Southern stingray glides along the sea bottom at Stingray City, Grand Cayman

Things to do in  Cayman Islands

Chill with the stingrays

A trio of islands in the Caribbean fringed by coral reefs, it’s not surprising that some of the best things to do in the Cayman Islands include sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving—whether at Stingray City or one of the other 365 named dive sites. There are plenty of non-water activities as well, from soaking up the sun on Grand Cayman’s scenic Seven Mile Beach and Little Cayman’s pink-hued Point of Sand to rock climbing and caving on Cayman Brac and less active pursuits like duty-free shopping and fine dining.

Top 15 attractions in Cayman Islands

Stingray City

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With vibrant coral reefs, crystalline waters, and some of the largest southern rays in the Caribbean, it’s no wonder that Stingray City is one of the most visited attractions in the Cayman Islands. Dive into the warm Caribbean waters of the North Sound to swim and snorkel in an area known for its wild stingrays and learn more about the magnificent creatures and their conservation.More
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Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach

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You’ll find plenty of beaches around Byron Bay and dotting the coastline of the expanded region. But for those that wish to get far out of the town and away from typical surfing and swimming hot spots, expansive Seven Mile Beach calls. This peaceful stretch of sand is ideal for those who prefer a quieter escape and fewer crowds.More

Starfish Point

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Named for the once abundant wild starfish that resided in the area, Starfish Point features a small and secluded beach with a large area of clear, shallow water where starfish can still be easily seen. Located on the north side of Cayman Island, it’s a popular destination for boat tours.More

Rum Point

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A stretch of white sand bordered by aqua Caribbean waters, Rum Point is a welcome departure from Grand Cayman’s busy Seven Mile Beach. The area is known for its laid-back vibe, with calm, shallow waters ideal for swimming and wading with small children.More

George Town

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Charming George Town is the Caymans Islands’ capital, situated on Grand Cayman in the British West Indies. As well as being a major offshore banking hub, George Town is a popular port for cruise ships, thanks to its laid-back and colorful Caribbean vibe—and the some of the Cayman Islands’ most glorious beaches.More

Hell

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Set in the West Bay district of Grand Cayman, the tiny town of Hell is known for its unusual field of jagged and blackened limestone formations surrounded by lush forest. A popular tourist attraction, Hell even has its own post office and several gift shops selling Hell-related souvenirs.More

Pedro St. James Castle

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The 3-story Pedro St. James is the oldest building on the Cayman Islands. The 18th-century stone and wood building known simply as “the castle” is now a living history museum that has been restored with exhibits that explore the history of English plantation farmer Pedro St. James, as well as the history of the Cayman Islands as a whole.More

Cayman Spirits Co.

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If there were one drink associated with the Caribbean that drink would definitely be rum. Here at Cayman Spirits Co., not only is rum distilled with cane juice that’s locally grown on the island, but it’s aged in barrels that are placed 42 feet, or seven fathoms underwater. The result is their famous Seven Fathoms rum, which due to it being rocked by the waves as it slowly ages in the barrels, has become one of the most sought after spirits on any Caribbean island. While it started out in 2008 in a small, single room building, the distillery has grown from its humble beginnings to include a 5,000 square foot building that houses their tastings and tours. Learn the process behind distilling and see the massive tanks, and pour yourself samples of Seven Fathoms or their spiced and flavored rums. The company also distills vodka and moonshine, though it’s the rum that keep visitors strolling through the doors in search of not just the perfect drink—but the perfect gift to take home.More

Barker’s National Park

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Located on a peninsula at the eastern end of West Bay on Grand Cayman, Barker’s National Park is the first national park in the Cayman Islands. There are no amenities at this undeveloped and largely unmarked park, which is home to dense mangrove swamps, lagoons, wetlands, wildlife, and long stretches of often deserted beach.More

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

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The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park offers a close-up look at the natural world of the Cayman Islands, including the plants and animals that live in the island’s wetlands and woodlands. Of special note is its blue iguana habitat. A woodland trail offers a 20-minute walk through mahogany woodlands with butterfly and orchid sightings.More

Seven Mile Beach

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Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is renowned for its beauty. Sparkling Caribbean blue waters, soft white sand, and cloudless blue skies create a postcard that comes to life. The public beach spans miles of developed oceanfront and makes the perfect spot to relax with your toes in the sand, the traditional Caribbean way.More
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Grand Cayman Cruise Port (George Town Cruise Port)

Grand Cayman Cruise Port (George Town Cruise Port)

