10 Best Things to Do in Grand Cayman

Ever dreamed of a place where the water is the bluest thing you’ve seen and lots of wildlife call this paradise home? You’ll find that in Grand Cayman, one of the islands of the Cayman Islands and the largest one too. Grand Cayman is the picturesque paradise that you’ve probably been imagining. A territory of the British Overseas, this island is 76 square miles and 22 miles long, so you will get beaches for miles! However, there are other interesting things to see and do on this island too while appreciating the tourism that this island thrives off of.

Here are the best things you can do when you come to Grand Cayman:

1. Get a city tour of Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is a cruise port so it has many tourists all year round that hop in and out of these cruises. If you’re one of those, doing a city tour of this island is probably one of the smartest options to get in and around it to see some iconic sights as well as hear the history and stories behind the island. Not only that, but it has a lot of duty-free shopping. 

By taking a city tour, you may see more of George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands. This is also the city where the cruise ports are and the boutiques, jewelry stores, swimming activewear stores, and other shops here are all duty-free. Your guide may show you around the several resorts that are there, in case you want an idea of where to stay during your trip or if you come back, such as the well-known Ritz-Carlton. He/she may also show you the government buildings. A guide can also stop you at other places that I will list below. To find and book a tour, you can usually find them advertising themselves right outside the cruise ports.

George Town, Grand Cayman
Island map of Grand Cayman

2. Seven Mile Beach

Considered an award-winning beach by travel publications, Seven Mile Beach has some of the clearest turquoise waters and whitest sand. It’s also probably the most popular destination in the island. Seven Mile Beach is not even seven miles long, but in fact, 6.3 miles. I’m assuming it was named Seven Mile Beach for aesthetic purposes. There is no entrance fee to enter this beach.

Located on the western coast of Grand Cayman, the beach is relaxing, usually with pretty low tides and you’re not just limited to swimming and relaxing on the white sand where you can rent a chair (to support the island’s tourism), but there are water sports to do such as jet skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding. 

The biodiversity in Grand Cayman is rich and they can be seen in Seven Mile Beach with iguanas, sea turtles, schools of colorful fish, and various birds. You may also get to have glimpses of dolphins and rays, although those are more rare than what I listed first.

Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman

3. Old Homestead

The Old Homestead used to be named West Bay Pink House. Considered the most photographed home in Grand Cayman, it’s not hard to see why that is, its baby pink, white, and green colors and its architecture is almost representative of a Barbie house. It was built in 1912 using an ironwood frame and is one of the oldest family homes on the island. They provide tours inside too.

Old Homestead, Grand Cayman

4. Tortuga Cayman

This company, Tortuga Rum Company, produces a delicious confection using the rum they produce called Rum Cake. However, in this building, it’s more than selling their Rum Cakes, they have a variety of their rum bottles, wines, beer, and other liquor. They have a newly built distillery there and visitors have the opportunity to see the rum production live and can bottle their own from there. Inside their store too, they have some merchandise that are sometimes decently priced than in other places. Then when you walk outside to the back deck, you have an instant view of the ocean where you can walk up closer to.

Tortuga Rum Company in Grand Cayman

5. Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park

This stunning island botanical garden in Grand Cayman, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, is 65 acres owned by the government of the Cayman Islands and there are seven main attractions here, so you will find plenty of flora (and fauna) beauty to discover. Did you know that the only blue iguanas that can be found in the world is right here in Grand Cayman? These rare species are endangered but here, this is a conservation for them. They were just frequently found freely roaming on these grounds before it became a conservation. Seeing them is usually a highlight for visitors, but you can spot other wildlife there too like native bird species and rare aquatic birds.

6. Bioluminescent kayaking at Rum Point

Bioluminescence is one of the world’s natural phenomena that occurs. It’s such a mesmerizing experience to witness them. Bioluminescence is an emission of light caused by living organisms that are in marine habitats that are from the surface of the ocean or to the depths of the sea. They’re chemical reactions that use two chemicals (luciferin and photoprotein); an example of a bioluminescent creature is the jellyfish.

In Rum Point at Grand Cayman, you can see bioluminescence for yourself! There’s a kayaking company called Cayman Kayaks that hosts tours to do this experience at night where naturalists will also guide you in seeing the night sky with the constellations and galaxies. There are also other options if night kayaking isn’t your thing with this company such as a bioluminescent electric boat tour and a morning kayak tour.

7. Hell

The saying “Go to Hell” might be the most appropriate here. Hell is the opposite of what you would think hell is: a dark area with engulfed flames. There are no flames here, but there are dark formations. Hell is a stunning place with black limestone that all juts out in directions and one that geology lovers would appreciate as I did! These geological creations were created over 24 million years ago from salt and lime. A theory behind the name was that it was derived from when a British general who was hunting spoke “Oh hell” when he missed a shot there.

Hell, Grand Cayman

8. Cayman Crystal Caves

The Cayman Crystal Caves is a natural attraction on this beautiful island of Grand Cayman. This place is a gem among the lush tropical forests of Grand Cayman. When you do a tour here, you’ll walk among the several stalacites and stalagmites and learn about its formations that formed millions of years ago, and this cave was actually once underwater when fossilized shells and sea animals were discovered in the cave. There’s more than the cave tour itself, the company also hosts events with food and bat tours.

9. Mastic Trail

Grand Cayman isn’t exactly the island for a lot of hiking opportunities like it is with its water activities, but this popular trail called Mastic Trail is a moderate trail that is 4.5 miles long with a 652-foot elevation gain. 

On this hike, you’ll go through a dense forest and mangroves. Although the hike isn’t extremely challenging, what makes it more challenging is the life there. There is a chance of snake sightings (considered harmless though) and some poisonous plants lingering around, but it’s best to wear pants and try to avoid anything that can brush up on you. You also want to consider insect repellent spray and sunscreen, and lots of water of course.

Overall, this hike isn’t really a hike for the views, but a hike to see wildlife in its natural habitats where you can spot snakes, hermit crabs, birds, and more.

10. Rent a private boat and admire the clear turquoise waters.

The best way to get up close to these clear turquoise waters that will greet you when you first arrive to Grand Cayman is to be on a boat. The waters are the perfect shade of turquoise and it’s clear enough to see some schools of fish swimming and coral reefs. You can rent a boat through Cayman Islands Boat Rentals, Crazy Crab (there’s also guided snorkeling here), Cayman Snorkel Co., and on boatsetter, just to name a few options.

Grand Cayman sea

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