For an island that has a population of just over 50,000 and spanning only 22 miles long, there are many adventures to be had on this small island paradise. Situated in the Caribbean nestled between Cuba and Jamaica, Grand Cayman is known for its sunny climate and financial district. However, there’s a lot more to Grand Cayman than that.
Here are my top recommendations on what to do.
1. VISIT STARFISH POINT
Check out Grand Cayman’s resident starfish at Starfish Point. Go on a clear day when the water has been calm to ensure the water is clear. You can drive here, park up and take a stroll along the beach where you’ll be sure to find lots of starfish.
Please remember to be very gentle if touching them and never take them out of the water!
2. JET SKI AROUND THE ISLAND
Why not go on a jet skiing tour of the north side of the island, which will take you to the north side of the island where you can see the starfish, visit Stingray City and grab a mud slide at Kaibo. FatFish Adventures is a family run water sports company that make sure you have the best day exploring the waters via jet ski.
3. WALK THE CAYMAN ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY DOGS
Up there as one of my favourite things to do. Pop into the Cayman Island Humane Society to borrow a doggy for the day. Taking the super cute rescue dogs for a walk is not only helping the islands brilliant humane society, it is also another excuse to walk along 7 Mile Beach. Alternatively, you could head over to Camana Bay for lunch outside with your new furry friend.
4. SCUBA DIVE & SNORKEL
Grand Cayman has no shortage of beautiful scuba diving and snorkelling sites.
One of the best-known dive sites in the Caribbean is situated just off 7 Mile Beach, 60 feet below the surface. You can expect to see amazing marine life such as green sea turtles, grouper, eagle rays and barracuda. You may be lucky enough to come across the giant grouper or even a nurse shark.
If you’re not PADI certified, there is always the opportunity to snorkel or free dive. Note, the Kittiwake requires an admission fee (approx. $10), which must be with a licensed operator. There are plenty of operators to choose from; however, Red Sail Sports are great, with a wide range of water activities to choose from.
If you do want to see Caribbean reef sharks or even a hammerhead, the diving at the east end of the island is well known as the best spot for this.
You can take a class with Vitamin Sea Cayman or hire your own along 7 Mile Beach. Be careful of mosquitos especially if you’re on the water during sunrise or sunset, I learnt the hard way!
6. SWIMMING WITH WILD TURTLES AT SPOTT’S BEACH
Wild sea turtles galore! A truly amazing experience to see green sea turtles in their natural habitat. Grab your snorkel mask and fins then head along before 10am and after 4pm to beat the crowds. It’s only a 15-minute drive from George Town. Make sure to check out the cute little souvenir shop across the road too.
In the interest of animal welfare, I would definitely avoid the ‘Turtle Farm’ not only do they sell turtle for consumption they also house the turtles for release in very small areas where disease is rife. They also allow people to hold them.
When you can pop down to Spott’s Beach and almost be guaranteed to see a wild turtle there’s definitely no need to see them in captivity.
7. SNORKELLING WITH BIOLUMINESCENT PLANKTON
This bay in Grand Cayman is one of only a few places in the world to see this phenomenon. The bioluminescent plankton is visible at nighttime and looks like magical glitter. This experience is so amazing but it really has to be seen in person, especially since it’s almost impossible to photograph. Take a tour company to get you to the right spot or even a kayak tour to the area.
8. ROAD TRIP TO THE CAVES, BLOW HOLES AND SCULPTURE GARDEN
Take a road trip to some of the quieter parts of the island for something a little bit different. The Crystal Caves are situated on the north of the island and you’ll find the concrete sculpture garden on the way. The blow holes are a short detour on your way back to George Town.
When you need a break from the action, there’s no shortage of beautiful hotels to stop and grab food. Take in the beach views with a margarita and some tacos. Any of the hotels along 7 Mile Beach offer amazing food.
If Grand Cayman wasn’t on your bucket list, I hope it is now. If you have any questions about the destination please leave these in the comments below.