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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

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Stingray City

Stingray City

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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
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Starfish Point

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.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
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Rum Point

Rum Point

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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
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Pedro St. James Castle

Pedro St. James Castle

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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
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Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach

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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
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Hell

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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Cayman Spirits Co.

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. 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
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Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

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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
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Cayman Islands Brewery (Caybrew)

Cayman Islands Brewery (Caybrew)

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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
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Cayman Islands National Museum

Cayman Islands National Museum

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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
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Underground Pirates Caves Bodden Town

Underground Pirates Caves Bodden Town

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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
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Barker’s National Park

Barker’s National Park

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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
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George Town

George Town

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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
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Cayman Brac Island

Cayman Brac Island

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Craggy Cayman Brac is known for the limestone bluff running along its length. Once a haunt of pirates, these days the island attracts wreck divers, hikers, and wildlife watchers. There are caves to explore, world-class diving spots to snorkel, and hiking trails to follow while birdwatching. Take home a local souvenir carved from Caymanite, a semi-precious gemstone in shades of copper and red.More
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Grand Cayman Cruise Port (George Town Cruise Port)

Grand Cayman Cruise Port (George Town Cruise Port)

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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

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

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Private Half Day Stingray City, Snorkeling and Starfish Beach Tour
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West Bay Sightseeing Tour Plus Seven Mile Beach Visit
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Night Bioluminescence Snorkel Tour
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Night Bioluminescence Snorkel Tour

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Grand Cayman Half-Day Private Charter

Grand Cayman Half-Day Private Charter

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Private Stingray City, Snorkeling & BioBay Charter for 8 Guests
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Full Grand Cayman Island Tour

Full Grand Cayman Island Tour

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East Island Tour

East Island Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cayman Islands

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Good excursion
April_T, Jul 2022
West Bay Sightseeing Tour Plus Seven Mile Beach Visit
You get to see highlights of Grand Cayman ( Tortuga Rum Shop, dolphin center, history & spend some time at 7 mile beach)
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What an incredible experience!!!
Lisa_W, Jul 2022
Stingray City Experience Plus Two Snorkeling Stops on Grand Cayman
On our way to the barrier reef for more snorkeling, Captain Leo slowed down a bit through an area to see if we could see some sea turtles...
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Epic Vacay Excursion
Deborah_G, Jul 2022
Half-Day Private Stingray City Charter in Cayman Islands
And then, stopped to see the sea stars.
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Private VIP experience!! Above and Beyond!
Elizabeth_P, Jul 2022
Private Charter - Stingray City, Starfish Point & Rum Point Snorkelling
He made sure each of the kids had plenty of time with the sting rays and very politely reminded all the other tourists trying to take the sting ray away from our kids that this was a private tour and they needed to see their own tour guide to hold a sting ray.
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Best 3 hours you’ll have
Ian_B, Jun 2022
Starfish and Stingray City Adventure with Snorkeling
Each stop was just enough time, the snorkeling might have been my favorite part just because how close we got to some stingrays and how many ocean creatures we got to see in the Coral Gardens.
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Great experience - highly recommended
Ethan_G, 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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Great 1st visit tour
Linda_H, Aug 2018
West Bay Sightseeing Tour Plus Seven Mile Beach Visit
We got to see several parts of the island, visited to turtle encounter and spend some time on the beach.
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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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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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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!
Jennette_P, 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 on Grand Cayman
The snorkeling stops were also great, we got the chance to see the reef and lots of fish!
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Super crew
KEVIN_M, 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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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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Cruising Couples
Tracie_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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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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Friendly and on time transportation...
Carlos R, Jun 2016
Stingray City Experience Plus Two Snorkeling Stops on Grand Cayman
Snorkeling stops were OK, not too much to see under water.
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We booked the tour with the hope...
Sharla, Nov 2015
West Bay Sightseeing Tour Plus Seven Mile Beach Visit
We booked the tour with the hope that we would see some of the more popular Cayman attractions.
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