Cayman Islands Vacations

Two million tourists take Cayman Islands vacations each year. Most of them are cruise-ship passengers, who spend a few hours shopping, sunbathing or swimming with stingrays, before pulling out of port. Others hunker down near Seven Mile Beach, enjoying their all-inclusive resort on one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful stretches of sand.   Cayman is definitely a cosmopolitan place – with nearly half the population is from somewhere else – but its rich local culture is alive and well, especially in Bodden Town, East End and Cayman Brac. Explore the North Side and the Sister Islands to discover lush forests, diverse bird life, mysterious caves and untrammeled beaches. Under the waves lie amazing underwater walls and accessible shipwrecks.  Dive in. It takes only a small sense of adventure to uncover Cayman’s greatest treasures – the warm hospitality and the fantastic natural phenomena above and below the sea.   For more information the beautiful beaches of the Cayman Islands, visit our Greater Antilles Travel page.  The Cayman Islands are part of the islands that make up the Greater Antilles.

Cayman Islands Weather – When to Visit

August is the hottest month in Grand Cayman with an average temperature of 85°F.  The best time to visit the Cayman Islands is between March and June when the hotel rates drop.  January and February are the coolest months with average lows in the high 60s. The rainy season runs from May through October, although showers usually only last for a few hours at a time. The islands’ location in the western part of the Caribbean shields them from being hit too hard by the annual hurricane season, which lasts from June to November. If you don’t want to sacrifice weather for a break on hotel prices, plan a trip for the region’s dry season, which runs from November to April.

Cayman Islands Attractions

Eden Rock Devil's Grotto, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, best Cayman Islands beaches, best beaches of the Caribbean, things to do in the Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands attractions, Cayman Islands Tours, best restaurant in the Cayman Islands,  best bars in the Cayman IslandsEden Rock & Devil’s Grotto (Grand Cayman)

Just south of Seven Mile Beach and approximately 46 feet below the surface are Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto, two of the most popular diving spots on Grand Cayman. Both are wonderful underwater mazes filled with tarpon, silversides, parrotfish and barracuda, and they should be enjoyable swims for both beginner and intermediate snorkelers.

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Experience the famous Stingray City and snorkel at the Barrier Reef and Coral Gardens during this 3-hour excursion on Grand Cayman. Board a cabin cruiser to meet your friendly captain and crew, then head out to the sandbar at Stingray City. Jump in to the shallow water and interact with the gentle creatures, even feeding them by hand as they swim slowly around you. Continue to 2 of the island’s most popular snorkeling spots: Coral Gardens and the Barrier Reef. Don the provided snorkel equipment and explore the underwater world, rich with marine life like coral and tropical fish.  Read more about Stingray City, 2-Stop Snorkeling

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Seven Mile Beach is one of the Caribbean’s best beaches. Take one look at this crescent-shaped shore and the soft, coral sand and you’ll easily understand why. Many of Grand Cayman’s best resorts are situated on Seven Mile, and there are a number of casual beach bars and restaurants, a playground, restrooms and showers. It’s also a great spot to try snorkeling for the first time.  The clear water allows snorkelers to see the vibrant fish and beautiful coral.

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The USS Kittiwake was an ex-U.S. Navy submarine that served for more than 50 years before it was sunk off the coast of popular Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman in 2011. The submerged submarine and artificial reef now delights scuba divers with its swim throughs and sea life, including shrimp, eels, barracuda, turtles and grouper.  Because Kittiwake is a popular dive site, it is highly recommended to book your reservation in advance.

Bloody Bay Marine Park, Little  Cayman, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, best Cayman Islands beaches, best beaches of the Caribbean, things to do in the Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands attractions, Cayman Islands Tours, best restaurant in the Cayman Islands,  best bars in the Cayman IslandsBloody Bay Marine Park (Little Cayman)

This marine park is the top diving spot on Little Cayman, and it’s a favorite of both skilled and beginning scuba divers. The park’s top sight is the Bloody Bay Wall, an incredible reef and drop down that starts about 20 feet below sea level before plummeting more than 1,000 feet. Visibility of the water’s native stingrays, turtles and sharks averages around 100 feet.

