Things to do in the Cayman Islands

If you think that the only things to do in Grand Cayman are limited, think again - the Cayman Islands has more than 500 years of recorded history, and if only a fraction of that time produced events and sites of interest, a list of things to do would still be too long. As it is, here are our top ten recommendations for some of the most interesting things you might do in Cayman – including the beach and beachfront activities. You might be surprised at the diversity the Cayman Islands can offer.

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Tour the Sister Islands

Unique wildlife, hiking trails, museums and tremendous water sports opportunities await. Cayman Brac is renowned for its majestic bluff and is home to the rare Cayman Brac Parrot. Little Cayman is a step back in time - quiet, slow and relaxed. Bloody Bay Marine park is famed for pristine diving on shallow walls.

Visit the dive sites

Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman boast dozens of superb dive sites. All are fabulous. The newest, former US Navy ship, the Kittiwake, was sunk off West Bay Public beach just after New Year's in 2011. It is open for visitors. Shore diving is so easy in Cayman - many of the dive sites are a short swim from shore. Daily boat trips and the Aggressor live-aboard make it easy to reach the abundance of dive sites famed for their exciting marine life.

Go horseback riding

There are quite a few horseback riding trails found both inland and on the beach. Try horseback riding at sunset or on a full moon. Stables offer professionally trained personnel and well-cared for animals. A long ride on the beach with a chance to swim with your horse is a vacation dream.

Try the many water sports

Paddle-boarding, para-sailing, jet skiing, water skiing, kayaking, shore and deep-sea fishing, a submarine tour and walking the ocean floor in a deep-sea diving suit are a few of the alternatives available for the non-scuba diver. Swimming, snorkeling, banana boating, and WOW (walk on water) balls are user friendly ways to get out on the water.

Visit the Cayman Turtle Farm

The only facility in the world dedicated to the preservation of the endangered Green Sea Turtle alongside modest commercial farming. A variety of rare and endangered species is housed here, amid hundreds of tanks of turtles being raised to maturity. Breeding ponds, touch tanks and a swimming lagoon where yearlings glide through the water are just a few of the ways you will be fascinated by Cayman's native turtle.

Visit Stingray City

Southern Stingrays gather in great numbers in North Sound to be fed and observed by human visitors. Once a place where local mariners cleaned their fish, Stingray City is now the site of Cayman's most famous attraction. Skipping across beautiful North Sound on your tour boat you will view Cayman's extensive mangroves on your trip to swim with the stingrays.

Spend time on any of the three islands' beaches

One of the chief attractions of the Cayman Islands are the pristine wide white sandy beaches which beckon visitors to spend a little time sunning, swimming and relaxing. The shallow water at the shoreline is perfect for children to play in and nearby palm and casuarina trees provide shade and scenery for a day of reading or picnicking.

Swim with the dolphins

Dolphin Discovery and Dolphin Cove, two sparkling new facilities, offer visitors the chance to meet, commune with and swim among the dolphins. The educational programs explore the fascinating world of these marine mammals, offering the chance to interact with one of the world's most intelligent and endearing creatures.

Tour the 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 reflects the historical significance of motorized transport.

Take in Pedro St James and the Botanic Park

At the end of a shaded road and atop a limestone bluff, the seven-acre Pedro St. James is a spectacular historical recreation comprising five buildings in the classic West Indian plantation architectural style around a landscaped courtyard. The landscaped grounds mark the 1831 birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands. Opened in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth II, 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.