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New Years In The Cayman Islands

Happy 2019! To ring in the New Year my family and I spent a week vacationing in the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands are a British colony (hence why they drive on the left!) and consist of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac, with Grand Cayman being the most well-known. Many cruise lines visit Grand Cayman and several major airlines fly direct from the US making the Cayman Islands a popular vacation spot.

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My family and I flew JetBlue and stayed at the Wyndham Reef Resort on the east end of the island. The hotel was really nice, but far from all the action, which is on the west end of the island where Seven Mile Beach is located. Ideally, it’s stay on the west end and rent a car to explore other parts of the island, but if you’re looking for a more peaceful vacation, I highly recommend this resort on the east end! Here are some activity recommendations for Grand Cayman.

Go Diving

Grand Cayman is one of the best diving locations in the world! Both snorkeling and scuba diving are common here, but my family had never gone scuba diving, so we signed up for a beginner’s excursion. Our day began in a classroom with lots of paperwork and a video. We then moved to the pool where we had our equipment put on and took our first breaths under water! The breathing took a little while to get used to, but eventually I wasn’t even thinking about it. We practiced some skills, such as clearing our regulators if water got in, and learned some important hand signals to communicate under water. After an hour or so, we hopped on a boat and rode out to Sunset Reef to begin our adventure!

The dive lasted about 40 minutes. I saw lots of fish, a sting ray, an old anchor, and truly felt like I was swimming in a huge aquarium. It was awesome and I can not wait to go again. We got PADI resort certified through Ocean Frontiers, meaning that I can dive if an instructor is with me. I highly recommend this company — they made us feel safe and well-cared for throughout the entire day!

Scuba diving with my sister in the Cayman Islands
Scuba diving with my mom in the Cayman Islands

Visit The Cayman Caves

Located on the northeast side of the island are Grand Cayman’s only caves. You must visit them with a guide, but this fantastic tour of the Crystal Caves will take you through all three caves and describe the history of them and what you are seeing inside. The limestone caves were all beautiful, and so much fun to explore — even with bats flying over our heads!

Visiting the Cayman Caves on Grand Cayman Island

Soak Up The Sun At Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach has been awarded the Caribbean’s best beach on several occasions, and I now know why. This beach, drawing visitors from all around the world, really is a gem. The beach is actually only 5.5 miles long, but houses tons of resorts, shops, restaurants, and bars. Parts of the beach, where resorts are located, are private, but several sections are open to the public. Since we were staying on the other end of the island, we visited the beach as guests. The beach is split into smaller, public beaches and we were able to visit several of them:

Public Beach: Very crowded with cruise ship passengers and jet skiers, but has parking, showers, restrooms, cabanas, and chairs and umbrellas for rent.

Visiting Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman

Cemetery Beach: Located behind a cemetery and is a secret oasis with a chair swing and amazing snorkeling off the shore. This beach was much more relaxing, but had no restrooms and not much parking.

Visiting Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman!

Smith Cove: Located south of Seven Mile Beach, this spot was my favorite! The cove has several picnic tables, restrooms and showers, shady spots, an ice cream truck, and rocks to jump from. The only negatives would be the rough current and the roosters, but overall it was so much fun!

Visiting Smith Cove on Grand Cayman Island!

Governor’s Beach: Located behind the Governor’s house in Georgetown! It has a parking lot, but no restrooms.

Shopping In Georgetown At Camana Bay

There are not a lot of places to go shopping in Grand Cayman, but Camana Bay is a big shopping complex located right in Georgetown with lots of shops and restaurants!

Six Senses Eco Tour: Stingray City & More

I HIGHLY recommend doing a Grand Caymans cruise and eco tour! This tour was recommended by a friend (thanks Chelsea!) and did not disappoint. The tour lasted six hours and took us through a mangrove forest, snorkeling in the barrier reef, and to some of the most popular spots on the island:

Stingray City: Probably Grand Cayman’s most well-known attraction, Stingray City is a sand bar on the northwest coast and home to over 100 Southern Stingrays. YES! THIS IS SAFE! It would only be dangerous if you step on one, but as long as you avoid that they are nonthreatening! We were able to feed them squid and swim with them, which was slightly terrifying considering the females can be up to 4-5 feet wide! You can only visit Stingray City on a Grand Cayman Cruise!

Visiting Stingray City in the Cayman Islands!
Holding a stingray in Stingray City in the Cayman Islands!

Starfish Point: A shallow area off the coast with dozens of starfish that you can hold and play with. We got some fun pictures here, but had to be careful because they can only be out of the water for 2-3 seconds! Again, this point is only accessible by boat through a cruise tour!

Posing with two starfish at Starfish Point in the Cayman Islands!

Rum Point: Located on the north side of the island, this spot is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. There is a cute gift shop here and several beach shacks to order food. Be sure to try their world famous mudslide!

Spending the day at Rum Point in Grand Cayman!
Spending the day at Rum Point in Grand Cayman!

I loved our trip to the Cayman Islands! I highly recommend visiting for a relaxing and adventurous getaway.

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  2. December 29, 2019 / 2:07 AM

    Thanks! I’ll check it out!

  3. January 18, 2020 / 10:53 AM

    This is a heavenly place, I think, perfect for a holiday. I directly envy … I have not yet been able to visit the Cayman Islands. Thanks for sharing!

  4. January 1, 2023 / 12:07 AM

    Great post. We are heading to Grand Cayman in Feb 2023, and i really liked all the information about the beaches that do and don’t have restrooms. So helpful!

  5. January 14, 2023 / 1:17 AM

    I’m so glad you found this post to be helpful! I hope you have the best time!!!

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