There are so many fun things to do in Grand Cayman…
We went to Cayman Island to celebrate Mark’s birthday and I think this is by far my favorite Carribean island. Compared to the other Caribbean island, Grand Cayman is almost luxurious! The island has a very low unemployment rate and is hardly run-down. Unbeknowst to the masses, Cayman Islands are the 5th largest financial centers in the world! This is because there is no income tax. Not only is it very beautiful, but the people are super friendly. Many Europeans settle there. So do Guh-Zillionaires. The Caymans are the MOST prosperous island in the Caribbean. It was so nice that even Mark and I were thinking we should get a vaca home here!
Today I’m listing the top things to do in Grand Cayman as well as where we stayed and ate. Enjoy!
Seven-Mile Beach | Grand Cayman is famous for its picturesque Seven Mile Beach. Many people come to the island and never leave the beach! There’s snorkelling right off the shore, water sports and plenty of fun in the sun. We stayed at the Seafire Resort & Spa located directly on the beach and absolutely loved the amenities. You can rent stand up paddle boards, windsurfing boards, kayaks and beach cabanas, or visit a golf course. You really don’t have to leave the resort. We loved our evening walks up and down the beach staring in awe at the turquoise waters and sunsets.
Snorkeling (Kittiewake) | The historic Ex-USS Kittiwake has been on the ocean floor since it’s sinking in January of 2011. In service from 1945 to 1994, the ship’s most memorable duty was the diligent recovery of the Challenger Space Shuttle. Over the years, the underwater wreck has blossomed into a beautiful and dynamic environment for marine life. It has since become a sought-after site for divers of every skill level as well as snorkellers to explore as it is only 55 feet below and easily accessible. Divers will admire the ship’s five decks, overflowing with a rainbow of rare sponges, goliath groupers, squirrelfish and urchins.
Crystal Caves | Travel off the beaten track and take a tour of Cayman’s breathtaking Crystal Caves. Expert guides will accompany you on your journey as they share interesting facts about the remarkable formation process that is responsible for creating spectacular stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures, as well as otherworldly formations. The caves are situated within lush tropical vegetation overflowing with a wide variety of captivating plant and wildlife species –including strangler basalm trees, air plants, parrots and bats. Before you venture underground, don’t forget to wear warm-weather attire and comfortable walking shoes.
Camana Bay | With more than 600 annual events, Camana Bay is buzzing with activity. From an array of restaurants to premier shopping and family-friendly activities (including Grand Cayman’s only cinema), the town centre offers endless opportunities to enjoy your trip. One of the most popular attractions is the 75-foot observation tower, where guests can journey to the top to admire beautiful sunken mosaics and amazing views. Visitors can also enjoy the weekly farmers’ market or take their children to the Imagination Playground, to make a splash in the town’s interactive fountains.
Georgetown | George Town is the capital city and a popular port for Caribbean cruise ships. This quaint town is host to a variety of activities – including luxurious glass-bottom boat tours, fascinating rum distillery tours, beautiful art galleries, top-notch shopping that includes duty free shops, delicious eateries and an historical museum. Thrill-seekers will also enjoy excursions like submarine tours, snorkelling, diving and parasailing.
Cayman Islands National Museum is also located here. Overlooking Hog Sty Bay, it is one of Cayman’s few remaining 19th century structures. The Museum’s collection contains over 8,000 items including a 14-ft traditional handmade catboat, household and shipbuilding items, art and natural history specimens.
Paddleboard Yoga | The Cayman Islands are the perfect place for water-based activities. Warm, crystal-clear waters provide the perfect setting for swimming, snorkelling, diving and much more. But what about yoga? The extra balance required to stand on the paddleboard means working your core even harder as if you lose your balance, you fall into the sea! Although I didn’t fall, it was fun watching others do so. (I think they started doing it on purpose!)
