Explore Grand Cayman

Natural beauty abounds on land and under the sea.

One of the most popular questions we get asked is “Should we rent a car?” The answer is yes, mainly because Grand Cayman is a safe and fun place to explore. Although the island is only 22 miles long, there are many popular sights and beaches that guests enjoy visiting over the course of their stay. From the East End of the island, that is more remote and undeveloped to the tip of West Bay, you can enjoy landmarks like the blow holes in East End and popular beaches for snorkelling such as Cemetery Beach in West Bay or Spotts Beach where you’re likely to see a Green Sea Turtle! When planning a vacation in the Cayman Islands, be sure to plan for a drive around the island – or better yet you may want to break it up into a day for each side of the island.

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Cemetary Beach

Love snorkeling and/or relaxing? Then Cemetery Beach is perfect spot for you. Right next to one of the island’s cemeteries, this spot is known for its sea life sightings, awe-inspiring coral formations, and ultimate shaded relaxation under sea grape trees. Be sure to stay hydrated and bring a packed lunch as there is no on-site restaurant or bathroom facilities here.

Cemetary Beach

Love snorkeling and/or relaxing? Then Cemetery Beach is perfect spot for you. Right next to one of the island’s cemeteries, this spot is known for its sea life sightings, awe-inspiring coral formations, and ultimate shaded relaxation under sea grape trees. Be sure to stay hydrated and bring a packed lunch as there is no on-site restaurant or bathroom facilities here.

Seven Mile Beach

They call it Seven Mile Beach, but this world-famous beach actually runs 5.5 miles in length from top to bottom. Consistently rated one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Seven Mile’s gorgeous, clear waters and white sand make it a picture-perfect place to be all days of the week. Child friendly, safe and ideal for a stroll with family and friends, you can be sure it will be a ‘must-see’ when visiting us!

Seven Mile Beach

They call it Seven Mile Beach, but this world-famous beach actually runs 5.5 miles in length from top to bottom. Consistently rated one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Seven Mile’s gorgeous, clear waters and white sand make it a picture-perfect place to be all days of the week. Child friendly, safe and ideal for a stroll with family and friends, you can be sure it will be a ‘must-see’ when visiting us!

Cayman Kai Beach

Tranquil, secluded and remote, Cayman Kai is the perfect place to relax in true, away-from-it-all Caribbean fashion. This gem of a spot is close enough to walk to Kaibo and Rum Point for a cocktail or lunch, but far enough away that you may just have this whole beach to yourself for the day.

Cayman Kai Beach

Tranquil, secluded and remote, Cayman Kai is the perfect place to relax in true, away-from-it-all Caribbean fashion. This gem of a spot is close enough to walk to Kaibo and Rum Point for a cocktail or lunch, but far enough away that you may just have this whole beach to yourself for the day.

Governors Beach

Governors Beach is a relaxing spot along Seven Mile Beach, known for its crystal clear water and white sandy beach. Enjoy the sun’s rays or spend some time under the Casuarina trees. You can’t go wrong with this location right next to the Governor’s House, complete with parking lot and portable toilet facilities.

Governors Beach

Governors Beach is a relaxing spot along Seven Mile Beach, known for its crystal clear water and white sandy beach. Enjoy the sun’s rays or spend some time under the Casuarina trees. You can’t go wrong with this location right next to the Governor’s House, complete with parking lot and portable toilet facilities.

Starfish point

This little slice of tropical paradise sits in a breathtaking location in the shallow waters near Kaibo Beach Club, where palm trees sway and rare starfish take up residence in the turtle grass. Visit with a guided tour, or take a short walk from our Rum Point/ Cayman Kai villas. Do bring your camera, but be sure not to handle the starfish, as they are delicate marine animals in their natural habitat. This is one of the most popular beaches in Grand Cayman and is a popular stop for those out on a boat trip.

