It’s easy to get wrapped up in the resort life, spending long days on the beautiful, white-sand beaches, sipping on cocktails at bars with unforgettable sea views, or rejuvenating yourself at the hotel’s on-site spa as the sun sets and soft sherbet colored skies float overhead. However, the Cayman Islands are full of activities for the adrenaline seekers to fashion lovers, and on the biggest of the three islands, Grand Cayman has it all. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do and hope they can help you make your Caribbean adventure the most memorable holiday yet.
From diving and exploring a ship wreck to spending the day at sea on a catamaran cruise, find your perfect water-based adventure on the island. Choose between various diving expeditions, visiting the reefs, walls, or putting fears to the test with night-diving. Head out off the coast for a day of deep-sea fishing and bring the catch home to eat! Don’t want to get wet? Check out the Atlantis Under Water Adventure, taking riders through the coral reefs in a wall-to-wall glass viewing chamber semi-submarine. Other popular water sports found on the island include wind surfing, parasailing, or snorkeling at Stingray City.
Spend a day biking around the West Bay Loop, safe and traffic free paths that run along the breathtaking coastline. Rent bikes and venture solo, or go on a guided tour and learn interesting facts throughout the day. Walk along the Seven Mile Beach (just only 5.5. miles), while admiring the gorgeous private homes and seeing what the different resorts have to offer. Meditate and connect with your body at a class at Bliss Yoga (beach classes available!) or spend the day shopping in Camana Bay. For those looking to spend a day with animals, check out the Cayman Turtle Farm for hands on experience with the local wildlife.
Visit famous landmarks first hand at the Pedro St. James “Castle” – the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands and the islands oldest stone structures, or wander around the historic capital of George Town. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park brings together lush colorful floral gardens along natural wetlands for those interested in exploring the islands fauna.
While air adventures aren’t always the first thing to come to mind, it’s a unique way to explore the island (or all three islands!) while avoiding the crowds. Watch the landscape change below you as you glide over the famous Caribbean beaches, hot spots like Stingray City, or the busy capital streets in George Town in your own helicopter or puddle jumper plane. Don’t miss out on any of these great ways to spend your days, but of course, remember to live in the moment as it’ll pass by in the blink of an eye. So whatever adventure calls to you, from water to the air, Grand Cayman Island won’t disappoint. Have you been to the Cayman Islands? What’s your favorite way to spend the day here? *Image by Emily Carr via Trover.com