north of Grand Cayman and is considered being one of the best Bio Bays on planet Earth.
14. Smith Cove
Vacationers looking for non-touristy things to do in Grand Cayman should look no further than the Smith Cove. A lovely beach that attracts mostly local crowds, Smith Cove does not have restaurants and sunbeds, but the beach is ideal for travelers searching for that perfect secluded spot where they can enjoy some peace and quiet. Snorkeling around the rocks is a fun activity, as well as swimming in the shallow waters.
15. George Town
The capital of the Cayman Islands, George Town is a cute tourist town with a bunch of unique tourist attractions. Looking for things to do in Georgetown Grand Cayman? From the Cayman Islands National Museum and its historical exhibits and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands where art lovers can enjoy temporary exhibitions to the Cayman Islands Visitor Centre that is an ideal place to learn more about the island’s history, there is plenty to look forward to when visiting George Town. The boardwalk is lined with tourist boutiques and luxury shops, while the Eden Rock is a great place to snorkel.
16. Cayman Brac
The second largest of the Cayman Islands, Cayman Brac is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and hikes with amazing views. However, the biggest attractions on the island are the famous caves such as Peter’s Cave, Bat’s Cave, Great Cave, Skull Cave, and Rebecca’s Cave. If you wish to enjoy magnificent ocean views, we recommend climbing the walkway to the island’s lighthouse. Travelers looking for water activities can enjoy diving the island’s wrecks and coral reefs. A sunken Russian frigate called a sunken Russian frigate is one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean.