Things to do in Grand Cayman
The island of Grand Cayman is known for the fabled sands of Seven Mile beach and its world-class scube and snorkeling just offshore. One can also tour limestone caves at Crystal Caves, wind surf or kite board off numerous beaches, play tennis, enjoy a round of golf on a Jack Nicklaus designed course, or visit the Turtle Farm. your WIMCO Villa Specialist can recommend things to do in Grand Cayman, and then make the reservations for you.
Rent a sailboats, windsurfer or a small motorboats for a day trip, or take a guide to water skiing or fishing. Glass bottom boat trips are available in main resort areas also.
Seven Mile Beach
Grand Cayman's west coast is home to the famous Seven Mile Beach. Litter-free and void of hawkers, Seven Mile Beach lends a relaxing, hassle-free atmosphere. As this is Grand Cayman's busiest vacation center, most of the island's accommodations, restaurants, and shopping centers sit on this strip. You'll also find headquarters for the island's aquatic activities here.
A popular sport in this area, deep sea, bottom, bone and shoreline fishing are available in most areas. (Tarpon and bone fishing are best on Little Cayman). *Please remember that waters are zoned into the Marine Parks System, so you must be careful to familiarize yourselves with what is permitted in your areas. Please see our Cayman Villa Folder in the villa for the map.
There are two golf courses, one behind the Hyatt Hotel designed by Jack Nicklaus. Unique to the island, the course is half the regular size, with a special ball designed to only go half the distance. For those wishing to just practice, the Cayman Falls shopping center offer a driving range. A regular 18-hole course is situated at Safe Haven Links. All are available to the public, and situated off Seven Mile Beach.
It's a funny name, but most visitors who spend more than a day or two on Grand Cayman experience Hell, an area named for its surreal, jagged ironshore rock formations. For kicks, in Hell, one can send mail postmarked from "Hell, Grand Cayman," or get a cold drink from Club Inferno.
Queen Elizabeth Wilderness Preserve
The 65-acre Queen Elizabeth wilderness preserve showcases a variety of plants indigenous to the Cayman Islands. Interpretive signs identify the flora along the walking trail. Rare blue iguanas populate the gardens, which are bred and released here. You can also see native orchids and, if you're lucky, the brilliant green Cayman parrot.
Just a ten minute ride from the capital Georgetown, this secluded cove is almost like a lagoon, and excellent for snorkeling.
Scuba and Snorkeling
Because of the clarity of waters, snorkeling options abound nearly everywhere, though are usually best where a reef is close by. (We can advise you on good spots to stay for snorkeling when choosing a villa). Renting equipment remains easy to do as rates are reasonable.
If you're up for tennis, it is normally possible to go to the neighboring hotels for a nominal fee to book a court. Though you'll have to bring your own racquets and tennis balls, you can also play at the Cayman Kai, which has two courts available free of charge to guests in that area.
Diving in the Cayman Islands is considered the best in the Caribbean, and perhaps the best in the world. Dive shops are conveniently located all over the three islands, so wherever you stay, one is nearby. Be sure to bring your C card with you, or, learn to dive while here. You wonï¿½t forget your trip to Stingray City.
This submarine seats about forty-six persons, and you'll go down to approximately 100 feet. Your guide will tell you about all the wonders of the marine life. For the extra brave, try the other smaller submarine that will take you to 800 feet.
Head to Little Cayman for the best bird watching, where Booby, Frigate and Man o'War birds flock. Because birds use Cayman as a migratory island between 2 continents, variety is unlimited.
To experience a touch of nature andï¿½walk through time into the rich floral history of the three islands, head to the botanical gardens. For gardening enthusiasts, book a trip during the annual orchid show (held in February).
Tour buses will also take you for half or full day guided sightseeing island trips for individuals or groups (we can arrange these, or ask local taxis too). Care to see the island by plane? You can take a charter to see the whole island on a small plane in roughly a half hour, where history and geography of the island will be explained.
The Turtle Farm
A unique farm where turtles are bred.
This tropical area on the north side has only been available to tourists for two years. A tour takes you through crystal coves partially underwater.