Top Attractions in the Cayman Islands
Collected by Abbie Kozolchyk, AFAR Local Expert
The best attractions in the Cayman Islands include serene tropical beaches, but this Caribbean paradise offers plenty of ways to get weird, too. Meet your first blue iguana, or visit Hell, a dramatic collection of menacing limestone formations.
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...
Spot Bay Rd, Spot Bay, Cayman Islands
While you can certainly pick up some singular souvenirs at the family-run NIM (Native Island Made) Things, visiting this Cayman Brac institution is as much about schmoozing as shopping. Set inside a sweet little yellow house in Spot Bay, the...
Rarely do the terms Queen Elizabeth and reptilian breeding ground appear in the same sentence, but at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park—inaugurated by Her Majesty in 1994—you'll find a notable exception. Of the countess features to...
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...
31026 SMB, Seven Mile Beach, (Royal Watler Cruise Ship Terminal), George Town KY1-1205, 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...
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,...
Camana Bay, 10 Market St, KY1-9006, Cayman Islands
Though any Caymanian gallery or craft market makes for a fun stop, a few artists may well turn you into a local collector. Consider Shane Aquart, whose Dready character you’ll see on some of the most beloved prints around Grand Cayman. Not...
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...
Stake Bay Road, 279 Dennis Foster Rd, Stake Bay, Cayman Islands
Though the ruggedly gorgeous Cayman Brac is better known for its outdoors than its interior displays, one notable exception sits on the side of the road in Stake Bay, where you’ll find a sweet little white-wood outpost with blue accents....
Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
Walking along Seven Mile Beach is as classic a Caymanian experience as you’ll find, and while there’s no overstating how exquisite the powdery, damp sand feels underfoot, and how stunning the thousand shades of aqua look offshore, the...
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