Welcome to the Cayman Islands
The three Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac) are a beautiful cluster of paradises nestled in the Caribbean Sea. These islands have a little something for everyone. Excellent beaches and turquoise waters, world-famous shopping, snorkeling, diving, hiking, and more. So throw on some sunglasses, grab a pina colada and discover all the Cayman Islands have to offer. Here is our guide to help make your visit to the Cayman Islands the best it can be.
Cayman Islands Map
Enjoy Diving, Diving and More Diving
The Cayman Islands are famed for their incredible diving spots. Experienced divers can explore Grand Cayman’s North Wall, which drops deeper than 6,000 feet, and has divers enjoying eagle rays and turtles. For beginner divers, there is a ton of shore diving.
A great spot for all levels is at Cayman Brac, which offers everything from shipwrecks to coral reefs. If you aren’t certified, no worries, there are plenty of places on the island to get certified.
Book one of these amazing suba diving tours in the Cayman Islands.
Visit Seven Mile Beach
Praised as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, you don’t want to miss Seven Mile Beach. This beach not only offers amazing blue water and soft sand to relax on, but it also has many bars, restaurants, and watersports to enjoy. The clear calm water is perfect for snorkeling or even stand-up paddle boarding.
Seven Mile Beach is free to access, but if you would like a tour of the surrounding areas, you can check out West Bay Sightseeing Tour Plus Seven Mile Beach Visit.
Take a look at this great West Bay Sightseeing + 7 Mile Beach Tour.
For more great beaches, check out our Cayman Islands Best Beaches Guide.
Go Hiking in the Mastic Reserve and on the Mastic Trail
Nature lovers will enjoy exploring Mastic Reserve, the 200-year-old Mastic trail that goes through mangrove swamps and a woodland area that is 2 million-years-old. The trail is 2.3 miles one way, and the flat area is great for beginner hikers. Make sure to have the right shoes, and pack water and bug repellant.
Visit Cayman Brac
Cayman Brac is a smaller island, only 12 miles long, that is a part of the Cayman Islands. There is so much to explore on this small island. Visitors can hike one of the twelve marked trails that take you through wetlands, forests, and over the Bluff.
There are also many caves that can be explored on the island. Some are even said to have been used by pirates to stash their treasure. You definitely don’t want to miss the Great Cave, the Nani Cave, or the Skull Cave.
Bird watching is also huge on the island with over 200 species like the rare Cayman Brac Parrot. If you want more of an adventure you can even try out some rock climbing. Experienced climbers can choose one of the 75 routes. Watersports such as fishing, kayaking, and snorkeling are also popular on this island.
Taste Some Local Spirits and Beers
There are some great places around the island for those wanting to relax with a cocktail or beer. Cayman Spirts Company is a distillery that visitors can tour and partake in tastings. No reservations are needed, but if you would like to skip the lines, you can get the Skip-the-Line Cayman Spirts Co. Distillery Tour Pass Ticket.
More of a beer person? Don’t miss a visit to one of the three micro-breweries around George Town. If you would rather sit at a restaurant, then head over to Rum Point Club’s Wreck Bar and try their original Mudslide, which was first invented at this bar in the 1970s.
Finally, if you prefer wine, you can check out West Indies Wine Company, which has a tasting room with over 80 different wines by the glass.
Check out this fun Rum and Beer tour complete with lunch!
Go Relax, Snorkel or Go Fishing at Owen Island
One great place to go if you want to be away from the crowd is Owen Island. This small island is just a short kayak ride from southwest coast of Little Cayman. It is the perfect island to relax on, snorkel, or go fishing.
Whether you chose to snorkel on Owen Island or elsewhere, snorkeling options abound in the Cayman Islands. Check out the Cayman Islands’ fantastic snorkeling tours here.
Learn about Local Ecosystems and Wildlife at the Cayman Turtle Centre
Visit the Cayman Turtle Centre to learn more about the Cayman Islands ecosystem and the conservation of the turtles. This is the largest land-based tourist attraction on the island, and even offers guests an opportunity to swim with the turtles for an additional cost.
Wonder at the Beautiful Crystal Caves of Grand Cayman
Visit the Crystal Caves while on the northside of the Grand Cayman. Visitors can take a guided tour that is about an hour and half through the tropical forest and three caves. Tickets can be purchased on their website; however, if you’d like a suggestion there is Cayman Crystal Cave and Pedro St. James Castle Tour.
Explore and Shop Duty-Free in George Town
This popular cruise port offers visitors everything from the best restaurants, the tasty rum tours, the marvelous art galleries, and the best duty-free shopping. Put on your most comfortable shoes and just wander around the city, stopping at any and all the places that strike your fancy. From high-end stores to small boutique shops, there are plenty of places to keep your wallet warm all day.
Get a Little History at the Cayman Islands National Museum
The Cayman Islands National Museum is a great place to learn about the island’s history and unique cultural heritage. Some of the galleries include the Natural History Gallery, the Cultural History Gallery, the Old Gaol or Jail, Cayman Airways Gallery, 60 Years of Coat of Arms, and the newest Miss Annie Huldah Bodden Gallery.
Swim with the Fish at Stingray City
Stingray City is a wide sandbar that is surrounded by barrier reefs, which is home to a wide variety of fish and stingrays. Visitors can choose from an array of different tours to go swimming with stingrays, turtles, starfish, and other wild sea creatures. You can easily book an excursion on your own, but if you would like a suggestion there is the three and half hour Starfish and Stingray City Adventure with Snorkeling.