Grand Cayman Overview
On Grand Cayman you’ll find some of the most popular Caribbean activities, attractions, and festivals along with its famous Seven Mile Beach. In addition to snorkeling and scuba, the beach has water activities, restaurants and shops that everyone will enjoy. When you’re looking to get away from the beach, take in the luxury of George Town where you can eat, shop duty-free and chat with the locals. If your travels take you to Grand Cayman at the right time, you can enjoy Pirates Week or sample the variety of island cuisine during the “Taste of Cayman” festival. But no matter when you visit Grand Cayman, it’ll be a great one-stop vacation spot!
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Mapping Out Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands, and the center of tourist activity. Most of the resorts, restaurants and shops are along the Seven Mile Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean. If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, then Cayman Brac’s laid-back vibe offers intimate and family-run resorts and inns, attracting repeat visitors every season. If you’re a serious scuba diver, then you’ll already know about Little Cayman. The smallest of the islands in the Caymans is known as one of the best scuba islands in the world. Each island has a treat for you!
Aye, Aye Matey!
In November the island celebrates pirates with a week of activities. The annual Pirates Week Festival is 11 days of events. To start off the first day of festivities, you can dress up as your favorite pirate for the parade, chase pirates through Bodden Town, the West Bay, and even Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The mock pirate invasion will for sure get you fired up for all the fun during the week!
You can also enjoy activities like boat races, sea swims, turtle releases and a 5k run. There are some many fun competitions, yummy local cuisine, street dances and more. It's a great time to visit Cayman and see the community bond together. Plus, the island-wide revelry is fun for the whole family!
Stingrays in the City
Plan to spend a day in the North Sound touring this offshore site, Stingray City. Spending a day at Stingray City lets you see stingrays up close and personal. It's a popular tour, but playing with the stingrays as they float and glide around is an experience you won't want to miss.
Stingray City is definitely a place to take the whole family to visit. Everyone will love snorkeling in the shallow waters and seeing the brightly colored fish, gardens of coral and the stingrays ready to mingle. It's easy to find a tour out to the sand bar, and if you can, keep the group small so you get to see and interact with even more stingrays!
Servin' Up Rum
Your trip to the island must include a fruity concoction made with the island’s signature alcohol, rum. The drink of choice by most islanders and served in most restaurants, is rum punch. It won't be hard to find a beach bar or two that is servin' up rum.
Touring Seven Fathoms Rum distillery in George Town will let you see behind-the-scenes how their top-notch rum is created. It's the first place on the island that is manufacturing its own rum. The distillery has a unique approach in that they age their rum underwater. The movement of the waves adds to its maturation, but that's what you'll get to learn on the tour! Plus, you'll get to sample the rum at the end of the tour.
Rock Out at the Reef
A trip to Grand Caymans may not be complete without a stop in at the Reef. This tourist favorite features the island’s infamous singer, “Barefoot Man”. The band entertains audiences with island tunes by mixing a little reggae, calypso and soca. Barefoot Man’s infectious humor also keeps audiences coming back night after night. You and your friends will be swaying to the beats as you dance the night away.
And, you can also catch other singing favorites at the Reef like JR Douglas and Vicki Wheaton. You can find these entertainers inside the Reef Resort located on the east end of the island.
Grand Cayman Quick Facts
Cayman Dollar is the official dollar, but the US Dollar is widely accepted
110v - If your hotel does't have it set up with converters, you'll want to bring one
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Grand Cayman.
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
The water in the Cayman Islands is, for the most part, safe to drink. Check to make sure it is desalinated and if it's not, then stick to bottled water.
Mid-December – mid-April