Starfish point

This little slice of tropical paradise sits in a breathtaking location in the shallow waters near Kaibo Beach Club, where palm trees sway and rare starfish take up residence in the turtle grass. Visit with a guided tour, or take a short walk from our Rum Point/ Cayman Kai villas. Do bring your camera, but be sure not to handle the starfish, as they are delicate marine animals in their natural habitat. This is one of the most popular beaches in Grand Cayman and is a popular stop for those out on a boat trip.

Spotts Beach

Do you dream of swimming with wild sea turtles? It’s possible at Spotts Beach, a unique place away from the hustle and bustle on the southern end of the island. Considered one of the best locations in the world to snorkel with nature, Spotts Beach is home to an abundance of sea life, including local sea turtles that enjoy playing in the water just feet from the shoreline.

Smith Cove

A hotspot for locals and visitors alike, this sandy beach just outside the capital city of George Town is an ideal place for snorkeling, barbequing or just hanging out in the sun. Only accessible by car or taxi, the shallow mounds of coral and beautiful rock formations make this the perfect swimming spot for adults and children in a calm and safe setting.

Smith Cove

A hotspot for locals and visitors alike, this sandy beach just outside the capital city of George Town is an ideal place for snorkeling, barbequing or just hanging out in the sun. Only accessible by car or taxi, the shallow mounds of coral and beautiful rock formations make this the perfect swimming spot for adults and children in a calm and safe setting.

Kittiwake

Situated in a protected marine park, this phenomenal snorkel and shallow dive spot is only accessible by watercraft. Purposefully sunk in 2011, the magical and mystical USS Kittiwake was a United States Naval Vessel that was brought to the Cayman Islands to form an artificial reef. Snap photos with your underwater camera from above, or schedule a day or night dive with a local operator to discover this haven for marine life just minutes off Seven Mile Beach.

Kittiwake

Situated in a protected marine park, this phenomenal snorkel and shallow dive spot is only accessible by watercraft. Purposefully sunk in 2011, the magical and mystical USS Kittiwake was a United States Naval Vessel that was brought to the Cayman Islands to form an artificial reef. Snap photos with your underwater camera from above, or schedule a day or night dive with a local operator to discover this haven for marine life just minutes off Seven Mile Beach.

National Gallery

With a mission to promote the appreciation and practice of the Visual Arts, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands hosts a growing permanent collection of significant Cayman art and hosts eight major exhibitions annually. Bring your whole family or stop by on your own for a light snack or tea and to wander around the gallery.

National Gallery

With a mission to promote the appreciation and practice of the Visual Arts, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands hosts a growing permanent collection of significant Cayman art and hosts eight major exhibitions annually. Bring your whole family or stop by on your own for a light snack or tea and to wander around the gallery.

Mission House

The historic Mission House—located in Bodden Town, Grand Cayman—is a small museum managed by the National Trust of the Cayman Islands (visits are by appointment only). Early missionaries, teachers, and families made use of this house in the 1700s and 1800s and contributed to establishing the Presbyterian ministry and school in Bodden Town. Original rafters, purlins and ironwood posts still exist today.

Mission House

The historic Mission House—located in Bodden Town, Grand Cayman—is a small museum managed by the National Trust of the Cayman Islands (visits are by appointment only). Early missionaries, teachers, and families made use of this house in the 1700s and 1800s and contributed to establishing the Presbyterian ministry and school in Bodden Town. Original rafters, purlins and ironwood posts still exist today.

Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park blends natural beauty with Cayman culture and history. Visitors can stroll the park’s 65 acres, which includes traditional Caymanian gardens as well as wetlands and woodland preserves. The Annual Orchid Show, held every February, is a rare opportunity to see locally grown orchids in full, magnificent bloom. This is a family friendly park—just be sure to wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park blends natural beauty with Cayman culture and history. Visitors can stroll the park’s 65 acres, which includes traditional Caymanian gardens as well as wetlands and woodland preserves. The Annual Orchid Show, held every February, is a rare opportunity to see locally grown orchids in full, magnificent bloom. This is a family friendly park—just be sure to wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

Dart Park

A great spot for family fun (and the largest family-friendly park on the island), Dart Park is popular for its waterfront views, mini-beach area, outdoor amphitheater and children’s playground. Have a picnic beneath shade trees or visit the Nature Store with eco-friendly products crafted by local artisans. In search of a spot for a small wedding by the sea? This might be your perfect place.

