If you don’t follow me on Instagram (which you totally should, by the way – @theauburnagenda), then you’ll have missed the fact that I travelled to Grand Cayman this summer. I’m lucky enough to have family over there, so I’ve visited quite a few times and it’s my absolute favourite island in the world. It also means I get to see some of the less touristy spots, which is always a good thing.
Although it’s a small island, there are so many things to see and do. I thought I would put together a little travel guide with all of my favourite things to do in Grand Cayman. If you’re planning a trip over there, or are just interested in visiting, then keep on reading!
There are so many beaches in Grand Cayman to explore, and all of them are beautiful in their own way. Cayman has beaches perfect for water sports, snorkelling or just lounging around, so no matter what you’re in the mood for there will be a place for you.
I (foolishly) didn’t take any photos whilst I was at Governors and Public Beach on Seven Mile, but they are some gorgeous beaches to go to for the classic Caribbean white sand and turquoise waters. Governors is the quietest section, but I love going for a stroll from Public all the way down Seven Mile and doing some people watching. Seven Mile is also one of the best places for water sports!
Smith’s Cove is one of my favourite beaches for snorkelling, there’s so much to see and a ton of little areas to explore. There are squids here which freaks me out to no end (they are terrifying and will absolutely take over the world), but it’s such a beautiful place to come and lose track of time watching the fish.
You can also go cliff-jumping here, which is a lot of fun and is a great way to make you feel super adventurous even though the rocks are pretty close to the water.
It’s not really a busy beach which is a huge perk, so it’s easy to find a spot. If you’re not super into the whole snorkelling thing, then you can also take a walk along the cliffs for an amazing view of the ocean.
Starfish Point is a really cute place to visit if you want to see, you guessed it, starfish. You can’t take the starfish out of the water because it can seriously harm them, but you can absolutely pick them up if you keep them under the water!
It’s a great place to take some photos, see a lot of starfish and have a wander down the beach. It’s not hugely busy either, so there’s enough room for everyone to grab starfish photos.
Rum Point is my absolute favourite beach in Grand Cayman, it has the best vibe and it’s a great all-in-one beach. Whether you’re in the mood for snorkelling, jet-skis, reading a book on the beach or napping in a hammock, this beach has it all.
Rum Point can get a little crowded, so I’d recommend getting there early if you’re going during peak season. Rum Point also have a beach bar, The Wreck, which is the home of the Mudslide (I’ll get into that more later) and serves great food, so it’s an awesome place to spend the entire day!
A great place to stay if you’re visiting Grand Cayman and want to be in the most chill place possible is in the Island Houses in Rum Point. They’re situated just over the road from Rum Point, so you can roll out of bed, throw on a swimsuit and immediately hit the beach.
There’s also a bay in the centre that is available for you to use however you like – the houses come with paddle boards, kayaks and pedal boats so you can get on the water and head out to sea.
I absolutely loved staying here for part of my trip – it’s so relaxing and everybody can do their own thing because it’s all so close by!
THINGS TO DO
I went on a Sunset Sail during this trip and it was probably my favourite excursion we did. You get to sail around Seven Mile on a Catamaran whilst listening to music, sipping cocktails and watching the sunset, what could be better?
The trip lasts two hours and it’s a really wonderful, relaxing way to spend the evening. Although there a quite a few people on the boat, it never feels crowded and there’s always somewhere to sit and chill out.
Definitely be careful with any valuables over the net whilst on the deck, though, it’s very easy to lose things – I’m speaking from experience as someone who immediately lost their lens cap as soon as I sat down because I’m a total calamity.
A great activity to do whilst in Grand Cayman is paddle boarding – this was my first time trying it and I absolutely loved it!
The water in the bay at the Island Houses is so calm that it’s perfect for beginners; you don’t have to worry about any waves crashing you over. Fortunately, the ocean is pretty calm in Cayman most of the time, so even if you are paddle boarding in the sea the waves shouldn’t be too bad.
Stingray City is probably one of the most famous places to visit in Grand Cayman, but, shockingly, I’d never been before this trip. Stingrays are everywhere in Cayman, especially in Rum Point, and you will almost always see one if you visit, but this place really takes it to another level.
