It took me 18 years to leave the USA. In 2008 I graduated high school and my mom decided to take me on a celebratory trip to the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman. It was then that my eyes were opened to the beauty of the world and my desire to travel.
Disclaimer: All pics taken with awesome disposable camera circa 2008! Throwback to cool, out of date technology.
We spent about seven days on the island at a boutique hotel on Seven Mile Beach that is sadly, no longer there. It was such a great place to stay and the staff was so friendly. Why did they have to tear it down to build another big resort hotel?!
Seven Mile Beach is a crescent-shaped beauty of a beach with white sands as far as the eye can see (or for about seven miles. ha). I recommend staying at a hotel along this beach. It a great place to spend the majority of your time and is only a short drive away from other destinations on this small island.
If you haven’t been to the island, you should put it on your list. Like, now! Here are 7 things to do in Grand Cayman if ever you find yourself with your toes in the sand.
1. Go snorkeling
Granted, I don’t have much to compare it to because my vacations are generally not tropical, but I thought the snorkeling scenery was amazing. We were able to step right out from our hotel room, walk right the beach, pick up some snorkeling gear, and be on our way. There was lots of wildlife and we saw an array of fish and even a couple of nurse sharks. There are also several different spots around the island that you can drive or boat to get to different underwater views. We took a short boat ride and snorkeled a ship wreck on one of our last days.
2. You can swim with sting rays!
It sounds terrifying I know, at least it did to me (especially after the whole Steve Irwin situation). I’m usually not one for brushing up against sea creatures but it was a pretty cool experience. We took a boat excursion to Stingray City in North Sound and as soon as the boats arrived, the place was swarming with rays. Clearly they know the drill, boats equal food. I definitely recommend checking out the rays on a fun boating excursion.
3. Go shopping in Georgetown
Georgetown is the capital of the Cayman Islands. There are a ton of restaurants and places to shop and was only about a fifteen minute drive from our beach. It’s also the place where the daily cruise ships dock so it gets quite crowded and is generally pretty touristy but still fun.
4. Take a quick trip to Rum Point
A 45 minute drive to the North Side of the island brings you to Rum Point where there’s something for everyone. While the underwater wildlife leaves a lot to be desired on this side of the island, you can take a dip, play some sand volleyball, take part in water sports, or take a nap in a hammock. It’s a fun way to spend a day.
Iguanas, unsurprisingly, are plentiful on the island. This was my first time seeing one of the giant lizards and I obsessively took pictures of them all. More surprising, there are chickens roaming around freely. My first sighting of the birds was in Georgetown during our shopping adventure. I was shocked. Why were there chickens in the street??
6. Walk through the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park
Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens of the Botanical Park and experience the serenity of the island’s flora and fauna. Theres are thousands of beautiful flowers and plants that showcase the island’s natural beauty. It’s a great way to spend a gloomy day when beach time is less than ideal.
7. Go on a sunset cruise
Y’all, the sunsets in Grand Cayman are to die for. I’m serious. Drop dead gorgeous. The best way to experience them is on a catamaran ride at sunset. It’s so relaxing and you get beautiful 360 degree views. Can you imagine what could have been captured with a fancier camera? Ahhh.
I can’t wait to plan my return to the islands, I’m sure there is a ton more to do and explore!