Cayman Islands Attractions

The variety and extent of attractions for tourists to explore is very impressive considering the size of the Cayman Islands. Among the many choices, adults and children alike will enjoy meeting the native green sea turtles up close, swim with the dolphins, see the indigenous blue iguanas - which are unique to Cayman - or perhaps dive the recently scuttled USS Kittiwake. Whether looking for a land- or water-based attraction, visitors will certainly find something to ensure their time here is fun, interesting and unique.

We have organized the attractions by creating distinct categories for general attractions vs. Tours, to help you plan your trip. Vote for your favorite Attraction or Tour.

Grand Cayman Tours

Under the water, over the water, on land or in the air - there are so many ways to tour the Cayman Islands. Our experienced operators can take you on an all day island tour showcasing native culture and cuisine along the way. Or step below decks for a submarine tour of our beautiful reefs. Eco tours highlighting Cayman's bird and plant life appeal to the nature lover. Parasailing and helicopter tours let you see Cayman from above. And there are numerous combinations of water tours - sailing trips, snorkeling, fishing, sunset cruises, pirate ships. Fill out your diving schedule with a tour of your choice.

Grand Cayman Attractions

There is such a range of interesting attracions on our three islands that everyone in your group will find something to their liking. Natural attractions are what started it all - beautiful water, reefs and fish. Today you can also tour the breeding facilities for the rare and endangered Blue Iguana, native only to Grand Cayman or stand high atop the Bluff on Cayman Brac. Sporting types will enjoy skateboarding and go-carts. Or wander through one of the many museums and historic sites. No matter what you choose for your first trip, there will be plenty of interesting sights left for your return visit.

Stingray City

Stingray City is a one of kind, unique attraction. It is the only one of its kind in the world. Where else can you find a place where you can interact with wild stingrays?

Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach has been voted one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, time and time again. Don’t listen to these polls. Check out Seven Mile Beach by yourself and decide if they were right.

Car museum

Opened in 2009 in a purpose-built hall, this private collection of 80 motor cars and motor cycles includes the original Batmobile; dozens of mint-condition Ferraris and Maseratis; an 1886 Benz, the first car ever produced; a replica of Cayman’s first car, a 1905 Cadillac; and Elton John’s classic 1963 Bentley. The display of 80 vehicles reflects the historical significance of motorized transport.

Pedro St. James

At the end of a shaded road and atop a limestone bluff, the seven-acre Pedro St James is a spectacular historical re-creation comprising five buildings in 18th-century architectural style around a landscaped courtyard. The site marks the 1831 birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands. The restored plantation house and educational presentations reveal a glimpse of daily life in the early years of Cayman's history.

Botanic Park

Opened in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth, the grounds have grown and developed into the full fledged Botanic Park that operates today. Owned by the Cayman Islands Government and the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, the Botanic Park also functions as a modest protected area -- all the forest enclosed by the Woodland Trail and south of the lake is protected to conserve the area’s native flora and fauna.

National Museum

The National Museum, which used to serve as the island's courthouse, is in a much-restored clapboard-sided antique building on the George Town waterfront. Exhibits portray the natural, social, and cultural history of the Caymans with 4,000 native items, coins, rare documents, natural history specimens and a 14-foot catboat. A gift shop, theater and café are also on the premises. Both Cayman Brac and Little Cayman also have museums, displaying artifacts, utensils and tools used by islanders for generations.

National Gallery

Established in 1996, NGCI is a vibrant arts organisation located along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway that seeks to fulfil its mission through exhibitions, collecting and promoting significant local artworks, education/outreach programmes and research projects. Admission to this community space is free and features a rotating display of contemporary art, a sculpture garden and is the home to the national art collection. Children’s programs as well as art films, workshops and special lectures for adults are all part of the gallery’s mission to nurture appreciation for the visual arts.

National Trust sites

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is a non-profit, statutory body with a mission “to preserve natural environments and places of historic significance in the Cayman Islands for present and future generations." The trust holds 10 sites and/or buildings in Grand Cayman; three more on Cayman Brac and one, the Booby Pond Nature Reserve, on Little Cayman. The trust also oversees North Side district’s Mastic Trail, a hiking trail through old growth dry forests that used to cover the entire island. The Mastic protects part of the largest contiguous area of this old growth remaining on the island.

Kittiwake

The USS Kittiwake, a 1945-vintage, 2,200 ton decommissioned U.S. Navy submarine rescue ship, was scuttled in early January near West Bay Public Breach, creating the latest tourist attraction in the Cayman Islands. Resting upright in 62 feet of water, the 47-foot-tall hulk is accessible to snorkelers and divers, who must purchase a $10 scuba-diving medallion or a $5 snorkeling wristband from the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.

Camana Bay

A unique planned community, Camana Bay has been carefully designed to combine contemporary style with traditional architecture, landscaped with mature native plants and trees, giving the area a distinctive Cayman character complemented by the delights of modern restaurants and shops. Centering on the Paseo, where families play in the water fountain, Camana Bay seeks to provide a town square atmosphere for business and pleasure.