Wednesday August 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM | 1 Comment
If you are planning a vacation to the Cayman Islands, you may be tempted to just spend your vacation relaxing by the beach, especially if your resort is located on Seven Mile Beach. However, you’d be missing out on some fabulous activities, so it’s really in your best interest to try to fit in some action along with your relaxation time.
Regardless of your swimming experience, you’ll definitely want to book one of the many boats that travel to Stingray City. You’ll stand in chest-deep water while the stingray really do swim all around you. Each boat generally travels with a handler who will show you how to hold the stingray. Definitely make sure you pack your waterproof camera – there are lots of photo opportunities.
My favorite activity of Grand Cayman was the Cayman Turtle Farm, where we saw giant turtles, held the young turtles, and swam in the lagoon. If you visit the turtle farm early in the day, you can also snorkel in their pond which is full of sea life.
While Seven Mile Beach is definitely the more touristy (and convenient) beach, if you have access to a car, make the trip about an hour across the island to Rum Point, a public beach. It’s easily one of the most beautiful spots on the island, and you can spend the entire day there. There’s a bar, restaurant, and Red Sail Sports kiosk to rent snorkel equipment, wave runners, and kayaks. While you’re on that side of the island, you may want to do a tour of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program, which is located in the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park. It’s nearly impossible to see these native iguanas outside of the program, and it’s a great educational tour for kids (but make sure you book in advance).
While there are so many things you can do in the Caymans, you will want to save some time for relaxing on the beach – the sand and water is nearly perfect.
This is a guest post by Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine. Photos are courtesy of Jodi Grundig. Meals, travel, activities and accommodations were provided at no cost for purposes of review.