Dart Park

A great spot for family fun (and the largest family-friendly park on the island), Dart Park is popular for its waterfront views, mini-beach area, outdoor amphitheater and children’s playground. Have a picnic beneath shade trees or visit the Nature Store with eco-friendly products crafted by local artisans. In search of a spot for a small wedding by the sea? This might be your perfect place.

Pedro St. James

Pedro St. James is a National Historic Site and a window into the Caymans as they were in the 18th century. Watch a show in the 3D multi-sensory theatre, taste local cuisine at the on-site cafe, and take a tour of the 300-year-old Great House and its 7 landscaped acres—either self-guided or with a tour guide. Pedro St. James is also an excellent wedding venue, with options to suit many budgets.

Pedro St. James

Pedro St. James is a National Historic Site and a window into the Caymans as they were in the 18th century. Watch a show in the 3D multi-sensory theatre, taste local cuisine at the on-site cafe, and take a tour of the 300-year-old Great House and its 7 landscaped acres—either self-guided or with a tour guide. Pedro St. James is also an excellent wedding venue, with options to suit many budgets.

Wreck of the Ten Sails

On February 8, 1794, a band of 10 merchant ships struck the reef and sank off of East End, Grand Cayman—the worst maritime disaster in the history of the islands. Although locals saved many of the ships’ crew and passengers, 8 lives were lost to the sea. Guests are welcome to visit the shipwreck look-out site, which includes a giant anchor and a commemoration plaque. On calm days, you can see parts of the ships glimmering beside the reef.

Wreck of the Ten Sails

On February 8, 1794, a band of 10 merchant ships struck the reef and sank off of East End, Grand Cayman—the worst maritime disaster in the history of the islands. Although locals saved many of the ships’ crew and passengers, 8 lives were lost to the sea. Guests are welcome to visit the shipwreck look-out site, which includes a giant anchor and a commemoration plaque. On calm days, you can see parts of the ships glimmering beside the reef.

Coral gardens

Just minutes away from Stingray City lies one of the Cayman’s best barrier reef snorkeling spots, Coral Gardens. This shallow area, visited as part of many Stingray City excursions, is home to an abundance of marine life, including fish of all shapes, sizes and colors. Get up close and personal with aquatic creatures while enjoying the calming waves lapping across the reef line.

Coral gardens

Just minutes away from Stingray City lies one of the Cayman’s best barrier reef snorkeling spots, Coral Gardens. This shallow area, visited as part of many Stingray City excursions, is home to an abundance of marine life, including fish of all shapes, sizes and colors. Get up close and personal with aquatic creatures while enjoying the calming waves lapping across the reef line.

Blow holes

Located 1.4 miles east of Frank Sound, the Blow Holes provide a quiet place to stop and take in the natural beauty of East End, Grand Cayman. Sea spray can reach heights of more than 20 feet during the windy periods, making this the perfect spot to capture a candid photo (just make sure your camera is protected—it’s quite possible you’ll get wet!).

Blow holes

Located 1.4 miles east of Frank Sound, the Blow Holes provide a quiet place to stop and take in the natural beauty of East End, Grand Cayman. Sea spray can reach heights of more than 20 feet during the windy periods, making this the perfect spot to capture a candid photo (just make sure your camera is protected—it’s quite possible you’ll get wet!).

Stingray city

Stingray City, a series of shallow sandbars on the North Sound of Grand Cayman, draws southern stingrays (and tourists) in abundance. At this special place, a natural channel passes through the barrier reef, allowing visitors to pet and interact with the stingrays in shallow water (just 3 feet at its deepest). Several local companies offer Stingray City excursions, with most including stingray interaction in the shallows and 1 or 2 additional stops for snorkeling along the reef.

