Starfish Point or Cayman Turtle Centre: Which Attraction Is Best For You?

If you’re traveling to the Cayman Islands with your kids, they can easily spend hours playing on the award-winning Seven Mile Beach. Lucky for you, there are also countless other family-friendly activities. Starfish Point Beach and The Cayman Turtle Centre are great educational attractions on Grand Cayman for children! We definitely recommend doing both, but if you’re short on time, here’s what you need to know to choose between Starfish Point or Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre.

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Choosing Between Starfish Point or Cayman Turtle Centre

What is Starfish Point?

Starfish Point is a secluded beach where you can find Red Cushion Sea Stars. The clear and shallows waters create the ideal conditions to get a glimpse of these colorful creatures.

Best Ways to Experience Starfish Point

On the North Side of Grand Cayman near Rum Point, the beach takes about an hour to get to by car from The Residences of Seven Mile Beach. Another great way to experience this unique spot is to charter a boat! You and the kids will love exploring the island from the sea, plus it makes it easier to spot the starfish. Don’t forget the snorkeling gear!

What is the Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre?

Known as the Cayman Islands’ most popular tourist attraction, The Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter (previously Cayman Turtle Farm) is a research and conservation facility, and a tourist attraction. An article published in 2021 in Frontiers in Marine Science credits the Cayman Turtle Centre in part for the increased number of wild sea turtle nests on the Cayman Islands in recent decades.

Best Ways to Experience the Cayman Turtle Centre

There are two tours available at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Book your tour through their website or let your concierge get tickets for you. The Turtle Safari allows you to see where the turtles are bred, meet the 9-foot crocodile named Smiley, wade in the water with the turtles, visit the education centre, and more! With the Turtle Adventure Tour, you have access to everything the Turtle Safari offers and much more! This tour immerses you in the beautiful nature of our island while keeping the entire family entertained. Swim with the turtles in the Turtle Lagoon, watch sharks swim by in their tanks, see an array of Caribbean birds, and more.

Is Starfish Point or Cayman Turtle Centre Best for Me?

If you’re looking for something close to The Residences Located at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, The Cayman Turtle Cantre is a quick 10-minute drive from the resort. You’ll also get more structure with the tours. If you’d prefer creating your own adventure, Starfish Point makes for a great day on the Islands. You can drive out there or take a boat and make a whole day of exploring Grand Cayman. However, we recommend doing both attractions if you get the chance!

Book Your Family-Friendly Getaway

Our Residences are ideal for families who want the convenience of a home and a resort. With plenty of room for everyone in your group, you’ll also have a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, stunning ocean views, and more all within the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The resort features six restaurants, a spa, a nine-hole golf course, two pools, private access to Seven Mile Beach, a splash zone for the kids, and so much more!

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