Once you've found the perfect place to stay in the Cayman Islands-whether it's a villa, an intimate hotel, or a bustling beach resort-you'll want to explore the islands. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is home to the rare blue iguana habitat, and is a great place to start exploring. It offers visitors the opportunity to see some of the rare and exotic plants indigenous to the Cayman Islands. If you are comfortable on the back of a horse, there are several facilities that offer tours on horseback; for a little extra romance, schedule your ride at sunset. The atmosphere is best at that time of day, and lends a special flavor to the ride. When your day is through, your Cayman Islands villa will be a comfortable retreat waiting for you.
For the more sports-minded visitors, the Cayman Islands are a water sports mecca. The snorkeling and diving along the reefs offer some of the most exciting glimpses into marine biology anywhere in the world. On top of the water, you can try your hand at kayaking or leave the work to someone else and slip on board a pirate ship for a Cayman Islands tour right out of the days of Black Beard
At 62,000 square feet of pure concrete, Black Pearl Skatepark is the second largest in the world! Skaters can take on the entire park or choose individual sections like the roundwalls, a deathbox, pockets, stairs, verts, thumbs to name a few. Expert, intermediate or beginner, there's enough concrete for all levels and coaches who can provide instruction. Adjacent to the skatepark is the Grand Cayman's Wavelock which can generate waves up to 11 feet high!
Whether you prefer reef fishing, offshore trolling, night fishing or lobstering, Fat Fish Adventures has it covered. Our favorite is jet skiing out to the lobster grounds then snorkeling for lobster holes and fishing out our own mouth-water dinner! Yep, after returning to the dock, Fat Fish has a special restaurant where your catch is served up with melted butter, garlic, cheese and all the fixings! If you prefer the big-game, you're sure to find Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi-mahi while trolling the ocean's edge just a half mile offshore. Reef Fishing is the best option for kids since Snapper, Triggger, Barracudas are easier to reel in. Equipment, bait and ice is included in the half and full day prices which range from $4oo to $800. Fat Fish will even arrange shuttle service from your hotel or villa.
You'll find the Cayman Islands on pretty much every list of top dive sites. And since scuba diving is so popular here, this is the perfect destination to learn to dive, take an advanced course, or get the kids certified. With so many dive sites, it's hard to pick the best spot but Little Cayman and the Captain Keith Tibbets wreck dive on Cayman Brac are among our favorites. And there's plenty of tour boats waiting to take groups out daily and even on night runs.
The place to be seen in the Cayman Islands is 7 Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. This stretch of white sand plays host to some of the hottest resorts on the island, casual and upscale restaurants and plenty of tour companies lobbying for your time. It's also the perfect spot for sunbathing and people watching. Even snorkelers come to explore the coral reefs here. From dawn until dusk, there's plenty to do and see on 7 Mile Beach!
Swimming with a school of sting rays sounds dangerous, but these charming sea creatures are surprisingly docile. In the mid 80s, fisherman would anchor at North Sound and clean their catch. It didn't take the sting rays long to sniff out this 'food court', and so Sting Ray city was born. Today, tourists bring the buffet and can see as many as 30 or 40 a day. Stingray City averages 12 feet in depth, so it's fun for even young visitors. You can also find sting rays swarming in Sandbar which is slightly shallower at depths ranging from 3-10 feet.
For both the beginner and advanced diver, enjoy a day of exploration of some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. Ambassador Divers consist of an experienced team of divers who will make you feel comfortable and confident in the water. Dive multiple locations such as wrecks, reefs and walls. Appropriate for everyone, make reservations for singles, couples, families, kids or groups.
Located at the Comfort Suites on Seven Mile Beach
Plan ahead to avoid missing out on the Caribbean's premier jazz festival! Famed jazz, R&B and gospel artists unite on the water's edge to hypnotize you with their rhythms and have you swaying with the silver palms
Cayman Kayaks offers guided kayak tours to areas rarely visited by residents or tourists. They offer a variety of times and tours suited for all interest and skill levels.
Mangrove Adventure tours are daily at 10 AM and 2 PM and visit the important and pristine mangrove forests. Observe many unique creatures and learn why the mangroves are called the 'nursery' of the islands.
Sunset tours are 3 to 4 evenings a week, include complimentary rum punch, and the occasional sighting of sea turtles feedings. Bring your camera to capture the sunset- a unique way to enjoy the Caribeean.
For the more adventerous, take the evening kayak tour to Bio Cove and watch your paddles light up during natures underwater light show. Small fish dart, leaving the impression of underwater shooting stars. Great star gazing too. All tours depart from Kaibo Yacht Club just a few minute drive south of Rum Point.
