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Stingray City

31026 SMB Seven Mile Beach Royal Watler Cruise Ship Terminal Grand Cayman KY1, George Town, Cayman Islands
+1 345-322-3400
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Stingray City George Town  Cayman Islands
Getting close to nature at Stingray City George Town  Cayman Islands
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Kiss a Stingray George Town  Cayman Islands
Stingray City George Town  Cayman Islands
Stingray City George Town  Cayman Islands
Stingray City George Town  Cayman Islands
Getting close to nature at Stingray City George Town  Cayman Islands
Swimming with Stingrays in Grand Cayman George Town  Cayman Islands
Swim With Stingrays at Grand Cayman Island George Town  Cayman Islands
Visit to Stingray City George Town  Cayman Islands
Kiss a Stingray George Town  Cayman Islands
Kiss a Stingray George Town  Cayman Islands
Stingray City George Town  Cayman Islands
Stingray City George Town  Cayman Islands

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Stingray City

Swimming with stingrays may, admittedly, smack of an overly manufactured tourist experience. But the sandbars of Stingray City on Grand Cayman make for such a transcendent outing, you’ll be glad you went for it. As soon as you enter the shallow, transparent aqua, you’ll be surrounded by a most docile and friendly stingray brigade—a fixture ever since anglers began cleaning their daily catch here decades ago. Under the tutelage of a local guide, you’ll get to commune with these gentle giants (best advice: “Hold her like a pizza box”)—or simply spectate from the sidelines if you’d prefer. Either way, consider going early or late in the day to beat the crowds. Red Sail Sports, for one, offers both breakfast and sunset outings.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

Getting close to nature at Stingray City

Local legend has it that this sandbar was once used by local fisherman who stopped off to clean their recent catches. Before long they attracted the attention of sea monsters, dark shapes floating through the water. These monsters were of course beautiful stingrays and today the fishing boats have been replaced by tourists, each arriving for their chance to swim with and even pet the massive stingrays.
AFAR Contributor
over 4 years ago

Swimming with Stingrays in Grand Cayman

I went to Grand Cayman soon after Steve Irwin tragically died from a stingray barb; needless to say, getting out in the open ocean with these beautiful creatures in their home environment was not on the top of my list....until I got there. The water felt like a massive swimming pool that stretched to the ends of the earth; although a popular spot, we were the only tour group out at the time and the experience felt quite remote. "Be sure to shuffle your feet when you walk," we were advised by the instructors. Herds of stingrays swam up to us, their wings spanning 3-4 feet, and brushed us with their slippery skin as they passed. They seemed as curious about us as we were about them. We were in their home, their habitat; not some fish tank they had been couped up in for years. Just knowing that made it a magical experience. I got less nervous as the time rolled on, barely noticing when their barbs got within a few inches of me; a childhood, Little Mermaid "Under-The-Sea" kind of fantasy, realized.
over 4 years ago

Swim With Stingrays at Grand Cayman Island

One of our favorite experiences in the Cayman Islands was swimming with the stingrays. Take a catamaran out to "stingray city". You get to touch and hold these gentle giants. It was truly an unbelievable experience that I would recommend to everyone.
over 4 years ago

Visit to Stingray City

The weather this morning was pleasantly balmy, and the boat ride out to the sandbar was short but beautiful. Almost as soon as we cut the engine, the stingrays started to appear in the clear turquoise water and gather in groups of a dozen or so. The captain took a moment to explain that the rays were docile and that we would have the opportunity to feed them if we wanted (we did!), and then we jumped in. At first it was a bit scary to be approached by the stingrays, but it quickly became clear that the animals were curious but gentle, and soon we were feeding them chum by hand and giving “hugs” at every opportunity. The highlight of the day came when the guide approached us cradling a massive stingray and encouraged us to give it a kiss. I was hesitant to say the least, but after he promised us that according to island lore, kissing a Stingray meant 7 years good luck, we puckered up and gave it a big smooch. Our “brief stay” in Stingray City was nothing short of perfect, and we were all sad when the time came to leave, but I can only hope that part of the “stingray-kiss” luck means that I’ll be returning very soon!
over 4 years ago

Kiss a Stingray

Legend has it that if you kiss a stingray, it will bring seven years of good luck. Glide across the translucent blue waters a few miles from shore and arrive at Stingray City. You will be pleasantly surprised to step into waist-high water while thoughtful guides introduce you to these magnificent and gentle sea creatures. Whether you choose to hand-feed them up close or admire them from afar, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
about 4 years ago

Kiss a Stingray

Legend has it that if you kiss a stingray, it will bring seven years of good luck. Glide across the translucent blue waters a few miles from shore and arrive at Stingray City. You will be pleasantly surprised to step into waist-high water while thoughtful guides introduce you to these magnificent and gentle sea creatures. Whether you choose to hand-feed them up close or admire them from afar, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
AFAR Local Expert
over 2 years ago

Stingray City

Swimming with stingrays may, admittedly, smack of an overly manufactured tourist experience. But Stingray City makes for such a transcendent outing, you’ll be glad you went for it. Standing (or swimming) in shallow, transparent aqua, you’ll be surrounded by a most docile, friendly stingray brigade—a fixture here ever since anglers began cleaning their daily catch in these sandbars. Then, under the tutelage of a local guide (best advice: “Hold ’er like a pizza box”), you’ll get to commune with these gentle giants.

AFAR Staff
over 2 years ago

Stingray City

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over 4 years ago

Stingray City

Hundreds of Stingrays (with barbs); the friendliest fish we've ever met.