What to do and see in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: The Best Places and Tips

October 18, 2017 Madelene Haan

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. Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery

End of Bronze Rd., George Town KY1-1206, Grand Cayman +1 345-943-4786
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 1 reviews

Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery

Reviewed By Andy A - Eastleigh, United Kingdom

This is a must do! Warning: Have something to eat before you go otherwise you are likely to leave wasted!
The distillery does seem out of place but inside has a great atomosphere. really wasn't sure how the tour was going to go and certainly wasn't expecting to sample 10+ different rums and 5+ triple secs!
The tour and narration was very good and informative, the owner is very knowledgable and knows how to work the attendees. After the tour it was just a free for all and was such a good laugh.
This is a definite must do when you come to the Cayman Islands.

2. Stingray City

KY1- 1205, Grand Cayman
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 5 reviews

Stingray City

Reviewed By Tracy C - slc

This was one of my favorite things we did on the island. I was amazed with the number of stingrays that were there. At one time I think there were about 15 stingrays circling us. We were able to hold them, feed them and watch them swim around us. It was an amazing experience! We used Six Senses for our tour company and had a very good experience with them.

3. Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef

West Bay KY1, Grand Cayman +1 345-949-8522
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 866 reviews

Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef

The ex-USS Kittiwake is an Ex-US Navy Submarine Rescue Vessel. She was sunk on January 5th, 2011 in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands to create an artificial reef and shipwreck attraction for scuba divers and snorkelers to visit and enjoy.The attraction is operated by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. Please use a licensed operator and all visitors are required to pay a user fee.

Reviewed By Eric W - South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I have dove the Kittiwake a couple times and it continues to be an amazing wreck dive. Not only is the ship itself fascinating, as an artificial reef it is teeming with fish. A very cool dive site, the best way to see it is by scuba, but it is in shallow enough water that it makes a great snorkel destination as well.

4. Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Seven Mile Beach

Reviewed By Clive480077 - Letchworth Garden City

We walked a large part of the beach every day. The sand is gorgeous in texture and colour and each property rakes the portion outside every morning.
There’s several bars and restaurants right on the beach and if you go one block back, there are dozens.
One of the nicest Beaches we’ve been to anywhere in the world.

5. Cayman Crystal Caves

69 North Side Road | Old Man Bay, North Side, Grand Cayman +1 345-949-2283
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 836 reviews

Cayman Crystal Caves

Cayman Crystal Caves is a fascinating nature attraction located in North Side, Grand Cayman, and Cayman's newest tourist attraction. When you visit Cayman Crystal Caves, you will be escorted with a knowledgeable Tour Guide, and join us on an adventure exploration of "Cayman Down Under". You will venture into amazing caves where you'll see stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and otherworldly formations, formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Tour through the unique rainforest nature, under which the caves formed. Amongst the forest and caves is plenty of plant and animal life including strangler fig trees, air plants, parrots, and bats.... History Cayman Crystal Caves have formed over millions of years. Fossilized shells and animal life in the caves show us that at one time, the mass now containing the caves was all located under the sea. Over time, as sea levels changed and land began to rise, rooms began to form through water erosion, making caves. Within these rooms spectacular stalagmite and stalagtite crystal structures began to form, as rain water dripping through the limestone ceiling of the caves left calcium deposits behind. The caves are still today continuing to evolve. The process of stalagmite and stalagtite formation occurs as rain water becomes slightly acidic when it first travels through surrounding plants, earth and other organic matter. This acidic water disolves part of the limestone as it seeps through the earth, and re-deposits microscopic calcium layers, as the water drips from the cave celings. Over time these deposits collectively form the crystal structures. Hundreds of years ago, Pirates used these caves as hideouts, and also as shelters from the elements, including hurricanes. As the Cayman Islands became populated, locals used the surrounding lush lands as farmlands, and mined the caves for rich fertilizer produced by bat guana, as some of the caves are inhabited by bats. In the last half century farming stopped, as the population switched to more lucrative jobs within the tourism and financial sectors. In the early 1990s, Christian and Ole Sorensen undertook an in depth search and exploration of all caves in the Cayman Islands, and began talks with the Cayman Islands government on developing a cave attraction based on the experience from the family's development of the very successful Harrison's caves in Barbados. After a few years, it was realized that the crystal caves of Old Man Bay were extremely unique and stood above any other caves in the Cayman Islands, and for that matter, most of the world. It took almost another two decades to purchase the various parcels which encompasses the caves and surrounding rain forest, as well as devise a route to the landlocked site from the main road. In the last few years of planning the attraction, Ergun Berksoy and the Berksoy family, who have vast experience in the tourism sector, joined the Sorensen family in this venture and together they have seen Cayman's newest and very exciting tourist attraction to completion.

Reviewed By gjcm1 - Mason, Ohio

Unique and interesting place. In a remote part of the island. Beautiful drive. Good way to get a 'change of pace' from the beach. Amazing underground caves with awesome stalagmites/stalactites with unique shapes. Best part of the tour was our guide Rudy. He was informative and interesting. He showed us formations that look like famous people, animals, and places. And remembered the names of the people to noticed the resemblances! I even found a new one, and he wrote it down! He obviously cared about Cayman and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. He made the tour a treat.
For such a new venue it is very well done, and is definitely something to see while in Grand Cayman.

6. Devil's Grotto

Grand Cayman
Excellent
77%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Devil's Grotto

Virtual playground of mazes and grottoes.

Reviewed By s g - Lansing, Michigan

great place to snorkel for free while in port.just around the dock area a small walk.. Took our whole family of 10 here so everyone could try a little easy snorkeling. it never disappoints...always a lot of fish..lots of Tarpon, and many easy places to swim out to. This is a great FREE place for beginning on up snorkelers to try while in Grand Cayman..

7. Smith Cove

South Sound Road, Grand Cayman
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 706 reviews

Smith Cove

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

Reviewed By Kgirl00 - Hudson, New Hampshire

We walked to this beach from the pier after our cruise ship docked. And we were pretty much the only people there! About a dozen people at the beach at any given time. Beautiful sandy beach, excellent facilities, outstanding snorkeling. We had a lovely time at this hidden gem!

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