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Grand Cayman Island Guide: Top Ten Things to Do

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  1. Hit the Beach! Whether it's relaxing in the sun or snorkelling in the reef just off shore at the Sunrise Villa, enjoy the year-round tropical breezes on our beaches. See our Snorkeling Guide or Beaches Guide for more.
  2. The World-Famous Stingray City: Top of every visitor's list is an excursion to Stingray City, an extraordinary 12-foot dive site and adjacent sandbar. In as little as two to six feet of water, everyone—with or without snorkel gear—can feed and touch the friendly Southern Atlantic stingrays. The local captains who personify the mariner tradition of the Cayman Islands have made the trip for years. They'll regale you with lore, a traditional beach lunch with just-caught marinated conch, and perhaps a few tunes. To book a trip, try Stringray City Trips or Moby Dick Tours.
  3. Visit George Town: About 10 miles away is downtown George Town, Grand Cayman's bustling little town full of duty-free shops and restaurants by the waterfront.
  4. Spend a Lazy Afternoon at Rum Point: Hop in your rental car and head to Rum Point on Grand Cayman's quiet North Side, a favourite destination for both residents and visitors. Experience island atmosphere the way it used to be (Rum Point was first documented on a 1773 map, and one can only speculate how it got its name!) in a scenic spot known for its clear, calm waters and tall pines. Sink into a hammock with a book, swim, snorkel, or try a glass-bottom boat trip. The Wreck Bar, a Rum Point landmark, serves lunch and frosty drinks at picnic tables on the beach. Also on the North Side, Cayman Kai is home to a number of exclusive residential properties and resorts. It is just minutes from Rum Point beach and the Kaibo Yacht Club.
  5. Go to Hell: For a fun, quick stop, head over to Hell, just north of the Seven Mile Beach in West Bay. Visit the tacky gift shop and see the "devil" himself. Behind the shop, take a look at the million-year-old calcareous rock that has been blackened by fungus over time, leading to its name. Be sure to mail a postcard from Hell, complete with the official postmark.
  6. Boatswain’s Beach: Boatswain’s Beach is the name of the new 30-acre marine theme park that is the expansion of the Cayman Turtle Farm. When Christopher Columbus first discovered the islands in 1503, he named them "Las Tortugas," meaning The Turtles. According to legend, there were so many turtles that the islands looked like they were covered with rocks. Located in Grand Cayman, the Turtle Farm has been in operation since 1968 and has since been dedicated to educating the public on the benefits of a proactive conservation program for sea turtles. The world’s only commercial Green Sea Turtle farm, it is home to over 16,000 sea turtles, ranging in size from six ounces to six hundred pounds! From the tiniest hatchlings to six hundred pound adults swimming in the one million gallon, breeding pond, guests can experience all of the life stages of these magnificent creatures. Visitors to the farm are welcome to participate in sponsoring the release of their own turtle into the wild each year. The new attraction of Boatswain’s Beach will be a 1.3 Million Gallon Saltwater Snorkel Lagoon where visitors can swim with turtles and other marine life, a Predator Tank (viewable by snorkelers), an Aviary and Iguana sanctuary, a Nature Trail and “Blue Hole” Sunken Cave, Caymanian Heritage Street with porch-side artisans and crafts and restaurants featuring classic and contemporary Caymanian cuisine, and a state of the art research and educational facility focusing on the conservation of sea turtles. Go to their web site.
  7. Butterfly Farm is an unforgettable encounter with nature in all its beauty and diversity. Step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies from around the globe and prepare to meet some of the world's most colourful creatures. Observe the life cycle of these fascinating animals from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, while a tour guide entertains you with commentary on butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Arrive early and witness new butterflies emerging from the chrysalis and taking their first flight. The Butterfly Farm is a rare opportunity for photography and a sure delight for visitors of all ages. An admission ticket also gives you a free pass for the rest of your vacation so you can enjoy the butterflies as often as you like! Located on Lawrence Road in George Town, the farm's last tour is 3:30 PM daily. Go to their web site.
  8. Indulge in Cayman Cuisine: It would be difficult to spend time in Cayman without being offered conch fritters, a local Stingray beer, or Cayman’s own Heavy Cake. But don't miss the island specialties that will make your visit unique; for a snack that is not to be missed, stop in at any of the Tortuga Rum Company stores for a Tortuga Rum Cake. Compare the spicy taste of Cayman Brac’s McCoy’s BBQ to the unique flavour of Bussy’s Jerk Chicken on Little Cayman. Visitors and locals alike crave Joe’s Caribbean Shack’s delectable smoothie experience. To satisfy an island sweet tooth, ICOA chocolates are the perfect remedy. Available in individually wrapped boxes, these Caymanian specialties make great gifts and can be purchased at their specialty shop in Seven Mile Shops. See a list of our favorite restaurants.
  9. Submerge into an Amazing Journey: In the Cayman Islands, fantasies of exploring the mysterious underwater world can be met -- without ever getting wet! By viewing marine life from a submarine, the Cayman Islands fish covered reefs and enthralling drop-off can be discovered by land-lovers. Atlantis submarines offer rides aboard the 48-passenger Atlantis XI, and the Seaworld Explorer takes 35 passengers just five feet below the surface. Cayman Submarines' SEAmobile Submarine Tours has room for two passengers to explore underwater life at depths of up to 60 feet with a 360-degree view, and Nautilus offers the 60-passenger air-conditioned Nautilus semi-submarine with a protected glass hull that cruises five feet below the sea's surface.
  10. Discover the Cayman Story: The National Trust for the Cayman Islands office, located in George Town, offers visitors extensive information on the destination’s history and environment, national symbols and culture. Tours are also available for guests to uncover the Cayman of yesteryear -- by learning about wattle and daub, a method of construction used to build homes; discovering historical sites such as the Bodden Town Guard House, Old Savannah Schoolhouse and Watlers Cemetery; environmental treasures such as the Mastic Trail; and resources such as the Trust’s  Herbarium and Insectarium. Other historical sites not to be missed include the National Gallery, National Museum in George Town, and Pedro St. James in nearby Savannah - Cayman's oldest surviving stone structure, and the nation's “Birthplace of Democracy." Interactive displays in the multi-media theatre orient visitors to the history, lifestyle and economics of 18th and early 19th century at Pedro.

Located 480 miles south of Miami in the quiet western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travelers, honeymooners and families. World renowned for its beaches and diving spots, and ranked as the world's fifth largest financial center, the Cayman Islands offer exciting recreational opportunities along with friendly, high quality, modern service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, visit www.caymanislands.ky or www.divecayman.ky.

 


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