Things to do in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Get Your Bearings in Grand Cayman

By Biju Sukumaran
Travel Expert

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Where to Stay

Most of the accommodations on the Cayman Islands are located along Seven Mile Beach. High-end luxury hotels and resorts here are among the best (and most expensive) in the world, offering private patios, ocean views and access to water sports. A few budget guesthouses are available, but with limited accommodations.

Hot Tips:

Room rates are much less expensive during the off-season (between mid-April and mid-December).

What to Eat

Restaurants on the Cayman Islands feature a mix of international and local cuisine. Local cuisine includes dishes incorporating conch, sea turtle and various fish like red snapper, mahi-mahi, tuna, grouper and swordfish. Jerked curries are often served with chicken or pork, with sides of rice and beans cooked in milk.

Caution:

International ingredients must be imported to the islands, making them extremely expensive.

Things to See

The biggest attraction on the islands is Seven Mile Beach. But a stroll through George Town will allow visitors to glimpse a bit of the island's history. The Cayman Islands National Museum contains displays of natural and cultural history, while the War Memorial, Seamen's Memorial and Fort George give insight into maritime and war time history of the area.

Hot Tips:

The Caymans offer several opportunities to swim and play with marine life like turtles and dolphins.

Places to Party

The Grand Cayman offers several nightlife choices. Bars and pubs are a good place to watch sports, and many have outdoor seating. Sapphire Lounge is one of the few lounge bars on the island, offering a large selection of cocktails and unique martinis. Several bars and clubs feature live entertainment on the weekends.

Hot Tips:

Peruse a copy of the Caymanian Compass to see a list of weekend activities.

Where to Shop

Several stores on the island sell hand-crafted jewelry fashioned from Caymanite or black coral. Many shops will also sell luxury imported items like perfume, crystal, watches, liquor and cameras. Perhaps the most sought-after item are the island's homemade rum cakes, as well as locally-produced jams and sauces.

Caution:

Be aware that the black coral, which much of the jewelry is made from, is considered an endangered species.

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