Are you longing for a vacation of a lifetime? Then Grand Cayman is the right place for you as it has plenty of attractions to suit all tastes. From water sports, cultural activities to beautiful turquoise sea and the breathtaking Seven Mile Beach, you won’t be disappointed.
The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean, and out of the three islands, Grand Cayman is the most popular. When you think of Grand Cayman, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably luxury hotels and sandy beaches with stunning palm trees, but there is a wealth of natural beauty and astonishing wildlife for you to discover as well. Here, you will surely have an adventure that you will remember for a long time. Here are some of the best Grand Cayman attractions that will make your vacation memorable.
Seven Mile Beach
While there are many wonderful beaches around the Caribbean islands, one of the most famous is certainly the Seven Mile Beach. When you see the magnificent white sandy beach and when you dive into the crystal blue water, it is easy to understand why it is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Walking along the shore, you will find many beach bars, restaurants, and resorts. It offers a vast choice of activities. Whether you want to go for a swim in the cool blue water and watch the beautiful sunset or take part in parasailing or surfing, the Seven Mile Beach gives you every opportunity to have an unforgettable vacation.
Grand Cayman waters
If you love adventure, Grand Cayman diving trips are the perfect activity for you. The island offers some of the best diving spots in the Caribbean as it has great underwater visibility and amazing coral reefs. With high-quality scuba diving equipment, getting to know the underwater world will be a unique experience. Besides the natural world, you can also see Kittiwake Shipwreck and Artificial Reef. It was a US Navy submarine which was sunk on purpose in 2011 near the popular Seven Mile Beach. This exquisite diving spot captivates divers with its marine life such as turtles, barracudas, shrimps and other vibrant fish. Even snorkelers can enjoy the view of this submerged submarine due to high visibility and placement of only around 60 feet below the surface of the water.
For more excitement seeking spirits, there is the famous Stingray City where you can touch and swim with wild southern stingrays. They are one of the most famous attractions of Grand Cayman. These beautiful and friendly creatures swim around freely in shallow waters and many travelers are enchanted by them and say that it is an experience of a lifetime. If you prefer dolphins to stingrays, there are also tours that take you to swim with dolphins.
Furthermore, there are also many other water sports and adventure opportunities. You can go on a thrilling water jet ride, wonderful kayaking tours or even experience the feeling of flying and get spectacular views while parasailing or kiteboarding.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
If you want to explore the natural wonders and wildlife of Grand Cayman, then you should visit the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park built in approximately 1900. It is home to fascinating plants and animals unique to the island including orchids and the endangered blue iguana. Its only natural habitat is here on Grand Cayman and you can see these fascinating lizards with blue skin sitting around the exquisite park. They are under protection so touching them is not allowed. Here, you can explore beautiful gardens and trails covered with the sweet smell of orchids.
For more adventurous travelers, there is the Mastic Trail for hiking which preserves the unspoiled area of the old forest. If you go on a guided tour through this old trail, you can learn about the importance of protection of this natural treasure and its historical significance.
Cayman Turtle Centre
The Cayman Turtle Center is a conservation and one of the biggest land attractions located in the West Bay. Here, you can have fun interacting with turtles and other animals characteristic to this island. You can pick up and play with turtles, or if you are lucky, you can even see the hatching of new baby turtles. There are also butterfly areas and predator tanks. After that, children can enjoy the Turtle Twister waterslide.
Cayman Crystal Caves
Cayman Crystal Caves represent the newest attraction of Grand Cayman. Situated in a tropical forest, it will give you an adventurous experience of a lifetime. Guided walking tours will take you through three breathtaking caves after you have explored paths of the tropical forest and its inhabitants. Inside the caves, you will witness some of the most spectacular crystal formations which took years and even centuries to make.
Only a few places around the world have such a combination of natural beauty and adventure opportunities for you to plan your vacation of a lifetime. Except the adventurous dimension that you will experience, this exotic part of the world will be a pleasant surprise when it comes to traditional food too. Don’t be afraid to taste the dishes you have never even heard of before! Grand Cayman is a unique place where you can find everything that you need and more. So pack your bags and start your adventure today.