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Cayman Islands Tours & Activities

Starfish and Stingray City Adventure with Snorkeling

Visit three Grand Cayman attractions on this tour to Stingray City, the Coral Garden, and a location where you can snorkel with starfish. You’ll have the chance to swim near stingrays in their natural environment and enjoy the clear Caribbean waters of the Cayman Islands. Snorkeling gear and transportation from the cruise terminal and hotels in George Town and the Seven Mile Beach area are provided.  Read more about Cayman Islands Stingray City and Starfish Snorkel Tour 

Guided Tour of Cayman Crystal Caves

Trek through the stalactites and stalagmites of the Cayman Crystal Caves on this 1.5-hour guided group tour, which departs every hour between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Learn about the native flora and geologic history from your guide as you go.  Read more about Guided Tour of Cayman Crystal Caves

Grand Cayman Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling at Stingray Sandbar and Reef

Sail to the Stingray City Sandbar aboard a luxury catamaran, then snorkel over coral beds on this fabulous aquatic adventure. Explore the underwater world of Grand Cayman where southern stingrays glide gracefully by in the shallows. You can touch the gentle creatures before searching for more marine life at the barrier reef — an unforgettable experience. Snorkel gear included, with beverages available for purchase from the cash bar on board.  Read more about Grand Cayman Catamaran Cruise

Seafarer Adventures Grand Cayman Bioluminous Tour

Combine two of Grand Cayman’s natural attractions—Starfish Point and the Bioluminous Bay—on a tour from George Town. Departing via boat from the Cayman Island Yacht Club, cruise over to Starfish Point to hang out on the beach or the boat; you are welcome to bring your own snacks or drinks to enjoy. Once the sun sets, head to the Bioluminous Bay to swim, snorkel, and learn about the natural phenomenon that makes the water light up.  Read more about Grand Cayman Starfish Point, Bioluminous Bay Tour

Grand Cayman Sunset Catamaran Sail

Sail into the sunset on this evening cruise from Grand Cayman. Take in stunning views of the white-sand Seven Mile Beach as you sip drinks from the full cash bar and munch on the provided appetizers. As the sun drops towards the horizon, watch the colors change and feel the tropical island breeze on the deck of the catamaran. Relax and enjoy this end to another day in paradise.  Read more about Grand Cayman Sunset Catamaran Sail 

Best Cayman Islands Restaurants

Agua

Its young, international chefs emphasize seafood, preparing regional dishes from around the globe with a Caymanian slant, emphasizing Peruvian and Italian specialties from tiraditos to tiramisu.  Wine selections from lesser-known regions often represent good value, with 20 offered by the glass; the bartenders also creatively pair cocktails and food. Free tapas at happy hour and the three-course lunch menu are steals.  Telephone:  345-949-2482  Web:  Agua.

Blue by Eric Ripert

Choose from six- and seven-course tasting menus (with or without wine pairing); there are also trendy “almost raw” and “barely touched” options.  Sensuous options might include lobster with purple cauliflower and macadamia nuts in truffle butter, or seared turbot with braised endive in a clam–foie gras emulsion. The vast wine list showcases heavy hitters, hot new regions, and lesser-known varietals.  Telephone:  345-943-9000  Web:  Blue by Eric Ripert.

Casa 43 Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar

Start with the savory ceviches, or try such terrific tacos as the Tecate-battered rock shrimp, chicharrón, or fish. Sterling main courses range from salmon quesadilla to a pork chop in tamarind-orange-chipotle reduction. But the two musts are the duck confit chilaquiles and torta de cochinita pibil brimming with avocado, refried beans, pickled onions, and roasted tomato aioli, served with a heaping helping of the signature chili fries. Wash it down with magnificent margaritas.  Telephone:  345-949-4343  Web:  Casa 43 Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar.

Morgan’s

The menu dances just as deftly from Asia to his Austrian home. Nimbly prepared nibbles include the wildly popular 10-ounce Brie-topped jerk burger and ceviche, but everything from chicken schnitzel to Thai seafood curry is expertly cooked to order.  Telephone:  345-946-7049  Web:  Morgan’s.

Catch

You might savor the coriander-toasted crispy octopus; the tuna-wahoo carpaccio duo, both exquisite; tenderized thin slices of panko-fried conch; or the house answer to surf and turf: pork belly porchetta and seared scallop with apple and celery all’amatriciana. The standout among the stunners: oxtail ravioli, with sprouts adding just the right crunchiness while local pepper jelly contributes just enough heat. There is a fabulous cocktail list, emphasizing modern twists on the classics, with an excellent wine list. Telephone:  345-949-4321  Web:  Catch.

Best Cayman Islands Bars & Nightlife

Minus 5º Ice Bar

You don gloves and a white or black faux fur coat, then step into a futuristic space completely fashioned from ice: the intricately carved walls, the bar, the tables, the banquettes (draped in fur throws), even the shot and highball glasses. An LED light show plays off the ice sculptures, from pirates to palm trees, which the talented artists change every 8 to 10 weeks. The very chill bartenders serve you a shot, then you choose from one of eight cocktails , both included in the entry fee.  Telephone:  345-925-4002  Web:  Minus 5º Ice Bar.

