Grand Cayman is a popular cruise port attracting around 1.7 million cruise ship passengers a year and it’s not difficult to see why. The Island is safe, clean, easy to get around and has a host of shore excursions to choose from, such as relaxing on white sandy beaches, shopping, snorkelling, diving, world famous attractions like Stingray City and the Cayman Turtle Centre and of course there are plenty of options for eating and drinking. The hard part is deciding what to do when you have just one day in Grand Cayman.
We have set out some useful information on Grand Cayman shore excursions below with links to more information and recommended tour providers. We've partnered with many businesses to offer exclusive discounts, so be sure to mention EXPLORE when booking to receive your discount. It is worth noting that a lot of the attractions and tour operators on the island have deals with the cruise ships and so may not accept your business or offer you the same prices that they advertise on Explore Cayman if they know you are coming on a cruise ship.
The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory and as such English is the official language and people drive on the left. The islands are on Eastern Standard Time (or GMT -5) however daylight savings are not observed. The currency is the Cayman Islands (CI) dollar although US dollars are accepted island-wide although change will always be given in CI$. The exchange rate is fixed to the US dollar: CI$1 is US$1.25 or US$1 to CI$0.80. Banks are open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and there are plenty of ATMs in George Town and across the island. Read more informaton about the Cayman Islands here.
There are plenty of ways to get around Grand Cayman including some inexpensive options. Whilst it can feel a bit overwhelming when you arrive as the George Town port is bustling with activity, the information below should help you make the best choice for your needs. You can find additional information on transport in Cayman here.
If your idea of heaven is relaxing on a gorgeous white sandy beach then you’re in luck as Grand Cayman delivers with the famous Seven Mile Beach and a number of others for you to while away the hours on.
If the beach bars aren’t your scene there are plenty of quiet areas on Seven Mile Beach where you can place your towel and remain undisturbed for hours.
There are a number of other beaches to consider, they are just as beautiful but quieter and won’t have the same facilities on offer. Some examples include the following however you can find a full list of Cayman’s best beaches here.
There is more to Cayman than just wonderful beaches; there are also attractions to suit every interest and budget. We have listed several options below however you can find more land based options in Cayman here.
The Cayman Islands offer some of the best diving and snorkelling in the Caribbean. The water is home to an abundance of colourful sea life, is clear, warm and calm, creating perfect conditions to discover our underwater world.
Cayman is famous for its tax free shopping and items such as jewellery, watches, luxury brands, gems and precious metals can work out much cheaper in Cayman than they would be in America or Europe. On top of this you can also expect to find locally produced goods like Cayman art, Caymanite, hot sauces, rum cake and fun souvenirs to take home to family and friends.
If you fancy getting under the skin of Cayman take an island tour with an experienced guide who will take you to a selection of the island’s land based attractions. You can choose from customised Land Rovers with Cayman Safari Adventures or Tours Cayman. Tours are led by enthusiastic guides who have in-depth knowledge of the island and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Last but certainly not least, you will want to try one of the restaurants in Cayman’s thriving dining scene! Cayman is known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean and has one of the highest ratios of restaurants to residents in the world. You will find every type of cuisine available in Cayman including traditional Cayman food, international gourmet food, Italian, American, Chinese and much more.
For a comprehensive list of the island’s best restaurants visit Cayman Good Taste where you’ll find restaurants listed by type of food and area. You can also read reviews, see sample menus and make online reservations.
Most restaurants have great bars to sit at and enjoy a Cayman cocktail however our article on the Cayman Bar scene will give you more detailed information.