Last updated on February 5th, 2021

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Visit the Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, © Can Stock Photo / jsnover

Visit the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman

Stingray City – the most popular tourist activity on the island.  Snorkel on the sand bar and touch South Atlantic Stingrays. Try Stingray City Trips, Moby Dick Tours or Captain Marvins.

Seven Mile Beach – on the west shore of the island with palms trees, great reefs for snorkeling, resorts, beach bars and rental shops. It’s often considered one of the best beaches in the world. Stop at Calico Jack’s beach bar. There are other options for beaches on the island too – Rum Point Beach at Cayman Kai or Smith’s Cove for good snorkeling in South Sound. Catch a ferry between Seven Mile Beach and Rum Point.

Wander the shops and restaurants on the waterfront in George Town. See the pirate statue, the Cayman Islands National Museum and what remains of Fort George, which was built in the 1600s.

Cayman Turtle Farm – green sea turtle breeding, plus a marine theme park also known as Boatswain’s Beach Adventure Park.

George Town, Grand Cayman, Visit the Cayman Islands

George Town, Grand Cayman, © Can Stock Photo / jsnover

Visit the Cayman Islands – Hotels

  • Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Regal Beach Club
  • Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman
  • Seven Mile Beach Resort
Jarbour Drive, George Town, Grand Cayman, Visit the Cayman Islands

Jarbour Drive, George Town, © Can Stock Photo / jsnover

Savor the Tastes of the Cayman Islands

  • Jerk chicken
  • Heavy Cake – varieties include cassava, yam, cornmeal, sweet potato and green papaya.  It’s sweet.
  • Tortuga Rum
  • Stingray beer
  • Rum cake
  • Cayman Style fish
  • Rundown – fish, coconut milk and breadfruit.
  • Turtle steak, Conch fritters, Pepperpot stew
Rum Point Dock, Grand Cayman, Visit the Cayman Islands

Rum Point Dock, Grand Cayman, © Can Stock Photo / jsnover

More Grand Cayman Sights

  • View the undersea world and stay dry with Atlantis Submarines or Cayman Island Submarines.
  • Mastic Trail – hike through the mangrove swamp and woodland on a tour with the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.
  • Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park – See a blue iguana; a great place for birders too.
  • Pedro St James – living heritage museum.
  • Cayman Kayaks
  • Dive down to Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto, just south of Seven Mile Beach. Try Ambassador Divers. There are many dive sites in the islands. The Cali Schooner Shipwreck is just north of George Town and a few yards off shore. The Kittiwake was sunk off West Bay Public beach in 2011 and is open to the public.
  • Hell – black limestone formations near West Bay, plus a colorful souvenir stop.
Smith's Cove, Grand Cayman, Visit the Cayman Islands

Smith’s Cove, Grand Cayman, © Can Stock Photo / jsnover

Get to the Cayman Islands

George Town is the capital and the way to get to the Cayman Islands by air or cruise ship. George Town is on Grand Cayman very close to the international airport. There are non-stop flights to George Town from many major U.S. airports. George Town is also the cruise port for the Cayman Islands. It is often included as a port of call in Western Caribbean cruises.

Starfish Point, Caiman Kai, Visit the Cayman Islands

Starfish Point, Caiman Kai, © Can Stock Photo / mosnell

Cayman Islands Weather

The Cayman Islands are a popular tourist destination due to their mild Caribbean climate. They experience more rain in the summer months and slightly cooler, drier temperatures in the winter months from November to April. The Cayman Islands are in the path of the Atlantic hurricane season from June to November.

Visit the Cayman Islands – Background

The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Western Caribbean. Unlike islands in the Eastern Caribbean, there are no other islands close by. Cuba is 225 miles to the north and Jamaica is 300 miles to the east. The islands were named the Tortugas by Columbus in 1503. The name Cayman later came into use in reference to caiman alligators, which were numerous at one time. The islands consist of the Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. The Grand Cayman is famous for off shore banking and supports about 600 banks. The Cayman Islands are coral formations surrounding peaks on the Cayman Ridge. The peaks are next to the Cayman Trough which is 20,000 ft deep.

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