Cayman Island Helicopter Ride | Cayman Islands Helicopters was formed in Grand Cayman in 2003 to give the visitors and locals exciting tour opportunities previously not available. They are composed of a team of dedicated and friendly professionals who want you to discover the beauty of the Cayman Islands with its rich ocean blues, its luscious greenery, and its pristine beaches. Flying has been their passion for many years which makes them the ultimate destination for an aerial tour. They offer three tours: 7-Mile Beach Tour (for those who are short on time), Stingray City Tour, and Whole Island Tour. They can also customize a package to suit your needs.
Hell | In the Cayman Islands, tourists can go to Hell. This uniquely named attraction located in the district of West Bay on Grand Cayman, is well known for a small patch of black limestone formations that can be seen poking out from its lush surroundings. Hell was created by salt and lime deposits over 24 million years and the legend behind its name still continues to be debated. After marvelling at the field of black peaks, make sure to send your friends a postcard from Hell.
Stingray City | Stingray City is among the Cayman Islands’ most popular attractions. It’s where aquatic lovers can mingle with marine life by wading among friendly stingrays that congregate near the sandy shore. This once-in-a-lifetime Cayman experience invites adventurers to get up close to some of the most magnificent animals in the world. Experience the majestic southern Atlantic stingrays in only three feet of water as you brush up against these creatures. Stingray City is a group of sandbars located 25 miles off the shore of Grand Cayman, and offers tours ranging from 3 to 5 hours. During the tours, you can swim with, feed, and take memorable photos with these friendly rays.
Farmers and Artisans Market | The newly opened Farmers’ Market on Huldah Avenue is open Monday through Saturday beginning at 7:30am. You can choose from the many vendors offering fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, natural juices, coconuts and more.
Scuba Diving | Devilishly deep drop-offs, wicked wreck dives and some of the coolest coral in the Caribbean have made the Cayman Islands a world-class dive destination. Of the three islands, Grand Cayman is the most visited by scuba divers. Grand Cayman’s North Wall plunges deeper than 6000 feet/1800meters and offers beautiful wall diving with opportunities to see spotted eagle rays and sea turtles. Grand Cayman also offers accessible shore diving on great coral reefs with little to no current. Little Cayman has the Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park, famed for its vibrant colors and dramatic drop offs and swim throughs. Cayman Brac offers a good mix of wall, wreck and reef diving for all experience levels. From 5-star hotels on Grand Cayman to quaint dive lodges on Little Cayman, the islands provide holiday options for everyone and hundreds of dive sites to explore.
Starfish Point | Situated on the north side of Grand Cayman, Starfish Point is paradise personified. Speckled with sea stars, this beautiful stretch of beach is breathtakingly beautiful and perfect for snorkelling as it is surrounded by crystal clear water on all sides. The red cushion sea stars that frequent the shallows looking for food provide the perfect photo opportunity, while the golden sands are a great place for beachcombing and exploring. The spit of sand is also perfect for watching the sunset so why not pack a picnic and your snorkel and spend the day at one of Grand Cayman’s most gorgeous beaches.
Cayman Turtle Center | The Cayman Turtle Centre is the perfect place for families to learn about our islands’ history, while having lots of fun at the same time. This award-winning wildlife park provides its guests with a chance to come face to face with some of the most remarkable and ancient animals on earth. Within the centre, there are a variety of interactive activities available – including, predator tanks and swimming or snorkelling in a saltwater lagoon filled with vibrant species of fish and green sea turtles.
Another magnificent stop along the tour is the free-flight aviary, where guests can feed colourful birds as they soar around the room. Before you leave, take a stroll down the tranquil nature trail and admire the unique plant species and butterflies, or stop by Smiley’s Saltwater Lagoon and watch the nine-foot crocodile get fed. Guests can also learn more about the history of sea turtles and the centre’s on-going conservation efforts.
