Grand Cayman Island

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are made up of three small islands just south of Cuba in the Caribbean. Grand Cayman is the largest and where most tourists visit when travelling to the Cayman Islands. The two other smaller islands are Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. While Grand Cayman offers the most variety of tourist attractions the two smaller islands are not to be forgotten. The most popular time to visit the Cayman Islands is during the winter months from November to April. Once May comes around the rainy and humid season begins, and the islands become too hot for most to enjoy.

Getting Around

Swimmer with stingray

Swimmer with stingray

One has a number of options when it comes to getting around in the Cayman Islands. If you are staying on Seven Mile Beach near Georgetown one should have no problem with being able to walk from the resort you are staying at to nearby shops and restaurants. Your hotel will also most likely provide you with shuttle service to and from the beach if you are not directly on it. One also has the option of renting a vehicle for their stay on the islands, however, keep in mind that they drive on the left side of the road in the Cayman Islands and getting used to this at first may be a bit tricky. The option of taking a bus is also a good choice, the locals are super friendly and will gladly tell you what bus you need to get on to reach your destination, and also advise you when to get off. Keep in mind that their buses consist of small vans, and are not what the normal North American thinks of when they think of public transportation. Taxis are also an option, however, they can be quite costly.

Things To Do & See

Cayman Islands Scenic Dock

Cayman Islands Scenic Dock

The Cayman Islands provides nothing short of entertainment and activities to do. The one activity that one must partake in when visiting the island is the excursion to Sting Ray City. The island provides a sand bar out in the ocean where hundreds of stingrays come to gather and tourists are able to feed and swim with them. It is a once in a lifetime experience, and will provide one with a memorable moment of the trip. Some of the excursions also take you out snorkelling where you may be lucky enough to see an electric eel. Other top activities to do when visiting the island are Dolphin Discovery and the Turtle Farm out in West Bay. Dolphin Discovery provides a one-on-one swimming with dolphin’s experience, and the turtle is the national animal of Grand Cayman with the Turtle Farm providing a fun water park option. Another tourist attraction is the up and coming Camana Bay located on the island. It provides an outdoor luxurious shopping experience by the water, also with a movie theatre and a number of top-notch restaurants to choose from. Camana Bay also has the observational tower, that from the highest point one can see the entire island. Of course the most obvious thing to do when visiting the island is lay by the beach and relax. Seven Mile Beach provides seven miles of white sand beach. Also, Rum Point out in the south end provides a shadier beach option with lots of opportunities for snorkelling.

Sunset at Sandy Point Pond, Little Cayman

Sunset at Sandy Point Pond, Little Cayman

Food & Drink

Rocky Shore

Rocky Shore

The local cuisine when visiting the Cayman Islands is conch, turtle, and jerk chicken. Conch is a specialty on the island and can be prepared a number of different ways, however, a local favourite is the soup. Many of the local eateries serve conch soup and it’s quite the hit with locals and tourists alike. Turtle is also a normal dish for the people of Cayman, and if you are brave enough to give it a try most places serve it in either a burger or steak form. Fresh fish is definitely the way to go when visiting the island, however, if you are not a fan of fish the island does not come short when meeting other food demands. You can find everything from your great Italian pizza place, Edoardo’s right on Seven Mile Beach to fresh handmade sushi at Yoshi’s Sushi Bar.