The three Cayman Islands are so diverse geographically and culturally that you will find many different kinds of attractions. Yes, we have popular tourist attractions such as the Turtle Farm and Rum Point. But we also have a unique planned community called Camana Bay that offers various entertainments and activities. And of course, there’s our internationally recognized Blue Iguana Recovery Program. Not to mention the breath-taking views atop the Bluff in Cayman Brac. And the undeveloped and unspoiled Point of Sand Beach on Little Cayman. From skate and surf parks to heritage stops, you’ll find plenty of ‘attractive’ places to visit in Cayman.
Boasting the world’s largest (62,000 sq. ft.) outdoor concrete skate park. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to dusk, Sunday 12pm to dusk. Or try surfing in the continuous standing wave pool – equipment and instruction provided to get you started. Open by reservation (6 or more); drop in sessions Thursday & Sunday 3pm to 5pm. Surf shop and gift shop in addition to classes, camps and events.
These tunnels carved into the cliffrock below the surface catch the incoming waves resulting in sea spray shooting up as high as 20feet. Hurricane Ivan filled them with debris and they weren’t blowing for several years. But they’ve now cleared out and are working once again.
Cayman’s native iguana exists nowhere in the world but Grand Cayman. The breeding and recovery program at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park was established in 1990 and has helped maintain this critically endangered species. The program is based out of the Botanic Park where the iguanas can be viewed up close in their habitat grounds.
The Bluff on Cayman Brac is one of the most unusual features of these typically flat Caribbean islands. This limestone ridge runs the length of the island but is most dramatic at the eastern end where it reaches a height of 140 feet then drops off abruptly to the water below. This topography has resulted in a fascinating historical adventure that Brackers still like to relate. And also creates a unique bird-watching site. Then, of course, there’s the view is simply majestic. Take a stroll, or prepare a picnic, or even arrange your wedding here – but don’t miss experiencing The Bluff.
View one of Cayman’s most interesting birds at this land-locked salt water lagoon reserve, home to the largest colony of Red-footed Boobies in the western hemisphere. Covering 334 acres, the site has been designated a Wetland of International Significance. Visitor center and observation decks provide views of numerous other water and shore birds.
Relax and enjoy your time on the Brac at this 3-acre park just west of the airport. Enjoy a meal at the picnic tables; or take a stroll on the nature trails which help you identify some of Cayman’s native trees. Time spent here will let you get a feel for the special beauty of this small island. Admission is free.
Numerous endemic species appear in this 100-acre woodland set aside to protect the Cayman Brac Parrot (a sub-species indigenous to the island). Take a self-guided tour on the foot paths and a board walk which allow you to get close to nature on the Brac bluff. Admission is free. Contact the Brac Chapter of the National Trust to arrange a tour.
Camana Bay is a planned community with an old time town square feeling but created with modern architecture and lush landscaping. Residences, shopping, restaurants, parking and services are all here. The boulevard leading from West Bay Road is a mini-park of native and tropical plantings that is often used as a backdrop for wedding and portrait photography. And don’t miss the view from the observation tower.
Stroll three stories up to get to sweeping views of Cayman’s mangroves, beaches and busy business, shopping and residential neighborhoods. Along the way, view the massive sea-life mosaic which stretches from the ground floor to the top, depicting Cayman’s deep and shallow water marine environments. Elevator also on site.
Hollows in the cliff rock dot the scenic bluff – tradition says pirates reconnoitered here. For the settlers, the caves were an important shelter during storms – Rebecca’s Cave helped save the lives of many a ‘Bracker’ during the devastating ’32 hurricane. Spelunkers may want to visit Peter’s Cave, Skull Cave, Great Cave (this one is a steep climb) or the two-level Bat Cave. All free entry.
Grounds landscaped with native flora surround this reproduction Cayman cottage located on a large lot on the north side of Cayman Brac edging up to the bluff. Historical and cultural features along with narrative panels reveal early life on the Brac. Available for special events. Restrooms, conference area and a small office make the house an ideal setting for a special function.
Enjoy endless views while standing atop the tallest elevation in the Cayman Islands on the 140ft bluff (Brac is the Gaelic word for bluff). The historic lighthouse is accompanied by a newer model. A trail leads to the edge of the bluff – wear hiking boots for the sharp rocks known as ‘cliff rock’. Admission is free.
Ship-building, turtling, rope-making and other displays focusing on the mariner’s life reveal the daily activities of early Brac settlers. The historic building has served as bank, customs, treasury and post office over the years. Learn about the devastating ’32 hurricane, thatch basket making and more. Available for special events. Free entry. Open Monday through Friday 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm; Saturday 9am to 12pm.
