TOP 6 COOLEST THINGS TO DO WHEN IN GRAND CAYMAN
Stingray City: This is the signature experience for travelers visiting the Cayman Islands. Excursions regularly depart in Grand Cayman for the 45-minute boat trip out to a submerged sandbar on the North Sound. Once the anchor is dropped, participants get into the waist-deep water and stingrays begin to appear. They’ve become conditioned to equate the arrivals of boats with the wholesale hand-feeding of squid by excited tourists. It’s a magical experience, seeing the stingrays glide underwater to snatch the squid from a swimmer’s hand with their beaklike mouths. When I fed stingrays, my guide gave me some great advice: to hold the piece of squid the same way I’d hold an ice cream cone. The stingrays are friendly as long as they aren’t lifted out of the water.
Going to Hell: Cheesy? Perhaps, but fun all the same. On Grand Cayman there is actually a town called Hell. The main attraction is stopping into the tiny post office and sending some postcards back home, stamped with the postmark “Hell.” There’s no real consensus how Hell got its name, although some attribute it to the town’s expanse of eerie-looking black limestone rock formations, which inspired some wag to observe, “This must be what Hell looks like.” Travelers allergic to crowds should avoid going to Hell when a cruise ship is in port. They may get more Hell than they bargained for.
Seven Mile Beach: This is the center of beach action on Grand Cayman. Even though Seven Mile Beach is lined with luxury resorts and restaurants, it’s open to the public. Activities on the beach include renting water-sports equipment, playing volleyball and preparing your own meal on a beach grill. Restaurants range from swank eateries at the beachside resorts to casual beach shacks where an over-heated beachgoer can knock back a Caybrew and sample a Cayman specialty — conch fritters.
Atlantis Submarines Submerge into an Amazing Journey: In the Cayman Islands, fantasies of exploring the mysterious underwater world can be met — without ever getting wet! By viewing marine life from a submarine, the Cayman Islands fish covered reefs and enthralling drop-off can be discovered by land-lovers. Atlantis submarines offer rides aboard the 48-passenger Atlantis XI, and the Seaworld Explorer takes 35 passengers just five feet below the surface. Cayman Submarines’ SEAmobile Submarine Tours has room for two passengers to explore underwater life at depths of up to 60 feet with a 360-degree view, and Nautilus offers the 60-passenger air-conditioned Nautilus semi-submarine with a protected glass hull that cruises five feet below the sea’s surface.
Rum Point Club: Located on the tranquil North Side of Grand Cayman, Rum Point is the perfect place to chill out. Soft white sand, combined with crystal clear shallow water makes it the perfect destination for families, while couples can grab a shady hammock and relax. Daily trips to the Stingray Sandbar leave from Rum Point dock and beach watersports are provided by Red Sail Sports.
Rum Point is famous for its mudslides, in fact they were invented here so no visit to Rum Point is complete without sampling this delicious cocktail. As lunchtime rolls around, stop by the Wreck Bar and Grill and feast on favorites such as Caybrew fish and chips and traditional Jerk Pork. When the sun sets and the stars come out, dine at the exquisite Rum Point Club Restaurant. Sample Caribbean inspired delights such as the Trio of Ceviche and our signature Seafood Hot-Pot.
Cayman Turtle Farm: Cayman’s largest land-based attraction, Cayman Turtle Farm: Island Wildlife Encounter hosts more than 200,000 visitors each year. Educational, cultural and entertainment programmes are consistently being created and updated to enhance the experience that can only be found at our world renowned attraction.
The Cayman Turtle Farm, the first commercial venture to domesticate Green Sea Turtles begins. It is founded as Mariculture Ltd by Irvin Naylor, Henry Hamlin, Dr. Samuel Ayres III & Anthony G.A. Fisher with the blessing of and an exclusive franchise from the Cayman islands Government.