While some Caribbean islands are known for their exquisite beaches (think Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos) and others for their exciting excursions and activities (like St. Lucia and its many adventure tours), we think Grand Cayman is one of the few spots that has the best of both. We love these 3 Cayman Island attractions, which offer a mix of relaxation and action.
#1: Stingray City
About a 30 minute boat ride off Grand Cayman is Stingray City: a shallow sandbar that’s home to dozens of wild stingrays. Visitors can feed, pet, and interact with these amazing animals, whose skin feels smooth and a bit slimy. The water in most areas of the sandbar is calm and only about 3-4 feet deep, so this attraction is accessible to tourists of all ages and swimming abilities.
#2: Seven Mile Beach
Crystal clear water and soft white sand make this a must-visit beach on Grand Cayman. Be sure to take advantage of a lounge chair and sun umbrella if your resort is located here, as the sun can be surprisingly intense. Although often quiet and peaceful (especially the further you get from George Town), Seven Mile Beach is particularly busy when cruise ships are in port, so if you prefer to avoid crowds try to plan your visit when no (or only a few) ships are docked. The cruise calendar section of the Cayman Island Port Authority’s website is a great resource for this.
#3: Blue Iguana Safari & Queen Elizabeth Botanical Center
Enjoy the tropical flowers and plants at the Queen Elizabeth Botanical Center, and be sure to visit the park’s Blue Iguana Recovery Center. Once near to extinction, blue iguanas—which are native to the Cayman Islands—have experienced a strong recovery thanks to the center’s work. We also encountered several blue iguanas in the botanical park, which was a fun chance to see the program’s success in action.