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Horseback riding in Barkers Beach

The Best Things to Do in the Cayman Islands

The best things to do in the Cayman Islands including popular events, attractions and tours, activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Make the most of your time in Cayman and all it has to offer. There is so much to see and do in Cayman, the hard part is trying to fit it all in!

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Top 10 Things to Do in the Cayman Islands

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The endangered blue iguana at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

1. Attractions

Despite being as small as it is, Grand Cayman has some wonderful attractions that are reason alone to pay this Caribbean Island a visit. From wildlife encounters to places of historical interest there are attractions to suit all interests and ages!

Popular Attractions

Cave Attraction

Cayman Crystal Caves

North Side
Botanical Gardens

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

North Side
Wildlife Attraction

Cayman Parrot Sanctuary

East End
National Historic Site

Pedro St. James Castle

National Museum

Cayman Islands National Museum

George Town
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White sandy beaches of the Cayman Islands

2. Beaches

Cayman boasts a number of beaches with a wide expanse of soft, powdery white sand that gently slopes into crystal-clear turquoise waters. The gentle waves and calm currents provide an ideal setting for all kinds of aquatic and sun-worshipping activities. Some beaches are better for wading, some for swimming, some for snorkelling and some simply for sunbathing, but there is no doubt that you will find the perfect spot somewhere on Cayman's azure shores.

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World class diving in the Cayman Islands

3. Scuba Diving

Whether you are a newbie or an experienced scuba diver, the Cayman Islands offers some of the best diving you’ll find anywhere in the world. With virtually no currents and outstanding underwater visibility, Cayman offers amazing wall dives, coral reefs and wrecks for you to explore and discover. A variety of dive operators can teach you how to dive, improve your skills and ensure you have an amazing underwater experience. With water temperatures ranging from 26-28°C (78-82°F) all year round, it is always a good time to get in the water and discover the stunning scenery beneath the surface.

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4. Dining & Entertainment

Residents and visitors alike appreciate the Cayman Island’s well-developed and ever-expanding restaurant scene. Given that we enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world, the quality of restaurants in Grand Cayman graciously live up to the standard of their patrons – gracing the Island with a long list of great places to eat.

With everything from fast-casual and healthy eating, to gourmet dining and award-winning wine lists, epicures and oenophiles always have plenty of restaurants and eateries to choose from and each year Cayman’s culinary landscape expands further. Whilst international dining trends are being ushered in, eating local is always in style and from West to East, you’ll come across a number of local dining hot spots serving up the Island’s bold and flavourful classic dishes.

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5. Stingray City

One of the most famous attractions in Grand Cayman, Stingray City is an absolute “must-do” for any visitor to Cayman and is often described as the experience of a lifetime. Stingray City is home to approximately 90 Southern Stingrays. These wild, gentle and graceful creatures roam free in the North Sound, a 35 square mile area of ocean protected by the reef. Even the most seasoned traveller will be enchanted by these beautiful animals

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6. Water Sports

With Cayman’s clear blue warm waters, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with a new water sport! From adrenaline fuelled kitesurfing to gentle paddleboarding and everything in between, there is no reason not to get out on the water on your Caribbean vacation.

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Bioluminescent Electric Boat Tour with Cayman Kayaks

7. Tours & Excursions

Despite Cayman’s size – there’s no shortage of fun and interesting tours and activities to keep you busy! Night and day, land and sea – there's so many ways to experience the Island. Swim with the rays at the world-famous Stingray City, gallop horseback down the shoreline, or immerse yourself in the Island’s history at Pedro Castle. ‘Bio Bay’ off of Rum Point is one of the few places in the world where you can witness the natural wonders of bioluminescence!

Top Picks

Spirit Of The West

Caribbean Swim Ride

Recommended ages: 14-70

1hr 45mins
From US$150
10% off
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Paradise Pontoons

Sunset Cruise Along SMB

Recommended ages: 1+

From CI$360 $400 10% off
$10 off
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Cayman Islands Helicopters

Helicopter Tours in Grand Cayman

Recommended for all ages

Depends on tour
From US$195 $205 $10 off
10% off
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Cayman Kayaks

Bioluminescent Electric Boat Tour

Recommended ages: 4+

1.5 hours
From US$67.5 $75 10% off
$10 off
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Parasailing Professionals

Parasailing Rides

Recommended ages: 5+

30-60 minutes trip; 10 minutes fly time
From US$95 $105 $10 off
10% off
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Cayman Kayaks

Bioluminescence Kayak Night Tour

Recommended ages: 6+

1.5 hours
From US$67.5 $75 10% off
5% off
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White Sand Water Sports

Slip 'n' Slide Snorkel Tour

Recommended for all ages

From US$65.55 $69 5% off
Pampered Ponies

Swim Ride

Recommended for all ages

1hr 45mins
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Purt Art Gallery & Gifts

8. Shopping

Cayman is famous for its tax free shopping including: jewellery, watches, luxury brands, gems, precious metals and more. Although import duty is charged on most goods entering the country, certain luxury goods remain free of both import duty and sales tax. Such items can therefore work out considerably cheaper to purchase in Cayman than in North America or Europe.

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9. Fishing

From deep sea to shore and everything in between, the options for fishing in Grand Cayman are abundant and sure to satisfy even the most experienced angler! The Island's waters are teeming with fish, including wahoo, tuna, mahi mahi, barracuda, blue marlin and a great variety of tropical fish. There are a number of companies operating across the Island that can take you out for fishing trips to suit a variety of skill-levels.

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Beachside Massage at Hibiscus Spa at The Westin

10. Spa & Wellness

Holidays are a great time to pamper yourself. Most of the hotels in Cayman have spas that offer a wide range of health and beauty treatments, including aromatherapy and massage therapy, as well as skin and nail treatments. Many of the high end hotels boast sauna, steam and relaxation rooms, which you can enjoy before and after your treatment.


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