South West Collective

The pub fare comes at fair prices, whether lunch or such bar bites as smoked oyster dip goosed with lemon and capers or spiced beef patties with rum barbecue sauce. But the drinks are the thing, from loose-leaf teas to global artisan beers, homemade sangria or kombucha smoothies to craft cocktails (as well as the house moonshine).  Telephone:  345-946-3004  Web:  South West Collective.

West Indies Wine Company

At this ultra contemporary wine store, you purchase tasting cards, allowing you to sample any of the 80-odd wines and even spirits available by the sip or half or full glass via the argon-enhanced “intelligent dispensing system.” Selections traverse a vast canny range of prices, regions, and styles.   Telephone:  345-640-9492  Web:  West Indies Wine Company.

Barracuda’s Bar

The kitchen elevates pub grub to an art form, with pizzas, Reubens, and French melts. Locals flock here for free pasta Fridays, karaoke Wednesdays, and live music on Thursdays. You might walk in on a hotly contested darts or dominoes tournament, but the vibe is otherwise mellow at this charming time-warp hangout.  Telephone:  345-948-8511  Web:  Barracuda’s Bar.

Best Cayman Islands Hotels
All-Inclusive – Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman


Wyndham Reef Resort is located at the East End of Grand Cayman, which gives you the peace and quiet that many island hoppers are looking for. Step outside your comfortable suite onto the beach and dip into the crystal clear Caribbean waters. Spoil yourself in the Le Soleil Spa or wander down to the Beach Bar for fresh catch and delicious island delights. For the adventurous, we offer a host of beach, water and island activities.

Shangri-La Boutique Bed & Breakfast


This unique and individually themed boutique hotel will add to the general ambiance of your visit with them, which together with the outdoor facilities will provide a truly relaxing experience. In fact, their guests can choose to have an occasional day ‘on-site’ to enjoy the pool, sun deck and garden, and either using the barbecue, or ordering a tasty pizza delivery.

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa


Located in the heart of Grand Cayman fronting the famous Seven Mile Beach, guests at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa can enjoy scuba diving, shopping, or just relaxing on their getaway at their resort in the Cayman Islands.

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort


Welcome to our Beach House – Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort makes you feel right at home. All of the spacious 295 guest rooms at our Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands resort have been completely refurbished. The main lobby “Anchor & Den” has transformed into a spacious, yet cozy place where you can connect, relax and spend time with family and friends. Experience enhanced culinary offerings at our hotel on Seven Mile Beach, at the new outdoor beach fish grill restaurant Veranda or have a drink at the Vista Bar – a perfect place to end the night in the Cayman Islands.

Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa


Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman’s first boutique resort. Here, trendsetting contemporary design meets the timeless allure of world-famous Seven Mile Beach for the first time. Boundless open-air architecture features commanding views of the sea at every turn, unfolding to meandering gardens, countless unexpected sanctuaries, and convivial gathering spaces. Escape effortlessly into your sensory adventure of choice, from spontaneous and social, to serene and secluded, all with memorable Caymanian flavor and warm Kimpton spirit.


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24 Comments

  1. My Daily Pointers

    I absolutely love the water and the crystal clear waters.  I have done a bit of snorkeling in the Mayan Riviera and enjoyed it immensely.  I was so thrilled to see that Devil’s Grotto and Eden Rock are suitable for beginners as well. It truly is like a whole new world under the water!

    Shipwrecks you say? What a fabulous adventure this could be!  Can you suggest what level of scuba diving training you should be to be safe here?  I have never done it before but am contemplating trying it out.

    The Sunset Catamaran Sail sounds simply delightful and some thing I would like to spend with my significant other. 

    I am not one much for nightlife but by the sounds of your descriptions, I should maybe make an exception if I ever visit!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The Cayman Islands has a little bit for everyone.  And as far as diving, beginners are welcome.  They cater to beginners and will make you as comfortable as possible under water so you can enjoy the great and vast sea life.  Thanks for your visit to Cayman Islands Vacations 🙂

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  2. Yvonne

    Looks like Cayman Islands is a great place for a vacation! I have heard of Cayman Islands before but not visited it yet. Your guide on places to visit and things to do will come in handy when I plan my next travel destination. Which months are the best to visit?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Let me know if I can help when you start planning. That is the thing about the Cayman Islands. It is a great place to visit at any time of the year really. There is no bad time 🙂

