Choose from 21 Fun Things to Do in Cayman Islands
How to Get to Georgetown
Grand Cayman harbor has a tender wharf, and ships must remain at sea for the duration of their stop. Passengers must board smaller ships to shuttle them to the island and back. However, once on land you will find yourself immediately in the heart of Georgetown’s shopping area.
One Day on Grand Cayman
Despite being small, Grand Cayman is a bustling cruise hub that hosts almost two million visitors a year. Grand Cayman is especially known for its lush underwater ecosystems. Try the semi-submarine and fish feeding show or the Atlantis Submarine Excursion to take it all in from the safety of an Atlantis underwater vehicle. Or, get up close and personal with some rays in a one-tank dive during the Stingray City Dive.
Visitors looking to keep their heads above water can wander through the beautiful Queen Elizabeth II botanical garden, or get their retail therapy on at the mall in Governor’s Square featuring designer and luxury goods.
Many major cruise lines dock at Bridgeport, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity, and Norwegian. The Caymen Islands are a British territory, so the locals should all speak English fluently. The official currency is the Cayman Island Dollar, but American dollars are accepted almost everywhere. There are over 500 ATM’s around the island, so access to cash should never be far.
- Most Grand Cayman shore excursions include round-trip transportation from the cruise terminal.
- Tours range anywhere from one to eight hours.
- Shore excursion tours provide hassle-free transportation.
- George Town and Seven Mile Beach are idyllic for beachgoers and water sports enthusiasts.
- Food and drink are particularly pricey on Grand Cayman, so plan your budget accordingly.
- Grand Cayman is a hot spot for divers and snorkelers, so book any diving and snorkeling tours well in advance of your trip.
The Heritage Garden is pretty enough to live in, with a pink traditional cottage, fruit trees and sand garden.
The park’s highlight remains the woodland trail, a 20 minute stroll from wetlands to cactus and mahogany woodlands. Orchids and butterflies can also be spotted in the park.
A visit to the great house includes a multi-sensory 3D presentation outlining the history of Pedro St. James and the Cayman Islands.
- Rum Point is a good option for families with kids.
- Changing rooms, showers, lockers, and hammocks are available to visitors.
- Bars and restaurants on the beach around Rum Point offer a variety of food and drink options.
- Pack your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen (shade is limited), and an underwater camera—snorkeling equipment is provided and photos will be available to purchase.
- Guests can choose to swim, snorkel, scuba dive, or take a glass-bottomed boat tour.
- All interaction with the stingrays takes place under supervision of trained professionals who first safely demonstrate how best to avoid the stingrays’ sharp, coated tail barbs and safely pet their sandpapery skin.
- Tours take place in shallow waters and life jackets are available for non-swimmers.
- Visitors should avoid using tanning oils, which is toxic to the rays.
Grand Cayman’s resort central is Seven Mile Beach, dubbed one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches.
The Caymans’ most developed stretch of sand is lined with luxury resorts and up-market condominiums, white coral sand and palm trees. There are artificial reefs offshore for snorkeling.
It’s a public beach, so don’t feel shy about strolling past those resorts. Some of the resort restaurants are open to the public, and there are beach bars for a seafront drink or two.
Seven Mile Beach runs north from George Town on the west coast of the island’s West Bay peninsula. It’s a 15 minute drive from Georgetown.