Dive Into Grand Cayman’s Top Attractions

Don’t stop at its underwater thrills, Grand Cayman offers plenty to explore on land and above.

  • Seven Mile Beach

    As you land on Grand Cayman, you’ll swoop over some of the planet’s clearest waters, touristy pirate ships and mega mansions. Ranked as the fifth largest financial centre in the world—home to more than 500 banks—there are lots of glitz and glam up and down Seven Mile Beach, which you can spot from the air.

  • Interactive turtle farm

    While most tourists are divers or arrive in couples, there are numerous family-friendly activities to explore. Start with the interactive turtle farm in West Bay. Tanks of green turtles (15,000 in total), from newborns to huge breeds, enable everyone to get up close and personal with these sea creatures. There is also a predator tank that encourages visitors to snorkel nose-to-nose with reef sharks, eels and other massive fish.

  • Cayman Motor Museum

    Another hit with the small fry (and car fans) is a tour of the Cayman Motor Museum, home to an original Batmobile as well as the world’s first car, Ferraris galore and row upon row of gleaming Rolls Royces.

  • Helicopter ride

    A 20-minute chopper ride with Jerome Begot, of Cayman Islands Helicopters, gives you a guided tour of the island and all sorts of insider intelligence from where the moneyed mansions are to the island’s best little pocket beaches. Some of the legendary mansions cost upwards of US$40 million and include wine “rooms” bigger than most of our houses, as well as US$100,000 rugs, movie theatres, indoor golf simulators, helipads, spas, swimming pools and other mind blowing extravagances.

  • Pedro St. James

    For a bit of a history lesson, rent a car and head to Pedro St. James, an authentic Caribbean great house from the 18th century. The oldest building on Grand Cayman has come to symbolize the birthplace of democracy in Cayman. You’ll find a 20-minute video in the Visitors Centre, set on the spectacular Pedro Bluff, that’s well worth watching, as well as a tour through the furnished home, outbuildings, original cottages and gardens.

  • Rum Point

    From Pedro St. James, head east through Bodden Town and then loop around the island to the charming, palm-fringed beaches of Rum Point. Sleepy, funky, tiny and great for snorkeling, this area is the perfect oasis—far from the madding crowds of Seven Mile Beach.

  • Seafood feast

    Whether you find it at a resto in George Town or along Seven Mile Beach, fresh seafood comes lightly grilled, baked, fried or raw and is stuffed in everything from taco shells and baguettes to soup tureens. There are more than 150 restaurants in the Cayman Islands—some of which attract celebri-chefs like Eric Ripert of Blue, at the Ritz-Carlton. While anywhere on the Caymans, quaff down a local Stingray beer, conch fritters, rum cake and jerk chicken.

  • Stingray City

    One of the world’s most famous dives, Stingray City is fun, shallow and works for swimmers of almost any ability. Most hotels will organize half-day trips to the site where you’re given stingray information and a set of snorkelling gear. Upon leaving your boat, the hungry rays begin swirling around you, gliding over the snow white sand (and sometimes you) in shallow waters. Rays here have been measured at over 1 ½ metres across and weigh upwards of 125 lbs. They’re considered remarkably tame as some 3,000 to 5,000 people visit this attraction every day.

  • Little Cayman

    Little Cayman, the smaller sister island of Grand Cayman, is just a 35-minute flight away, but you’ll feel like you tumbled down a rabbit hole. With less than 200 permanent residents, this sleepy little place has more whistling ducks, frigate birds, red-footed boobies and iguanas than humans. Rent a kayak or a bike and explore this sleepy, island charmer.

  • Rock iguana spotting

    Rock iguanas are found only on Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. With about 1,000 iguanas on Little Cayman, they are easy to spot, whether they’re sliding through sand or across a road. There’s a National Trust Iguana Project on Little Cayman which has developed a nature trail on a 24-acre parcel of land.

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