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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 10 attractions in Cayman Islands

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Stingray City

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No, it's not a theme park; Stingray City is a world-famous natural wonder offering intrepid wildlife-lovers the chance to dive with stingrays. Touching and feeding stingrays underwater is a unique experience, combined with diving and snorkeling coral reefs surrounded by tropical fish. Stingray City is a series of shallow sandbars off the north coast of Grand Cayman, between Morgan Harbor and Rum Point in North Sound. The water here is only around 3 feet (1 meter) deep, giving you the unique opportunity to interact with the stingrays. This is one of the highlights of visiting the Cayman Islands, so don't miss it!More
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Starfish Point

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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.More
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Grand Cayman Cruise Port (George Town Cruise Port)

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One look at Grand Cayman Island and you can see why it’s among the most popular cruise ports in the Caribbean. Its pristine white sand beaches, picturesque ocean side villages, and plethora of sports and activities, Grand Cayman may well be the archetype of what all of those Caribbean cruise stereotypes are based off. How to Get to Georgetown Grand Cayman harbor has a tender wharf, and ships must remain at sea for the duration of their stop. Passengers must board smaller ships to shuttle them to the island and back. However, once on land you will find yourself immediately in the heart of Georgetown’s shopping area.More
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Rum Point

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A tranquil alternative to the resorts of Seven Mile Beach, Rum Point is a lovely getaway on Grand Cayman’s north shore. The lifestyle here is laid-back, focusing on swimming in the calm blue sea, swinging gently in a hammock and sampling the fine island food. The water lapping the white-sand beach here is famously shallow and calm, making it ideal for families. Head offshore, and the snorkeling here is fine too. If you’re feeling more active, sailing, diving and waterskiing are also available.More
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Seven Mile Beach

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Grand Cayman’s resort central is Seven Mile Beach, dubbed one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches. The Caymans’ most developed stretch of sand is lined with luxury resorts and up-market condominiums, white coral sand and palm trees. There are artificial reefs offshore for snorkelling. It’s a public beach, so don’t feel shy about strolling past those resorts. Some of the resort restaurants are open to the public, and there are beach bars for a seafront drink or two.More
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Hell

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Once you arrive in the paradise of the Cayman Islands, you can take a side trip to Hell, literally. There’s a swath of land in the West Bay area about the size of a football field that is stark, and sharp, limestone formations eroded from ironshore. As the story goes, locals thought the landscape here must be what Hell looks like, and so that’s what they named it. Regardless, it’s a unique geographical feature that looks like stalagmites, but is actually worn away rock formed by salt and lime deposits. Locals have since taken advantage of the name to offer kitschy Hell- and Devil-themed souvenirs in the small on-site gift shop. Who wouldn’t want to send a friend or family member a postcard from Hell?More
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George Town

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The Caymans’ major town is charming George Town on the main island, Grand Cayman. It’s a major offshore banking hub and popular port for cruise ships, thanks to its laid-back and colorful Caribbean vibe and glorious beaches. Resorts line Seven Mile Beach, attracting families, honeymooners and, especially, divers. The year-round warm water and great visibility combine with exciting wreck dives to create one of the top diving locations on the planet. Divers from around the world come here to dive the famous Stingray City dive site.More
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Pedro St. James Castle

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Pedro St. James Historic Site is a living heritage museum, re-creating life on Grand Cayman in the 18th century. An impressive three-story building of stone and wood, Pedro St. James was built by an English plantation farmer in the late 18th century. Known locally as ‘the castle,' today the restored house is furnished with period details and surrounded by landscaped grounds. A visit to the great house includes a multi-sensory 3D presentation outlining the history of Pedro St. James and the Cayman Islands.More
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Cayman Spirits Co.

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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.More
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Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

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The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1994. Since its opening, the park’s central woodland trail has been joined by a lake and wetlands, tropical flower gardens and an iguana habitat. The Heritage Garden is pretty enough to live in, with a pink traditional cottage, fruit trees and sand garden. The park’s highlight remains the woodland trail, a 20 minute stroll from wetlands to cactus and mahogany woodlands. Orchids and butterflies can also be spotted in the park.More

Top activities in Cayman Islands

Recent reviews from experiences in Cayman Islands

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SO MUCH FUN!
L8987XBjanets, Apr 2019
Cayman Islands Seven Mile Beach Segway Tour
It is a great way to see and learn about Cayman Island.
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Great experience - highly recommended
Escape03827659352, Jan 2019
Private Half Day Stingray City, Snorkeling and Starfish Beach Tour
We'd highly recommend this private tour to anyone looking to see some great highlights on their Cayman Islands trip!
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This tour was great. Canyon and Mark...
Greg B, Jul 2017
Private Stingray City and Snorkeling Half Day Charter for 8 Guests
I would recommend this as the absolute best way to see Cayman.
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Loved it !
Timothy_A, Mar 2020
Starfish, Stingray and Coral Garden (3-Stop Adventure)
Snorkeling at the coral gardens was fantastic then we swam with stingrays which was a great time water was beautiful then off to see the starfish.
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Amazing!
jprieto519, Feb 2020
Private Half Day Stingray City, Snorkeling and Starfish Beach Tour
We went to see the sting rays first thing in the morning and we had them all to ourselves.
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Great Experience and lovely crew!
Tamara F, Oct 2019
Stingray City Experience Plus Two Snorkeling Stops
The snorkeling stops were also great, we got the chance to see the reef and lots of fish!
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Fun in the Sun
Patrick O, Jun 2019
Stingray City and Starfish Beach Jet Ski Tour
I’ve done Sting Ray City by boat before and I’m telling you that is you have able bodied people of driving age then this is the way to see it!!!
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Super crew
KevinM7019, Apr 2019
Starfish and Stingray City Adventure with Snorkeling
They were very professional and knew exactly what to do.
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We booked this trip out a few weeks...
Mary K, Jan 2018
Private Charter 32ft Express Cruiser. Stingay City, Coral Reef Snorkeling
We've used Viator last summer to book excursions to the Amalfi Coast and to the Isle of Capri in Italy and loved using them.
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Friendly and on time transportation...
Carlos R, Jun 2016
Stingray City Experience Plus Two Snorkeling Stops
Snorkeling stops were OK, not too much to see under water.
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Loved the Cayman!!! Plan to visit...
Martha B, Apr 2017
Cayman Spirits Distillery Tour and George Town Shopping
Plan to visit and stay for a few days so we can see the whole island.
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Great visit to stingray city, bus...
Keith S, Mar 2017
Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure)
This was our favourite excursion in Grand Cayman, it was nice to see the stingrays in their natural environment and the snorkelling that followed was a great experience.
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Great trip! Weather was iffy, so we...
LeeAnn P, Apr 2017
Private Charter 32ft Express Cruiser. Stingay City, Coral Reef Snorkeling
Capt Jason asked what we wanted to see and do, and then came up with an itinerary that suited us perfectly.
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I enjoyed this tour on February 26...
Lawrence P, Mar 2017
Starfish and Stingray City Adventure with Snorkeling
The boat operators were very friendly and they helped make sure everyone on the boat participated in the activities.
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Cruising Couples
Gene E, Jan 2019
Private Half Day Stingray City, Snorkeling and Starfish Beach Tour
We were able to see the sights with out the large crowds.

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