The Wilderness kayaks are comfortable, fast and stable.
Long known as one of Grand Cayman's quieter sisters the tiny island of Cayman Brac screams to underwater enthusiasts the world over. At the top of any must-do list for visitors to 'the Brac' is the MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts. A 330-foot Russian destroyer intentionally sunk off Cayman Brac's west end in 1996, she remains the only divable Russian warship in the Western Hemisphere. Joining the Tibbetts as part of the Brac's unique underwater world is Oceanic Voyagers, a 7-foot tall bronze statue created by world-renowned marine sculptor Dale Evers. The sculpture, which depicts a pair of Spotted Dolphins cavorting with the Cayman Islands' famous Southern Stingrays, was sunk off the Brac's coast at Radar Reef in January 2003 as part of a year long celebration commemorating the Cayman Islands' Quincentennial anniversary. These large pelagics literally come to life in and around the multitude of dive sites on this stunning island. Other attractions to be found in the waters off the Brac include two other wrecks, an ancient anchor embedded in a wall, numerous healthy shallow reefs and miles of colourful sponge and coral laden drop-offs. The majestic walls of Cayman Brac showcase a labyrinth of tunnels and swim-throughs in what is the Caribbean's very own underwater Grand Canyon.
A nine hole course carved along a natural saltwater lagoon with views of the North Sound.
Britannia Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Resort is three courses in one, designed by Jack Nicklaus with his signature flair. A links-style course featuring grassy mounds, rolling dunes, lakes and oversized bunkers, it has all the natural challenges and hazards of a traditional seaside (or links) layout. Guests of the Hyatt Regency Resort receive priority booking; non-hotel guests may reserve tee times up to 24 hours in advance.
This freestanding beachside restaurant is so popular on the Caribbean island that advance reservations are a must. The casual ambience of Hemingways dining room overlooking Seven Mile Beach, combined with the award-winning, sophisticated Caribbean cuisine, are reasons why Hemingways has been the Grand Cayman's most popular restaurant for years.
The ambience is like none other. With the wide-open spaces, your thoughts are drawn to summers past. All it takes is a table with a beach view, a nice Fume Blanc and a plate of super-fresh seafood. You may choose to dine in air-conditioned elegance if you desire.
Recently voted in the "Top Three Restaurants in the Caribbean" by Wine Spectator magazine and has featured in a number of articles in other magazines.
Anyone can stroll along the beaches of Grand Cayman, but why not experience paradise on the back of a horse? Nicki, the owner, plays tour guide to private horseback riding tours along the white sands of West Bay. Enjoy the serenity of the ocean at sunrise or sunset. Children, 10 and above, are welcome and helmets are included. Don't forget your camera!
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday
Pick-Up is available along Seven Mile Beach
Dive this new attraction off Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman and who knows what you will find. The USS Kittiwake ASR 13 sank July, 2010. All was planned and took 7 years in the making. Today, tourist can explore the outer shells of the USS Kittiwake and dive into an endless amount of rooms.
Take a brisk morning ride along the shore with your family or opt for a romantic sunset ride with your sweetheart! These well trained horses and friendly staff are ready to make your visit to Grand Cayman a memorable one. Take a ride!
Aarg!!! Climb aboard The Jolly Roger or The Anne Bonny and experience a true Pirate adventure. Travel back in time and watch as the crew performs sword fights and pirate trials. Or relax and take a romantic sunset cruise while listening to music and sipping a Rum Punch.
If privacy is what you're looking for, you will find it at Smith's Cove on Grand Cayman! Known as the "secret beach", Smith's cove is located approximately 2 miles from Georgetown. Great for both beginner and experienced snorkelers, the sand slopes gently and allows you to enjoy the surrounding sea life and coral reef. Best days for exploring are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays!
Open since 1994, The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a site to see! This award winning facility has been praised by locals and tourist as "inspirational". Enjoy caribbean plant life as well as the Blue Iguana Habitat.
October to March: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., last admission at 4:30 p.m.
April to September: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., last admission at 5:30 p.m.
(Closed on Christmas and Good Friday)
The Courts is the venue for prestigious tennis events including: The Legends Tennis Tournament, The Cayman Classic and The Masters Invitational, junior tennis tournament.
Cayman Cookout takes place January 16-19, 2009 and will be brought to you by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Food & Wine Magazine. Hosted by talented celebrity Chef Eric Ripert, this delectable weekend of events, tastings, demonstrations and wine seminars will offer visitors the opportunity to fill four delicious days in one of the most naturally beautiful and serene of locales - outdoors on world famous Seven Mile Beach!