What to do and see in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: The Best Free Things to do

May 16, 2022 Jana Sager

The farther you go from Grand Cayman's busy docks, the more peace and quiet you'll find. At Stingray City (actually a sandbar), stingrays swim alongside you in the tranquil waters. Closer to town, travelers report finding some of the best massage and spa services anywhere in the Caribbean.
Restaurants in Grand Cayman

1. St Ignatius Catholic Church

599 Academy Way, George Town Grand Cayman +1 345-949-6797 http://www.ignatius.ky
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
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1%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 96 reviews

St Ignatius Catholic Church

Reviewed By GordonW318 - Gloucester, United Kingdom

A beautiful church with stain glass windows. Open all hours just to sit for 5 minutes and meditate. A little gem. Worth spending time to visit.

2. Artifacts

6 Harbour Drive Cayside Galleries Grand Cayman +1 345-949-2442 [email protected] http://www.artifacts.com.ky
Excellent
83%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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5.0 based on 70 reviews

Artifacts

Artifacts is an antique store founded in 1971 and is a treasure trove of antique jewellery, maps, prints, china, shipwreck treasures, ancient Greek and Roman coins, Spanish American coins both mounted in 14kt gold and unmounted. It is a great spot to pick up a unique gift with a great story behind it. Artifacts is constantly adding to its stock so there is always something new to interest customers and collectors. Artifacts has a great reputation for selling quality goods from trusted sources. The staff are extremely knowledgeable about antiques and are happy to explain the background to any of the items on sale.

Reviewed By ScubaStuke - Seven Mile Beach, Caribbean

Artifacts has all kinds of antique items. Yet the ancient Greek, Roman, and shipwreck coins are the best items to view and purchase. I purchased an antique string of graduated pearls for my wife that were from 1920. They are so cool! If you come to George Town, skip the shirt shops and go into this shop for a real Caribbean experience.

3. West Bay

Grand Cayman
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
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Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

West Bay

Offers beautiful diving sites.

4. Smith Cove

South Church Street Near Thompson Drive Grand Cayman http://caribya.com/georgetown/smiths.cove
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 859 reviews

Smith Cove

Located on the southwest part of Grand Cayman, this is a good bathing spot.

Reviewed By Iya2009 - Lafayette, United States

My husband and I snorkeled around the Cove and saw beautiful fish and sea urchins. There were so many different types of fish we could not keep count.

5. Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

George Town KY1-1102 Grand Cayman +1 345-949-0623 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/VisitCaymanIslands/
Excellent
58%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

6. Cemetery Beach and Reef

Grand Cayman
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 807 reviews

Cemetery Beach and Reef

Reviewed By TravelingSoccerLoon - Saint Paul, United States

Great place to enjoy some relaxing time on the beach and get in some good snorkeling at a reef that is easily accessible from the beach. We were visiting Grand Caymen on a cruise ship and while most passengers gravitated to Calico Jacks or Royal Palms, we headed further away along Seven Mile Beach and had a very different and enjoyable experience away from the crowds. As pointed out by others, there are no facilities at the beach. However there are a number of trees available and plenty of shade if that is preferred. There was a couple picnic tables available as well. We put our beach towels down and enjoyed a beautiful relaxing day at a not too crowded beach. Bring your own drinks and food and snorkel gear. I snorkeled for about an hour with plenty of fish to see all around the reef which is located about 100 yards from the beach. Beach access is along a foot path just to the north of the cemetery. Getting back to our ship was easy on the public bus with a bus stop right across the main road from the cemetery. $2.50 per person for the 15-20 min ride back to Georgetown. This was much quicker than the "taxi" we were loaded into at the port which made several stops to drop off the other 20 passengers before arriving at Cemetery Beach.

7. Starfish Point

Water Cay Rd Grand Cayman
Excellent
53%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,422 reviews

Starfish Point

Reviewed By ChefAlcala - Northern Mexico, Mexico

Great Experience Amazing place a must go place if you go to Cayman island the beach its free just dont take out of the water the star fish you get nice pictures there go on week end

8. Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 5,859 reviews

Seven Mile Beach

Reviewed By NanaPepper

Seven Mile Beach is a slice of heaven in Grand Cayman! Depending on where you are along the beach, you have areas of gorgeous white sand for playing and swimming, rocky areas perfect for snorkeling, teeming with exotic fish, calm turquoise water, restaurants, condos and miles of uncrowded shorelines to walk and explore.

Esterley Tibbits Highway, George Town KY1-1002 Grand Cayman +1 345-945-8111 [email protected] http://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands' (NGCI) new purpose built 9,000sq ft facility houses the Cayman Island's national art collection, a gallery for temporary exhibitions, a lecture theatre, education centre, art library, sculpture garden and café. The gallery's busy schedule includes 75 art happenings per month, up to 8 exhibitions a year featuring Caymanian and International artists and several large scale community arts events.

Reviewed By Loneostrich - Miami Beach, United States

I was impressed by the National Gallery. The space is lovely and decently sized. The permanent collection upstairs was bolder and more exciting than I might have expected, and there was a great retrospective on the painter generally viewed as Cayman's greatest living artist. And no admission fee--bonus!

10. Governors Beach

Governors Way, Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 711 reviews

Governors Beach

Reviewed By missallyn

Governors Beach was a beautiful day spot for our family during our cruise stop to Grand Cayman. We utilized the public bus to and from the port area, which was an easy walk and overall convenient and affordable means of transportation. The beach was clean, not too crowded and very beautiful. Snorkeling was also very nice at this location.

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