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How to Spend 3 Days in the Cayman Islands

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How to Spend 3 Days in the Cayman Islands
Because of their coral reefs, turquoise waters, and rich local culture, three days might seem like too short a vacation to the Cayman Islands. However, 72 hours still provide plenty of time to see what this slice of paradise has to offer. Here’s how to make the most of your time. 

Day 1: Grand Cayman Orientation
Start your Cayman Islands vacation by getting your bearings on Grand Cayman Island, home to the island capital of George Town. As well as allowing you to skip the hassle of car hire, tours typically take you to the King George Watchtower, Tortuga Rum Cake Factory, Seven Mile Beach, Governor’s Residence, and the National Museum, providing a excellent introduction to what the island has to offer. 

This afternoon, return to Seven Mile Beach—considered one of the best beaches in the Western Hemisphere—to relax on the golden sands. If you’ve got an appetite for adventure, try out one of the water sports on offer. Finish off your first day with a romantic sunset cruise; choose an excursion with dinner onboard for an effortless evening on the water.

Day 2: Outdoor Adventure
The Cayman Islands are made for outdoor adventure, so devote day two to exploring the outdoors. Kick off your day on a tour of Grand Cayman’s famous Crystal Caves, which are filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and other interesting cave formations, or head to Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park for a serene escape from the crowds—keep an eye out for the Cayman blue iguana. 

As afternoon temperatures rise, cool off at sea. Snorkel in the clear waters of Stingray City; go deeper during a scuba diving lesson; or explore the coast on a Jet Ski. If you’d prefer to stay dry, admire underwater worlds from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat. This evening, make an excursion to Grand Cayman’s Bioluminous Bay to swim and snorkel among bioluminescent plankton. 

Day 3: Island Hopping
There’s much more to the Cayman Islands than Grand Cayman, and today’s your chance to experience a different kind of island life. See the islands from above on a day trip to Little Cayman Island, renowned for its scuba diving, or opt to explore Cayman Brac, known for its laid-back vibe and distinctive limestone bluff. 

If you’d prefer to stay on Grand Cayman, take a tour of the East End, considered the quieter side of the island, or treat your tastebuds to a food-and-walking tour and Caribbean rum tasting combo. No matter how you spend your day, plan to feast on fresh seafood at dinner; the islands are especially known for conch, seafood chowder, and Caribbean lobster.
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Starfish and Stingray City Adventure with SnorkelingSnorkeling

Starfish and Stingray City Adventure with Snorkeling

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Visit three Grand Cayman attractions on this tour to Stingray City, the Coral Garden, and a location where you can snorkel with starfish. You'll have the chance to swim near stingrays in their natural environment and enjoy the clear Caribbean waters of the Cayman Islands. Snorkeling gear and transportation from the cruise terminal and hotels in George Town and the Seven Mile Beach area are provided.
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Private 3 Stop Jet Ski TourNature & Wildlife

Private 3 Stop Jet Ski Tour

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This private personal watercraft (PWC) tour in Grand Cayman is customized just for you and your private party. Work together with your guide to choose the three stops that most interest you; they can include Rum Point Beach, the Stingray City sandbar, or any of the local snorkeling spots. Your guide will lead the way and make sure you're safe and comfortable while traveling.
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Seafarer Adventures Grand Cayman Bioluminous TourHalf-day Tours

Seafarer Adventures Grand Cayman Bioluminous Tour

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Combine two of Grand Cayman's natural attractions—Starfish Point and the Bioluminous Bay—on a tour from George Town. Departing via boat from the Cayman Island Yacht Club, cruise over to Starfish Point to hang out on the beach or the boat; you are welcome to bring your own snacks or drinks to enjoy. Once the sun sets, head to the Bioluminous Bay to swim, snorkel, and learn about the natural phenomenon that makes the water light up.
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Guided Tour of Cayman Crystal CavesNature & Wildlife

Guided Tour of Cayman Crystal Caves

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Trek through the stalactites and stalagmites of the Cayman Crystal Caves on this 1.5-hour guided group tour, which departs every hour between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Learn about the native flora and geologic history from your guide as you go.
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Grand Cayman Scuba Diving Experience for BeginnersOther Water Sports

Grand Cayman Scuba Diving Experience for Beginners

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Learn to scuba dive while on vacation in Grand Cayman, and discover the abundant marine life of this tropical paradise. Start your scuba instruction in the morning with a theory and pool session, then hop on a boat in the afternoon and continue your beginner’s course with an introductory open-water dive. Keep an eye out for stingrays, manta rays, tarpon, eels, sea turtles and more. Scuba equipment and transport from selected hotels included.
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Grand Cayman East End Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

Grand Cayman East End Sightseeing Tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Grand Cayman's relaxed east side on this 5-hour excursion from George Town. See the blowholes and the Wreck of the Ten Sails, as well as East End, North Side, Bodden Town, and other area highlights. Lunch and round-trip transportation from your accommodations are included.
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Small-Group Grand Cayman Lunch or Dinner Food TourDining Experiences

Small-Group Grand Cayman Lunch or Dinner Food Tour

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Eat your way through Grand Cayman on this walking tour with a small group. Traveling with fewer than 15 people ensures that you get personalized attention from your guide and have the ability to ask plenty of questions. Stop at two different restaurants serving typical Grand Cayman cuisine to taste a few dishes and learn about the island's culinary history through guided commentary. Other stops include Hero's Square and the National Museum.
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Oculus Glass Bottom Boat Tour Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Oculus Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Get a window into the Cayman Islands' underwater world without getting wet on this glass-bottom boat tour. Opt to include a snorkeling add-on to dive in and get up close with the tropical fish and coral. Along the way, listen to engaging commentary from your guide on the local marine life.
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History & Heritage Tour of Grand Cayman IslandDay Trips

History & Heritage Tour of Grand Cayman Island

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Benefit from personalized attention and enjoy moving at your own pace on this private tour focused on the heritage and history of Grand Cayman. Follow a curated itinerary that ensures you cover the major landmarks: Pedro St. James Castle, the Governor's Residence, the National Museum, the Tortuga Rum Cake Factory, and others. This is a door-to-door experience complete with private round-trip transportation.
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Guided Tour and Rum Tasting ExperienceCultural Tours

Guided Tour and Rum Tasting Experience

Combine a guided tour of the Pedro St. James National Historic Site with a rum tasting on a single experience in Grand Cayman. First, follow a guide through the historic Great House to check out the 18th-century artifacts and furnishings, listening to insightful commentary. Finish the tour with a rum tasting to sample locally-made spirits.
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