I absolutely love stingrays, and though I’ve touched them before I’ve never had a chance to kiss one so this was a real experience! They’re super cute and you have enough time for everybody to interact with at least one of the stingrays – there are people in the water with you to take photos and teach you how to hold them too.
I’ve never seen so many stingrays surrounding me – and they’re pretty big too – so it’s definitely a great experience that I would recommend you check out if you’re a stingray lover. You also sail to and from the area on a Catamaran, so it’s like two excursions in one!
Another first for me on this trip was parasailing, I’d always wanted to try it and this time seemed like the perfect opportunity.
It’s way easier than I thought it would be – the only real thing you have to do is straighten your legs in front of you when you come back in to land – and it’s one of the most peaceful things I’ve ever done.
It lasts ten minutes, though it only feels like you’re up there for about two, and you go high enough to get a view of the entire island, which is seriously cool. They also dip you into the water as they’re bringing you back in so that’s a lot of fun.
I’ve done a glass-bottom boat tour in Grand Cayman before, but this time we opted for the submarine which was so. freaking. cool. I don’t have a divers licence (yet) so this gave me the opportunity to see all of the sea life that snorkelling can’t.
We were incredibly lucky on our dive and were able to see a turtle and a nurse shark, as well as so many other fish and coral. They also offer a night dive where you get to see the coral lit up in all their colourful glory, so I definitely want to check that out next time!
WHERE TO EAT
If you’re looking to get your coffee fix whilst in Cayman, then Kaibo Espresso is the perfect place to go. They do awesome cold brew that you can drink right on the beach, and it’s a pretty easy walk (or bike ride) from the Island Houses if you’re staying in Rum Point.
Sunset House is a favourite of mine and I eat there at least once whilst I’m visiting Cayman. It has an awesome vibe and you can just relax, enjoy the food and watch the sunset.
They do everything from fish tacos and quesadillas to wings and tuna melts, but they specialise in curries, so if Indian food is your thing then definitely check this place out.
Kaibo Barefoot Beach BBQ
Every Tuesday night, Kaibo have a Beach BBQ with live music, games and dancing – as well as really good food. It’s a barbecue buffet with things like fresh fish, jerk chicken, pulled pork – basically all the meats of your barbecue dreams – and a pasta/salad station. Everything is so good.
If you want another great place to watch the sunset, eat good food and listen to awesome music then make sure to book this one.
The Wreck Bar & Grill
I love the Wreck Bar at Rum Point – they do a loaded hot dog that I dream about whenever I’m not on the island. It has a very classic beach bar menu: chicken tenders, grilled cheese, burgers, hot dogs, nachos – essentially everything you want for a lunch on the beach.
Like I said earlier, they’re also the home of the Mudslide which, if you haven’t heard of, is essentially a chocolate milkshake with vodka and coffee liqueur. It’s truly one of the best cocktails and I end up drinking my body weight in them every time I’m in Cayman.
Since the Wreck Bar is the home of the mudslide, it’s truly a crime to visit and not have one (or ten).
Calico Jack’s is another beach bar that I love, situated on Public Beach. They do awesome beach food too, but my favourite thing that they make is the fried grouper with rice and beans.
Grouper is probably my favourite fish but I can never get it in the UK, so I really fill up on it when I’m in Cayman. I also could live on rice and beans for the rest of my life, and I pretty much ate it at every place that served it whilst on this trip.
Calico Jack’s is the perfect stop to eat some really delicious lunch with your feet in the sand – I absolutely love it.
George Town Yacht Club
George Town Yacht Club is an amazing place to go for dinner, they do a jerk chicken and rice and beans that would blow your mind. You can also get a box of doughnuts for dessert which are delicious – it’s a place I’d definitely recommend.
Outside of the restaurant they have a lighthouse and dock that is beautiful to walk around whilst the sun is setting. It’s a very picturesque place and the food is awesome.
So that about sums it up for my travel guide! Of course, there are so many more things to see/do/eat in Cayman, but these are just a few of my favourites.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what your favourite things are to do in Cayman and what I should check out that I might have missed! See you next time,