What to Do in the Cayman Islands
With wide stretches of white sand beaches, warm sunny days and miles of underwater landscape to explore, there is no shortage of things to do and see in the Cayman Islands. Whether you are planning on calling Grand Cayman Island home or are planning on investing in a Cayman vacation rental property, you will find something for every age and every budget in the Cayman Islands.
For those who want to explore the natural beauty of the island, there are multiple beaches, dive sights, snorkeling tours, and parks to explore.
Water Activities in Grand Cayman Island
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: Recognized around the world as home to some of the most pristine and prestigious dive sites, the Cayman Islands offer unique dive spots for beginners to expert dive masters. Explore Eden Rock right off the George Town Harbour or schedule a night dive to see the expansive reef. Whatever you decide to explore, you will get a chance to see one of the best parts of living in or visiting the Cayman Islands. We highly recommend you call Freddy at Epic Divers for friendly service and great dive boats and experiences.
Beaches: The most famous Grand Cayman Beach is Seven Mile Beach, home to luxurious condominium complexes and world-class resorts and amenities. For those not staying on Seven Mile Beach, you can drive north from George Town up to West Bay, where you will find access to the waters off Seven Mile Beach at Governor’s Beach, next door to the Westin; at Public Beach, by Calicos Jacks Beach bar; and at Cemetery Beach, which boasts some of the best snorkeling only a five-minute swim offshore. There are public restrooms, painted cabanas and a children’s play area at the Public Beach. At the other locations, there are no public services or amenities, just parking and beach access. Don’t forget to stop by Royal Palms Beach Bar for some great sightseeing, great food and a cold one, plenty of parking and restrooms.
If you travel away from the Seven Mile Beach corridor and enter into the other districts, you will find more public beaches, such as Smith Cove, a great area for picnics and snorkeling that is just south of Georgetown. If you continue past South Sound and head East you will find Spotts Beach, Bodden Town Beach, East End Beach and North Side Beaches. Rum Point and Cayman Kai are perfect for parents with children because of the shallow water, family-friendly restaurant and bar, ample lounge chairs, swaying hammocks, free volleyball nets and plenty of shade trees and clean public restrooms.
Stingray City Sandbar: Take a boat tour to this once in a lifetime experience, where visitors can stand in 4 feet of water and feel these magnificent creatures brush up against you. They are gentle and very friendly when you treat them with respect.
Grand Cayman Golf Courses
North Sound Club: Play at the island’s only 18-hole championship course. Enjoy warm breezes and sunbathing iguanas as you travel between holes. This course is open to the public.
Blue Tip Golf Course at The Ritz-Carlton: Blue Tip Golf Course at The Ritz-Carlton: Designed by Greg Norman, this 9-hole course with 5 long par 4s is only open to guests and residence owners at The Ritz-Carlton, along with North Sound Club members.
Other Grand Cayman Activities to Explore
Cayman Turtle Farm: Take the family to see one of the Cayman Island’s most famous attractions. With an emphasis on education and conservation, the Cayman Turtle Farm offers something for everyone. Since 1980, the farm has released more than 31,000 sea turtles back into the sea to help replenish Cayman’s wild population. The farm produces around 8,000 loggerhead and green sea turtles that range from tiny turtles of six ounces to 600 pounds each. See the farm’s new facilities and enjoy an afternoon of discovering Cayman’s rich natural history.
Pedro St. James Castle: Want to learn about the history of the Cayman Islands? Visit the oldest Cayman Islands home built in 1780 by slaves brought from Jamaica for the wealthy owner William Eden, an early English settler. The property is located in the Savannah area, a 20-30 minute drive from Seven Mile Beach and is open from 9 to 5 pm daily. Guided tours are available and offer visitors with some of the most interesting facts about Cayman Islands history and culture.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park: A lush natural park with 65 acres of walking trails, beautiful gardens, a lake and wetlands you are guaranteed to see many different species of birds, reptiles, butterflies, and turtles at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park. The Orchid Boardwalk is unlike anything you’ve seen before and is something anyone with a green-thumb simply must see. The park is also home to the Blue Iguana Recovery Program. The Blue Iguana is a highly endangered species found only in the Cayman Islands. The iguanas you see crossing the road, hanging out in trees or lounging by the pool are not the endangered Blue Iguana; they are green iguanas originally from Honduras.
Mastic Reserve and Trail: Tired of relaxing on the beach and want a bit more action? The Mastic trail is over 700 acres of natural conservation, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts to become acquainted with Cayman’s wildlife. The Trail is open 365 days a year and it’s free.
Helicopter Rides: Seeking a bit of a thrill? Call Jerome on Cayman Helicopter at 345.943.4354 to set up a tour of the island. There is no better way to see the beauty and layout of your new Cayman Islands home than from the window of a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned helicopter. Be preparted to be in AWE!
After all of your adventures, relax at one of Grand Cayman Island’s most posh spas or grab dinner at one of Seven Mile Beach’s award-winning restaurants. With music, dining, drinks, and local shows, there is always something going on along Seven Mile Beach. Unwind in island style at a local island bar or dress up and enjoy dinner at one of the Ritz Carlton’s seven restaurants. Grand Cayman offers countless things to do and see.