Jewelry, food items and other delights reflecting traditional Caymanian crafting skills. Leather, thatch, shell and wood products. Pick up a unique piece of Caymanite, or admire the handiwork in the plaited straw hats and tote bags. Get your hair braided while sipping on fresh-from-the-nut coconut water. Open Monday to Friday, 8:30am until the last cruise ship boarding. Just steps away from the south terminal of the cruise ship landing in George Town on the corner of Boilers Road and South Church Street.
Explore art, cultural and natural history collections to get a close up look at Cayman’s early and modern heritage. Children’s gallery offers interactive learning. Gift and snack shop featuring authentic Cayman crafts. Across the street from the cruise ship terminal. Open at the sound of the conch horn, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday.
Take your kid or the kid in you out to the track for some go-carting fun. Race around a brightly lit track, up to 10 racers at a time. No reservations required. Age 14 and up. Open 6pm to 9pm daily. Track can be reserved for special events. Kart for free on your birthday.
Car aficionado Andreas Ugland displays his personal and extensive collection in this purpose-built museum. The display of 80 vehicles reflects the historical significance of motorized transport. Special and unusual automobiles, such as one of the original Bat-Mobiles, and motorcycles are on view. Gift shop. Available for private functions. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.vGrand Cayman
Breeding ponds, touch tanks and a swimming lagoon where yearlings glide through the water are just a few ways you will be fascinated and educated about Cayman’s native Green Sea Turtle, one of the most enduring emblems of the Cayman Islands. Guided tours available. Step into the aviary or stop at the snack shop to round out your experience.
In addition to trail rides and beach rides, Coral Stone Stables offers a ‘swim with the horses’ option. Whether moving through the forest trails or riding under moonlight on the beach, you are sure to enjoy this experience. All rides include an experienced tour guide and souvenir photo shots. Special groups, parties and even weddings can be arranged. Transportation provided for cruise ship passengers. Reservations recommended.
The 45ft luxury yacht Deep Seeker is a research vessel operating in George Town harbor. The pilot guides a Remotely Operated Vehicle fitted with cameras below the surface. Images are relayed to a TV screen on deck allowing you to see the underwater action inside caves and around shipwrecks while the pilot narrates from his vast submarine and filming experience for the BBC’s Blue Planet series.
A variety of dolphin swim encounters lets you personalize your experience swimming with the dolphins. The lagoon is situated adjoining North Sound so the dolphins live in their natural saltwater environment. Parrots and other Cayman critters enhance your visit. Gift shop and photo packages available to help you remember your visit. Also operating trips to Stingray City.
Swim with the dolphins with an educational focus. Learn about their behaviors (such as the tail splash), biology, anatomy and other interesting facts. Family and kid-friendly programs. Photo and video service to record your memories. Free entry to the Cayman Turtle Farm included in your dolphin program
This 1.8 acre reserve consists of a small pond, wetlands and bushland. An observation deck with benches is accessible via the boardwalk over the marsh. A quiet spot to enjoy nature or a picnic. Information board with bird identifications. Home also to native fresh-water turtles and butterflies.
Listen to the different tales providing explanations for the name of this tiny community, as narrated by horned devil Ivan Farrington, who regales all-comers with his jokes and stories. Tourists readily relate to the lunar-landscape appearance of the sharp, black rocks at the center of one of Cayman’s most popular tourist sites. Send a postcard stamped with the “Hell” postmark from the nearby post office.
Nicki offers private tours for intermediate to experienced riders. Maximum group size of 4. Basic lessons in walk and trot for beginners. English and Western saddles available. Reservations recommended. Courtesy transportation from/to hotel or accommodation. In business since 1995 – the first riding tour in Cayman.
Watch experienced craftsman blow ornate glass artware right in the studio. Wide range of sizes, styles and colors featuring marine creatures and themes. Free demonstration Monday through Friday 10am to 3:30pm. Just a few blocks north of the cruise ship terminals.
Early history and daily life are displayed in the Little Cayman Museum. Some of the antiquities are over 150 years old. Learn about the famous pirate Blackbeard who anchored for fresh water, and the battle of Bloody Bay when local pirates engaged the Royal Navy. Entry by appointment through the Little Cayman Beach Resort.
Cayman’s farmer’s market sells fresh and locally raised produce, flowers, honey, eggs and juices. Jams and jellies, cooked dishes, and traditional crafts. Open Saturdays 7am to 1pm. Located at the Agricultural Pavilion in Lower Valley.
