Grand Cayman is a popular cruise port thanks to its beautiful beaches, tranquil water, and various tours and activities. During your cruise, consider taking a land and sea tour that allows you to explore the best sights and attractions. Dolphin lovers can visit Dolphin Discovery or Cove Cayman near Seven Mile Beach. Both offer interaction programs that allow you to pet, kiss and dance with these gorgeous mammals.
Imagine standing in shallow turquoise-blue water surrounded by stingrays, the kind of close encounter with marine life you dream about. That's what visitors to Stingray City can expect when they choose this cruise excursion, a popular activity on Grand Cayman. The sandbar in the North Sound is home to stingrays that have become accustomed to people and are so friendly you can pet them, feed them, and even swim with them. Guests also visit the Turtle Center and Coral Garden on this tour. The Turtle Centre is the world's only facility dedicated to protecting green turtles and reintroducing them into their natural environment. Stingray City is located in the North Sound area of the Cayman Islands. It's a series of shallow sandbars with powder white sand and crystal clear waters. It is a natural aquatic attraction that's the most popular activity on the island, allowing you to interact and feed wild Atlantic stingrays who glide gracefully through the water. Previous travelers rave about this experience, insisting it's worth a trip to the island for the sole reason of visiting Stingray City.
If you'd prefer to skip the sandbar and take in the island sights from the air, opt for this unique private jet ski tour that takes you to Stingray City, Rum Point, and Starfish Beach. The tour includes snorkeling gear, lunch, drinks, and safety equipment.
The main square in George Town is less than a five-minute walk from the ship, featuring several important buildings, including the Courthouse, the Government Building with a small, white clock tower built to commemorate World War I, and the Legislative Assembly Building. The square is also dotted with palm trees, a round fountain, and statues of the National Heroes of the Cayman Islands. Be sure to know the George Town cruise port guides because it's the starting point for all shore excursions.
Grand Cayman's Turtle Farm is a family favorite. This unique attraction has thousands of sea turtles in different stages (some weighing over 500 pounds) divided among several tanks. Visitors can touch and even pick up yearling turtles for a close-up experience. The facility also features a large Predator Tank aquarium containing sharks and barracudas, an aviary with exotic Caribbean birds, a swimming pool, a nature trail, and a lagoon for snorkeling with turtles. The tour's best part is interacting with the young turtles. They are encouraged to hold and play with the hatchlings, which helps them develop a sense of responsibility for protecting marine life. The experience also includes a presentation by an expert on the importance of conservation. Guests can purchase souvenirs at the on-site gift shop, which offers a selection of turtle toys and merchandise. A restaurant is located outside the facility. The Schooner's Bar and Grill has a covered deck overlooking Turtle Lagoon where guests can relax with a tropical drink or the island's beer, Caybrew.
The facility's location boasts a unique landscape that creates a surreal atmosphere. Additionally, the area is home to the well-known Hell Cave, a natural limestone formation eroded by waves over time, resulting in a cave-like environment. While walking on the rock is not recommended, visitors can easily explore the area and take photos thanks to the boardwalk provided. A souvenir post office is on-site where guests can buy and send postcards from the unique location to friends and family. Aside from relaxing on Seven Mile Beach, numerous other activities exist, including shopping at one of the world's top duty-free malls.
Blue Hole Caves
The island combines old-world charm and pristine beaches with trendy dining and exciting attractions. There's a wealth of experiences to choose from, including interacting with sea turtles and friendly stingrays, exploring the underwater wonders of the barrier reef, hiking through lush forests, and sampling tasty rum. Grand Cayman's most famous attraction is Stingray City, a sandbar where visitors interact with friendly marine creatures. Dolphin Discovery and Dolphin Cove Cayman are two locations in the area that offer dolphin interaction programs. Both located in the West Bay district, these attractions are only a 20-minute drive from George Town cruise port. They provide a range of educational and entertaining activities where you can interact with friendly marine mammals by petting, kissing, and even dancing with them.
Those with an adventurous spirit can venture deeper into the Cayman Islands on a cave exploration tour to the Blue Hole. It's a prime spot to see birds like emerald green jacamar and scarlet-rumped tanager. The Cayman Islands is a fascinating destination, and Grand Cayman is a prime cruise destination that offers something for everyone. Pristine beaches, world-famous attractions, snorkeling, scuba diving, shopping, and fine dining make it a must-see Caribbean getaway. If you're interested in exploring the natural beauty of the Caymans, check out the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the Kittiwake Shipwreck Site.