Stingrays at Stingray City in Grand Cayman

Things to do in  Grand Cayman

Sun, sand, and stingrays

The largest of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman is a Caribbean getaway with sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and a reputation for excellent food. But while many travelers come here to sunbathe and swim at Seven Mile Beach, there are more things to do in Grand Cayman such as snorkeling, fishing, sailing, horseback riding on the beach, and duty-free shopping. Animal lovers seeking adventure should check out the popular Stingray City and the Cayman Turtle Centre.

Top 8 attractions in Grand Cayman

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

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

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

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

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 Grand Cayman

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

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Stingraycity Adventure

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Party Boat Cruise

Party Boat Cruise

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West Island Tour

West Island Tour

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All about Grand Cayman

When to visit

Grand Cayman has two seasons: the rainy, warm summer from May through October and the dry, mild winter from November through April. Travelers seeking sunshine are drawn to Grand Cayman during the winter; people seeking hotel deals who don’t mind the occasional rain shower often travel during the off-peak summer months. Events bring a lively atmosphere to the island all year, from the Cayman Cookout in January to the Cayman Islands Orchid Show in March to Taste of Cayman in May.

Getting around

You’ll definitely want a rental car here: It’s the best way to find small beaches, visit the capital of George Town, go shopping in Camana Bay, and more. For smaller journeys, many visitors opt to rent a scooter or bike and take advantage of the island’s flat terrain to cover ground quickly. The public bus, taxis, and a ride request app called Flex all offer additional options for getting around. Boat cruises from private charters and group tours offer exploration of the coastline from the water.

Traveler tips

The Camana Bay Farmers Market is a weekly, pedestrian-friendly gathering with local fruits, spices, baked goods, and smoothies for sale. Visit Willie’s fruit stand for a mango smoothie during a visit. Cocktail lovers may want to plan a trip to coincide with the annual Cayman Cocktail Week, an event with classes, parties, and dinners held each October.

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People Also Ask

What are the Cayman Islands famous for?

The Cayman Islands are famous for sandy beaches, active coral reefs, and a vibrant food scene. Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is one of the Caribbean’s most famous places to swim and sunbathe, while other popular activities include fishing, sailing, snorkeling, and stingray tours.

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Can I use US dollars in the Cayman Islands?

Yes, you can use U.S. dollars in the Cayman Islands at shops, restaurants, and more. But the official currency is the Cayman Islands Dollar, and visitors may find better prices when paying in local currency. Some visitors exchange currency or visit an ATM to carry cash, while others use credit cards.

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What is there to do in the Cayman Islands?

The Cayman Islands offer many things to do on the water, from fishing and sailing charters to sunset cruises and stingray tours. Explore the ocean with snorkeling excursions and bioluminescence tours or stay on dry land with a horseback riding tour on the beach or a duty-free shopping spree.

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Can you walk around Grand Cayman?

Yes, you can walk around parts of Grand Cayman. Many visitors walk around Seven Mile Beach, George Town, and Camana Bay, both during the day and at night. Visitors who want to explore beyond their hotel may find that a car rental or scooter rental is a convenient way to get around.

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What is the best time of year to visit Grand Cayman?

The best time of year to visit Grand Cayman is during the dry winter months from November through April. Temperatures are warm and skies are sunny during these months, though prices may be higher than in the low-season summer months when rain showers can be common.

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What is the rainiest month in Grand Cayman?

The rainiest months in Grand Cayman are September and October, though in general, the wet season runs from May through October. The summer months are known for the occasional rain shower, and hurricane season toward the end of summer can bring additional downpours and inclement weather.

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