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  3. Agnes

    Hi Leahrae
    You are such a Pro at what you do, I keep coming back to your site because everything here is so well put together. I love traveling and have been to many places in the Caribean, but never the Caymen Islands. I almost feel like Im on vacation just reading your blog 🙂 Maybe this will be my next destination. Thank you and keep on blogging.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Agnes 🙂 I am glad you are enjoying reading my blog. Yes, you will love Cayman Islands Vacations 🙂

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  4. Kevon

    I always love reading your very informative destination guides. Coming from the Caribbean myself, I truly believe in the tourism industry. However, I’ve always seen the Cayman Islands as a tax haven, never really thought of it as a tourist destination. But from your guide it is much more successful than I thought. I mean, 2 million tourists each year is a lot. That’s as many visitors that land in Jamaica each year. So congrats to the Cayman Islands.

    What I particularly found attractive in your guide is the Stingray City. I would definitely love to do that one day.

    Thanks for sharing Leahrae.

    Cheers

    Kevon

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Kevon. And yes, Stingray City is something unique, fun and will bring you memories to last a lifetime, as will a beach vacation to the Cayman Islands 🙂

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  5. Andrei

    Awesome review! I’ve heard a few times about Cayman islands, but I’ve never considered it as a candidate for a vacation. After reading your review and seeing the video, I’m more than sure that somewhere in the following 2-3 years I’ll get there! Thank you for writing such a complex review!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Andrei! I am glad I nudged you into considering a beach vacation to the Cayman Islands. You will have a fantastic time! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Susan

    Wow… I love this site! So much information available on each page. The links work well from page to page and the images are so inviting. I can do with a holiday. You seem to have thought of everything even facebook and twitter links. Ideas of US beaches is a great idea to. I will be coming to you when I need my holiday for sure. I have bookmarked this site.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Susan, and yes more beach destinations to come 🙂 I try to provide everything, so that when you plan you have it all. Thanks for reading!

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  7. Steve

    Wow, great site with a ton of information! I went to the Cayman Islands many years ago on a cruise. reading your site made me feel like I missed most of it!! It makes me want to go back and get a better experience! Thanks again for a thorough site!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Your are very welcome Steve! Thank you for visiting the Cayman Island Vacations! For sure one of those beach destinations that all should experience.

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  8. CLemens

    Oh my, this is a wonderful guide read for Cayman Island. I never know its such a lovely place with blue water views. I have heard of Cayman Island as a place for offshore funds but never thought it would be a perfect destination for holiday. You mentioned rainy season in May through November, will it shower the full whole day or just occasional 1-2 hours?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No, that is the nice thing. The showers do not last all day. As you say, you will see maybe a couple hours of rain a day. Perfect beach destination to visit all year round.

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  9. Matendi

    I really appreciate this information. My wife and I went to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in May and we could have used such a guide. It makes for a more pleasant trip and takes the worry about where to go and what to do next out of the picture. This also gives people who want to go to this place, an idea of where to start and how to plan.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it does give a place to start and plan 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed reading about Cayman Island Vacations. Thank you for visiting!

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  10. stephanie

    I love this! I am a travel blogger too but have never been to the Caymans and Ive been told by just about everyone that its amazing and i need to go. I love the list of things to do. That ice bar sounds amazing.. Definitely on my must-do list. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome 🙂  Thanks for visiting!

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  11. Akwi Ndah

    Your site is so enriching and full of information! I have been wanting to go to the Cayman Islands and am really in the planning stage. I am glad I found your site and this very informative post on the Cayman Islands. I was wondering if you can tell me what times of year are not good to go? Thanks so much!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you and I am glad you found my site useful and informative for your upcoming trip to the Cayman Islands. Really there is no bad time of year to visit. The weather is good year round. The only thing that could postpone your trip would be an upcoming hurricane. So, just keep an eye out for the weather right before making your plans. And please let me know if I can help in any way!

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  12. Stuart

    Hi Leahrae,

    I have to say, I really like this site, as a frequent traveller myself, I found it very informative and easy to navigate. The functionality of your site is really impressive, you have your social media links, links to reviews and purchasing, banners etc. Love the layout. If I had one thing to say that was missing was maybe a call to action, to capture your potential clients details, like a email capture page that pops up or even an area that is quite visible to capture this information. So you can mail potential customers with deals, newsletters, updates etc. Hope this helps? What are your thoughts?

    Cheers
    Stuart

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Stuart it does help.  I have been trying to figure out a way, and what to offer with a call to action.  I want it to be good and I don’t want to have to “redo” it.  Maybe you can tell that I am a bit of a perfectionist and like to do things right the first time.  Does not always work that way, but thank you for your input and for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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