Ferry to Rum Point | There’s a new service on Grand Cayman that offers ferries from Cabana Bay to Rum Point. This takes you to the North Side of the island in 20 minutes! If you’ve ever seen the beautiful dock photos of Grand Cayman that makes you feel like you’re travelling to pure luxury, it’s from Rum Point. It’s the perfect sunset spot and dinner at Kaibo Restaurant is where you’ll get the seafood you’ve always wanted from the Caribbean. While you are there, don’t forget to try the mudslide! It’s their signature drink and it’s a delicious frozen cocktail that will cool you off.
Now that I’ve shared several things to do in Grand Cayman, I will move on to where we stayed and where we ate and plenty of photos.
Where We Stayed
Seafire Resort & Spa | This is one beautiful resort!!! Grand Cayman’s first-ever lifestyle resort is a state-of-the-art wonder on the world-famous Seven Mile Beach, bringing sea and sand into view the moment you arrive. The open-air design stays with you indoors and out, with water vistas at every turn, and winding gardens that lead to secret sanctuaries, social gathering places, pristine pools and of course, the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy front-row seats to glorious sunsets that seem to set the ocean ablaze…thus their name, Seafire.
What we didn’t realize is it was low-season. So it seemed like we pretty much had the resort to ourselves! And let me say this, we had THE BEST housekeeping EVER!!!! Their motto is if you don’t have it, we will get it for you. And they didn’t disappoint. One evening before leaving out, we left a note (and enough money hoping to cover it) saying we needed needle & thread, rubbing alcohol, extra water, and chocolates. When we returned they supplied it all!!! They didn’t just leave 2 or 3 bottles of water. They left a refrigerator door full…18 bottles!!! And I was expecting the turndown service chocolates. Nooo, the went and left the King-Size Sneakers. And on top of that, they told us it courtesy of the hotel!!! Wait, what?!? I should have known from the beginning how awesome this hotel was: Upon arrival, your personal concierge offers champagne, housekeeping brought up a cheese and fruit welcome platter and a bottle of wine, and for Mark’s birthday, the brought up gold-dusted chocolate covered strawberries, fruit, and a bottle of Veuve wine!!! And each day they just outdid themselves!!!
Where We Ate
Ave | We ate breakfast here every morning and drinks most nights. They didn’t disappoint. Each day, we had breakfast on the balcony overlooking the part of the property and the ocean. We thoroughly enjoyed feeding the black birds as well. I’m a sucker for pretty floors and theirs was absolutely gorgeous.
Coccoloba | We ate here twice and oh my goodness, their fish tacos were just to die for!!! Their special-made hotsauce too it to another level!!! This low-key restaurant sits right on the water and is just absolutely perfect.
Legendz Bar & Grill | We found this place only because we were tying to find a place where we could watch football. We ended up coming here twice and enjoyed every moment of. The servers were nice, the food was actually good, and we got to watch each and every game we wanted to watch.
Yoshi Sushi | Yoshi was actually really good! They are the sister restaurant to Legendz. We ordered sushi from Legendz and enjoyed it so much, we decided to visit the next day (right next door). The sushi was even better. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Blue by Eric Ripert | We took a ride over to The Ritz Carlton Hotel for a steak dinner. I had an amazing olive octopus appetizer and a steak entree (I never know what I’m getting because Mark always order my steak since I not a steak-ee!). We sat at the bar and the bartender made me the most ah-mazing drink. He told me the ingredients and I tried to recreate it later (as I always do when I have a fabulous drink). To my disappointment, it ended up tasting my usual drink. Oh well…
For more ideas of what to do in Grand Cayman, visit the Cayman Islands Tourism website.
I can truly say the Grand Cayman surprised my by its luxury and modernness. Because it is part of the Caribbean, I just naturally assumed it would be a poor country. Don’t yall make that mistake! I really enjoyed myself here and can’t wait for a return visit. Oh, one more thing: There are roosters everywhere…and I do mean EVERYWHERE!!! No matter where you are on the island, there’s always a cocka-doodle-doooo!!! 😊
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed my recap of Grand Cayman Island. And as always, have a beautiful day. XOXO, Candy
Courtesy of Visit Cayman Islands