Stingray city

Stingray City, a series of shallow sandbars on the North Sound of Grand Cayman, draws southern stingrays (and tourists) in abundance. At this special place, a natural channel passes through the barrier reef, allowing visitors to pet and interact with the stingrays in shallow water (just 3 feet at its deepest). Several local companies offer Stingray City excursions, with most including stingray interaction in the shallows and 1 or 2 additional stops for snorkeling along the reef.

Turtle Farm

Cayman’s largest land-based attraction, The Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter, hosts more than 200,000 visitors each year. The park celebrates Caymanian stewardship of the sea with an ever-changing array of educational, cultural and entertainment programs. Must-see exhibits include turtle touch tanks, a breeding pond (home to matriarch turtles weighing up to 500 pounds) and more. Open every day from 8:30am – 5PM, with prices starting at USD$18 for the turtle tour or US$45 for the full park experience. Children aged 5-12 are half price and infants 0-4 years are free.

Turtle Farm

Cayman’s largest land-based attraction, The Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter, hosts more than 200,000 visitors each year. The park celebrates Caymanian stewardship of the sea with an ever-changing array of educational, cultural and entertainment programs. Must-see exhibits include turtle touch tanks, a breeding pond (home to matriarch turtles weighing up to 500 pounds) and more. Open every day from 8:30am – 5PM, with prices starting at USD$18 for the turtle tour or US$45 for the full park experience. Children aged 5-12 are half price and infants 0-4 years are free.

Eco Tour

Learn about our environment, hand-feed stingrays, snorkel with sea life and visit some of the island’s most beautiful locations that you can’t reach by car. This 6-hour, 6-stop adventure tour aboard a tri-hull pontoon boat carries you across the North Sound Bay and through the environmental protection zone of Grand Cayman’s wetland forests. Open to adults and children of all ages, with water and snorkel equipment provided.

Eco Tour

Learn about our environment, hand-feed stingrays, snorkel with sea life and visit some of the island’s most beautiful locations that you can’t reach by car. This 6-hour, 6-stop adventure tour aboard a tri-hull pontoon boat carries you across the North Sound Bay and through the environmental protection zone of Grand Cayman’s wetland forests. Open to adults and children of all ages, with water and snorkel equipment provided.

Scuba diving

Daringly deep drop-offs, sunken treasure wreck dives, and some of the most spectacular coral formations in the Caribbean make the Cayman Islands a world-class dive destination. Everyone from beginners to long-time fanatics enjoy the Academy Awards of dive opportunities here, with crystal clear conditions for viewing eels, turtles, tarpon, eagle rays and rare fish. Bring your own gear or rent from one of the many on-island operators, with shore and dive boat facilities ready and waiting. PADI and resort dive courses are also available.

Scuba diving

Daringly deep drop-offs, sunken treasure wreck dives, and some of the most spectacular coral formations in the Caribbean make the Cayman Islands a world-class dive destination. Everyone from beginners to long-time fanatics enjoy the Academy Awards of dive opportunities here, with crystal clear conditions for viewing eels, turtles, tarpon, eagle rays and rare fish. Bring your own gear or rent from one of the many on-island operators, with shore and dive boat facilities ready and waiting. PADI and resort dive courses are also available.

Regal Cinemas

Regal Camana Bay Stadium 6 Cinema is a state-of-the-art audio-visual venue, showing the latest movies in a fully digital presentation, including 3D. Splurge at the concessions counter with a selection of drinks and snacks, or indulge in dessert at Häagen-Dazs (opposite entrance) or the Gelato & Co Cremeria Italiana (3-minute walk). Open 7 days a week, including matinees.

Regal Cinemas

Regal Camana Bay Stadium 6 Cinema is a state-of-the-art audio-visual venue, showing the latest movies in a fully digital presentation, including 3D. Splurge at the concessions counter with a selection of drinks and snacks, or indulge in dessert at Häagen-Dazs (opposite entrance) or the Gelato & Co Cremeria Italiana (3-minute walk). Open 7 days a week, including matinees.

