At a Glance
The Caymans include 3 islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Combined they take up 102 square miles. This British territory is located Northwest of Jamaica and South of Cuba.
Cruise ships are anchored off Grand Cayman (the largest) port, meaning passengers are transferred ashore via ships’ tender boats. The piers are right downtown George Town, which can be explored on foot. Taxis are also available.
The weather is consistently warm. Tropical storms hit the Cayman Islands every 1.64 years.
Language is English and the U.S. dollar is widely accepted.
Points of interest
The Caymans were once called ‘The Islands Time Forgot’, but it is now the 5th largest banking center in the world. There are more registered businesses here than people. Grand Cayman is a very clean island and a pleasure to visit.
Cayman Turtle Farm
This farm is one-of-a-kind, 23-acre adventure marine park home to giant green sea turtles, ranging from newborns to +600 lbs adults.
Welcome to Hell!
Yes, really! It’s a tiny town with its own post office where you can mail a postcard from Hell.
There is a souvenir shop where you can buy something that says you have been to Hell! 🙂
It’s also where you will find rough and jagged black limestone formations half-a-football field, that suggest what Hell might look like!
Stingray City & Sandbar
I have a funny story to tell you about this.
A long time ago, when we first cruised to Grand Cayman, my husband asked the lady at the excursion desk on the ship if we could take a taxi to Stingray City….she laughed. We found out it was in the middle of the ocean! on a sandbar.
You obviously have to take a boat tour. It’s very shallow and you get off the boat and you don’t have to swim, you stand with water only to your waist.
My husband was the first off the boat, but my daughter (who was about 14 years old then) and I were the last ones off, we weren’t too sure about this. We could see all these big stingrays swimming to everyone in the water and even climbing on my husband.
As soon as my daughter and I hit the water, 2 or 3 started swimming towards us and guess what? We both screamed and climbed back up on the boat and watch from that safe place for the rest of the tour.
We are the exception though…everyone loves going there.
Snorkeling & Diving
There are many free snorkeling spots accessible from shore. Wreck of the Gamma is near the end of Seven Mile Beach. Perfect for beginners.
Eden Rock is a walking distance from the pier where tenders arrive. If you don’t have your own gears, you can rent them at the Eden Rock dive center.
Cheeseburger Reef is another snorkeling spot that can be reached by foot from the pier. Got its name because it’s beside Burger King!
Seven Mile Beach
This world-famous beach is only 10-minute drive from the pier. It’s not really 7 mile but 5.5 mile-long!
It’s a long stretch of white sand, perfect to just relax, take long walks and enjoy the crystal clear water.
You can rent chairs and water sports activities are available.
Are you visiting Grand Cayman on your next cruise?