There are numerous Caribbean Islands that offer unforgettable vacations and getaways, but there’s something magical that keeps tourists coming back to Grand Cayman. This destination is home to otherworldly formations, notable reserves, and enthralling beaches, thus opening the door for riveting activities. From basking on the powdery shores to hiking, Grand Cayman packs exciting things for every guest.
Here are the eight engaging activities travelers should tick off their bucket list.
8 Awe At The Rocks Of Hell
Going to hell sounds bizarre. But if it looks this fascinating, then making several visits isn’t a bad idea. Mass-produced over 24 million years ago, this geological site features a group of spiky and black jagged rocks that wow thousands of tourists.
Although crossing the rocks isn’t allowed, there are several viewing points where eager adventurers can get closers views. Admiring the formations isn’t the only activity here. Guests can also spot sculpted figures representing the ‘devil.’ What’s more? There are gift shops near the post office, where travelers can buy souvenirs. It can be a T-shirt written ‘To Hell and Back’ or Caribbean spices. Vacationers shouldn’t fret if the locals use an expression like ‘how the hell are you?’
7 Go Beverage And Food Tasting
Grand Cayman is home to some renowned restaurants where food lovers can get a taste of Caribbean foods. Local guides, who are known for their friendly vibes, take tourists to unusual eateries that offer scrumptious meals. From coconut shrimps and cassava cake to spicy turtle stew, every guest will find what suits them best.
Popular points of interest for wine lovers include the Cayman Spirits Co. Distiller, where guests sample the tastiest Caribbean rum. The travel experience also allows tourists to listen to the enchanting stories of the welcoming locals.
6 Descend Upon The Kittiwake Shipwreck
January 5, 2011, the USS Kittiwake was deliberately laid to rest after years of serving as a submarine rescue vessel. And this opened the door for an artificial reef that any scuba diving enthusiast shouldn’t miss. Besides, something surreal comes with seeing a wrecked ship lying at the bottom of the ocean. There are many dive operators who help tourists get the most during this thrilling dive.
While the journey down there can be eerie, the views are worth it. Divers get lots of photo-taking opportunities, which could be on the captain’s wheel or decompression chamber.
5 Admire The Stunning Views On The Seven Mile Beach
With sparkling warm turquoise water and a long stretch of milky white sand, it’s evident why tourists can’t help but praise the Seven Mile beach. There are plenty of fascinating things to do here, besides stepping on the sand and soaking in the clear water. Parasailing, snorkeling, and paddleboarding are some water activities that keep adventurers hooked on this stunning beach. Relaxing at the beachside resorts while sipping a cold drink also brings rejuvenation.
The sunset views here are bewitching. So, visitors can chill around to say goodbye to a memorable day and welcome an exotic Caribbean night in style.
4 Go Snorkeling
Snorkeling is one of the most riveting in-water activities in Grand Cayman. And it’s perfect for tourists who aren’t big fans of scuba diving. Fortunately, this place is blessed to have numerous snorkeling sites suitable for beginners and veterans. Brilliant marine animals are abundant, not forgetting the pristine reefs that make the entire experience enthralling. Vacationers can explore by themselves or book tours for guided lessons.
3 Hike At The Mastic Trail
Traversing its way through the majestic Mastic Reserve, this trail promises tourists breathtaking views that make the journey to Grand Cayman worthwhile. The 2.3 miles route showcases the black mastic forests, native mangrove swamps, sweeping mangroves, and fine-looking palm trees. Along the trail, adventurers can stare at beautiful bird species, like the Cuban amazons, white-crowned pigeons, and Yucatan vireos. Those lucky enough will spot lizards, snakes (not poisonous), and frogs, among other reptiles.
The rocky terrain makes the journey moderately challenging, so hikers should arm themselves with comfortable hiking boots. Well, not forgetting enough water to make the excursion painless. It’s best to take this heavenly escape in the morning as the birds grace visitors with enchanting dawn choruses.
2 Visit The Pedro’s Castle
Believed to be the oldest structure in the Cayman archipelago, this castle is a must-visit for tourists who love history. The three-story building is one of a kind as it has survived all the hurdles of geological disasters. From fires to hurricanes, this castle still stands stronger but in a revamped state.
Besides getting a glimpse of the local history, political reformation, and raids, travelers can stroll in the garden to enjoy otherworldly views of the rugged bluffs.
1 Swim With Stingrays
There’s nothing more enthralling than getting up close with marine creatures. Stingray City is one of Grand Cayman’s most sought-after destinations, where tourists swim and interact with southern Atlantic stingrays. They reside in a shallow sandbar, which is around three to four feet. Travelers who aren’t comfortable swimming for extended periods will enjoy it here as the waters are shallow.
The stunning animals have been accustomed to humans for decades, so aquatic lovers shouldn’t freak out. In fact, adventurers can feed, touch, and take memorable pictures with these affectionate creatures. To avoid problems with these magnificent animals, visitors should enter the water calmly and be keen on where they step.