For my first featured article, I’d like to introduce Grand Cayman, a small island in the western Caribbean about 270 miles from Cuba. Most people know Cayman as the Caribbean Island where many celebrities keep their off-shore bank accounts. But today I want to show you the side of Cayman that I know and love. So without further ado, I bring to you the Top 8 Activities To Do in Grand Cayman!
Stingrays are majestic guardians of the sea, or at least that’s how I like to describe them. These mythical creatures are generally friendly and rarely aggressive, which is why they’re such a blast to swim with in Grand Cayman! Stingray City is a popular sand bar out in the middle of the ocean, off the north coast of Cayman. You can only get there by sea, which usually means you’re jet-skiing or boating it there. (unless you have a jetpack!) But the journey there is part of the experience, because when you jet-ski there, you’ll immediately notice that the water surrounding Stingray City is some of the clearest and brightest tuquoise water you’ve ever seen! It truly is a treat to look at, especially on a sunny day. Once you get to the area, you’ll probably notice other boats or jet-skis there. In order to avoid the crowds, go early in the morning during the week. Monday or Tuesdays work best! Now it’s time to hop off your jet-ski and into the waist deep waters of Stingray City. If you’re on a guided tour (which I recommend) you’ll be able to pet the stingrays, get a back massage from them, and even kiss them! Kiss a stingray for 7 years of good luck! You also have the option to feed them….which is fun until a seagull swoops in and steals the fish right out of your hand! All in all, this is definitely a must-do activity while you’re in Cayman.
Seven Mile Beach
Probably the most common activity while you’re in Cayman is to visit the world’s famous Seven Mile Beach. (which is technically less than 6 miles long now) Seven Mile Beach is one of the longest stretches of pearly white sand and turquoise blue waters you’ll find in the Caribbean. The best part is, you can walk the whole length of the beach uninterrupted. (all beaches in Cayman are public) The beach is lined with a mix of high rise 5-star hotels and smaller more beachy-looking condos. (Tip! Ditch a resort and stay at a condo for less crowds and more beach space) Spend the day laying out on the powdery sand with a tropical frozen drink and in the water snorkeling/looking for sea shells. Then cap it all off with some of the best sunset views you’ll ever see. (Seven Mile Beach faces west, which is perfect for sunsets) No matter what part of Seven Mile Beach you’re on, you won’t be disappointed!
Rum Point/Starfish Point
A visit to Cayman wouldn’t be complete without spending a day at Rum Point. Situated far away from the hustle and bustle of the Seven Mile Beach area, Rum Point is definitely a must-see experience. It’s about a 50 minute drive from the SMB area; first you have to drive out east, then up north, then back west a little, but trust me, the journey is worth it. Rum Point is a tranquil little spot with sugar white sands and very calm and clear shallow waters. There’s a restaurant (great conch fritters and jerk chicken) and snorkeling available, but the best part about Rum Point is that it is so secluded and peaceful. You can also make a stop at Starfish Point, which is a few minutes away. Starfish Point is a stretch of shallow waters off the northern coast of Cayman where starfish naturally live. You’ll see all types of sizes, designs, and colors of different starfish, but if you want to snap that photo with them, there are two rules. Be gentle! And be sure not to take them fully out of the water. They breathe through their feet and can only breathe when they are submerged. So take that snap quickly!
Cayman Turtle Centre
Cayman Turtle Center is another fun activity, especially for the kids. Apart from seeing and learning about many different animals and creatures, you could also swim/snorkel in a giant natural lagoon filled with turtles and tropical fish. Get your GoPro’s ready for some awesome videos! There are also nature trails, a giant pool with a water-slide and waterfall, a bird aviary, a bar/grill, and much much more! See, who said education couldn’t be fun?
Keep reading for the four non-touristy activities in Cayman!
You probably haven’t heard about this next one. But when conditions are right, this is one experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life. It’s called a Bioluminescence Tour. The conditions have to be just right for optimal experience, these conditions include: the moon must be in the new moon phase or a few days before or after, which is when the moon is not visible. Also, if it’s a cloudy night, that helps as well. The idea is: the area has to be as DARK as possible. Usually you’ll take a boat out to one of the biobays located around Cayman at 9pm. Then you hop into the water with your life jackets and snorkel equipment and swim around to activate the bioluminescence. Suddenly the water will light up right in front of your eyes! (or goggles) It’s a truly unique experience that you must see at least once.
Kaibo Beach Party
If you like to dance, drink, and eat some local Caribbean food, then this next one is for you. Every Tuesday night you can take a sunset boat ride (or drive yourself) to Kaibo’s Barefoot Beach BBQ Party. Complete with an all you can eat Caribbean buffet (try the Oxtail, it’s our favorite), live music, stunning ocean views, cold drinks, and some limbo. This is one party you won’t want to miss.
Visit the East End
Sometimes my favorite thing to do in any location is just drive around and explore new locations we’ve never seen before. And this is exactly what my next recomendation is. Drive out to the natural, unspoiled East End of Cayman. Everything is a lot more quiet and laidback on this side of the island, but there are so many things to do and see along the way. You can stop at the Blowholes and watch the ocean crash through little caverns which sends geysers more than 15 feet up in the air! Amazing photo opportunity! You’ll also come across the newly opened Cayman Crystal Caves, which have stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures formed by single drops of water over hundreds of years. Our favorite lunch spot is out on the East End as well, it’s called Tukka. Stunning views and fantastic Australian inspired food. What more could you ask for?
Smith Cove/Spotts Beach
We can’t forget about the south side of the island as well! Equipped with two of the most unique beaches on the island, they’re called Smith Cove (Smith Barcadere to the locals) and Spotts Beach. Smith Cove is unique for its reef structures that go out into the ocean creating the perfect opportunity to reef dive into the crystal clear blue waters. Another GoPro opportunity! Spotts Beach is another unique spot because sometimes, early in the morning, you can swim/snorkel with turtles who naturally reside in the area. It’s pretty awesome!
*credit to @ozcarthegreat for the Spotts Beach photos
That’s it for now guys! I hope you enjoyed the Top 8 Touristy/Not So Touristy things to do in Cayman. There’s so many other things I could have added to the list, including Sea Trek, visiting Camana Bay, and scuba diving, but I wanted to keep the list concise. Stay tuned for our next update!