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Things to do in Cayman Islands

Things to do in  Cayman Islands

Welcome to Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are home to a thriving international culture that exists side by side with well-preserved native traditions. Most travelers arrive to Grand Cayman’s capital, George Town, via cruise ship, and their time is fast and furious as they explore the highlights and landmarks around the capital area. For those with more time, tours that link multiple activities can help you make the most of your Cayman Islands experience. Some travelers focus their time on Seven Mile Beach, which is widely known as one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the Caribbean. But a visit here is only improved with a tour of the nearby rum distillery and brewery (tastings included) that concludes with chill time on the beach. The Cayman Islands are surrounded by cerulean sea and reefs bustling with marine life, so it only makes sense that diving and snorkeling are some of the main attractions. A boat tour linking a starfish-studded snorkeling site, a colorful coral reef known as the Coral Garden, and Stingray City (a shallow area where travelers can wade among stingrays), is one popular option for getting into the water. Stingray City can also be visited on a Jet Ski tour that zips out of George Town. And if all that activity wears you out, there’s no better way to end your day than on a catamaran dinner cruise with sunset views.

Top 15 attractions in Cayman Islands

Stingray City

With vibrant coral reefs, crystalline waters, and some of the largest southern rays in the Caribbean, it’s no wonder that Stingray City is one of the most visited attractions in the Cayman Islands. Dive into the warm Caribbean waters of the North Sound to swim and snorkel in an area known for its wild stingrays and learn more about the magnificent creatures and their conservation.More

Starfish Point

Take a drive to the northeastern tip of the bay on Grand Cayman to find an idyllic spot where a spit of sand stretches into the blue Caribbean, with shallow water all around that is a popular gathering place for pillow cushion sea stars. These plump starfish look like stuffed animals, though they are very much alive and grazing along the seafloor.Bring your snorkel gear to find the starfish on the bottom, you can even touch them, but resist the urge to lift them out of the water. They are living marine creatures who need to be in the water to survive, and bringing them into the air can cause stress or damage to the animals if they’re kept out long enough. Aside from the starfish hunting, this area is a great place to swim and sunbathe away from the crowds on the beaches closer to town.More

Rum Point

A stretch of white sand bordered by aqua Caribbean waters, Rum Point is a welcome departure from Grand Cayman’s busy Seven Mile Beach. The area is known for its laid-back vibe, with calm, shallow waters ideal for swimming and wading with small children.More

George Town

Charming George Town is the Caymans Islands’ capital, situated on Grand Cayman in the British West Indies. As well as being a major offshore banking hub, George Town is a popular port for cruise ships, thanks to its laid-back and colorful Caribbean vibe—and the some of the Cayman Islands’ most glorious beaches.More


Set in the West Bay district of Grand Cayman, the tiny town of Hell is known for its unusual field of jagged and blackened limestone formations surrounded by lush forest. A popular tourist attraction, Hell even has its own post office and several gift shops selling Hell-related souvenirs.More

Pedro St. James Castle

The 3-story Pedro St. James is the oldest building on the Cayman Islands. The 18th-century stone and wood building known simply as “the castle” is now a living history museum that has been restored with exhibits that explore the history of English plantation farmer Pedro St. James, as well as the history of the Cayman Islands as a whole.More

Cayman Spirits Co.

If there were one drink associated with the Caribbean that drink would definitely be rum. Here at Cayman Spirits Co., not only is rum distilled with cane juice that’s locally grown on the island, but it’s aged in barrels that are placed 42 feet, or seven fathoms underwater. The result is their famous Seven Fathoms rum, which due to it being rocked by the waves as it slowly ages in the barrels, has become one of the most sought after spirits on any Caribbean island. While it started out in 2008 in a small, single room building, the distillery has grown from its humble beginnings to include a 5,000 square foot building that houses their tastings and tours. Learn the process behind distilling and see the massive tanks, and pour yourself samples of Seven Fathoms or their spiced and flavored rums. The company also distills vodka and moonshine, though it’s the rum that keep visitors strolling through the doors in search of not just the perfect drink—but the perfect gift to take home.More

Barker’s National Park

The Cayman Islands' first-ever national park was created around the northern end of West Bay, in an area called Barker’s National Park. Here you can find a long stretch of undeveloped beach alongside mangrove forests, where you can go for a hike or join a horseback-riding excursion. You can also see the park as part of a West Bay bike tour.Whether you’re hiking, biking or riding the trails in the park, keep an eye out for wildlife like the brown pelicans and green iguanas that make their homes here. However, don’t expect to find much in the way of facilities, as the park is simply a preserve without any ranger station or bathrooms to visit while you’re there. Luckily, it’s located just a few minutes from the town of West Bay.More

Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is renowned for its beauty. Sparkling Caribbean blue waters, soft white sand, and cloudless blue skies create a postcard that comes to life. The public beach spans miles of developed oceanfront and makes the perfect spot to relax with your toes in the sand, the traditional Caribbean way.More

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park offers a close-up look at the natural world of the Cayman Islands, including the plants and animals that live in the island’s wetlands and woodlands. Of special note is its blue iguana habitat. A woodland trail offers a 20-minute walk through mahogany woodlands with butterfly and orchid sightings.More

