12 Great Things to Do in Grand Cayman
Relaxed but sophisticated, Grand Cayman Island is the largest of the Cayman Islands and is one of the most affluent islands in the Caribbean. Grand Cayman is a tranquil island retreat, with a perfect year-round climate, exquisite beaches, brilliant blue waters, and abundant sea life. It truly is unlike any other island in the Caribbean and we welcome you to enjoy all the attractions it has to offer.
Defined as much by the warm spirit of the people as by the warm breezes of the ocean, never has a place so exclusive felt so welcoming. Its considerable charms have made it the golden sandbox for everyone from financial industry titans to scuba divers.
Activities, attractions, and things to do in Grand Cayman are diverse. Most—like world-famous Stingray City where visitors can snorkel with these gentle giants—center around the lush, unspoiled natural beauty of the Island. You can explore the undersea world in a unique submarine, ride horseback on a beach, kayak in the sea, or watch butterflies by the thousands in the Island’s butterfly park. The Island also boasts intriguing historical and cultural attractions—including the Cayman Islands National Museum with collections of art, artifacts and natural history wonders, and Pedro St. James, a living heritage museum—that are well worth a detour from the beach.
To ensure that your visit to our vacation rentals is one to remember, we have compiled a list of some of the best things to do in the Cayman Islands. For more attractions and things to do in Grand Cayman Island, download our complimentary Grand Cayman Vacation Guide.
1. Stingray City
Arguably Grand Cayman’s most famous attraction, Stingray City isn’t a city at all, but a series of shallow water sandbars just offshore where wild southern stingrays—fed for years by local fishermen—congregate by the hundreds and glide silently around awestruck visitors. A not-to-be-missed experience.
2. Atlantis Submarine Adventures
Experience one of the best things to do in Grand Cayman and dive 100 feet down in a fully submersible submarine and see the Cayman Island’s astonishing underwater sea life in air-conditioned comfort. Day and night dives.
3. Nautilus Semi-Submersible Boat
View mysterious shipwrecks and reefs teeming with fish from the panoramic windowed gallery of this unique semi-submersible craft.
4. Sea Trek Grand Cayman
You don’t have to be a certified scuba diver to enjoy an incredible underwater adventure. Try Snuba®—a shallow water diving system that bridges the gap between snorkeling and scuba diving. Or Sea Trek, a unique underwater helmet diving system that’s as simple as walking and breathing.
5. Red Sail Sports
The Island’s premier dive operator, offering scuba school, rentals and guided tours around the Island’s more than 365 dive sites. Sailing excursions are also offered, from sunset sails to trips to Stingray City or Rum Point, the Island’s most secluded beach.
6. Horseback Riding
Enjoy guided beach rides along pristine remote shorelines or trail rides through tranquil forests. Novice or experienced riders welcome.
7. Cayman Islands National Museum
Celebrating the unique natural and cultural heritage of the three Cayman Islands, the National Museum nurtures a living connection with the nation’s past and its future quality of life through dynamic programs, exhibits, and collections. Housed in the oldest public building in the Cayman Islands.
8. The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
Dedicated to promoting the Island’s vibrant visual arts scene, the National Gallery houses permanent exhibits, including the National Collection, plus rotating shows throughout the year. Visit the website to learn about current shows.
9. Pedro St. James National Historic Site
Visit this living heritage museum and learn about life in the Cayman Islands in the 18th century. Built by an English plantation owner in the 1780s, the oceanfront Great House survived hurricanes, vandalism, and fires until it was purchased by the Cayman government and restored as a historic site in the late 1990s.
10. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
This beautiful botanic park is brimming with tropical color and features a mile-long woodland trail lined with every species of indigenous tree and plant. Famous for its spectacular orchid collection, the Park is also home to the endangered Blue Iguana Recovery Project.
11. Cayman Turtle Center: Island Wildlife Encounter
Enjoy a close encounter (of the terrapin kind) with the Cayman’s astonishing Green Sea Turtles, the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles. Wade with yearling turtles, view a turtle hatchery and learn all about these fascinating creatures.
12. Cayman Craft Market
Cayman Island artisans display their wares in this festive open-air marketplace on George Town Harbour.