Famous for stunning beaches and breathtaking sunsets, the Cayman Islands are also noted as one of the World’s Friendliest Countries. Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands and it’s practically bursting with activities. From hiking through old-growth forest to sharing Cayman cuisine with locals, there are so many things to do in Grand Cayman it’s hard to know where to start.
So before your plane touches down, read this “where to” guide about Grand Cayman’s best kept secrets and make the most out of your time on the island.
Put Your Toes in the Sand on Seven Mile Beach (FREE)
Seven Mile Beach has been touted as one of the Caribbean’s best beaches, and it won’t take you long to understand why. Spend a day strolling Seven Mile’s crescent-shaped shore, snorkeling its pristine waters, and then refueling at one of its casual beachside bars.
Get Up Close and Personal with Wildlife at Cayman Island Turtle Farm
This one of a kind facility helps save endangered turtles from extinction. From viewing majestic Green Turtles that weigh more than 500 pounds, to exploring yearling turtles swimming in touch-tanks, every member of your family will enjoy the farm’s educational, cultural and entertainment programs.
Take a Hike on the Mastic Reserve Trail (FREE)
At the center of Grand Cayman Island, you’ll discover the Mastic Reserve Trail, the best place for Grand Cayman hiking. The roughly two mile long footpath takes you through swampy mangroves and old-growth forest, and gives you the opportunity discover centuries old native plants and local wildlife like the Cayman Parrot. Pack plenty of water and don’t forget your camera, because photo ops abound.
Get Your Drink On at Cayman Spirits Company
Take a tour you won’t forget at the Cayman Spirits Company, the island’s only distillery. Your tour starts in the lobby where you can sample a dozen or more spirits, then you’ll wind your way through the distillery where you’ll learn the history behind the brand and find out why Cayman Spirits is quickly gaining a reputation as a stand-out micro-distillery.
Eat at Over The Edge Cafe
There are a number of fabulous eateries on Grand Cayman, and Over The Edge Café is one of the best. Situated overlooking the water on the North Side of the island, Over the Edge Café is casual, affordable of local through and through. All of the café’s vegetables are grown by island farmers and its seafood is caught fresh daily.
Visit Pure Art Gallery and Gifts
Housed in a charming Cayman cottage in George Town, the territory’s capital, Pure Art has been in business for more than two decades.
Pure Art is filled with various works from Caymanian artists, and many pieces reflect local culture and attractions. Best yet, the eclectic gallery offers pieces at nearly every price point, so even budget minded travelers can take home a genuine piece of Cayman art.
Explore Art at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (FREE)
In addition to a permanent collect that consistently earns rare reviews, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands also offers diverse changing exhibitions that honor the region’s artistic heritage and promote the appreciation of the visual arts. The Gallery has a small gift shop you won’t want to miss, and although admission is free, donations are welcomed.