Explore Cayman’s native terrain by hiking the Mastic Trail, at one time the only path connecting the south shore and North Side. Imagine life under original conditions in this reserve of untouched old growth forest. Listen for the Cayman Parrot in the trees overhead, look for lizards and butterflies in the dense growth. Contact the National Trust for an educational guided tour.
At various times, this restored Caymanian structure served as the Presbyterian mission, a private home and a school. Delve into Grand Cayman’s religious and educational history. Bird-watching tower overlooks the pond. Gift shop. Open Wednesday to Saturday 9am to 5:30pm (last tour at 4:30). Guided tours by appointment.
Cayman’s national art museum holds rich traditional and contemporary collections in a wide variety of visual arts formats. View works by international known Keith Haring and local favorite Charles Long. Exhibitions, gift shop, library, tours, film nights, children’s programs, lectures, classes and other special events are on offer. Free admittance. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays, 11am to 2pm Saturdays.
The National Trust offers historical, ecological and cultural information on all three islands at its Visitor Centre in South Sound. Adjacent to the Dart Family Park, the centre is a great place to picnic or relax between sightseeing stops. Educational pamphlets, maps and displays on many areas of interest in the Cayman Islands. Tour guide bookings available for the Mastic Trail, Blue Iguana Recovery program, and historical walking tours.
The National Trust was founded on Grand Cayman in 1987 to preserve the natural and historic treasures of the islands. The Brac chapter operates the Brac Parrot Reserve and oversees two other designated sites – the Eldemire House and The Splits. Nature hikes and a visit to the gift shop can be arranged by request.
Explore the remote beaches and beach trails of one of Cayman’s most pristine areas, Barkers National Park. Morning, evening and full moon rides on professionally trained horses. Western pleasure style riding; English saddles available on request. Pick up and drop off available. Se habla Espanol.
Wander the grounds of this restored historical 3 storey Cayman great house plantation covering 7 acres on scenic Pedro Bluff. Enter the Pedro Theater for a multi-sensory presentation presenting the early history of Cayman’s settlers and government. Available for weddings and other special events. Open daily 9am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day).
Explore the natural underground limestone cavern system (populated by Cayman bats) where pirates reputedly hid their treasure. Kids will be charmed by the pirate decorations. A mini-zoo is part of the tour in this lush, tropical garden area ; a rare chance to see the native agouti. Gift shop offers pirate-themed souvenirs.
Food, fireworks, fairs and more at Cayman’s largest cultural heritage and tourist extravaganza. From the trial of the Pirates to cardboard boat races, from street fairs to the underwater treasure hunt, there is something for everyone in this 2-week long festival. Don’t miss the Heritage Days held in each of the districts. Aaargh!
Wander through 65 acres of natural and cultivated native Caymanian flowers and trees. View the restored historic wattle-and-daub cottage with its outdoor kitchen. Take pictures in the color garden. Visit the Blue Iguana Habitat to learn about this endemic endangered species. Gift shop and snack shop. Open daily 9am to 4:30 (closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday).
One of Cayman Brac’s little known treasures is the rock climbing activity The Bluff offers. Rock climbers love the limestone cliffs which are nearly all vertical or over-hanging. The routes have been laid out by climbing aficionados over many years and are considered difficult on the climber’s scale. They are all located at the eastern end of the island where the bluff reaches its highest point.
Beach, shade, swimming, snorkeling, water sports, restaurant, bar, grill, volleyball, hammocks, lounge chairs, dock, rest rooms – Rum Point has a little of everything in one compact yet friendly and comfortable location. Expansive views of North Sound and Head of Barkers, whispering Casuarina trees for shade, picnic tables, full service Red Sail Sports water sports concession, gift shop, showers for rinsing and more. No wonder it’s one of the most popular sites in Cayman.
Located in South Sound, Smith’s Cove is one of Cayman’s most picturesque and photographed spots – a lovely shaded nook in the ironshore with a tiny but immaculate white sand beach. The park here provides restrooms and showers, as well as picnic benches. There is also a shady, tree-filled area off the beach. Ironshore rims the mouth of the cove and forms several ledges for jumping into the cove. A popular location for weddings and picnics.
Horseback riding on the beach and in the water in unspoiled Barkers national park. Guided individual and small group tours operating Monday through Saturday for morning, afternoon, evening, and sunset, plus monthly full moon rides. Welcoming cruise shippers and offering pick up for tourists. In business since 2004.
A small path and park are maintained at this East End site over looking the location of the historic Wreck of the Ten Sails. Antique ship canonry and an anchor on the roadside mark the site. Located in the native dry scrubland of East End with sweeping views of the fringing reef.