Activities

Grand Cayman Island is world renowned for its natural beauty, both on land and under the sea. Whether a honeymooning couple, a family with young children, or empty nesters on a quick getaway, visitors of all ages and skill levels will find activities that delight the soul. Grand Cayman is surrounded by healthy coral reefs and dramatic walls, making it a prime destination for those interested in snorkeling and scuba diving. In fact, it is often named as one of the best dive and snorkel sites in the world. The island is also widely considered one of the most developed islands in the Caribbean, with a stable government, low crime rates and well maintained roads.

Seven Mile Beach / West Bay

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Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is by far the most pristine beach on the island.  We like to go to a restaurant and let the kids play. The Royal Palms is a good place to set up with a private cabana and beach front service. This beach can be crowded when cruises are in port so we like to go later in the day or on Sundays. The public beach is fine too and has restrooms and a playground but no restaurants so you will have to pack a cooler. The Public Beach is located in the middle of Seven Mile Beach.

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Living the Dream Divers

Chartering a boat is by far the most common activity among our guests. Whether it is deep sea shing (just offshore in Cayman!), snorkeling or just a pleasure cruise, you can’t go wrong. Living the Dream Divers can arrange full dive trips or snorkel and Stingray City combinations.

visit site  |  dive@ltddivers.com (Liz & Gary)

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Kittiwake Wreck

Located off Seven Mile Beach, this decommissioned vessel was brought to the Cayman Islands to help create an articial reef in a marine park. Diving here is suitable for all experience levels.

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Boatswain’s Beach Turtle Farm

Visitors here learn about different types of turtles which reside in the waters around the Cayman Islands. There are touch tanks and wading pools for visitors to get up close and personal. Transportation is available for purchase from Georgetown and Seven Mile Beach.

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Dolphin Discovery

Dolphin Discovery is located in West Bay, 15 minutes from Georgetown. Multiple packages are available where visitors can swim with the dolphins. For participants, a free ticket to the turtle farm is included.

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Camana Bay

There is something here for everyone – shopping, dining, cinema, pedestrian streets, splash park, open green spaces – great for kids. 6 or so restaurants by the waterfront, ice cream shops, etc. Shopping – clothes, jewelry, MAC store, etc.

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Cayman Scents

Angela Wood began making glycerine soap 15 years ago before founding Cayman Scents. Now her line includes a wide array of soaps, sugar scrubs, creams, lotions and candles. Available at the Farmer’s Market at Camana Bay on Wednesdays as well as at many gift shops throughout the island.

visit site  |  345-324-0200  |  contact@caymanscents.com

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Cemetery Beach

Cemetery Beach in West Bay is a minute or two from Serenity Now by car or you can walk down the road to access the beach.  Located at the north end of Seven Mile Beach, it has pristine white sand, shade trees and some of the best shallow water snorkeling on the island just offshore.  And yes, it is located right behind one of Cayman’s numerous oceanfront cemeteries. No amenities, so bring a cooler and your own gear. We also love to go to Sunday brunch at Luca and let the kids swim afterwards.

Georgetown

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Atlantis Submarine Tour

Submarine tours of the famous Grand Cayman dive sites are available for those who do not dive. Daytime and nighttime tours are available.

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Helicopter Tours

Helicopter tours of Grand Cayman are a fun way to experience the island from a unique vantage point. From the air, the stingrays at Stingray City are visible and dive sites such as Kittiwake can be seen through the crystal clear Caribbean Sea.

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Private Fishing Charters

Slackem Charters does great fishing charters that can also be combined with snorkeling so the whole family can participate.

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Jolly Roger Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship adventure for the whole family. This is a very popular cruise ship activity and can be very crowded, so we recommending calling for details and when things are slower. Daily pirate excursions and also sunset trips. You can also privately charter the Jolly Roger for your group.

visit site  |  345-945-SAIL

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Cayman Food Tours

Marzetta, a local news reporter, has created a 3 hour walking tour through the waterfront in Georgetown. You will learn about history and architecture while sampling some delicious local food and drink.

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Mind’s Eye – The Visionary World of Miss Lassie

Located in South Sound, this wattle and daub cottage is the home of Gladwyn K. Bush, known as Miss Lassie, who began painting at age 62 and continued until her death in 2003 at age 89. Walls and ceilings are covered with her original paintings and the house is exactly as Miss Lassie left it.

visit site  |  305-949-5477  |  marketcncf@candw.ky

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Pure Art Gallery and Gifts

Located in Georgetown about a mile south of the cruise ship port. This is a great place to browse for art or local gifts. Items range from underwater photography, prints and watercolors to Cayman Sea Salt, Gourmet Pepper Jelly and Haven Farm’s guava and papaya jams.

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Smith’s Cove

Smith’s Cove in South Sound (off the main South Sound road you will see a sign for “Smith’s Barcadere”) is another great option if you want to get off the beaten path.  A local favorite, it is a mixture of craggy rocks (“ironshore”) and soft white sand.  The views are beautiful and there are restrooms and fresh water showers.  Snorkeling is great but there can be strong currents so it is not a great spot for children.

Bodden Town / East End / North Side

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Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park

Located in Grand Cayman’s North Side, this 65 acre heritage site was opened in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth herself and named in her honor. The grounds include a visitor center, Heritage Garden, floral garden, as well as a 2 acre lake. The park is a refuge for the endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana.

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Mastic Trail

For bird and plant enthusiasts, Mastic Trail, located at the east end of the North Side of Grand Cayman, is a 200 year old 4 km hiking path through the center of the island. This 2 million year old reserve is one of the territory’s Important Bird Areas, named for the Yellow and Black Mastic trees. Guided tours are available.

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Pirate Caves

The Pirate Caves are a fun for kids attraction in Bodden Town on the main road just east of Present Moment and In Harmony (west of Tranquility Cove). There is a small petting zoo (mainly a few goats) and there are a few caves you can walk through. Kids can also feed a duck, some fish and some turtles.

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Bodden Town Art Shop

A local art and souvenir shop less than five minutes from Present Moment, In Harmony and Tranquility Cove. 293 Bodden Town Road.

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Beach Bubbles

Ranked the #1 shopping experience on the island according to TripAdvisor.com, local resident Nina creates fantastic natural soaps and lotions at this quaint gift shop in Bodden Town. Try the coconut, mango or key lime goat’s milk soaps or the special neem soaps and lotions, which are particularly helpful in treating eczema.

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Starfish Point Beach

Starfish Point Beach is also wonderful for small children. It is very shallow and calm and there are lots of beautiful starfish to be found near the shore, just be sure to keep them in the water!  Starfish Point is located just past the Kaibo Beach Bar & Grill in the Rum Point area.

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Rum Point Beach

Rum Point Beach can’t be beat for small children. The water is very shallow and calm (no more than 2 or 3 feet deep for several hundred yards). There is plenty of shade and the Wreck Bar serves up food at beachfront picnic table.  Sundays are packed with local crowds, so we prefer to go on a weekday.

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Stingray City

Stingray City is one of the top attractions in the Cayman Islands. Located on the northwest corner of the North Sound, tours are readily available to take you to shallow waters where you can interact with the friendly rays in only 3 feet of water.

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