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Take one look at the Grand Cayman Cruise Port, and you’ll see why it’s among the most popular in the Caribbean. Pristine white sand beaches, picturesque oceanside villages, and a plethora of sports and activities make this island—the largest of the Caymans—a convenient, all-round, and (admittedly, at times) very crowded Caribbean favorite.More

Cayman Islands Brewery (Caybrew)

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Started back in 2007, Cayman Islands Brewery is the island’s best spot for sampling delicious craft beers. Choose from a pint of their flagship, Caybrew, or up the flavor with Ironshore Bock, or chocolaty 345 Stout. While it’s possible to simply visit the brewery and sample a casual pint, many visitors choose to partake in the short, but interesting brew tour, where you see the process of beer being brewed, fermented, bottled, and sold. All tours include free samples of their regular and seasonal beers, and the brewery is a favorite stop on the island’s distillery and brewery tours. Aside from providing the Caymans with beer, Cayman Islands Brewery is also renowned for their sustainable, philanthropic practices, with beer sold in recyclable bottles and proceeds devoted to conservation.More

Cayman Islands National Museum

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Located in the heart of George Town and in the oldest public building on the islands, Cayman Islands National Museum showcases the natural, cultural, and art history of the Cayman Islands. The museum houses six exhibition galleries across two floors and offers regular lectures, workshops, educational programs, and special events.More

Underground Pirates Caves Bodden Town

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Located in the historic area of Bodden Town—one of the first settlements in the Cayman Islands—the Underground Pirates Caves are home to tunnels and caverns where pirates are said to have hidden their treasure. Explore on a self-guided tour assisted by informative plaques posted along the way.More

Top activities in Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman Half-Day Private Charter
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Grand Cayman Half-Day Private Charter

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All about Cayman Islands

When to visit

With year-round warm weather, the Cayman Islands are especially popular between December and April, which is also the dry season. For smaller crowds and lower prices, look to May and June—early May is also when the country’s biggest festival, Batabano, is held with music, costumes, and dancing. If you’re visiting to scuba dive, it’s best to avoid August and September, when water visibility is at its worst. Hurricane season runs from June to November.

Getting around

The best way to get around Grand Cayman is to rent a car—just remember that you'll drive on the left. Taxis are plentiful but expensive. Buses are also available but are most useful around George Town and Seven Mile Beach. You can travel between the islands by boat or plane, as each island has its own airport. Mopeds and bikes are a convenient way to get around the smaller Little Cayman and Cayman Brac islands.

Traveler tips

Seven Mile Beach may be the most popular Cayman Islands' beach, but it's not just for sunbathing. It also offers access to great scuba diving spots. South of the beach, Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto offer short, shallow caverns and tunnels, suitable for beginner divers. Also nearby is the Kittiwake Shipwreck and Artificial Reef. Its shallow location and mostly open decks make it an ideal wreck dive for beginners. All sites can be snorkeled.

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People Also Ask

What are the Cayman Islands famous for?

The Cayman Islands are known for their pristine, white sandy beaches (such as Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman), clear waters, excellent scuba diving (with more than 350 dive sites), warm weather year-round, dynamic culinary scene, and sights like Stingray City, Cayman Turtle Centre, and Starfish Point.

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What’s the best time to go to the Cayman Islands?

The Cayman Islands enjoy warm weather year-round, with the most popular time to visit between December and April, during the dry season. May and June are the best times to visit for lower prices and smaller crowds, as the weather is warming up and the rainy season is just beginning.

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What do people do in the Cayman Islands?

Spend time on beaches such as the famous Seven Mile Beach, with its pristine sand and crystal-clear waters. Popular water activities include boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming with stingrays. You can also explore caves, go rock climbing, go horseback riding, shop, and dine out.

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What should I know before visiting the Cayman Islands?

The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. It’s an expensive place, with the Cayman dollar pegged to the US dollar at 1-to-1.2. US dollars are often accepted. Many attractions are closed on Sundays. Hurricane season runs from June to November.

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Are the Cayman Islands safe?

Yes. The Cayman Islands are considered very safe, which is part of their appeal as a tourist destination. While petty crimes like pickpocketing and scams do occur, you can avoid them by taking general precautions like being aware of your surroundings (and belongings) and avoiding walking alone at night.

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Are the Cayman Islands expensive?

Yes, the Cayman Islands are very expensive for both residents and visitors—more so than most places in the Caribbean. Many products including food have to be imported with a high import tax levied, which affects prices. The Cayman Islands dollar is pegged to the US dollar at 1-to-1.2.

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