Cayman Islands Brewery (Caybrew)

Started back in 2007, Cayman Islands Brewery is the island’s best spot for sampling delicious craft beers. Choose from a pint of their flagship, Caybrew, or up the flavor with Ironshore Bock, or chocolaty 345 Stout. While it’s possible to simply visit the brewery and sample a casual pint, many visitors choose to partake in the short, but interesting brew tour, where you see the process of beer being brewed, fermented, bottled, and sold. All tours include free samples of their regular and seasonal beers, and the brewery is a favorite stop on the island’s distillery and brewery tours. Aside from providing the Caymans with beer, Cayman Islands Brewery is also renowned for their sustainable, philanthropic practices, with beer sold in recyclable bottles and proceeds devoted to conservation.More

Cayman Islands National Museum

To learn about the history and culture of the Cayman Islands, make a stop at the Cayman Islands National Museum. The museum is housed in a historic building—the oldest public building in the islands—made from traditional wattle and daub architecture and that has been used as a jail, courthouse and post office over nearly 200 years.Permanent exhibits include a natural history gallery that explains how the islands were formed along with depictions of the underwater life you can see while snorkeling or diving here. A cultural history gallery offers insight into the Cayman Islands during colonial times and the era’s main industries of turtling and fishing. A handful of changing galleries include a kid’s gallery with hand-on activities so children can learn while also having fun.More

Underground Pirates Caves Bodden Town

Located in the historic area of Bodden Town—one of the first settlements in the Cayman Islands—the Underground Pirates Caves are home to tunnels and caverns where pirates are said to have hidden their treasure. Explore on a self-guided tour assisted by informative plaques posted along the way.More
Grand Cayman Cruise Port (George Town Cruise Port)

Grand Cayman Cruise Port (George Town Cruise Port)

Take one look at the Grand Cayman Cruise Port, and you’ll see why it’s among the most popular in the Caribbean. Pristine white sand beaches, picturesque oceanside villages, and a plethora of sports and activities make this island—the largest of the Caymans—a convenient, all-round, and (admittedly, at times) very crowded Caribbean favorite.More
Royal Palms Beach Club

Royal Palms Beach Club

Set right on the sands of Seven Mile Beach, the Royal Palms Beach Club is a white sand oasis of luxury, comfort, and beauty. Beneath the shade of a rustling palm, spread out on a lounge chair beneath an umbrella and listen to the lap of the waves, before slinking off to the swimming pool for a drink at the swim up bar. Groove to the tunes of the poolside DJ, and mingle with guests from nearby resorts, condos, and visiting cruise ships. There’s a full-service restaurant just steps from the beach, as well as rentals on everything from snorkeling gear to paddleboards and jet skis. Bake in the Grand Cayman sun all day and soak up the tropical rays, or stick around to watch the sunset that often sets the sky ablaze on this western-facing coast.More
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Top activities in Cayman Islands

Private Charter 32ft Express Cruiser. Stingay City, Coral Reef Snorkeling
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Rum and Beer Tour with Lunch

Rum and Beer Tour with Lunch

Private Half Day Stingray City, Snorkeling and Starfish Beach Tour
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Stingraycity Adventure

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Party Boat Cruise

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Private Luxury HalfDay w/Jetski Stingray City, Snorkeling & Starfish Beach Tour
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Private FullDay Stingray City, Snorkeling, Kaibo Bar & Grill and Starfish Beach
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West Bay Sightseeing Tour Plus Seven Mile Beach Visit
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People Also Ask

What are the Cayman Islands famous for?

The Cayman Islands are known for their pristine, white sandy beaches (such as Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman), clear waters, excellent scuba diving (with more than 350 dive sites), warm weather year-round, dynamic culinary scene, and sights like Stingray City, Cayman Turtle Centre, and Starfish Point.

What’s the best time to go to the Cayman Islands?

The Cayman Islands enjoy warm weather year-round, with the most popular time to visit between December and April, during the dry season. May and June are the best times to visit for lower prices and smaller crowds, as the weather is warming up and the rainy season is just beginning.

What do people do in the Cayman Islands?

Spend time on beaches such as the famous Seven Mile Beach, with its pristine sand and crystal-clear waters. Popular water activities include boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming with stingrays. You can also explore caves, go rock climbing, go horseback riding, shop, and dine out.

What should I know before visiting the Cayman Islands?

The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. It’s an expensive place, with the Cayman dollar pegged to the US dollar at 1-to-1.2. US dollars are often accepted. Many attractions are closed on Sundays. Hurricane season runs from June to November.

Are the Cayman Islands safe?

Yes. The Cayman Islands are considered very safe, which is part of their appeal as a tourist destination. While petty crimes like pickpocketing and scams do occur, you can avoid them by taking general precautions like being aware of your surroundings (and belongings) and avoiding walking alone at night.

Are the Cayman Islands expensive?

Yes, the Cayman Islands are very expensive for both residents and visitors—more so than most places in the Caribbean. Many products including food have to be imported with a high import tax levied, which affects prices. The Cayman Islands dollar is pegged to the US dollar at 1-to-1.2.


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