The Best Things to Do in the Cayman Islands
Collected by Abbie Kozolchyk , AFAR Local Expert
Whether you vacation on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, or wildlife-rich Little Cayman, or spend time on each of the three Cayman Islands, you'll return home with a near-endless supply of stories. There's no way to scuba dive by the Bloody Bay Wall, photograph the wonders of Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, or explore the underground Crystal Caves without finding some new favorite experiences. You might even return home with stories of your visit to Hell, a dramatic collection of menacing limestone formations, or of swanning around in the water with the creatures of Stingray City.
1320 W Bay Rd, West Bay, Cayman Islands
While Grand Cayman’s waters harbor legendary coral reefs, there’s another treasure waiting to be discovered below the surface in a marine park off Seven Mile Beach. About 60 feet down rests the intentionally submerged Kittiwake, a...
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Though a relatively new option for tourists, the Crystal Caves of Grand Cayman’s Old Man Bay have been hosting other sorts of visitors since time immemorial: Everyone from bats (who still hang out near the entrance) to farmers (in search of...
West Bay, Cayman Islands
Go to Hell, so named for the underworld-evoking field of jagged, blackened limestone formations that crop up in this tiny Caymanian town, where iguanas handily outnumber human residents. While you're there, stop into Hell’s Gift Shop to...
3 Harbour Dr, George Town, Cayman Islands
Take a walking tour of historic George Town, the capital of Grand Cayman since the 18th century, when the local harbor was deemed the island’s best commercial anchorage. One of the oldest sites is Fort George, and though you’ll find only small...
31026 SMB Seven Mile Beach Royal Watler Cruise Ship Terminal Grand Cayman KY1, George Town, Cayman Islands
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...
Rum Point, Cayman Islands
Among vacationers who’ve been coming to Grand Cayman forever, there’s a whole faction that essentially camps out at Rum Point all day every day, and you’ll understand why as soon as you see the place. Tucked away, super low-key,...
Pedro Castle Road, Savannah, Savannah KY1-1501, Cayman Islands
Not far outside George Town, you’ll find Pedro St. James, a beautifully restored, lushly landscaped 18th-century great house—complete with period furniture and other era-appropriate artifacts, as well as a 21st-century multimedia,...
Across the Airport, Blossom Village KY3-2501, Cayman Islands
At 10 miles long and a mile wide, Little Cayman is the kind of place where you really don’t need a car. And while your own legs and some swim fins would probably suffice for most things you want to do here, you should also consider renting a...
Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Among Cayman Brac's many natural wonders are its plentiful caves. In fact, you could happily spelunk your way across the island. Start by crawling through the entrance of Nani's Cave and shine your headlamp or flashlight around to see the...
Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Among the three Cayman Islands, Brac is the most topographically endowed, thanks to its distinguishing feature: the Bluff, a limestone cliff rising along the length of the island and topping out at about 140 feet at the eastern end. Between that...
Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
Hit Seven Mile Beach, a beautiful and—as the name would suggest—long stretch of shoreline to see why it’s one of the Cayman Islands’ most fabled features. Facing out to sea, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were beholding a life-size Rothko...
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