Grand Cayman is the best known among the three main Cayman Islands. Although the smaller islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman cater primarily to divers and nature lovers, Grand Cayman welcomes a more diverse cosmopolitan visitor. From the white sand beaches of Seven Mile Beach to the shopping at George Town, Grand Cayman has something for everyone.
Seven Mile Beach
Named one of the best beaches in the world, Seven Mile Beach is one of many reasons the Caymans are considered the ultimate Caribbean destination. Seven Mile Beach is located on the western side of Grand Cayman Island. This is the best known among the island beaches. With its clear waters and beautiful sands, this is a popular international destination. Seven Mile Beach is surrounded by some of the popular Cayman attractions. Some of which includes Stingray City, the Cayman Turtle Farm and the capital city of Georgetown. Lastly, Seven Mile is home to many of the luxury resorts in the area; the restaurants are open to the public at many of these resorts; if you want a drink, there are a few public beach bars too.
Cayman Islands National Museum
The Cayman Islands National Museum has educational exhibits for those seeking to expand their knowledge of Caymanian history and culture. Some exhibits include the Natural History, Cultural History and the Children’s gallery. If you are ever in Grand Cayman Island, stop by for new insights into the Caymanian culture.
Cayman Motor Museum
The Cayman Motor Museum is the dream of Norwegian businessman Andreas Ugland’s to have a local showroom to share his collection of rare and exotic motorcars & motorbikes. His collection was scattered around the world, but he wanted his collection in one place for the people of the Caymans to enjoy. Finally, after more than a decade of work, his dream was realized; these motorcars & motorbikes are on display for all who appreciate their significance.
Bloody Bay Wall
Although it is sixty miles from Grand Cayman, Bloody Bay Wall is one of the top drive sites in the Caymans and the world. This popular dive site is located on the northwest side of Little Cayman. When diving there you will notice the wall starts 20 feet down with a descent of more than 5000 thousand feet. Bloody Bay has numerous caverns and caves, making it an interesting dive. With more than 500 species of fish and greater than 120 species of coral, this is a divers paradise. Also along the mile long wall , you will find over ten dive-areas. Bloody Bay is reachable via boat ride from Grand Cayman.
Smith Cove is located south of Georgetown close to the cruise ship ports. It is in South Sound, Grand Cayman and is a great place for picture taking. You will find restrooms, picnic tables and showers too. Also, the water is turquoise color and the snorkeling is great. Lastly, if you are interested in exploring Georgetown, it is nearby.
For an interesting excursion go to Hell. For various reasons, this town attracts lots of cruise-ship visitors on a daily basis. Located north of of Seven Mile Beach in West Bay, is a tacky looking gift shop & post office; behind it is a space filled with clusters of burnt-black limestone. You cant walk on the formation, but there is a platform to stand on to take pictures. When you visit stop by the gift shop & post office to send postmarked mail from Hell. If interested, the gift shop has other souvenirs to commemorate your visit.
Imagine yourself horseback-riding along Grand Cayman’s coastline with a cool breeze in your face. An evening of ride makes a great addition to a Caribbean vacation. The horses of Pampered Ponies will take you along the beach for a memorable ride. This adventure is great for couples or a family outing.
If you are a nature-enthusiast, you will want to visit the Mastic Trail. The trail is a 200 year old path that winds through a mangrove swamp and woodland area. When making this trek, you will be surrounded by some of Grand Cayman’s most colorful plant life. Also, a variety of birds inhabit these woodlands too; many species will allow a close approach from you. The trail is maintained by the Cayman Islands National Trust, which also offers guided tours of the trail. If you are interested, allow two to three hours to enjoy the 2.3 mile walk.
One of the most popular attractions in the Caymans is Stingray City. This attraction is located in the North Sound area of Grand Cayman Island. Stingray City is in fact a shallow sandbar where you can interact with the stingrays. This is lots of fun and suitable for all ages as you are surrounded by the friendly Stingrays. This attraction is one of the highest rated attractions in Grand Cayman.
When you are visiting George Town, don’t forget to check out the Shopping, Dinning and the nightlife. Much of the shopping and attractions are in a two square mile area, so comfortable shoes are a must. The true fun begins after dark; with the various dance clubs, dinning options and entertainment, you will experience entertainment Caymanian style.