Kiteboarding

Grand Cayman has some of the best kiteboarding in the world, thanks to its protected bays, shallow water and consistently beautiful weather. Bring your own equipment, or join a Kite School for beginner or intermediate lessons—equipment included—with a professional instructor. Add a GoPro option (select vendors) for video you can show off later. Note: kiteboarding is a winter sport, coinciding with the strongest trade winds from November to April.

Kiteboarding

Grand Cayman has some of the best kiteboarding in the world, thanks to its protected bays, shallow water and consistently beautiful weather. Bring your own equipment, or join a Kite School for beginner or intermediate lessons—equipment included—with a professional instructor. Add a GoPro option (select vendors) for video you can show off later. Note: kiteboarding is a winter sport, coinciding with the strongest trade winds from November to April.

Bioluminescent tour

Take a kayak through the glowing waters of Grand Cayman’s bio bay and experience the mango forests — a sanctuary for a variety of flora and fauna. Watching bioluminescent organisms light up the night with each stroke of your paddle is truly remarkable! Several local vendors operate eco-friendly tours for adults and children age 6 and older, starting at 7PM from Rum Point. Check dates in advance; bio bay tours run only on the darker nights of the month.

Bioluminescent tour

Take a kayak through the glowing waters of Grand Cayman’s bio bay and experience the mango forests — a sanctuary for a variety of flora and fauna. Watching bioluminescent organisms light up the night with each stroke of your paddle is truly remarkable! Several local vendors operate eco-friendly tours for adults and children age 6 and older, starting at 7PM from Rum Point. Check dates in advance; bio bay tours run only on the darker nights of the month.

Horse back riding

Gentle, well-trained horses will carry you along the pristine beaches of Grand Cayman, either by day or under the moonlight. Cool off at the end of your ride with a refreshing ocean dip while still on horseback. Group and private rides are available through a variety of vendors, with a rider weight limit of 225-250 lbs. Advanced booking required. Breathable clothes and comfortable shoes recommended.

Horse back riding

Gentle, well-trained horses will carry you along the pristine beaches of Grand Cayman, either by day or under the moonlight. Cool off at the end of your ride with a refreshing ocean dip while still on horseback. Group and private rides are available through a variety of vendors, with a rider weight limit of 225-250 lbs. Advanced booking required. Breathable clothes and comfortable shoes recommended.

Jetski

Turn up the power and zip along the world-famous Seven Mile Beach on your own personal watercraft. Most jet skis are rented in 30-minute increments and can seat 1-2 people. Or bring a group of up to 12 and take advantage of guided jet ski safaris to Stingray City, Rum Point and the mangroves. (Advance reservations required.) Another option? Rent a jet ski for a day or a week, and dock it back at your Luxury Cayman Villa.

Jetski

Turn up the power and zip along the world-famous Seven Mile Beach on your own personal watercraft. Most jet skis are rented in 30-minute increments and can seat 1-2 people. Or bring a group of up to 12 and take advantage of guided jet ski safaris to Stingray City, Rum Point and the mangroves. (Advance reservations required.) Another option? Rent a jet ski for a day or a week, and dock it back at your Luxury Cayman Villa.

Eden Rock

Swim, snorkel or dive right in the heart of George Town at Eden Rock. Known for its infamous Devil’s Grotto dive site, this is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike because of the ease of entry from the shore. Rent your snorkel or dive gear from the on-site shop, dine at Paradise Grill just seconds away, or dive off the water trampoline and explore the beautiful surrounding waters any way you like.

Eden Rock

Swim, snorkel or dive right in the heart of George Town at Eden Rock. Known for its infamous Devil’s Grotto dive site, this is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike because of the ease of entry from the shore. Rent your snorkel or dive gear from the on-site shop, dine at Paradise Grill just seconds away, or dive off the water trampoline and explore the beautiful surrounding waters any way you like.

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