Worried about how the family can vacation together without breaking the piggy bank? Grand Cayman abounds with things to do and places to go, many at no charge. Here are some of the best options.
Try Diving for free with Ambassador Divers. They'll teach you the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive, before testing them out in the swimming pool.
The Beach & Sea is without a doubt Cayman’s best natural resource and it provides an easy way to keep the whole family entertained. From building sand castles along Seven Mile to combing shores further afield, any time on the beach is time well spent. Visit the new and improved Seven Mile Public Beach which has been extended to include a park with shade trees, a lawn area and children’s playground. Check out our beach recommendations.
Dart Family Park on South Church Street is on the water and a refreshing stop for the kids to let off some steam. It has a lot of shaded grassy areas as well as children’s climbing frames, slides, cabanas and restroom facilities.
Camana Bay is a great option with two fountains to play in, the observation tower to climb and a harbour and landscaped courtyards to explore. Head over to the cinema on a Tuesday morning at 11.30am or to Books & Books on Saturdays at 10.30am for a live story time and sing-along. See the Camana Bay section for more information.
Meet the Locals and learn about Cayman’s home grown produce and traditional dishes at the Farmer’s Markets at Camana Bay on Wednesdays or the Market at the Cricket Grounds on Monday-Saturday.
Take in Some Art at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and view the permanent collection of Cayman’s most prominent artists as well as visiting exhibitions. There is also a small sculpture garden and coffee shop.
Take our Walking Tour of downtown George Town, see Cayman’s capital, the fishermen and other interesting landmarks. See the George Town section for more information.
Get off the Beaten Track and explore some of our less-frequented beaches in East End. Jump in a jeep and discover some well-hidden coastline and terrain. See the Eastern Districts section.
Ride The Slide at Margaritaville. Enjoy some casual dining and sip cocktails in the swim up bar while the kids ride the rooftop waterslide. Excellent gift shop to pick up holiday souvenirs.
Beach Volleyball There are beach volleyball nets on Public Beach that are available for use throughout the week or grab a drink and check out the teams that play on the beach every Sunday.
Historical Bodden Town Start at Bodden Town Park and explore the area that incorporates a playground, caboose and a small Caymanian-style house.
Catch of the Day Check out the morning’s catch at the fisherman’s market on the waterfront in George Town.
Hike the Mastic Trail Start in the cool of the morning and follow the two-mile trail. Mastic Trail self-guided leaflets are available from the National Trust’s visitor centre (345) 749 1121 on South Church Street, next to Dart Park.
Try Bird Watching at Governor Gore’s Bird Sanctuary and marvel at the abundance of native and migratory birds that Cayman attracts. The Pond’s popularity with the birds is seasonal, with greatest activity during the dry season. Butterflies also congregate in this area, and the native freshwater turtle, the Hickatee has often been spotted among the reeds. Turn into Spotts Newlands Rd off Shamrock Rd. Take the first right to Pennsylvania Ave.
Visit Davinoff’s Concrete Sculpture Garden located on the highway between Old Man Bay and the Queen’s Monument. View a range of concrete animals such as a 16ft blue iguana, a 6ft land crab and a 17ft crocodile. A great spot to take photos and kids will love climbing over the sculptures! Open daily with free entry.