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Cultural Activities in the Cayman Islands

Discover the Island's Wild and Historic Side

Take a break from beach culture and resort living to discover a different side of Grand Cayman Island. Begin with a museum visit in downtown Georgetown, then head east to discover small coastal villages, a historic estate and a forest that holds secrets below. Here, the island's limestone foundations are riddled with caves formed over thousands of years and now decorated with intricate crystalline stalagmite and stalactite formations. On the surface, trails lead into native woodlands where brightly-colored parrots perch on branches adorned with exotic air plants. End the day at a local seaside cafe with a meal of fresh seafood and traditional island favorites.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, solos, couples and families looking for watersports and adventures from soft to rugged and stingray encounters
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Mid 70s in winter to high 80s in summer. The rainy season runs from May to October, but precipitation does not affect diving conditions

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Cultural Activities in The Cayman Islands Overview

The less-settled eastern end of Grand Cayman Island is the site for a range of historic and cultural sites, including botanical gardens, nature trails, caves and historic homes. These sites can be visited in half- or all-day trips from resorts on the island's west end.

Cultural Activities in The Cayman Islands Tips

Allow several hours take in the caves and forests on the island's eastern coast, and then head to Rum Point for lunch or a sunset dinner. Pirates once took refuge in these caves, and it's said that there is still treasure hidden in remote areas. Today, they are well-lit, with clearly marked walking paths.

Best Places for Cultural Activities in The Cayman Islands

The Cayman National Museum and National Gallery give insight into the island's history. Grand Cayman's oldest surviving estate home, Pedro St. James Castle, provides a glimpse of life in the 18th century. The Crystal Cave combines natural wonders with fascinating and lesser-known elements of the island's history.

What to Pack for Cultural Activities in The Cayman Islands

Bring walking shoes for treks into the forests and cave tours. Pack a tote with extra water bottles and a few snacks for the walking tours, and don't forget a camera for photos of the birds and iguanas.

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Ocean Cabanas

WEST BAY - LIVING THE DREAM GRAND CAYMAN DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights 1 Bedroom Cabana with an option to upgrade to a 2 or 3 bedroom, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving from our dive center in town, 1-free shore tank at Lighthouse Reef (per diver-weather permitting), boat transfers, complimentary use of wetsuit- 3mm shortie, mask, snorkel, fins, and dive computers, welcome drink, airport transfers and hotel taxes.
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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights’ accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Pool View accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Grand Cayman Marriott Resort

GRAND CAYMAN - 2023 FINS UP! 7 nights Deluxe Room accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Red Sails Sports, hotel taxes and fees.

Valid 1/1/23-4/14/23. Rates from $2948 per person/double diver.

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Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman

GRAND CAYMAN - CHILLIN 'N CAYMAN DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Deluxe Room accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Red Sails Sports, hotel taxes and fees.

Valid 8/9/22-10/31/22. Rates from $1866 per person/double diver.
Valid 9/1/23-10/31/23. Rates from $1988 per person/double diver.

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Compass Point Dive Resort

GRAND CAYMAN - CHILLIN 'N CAYMAN 7 NIGHT DIVE DEAL includes 1 Bedroom Oceanfront or Poolside Deluxe accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Ocean Frontiers, breakfast daily, car rental for length of stay, hotel tax, and service charges.

Valid 1/1/23-8/4/23. Rates from $1,900 per person/double diver.
Valid 8/5/23-11/4/23. Rates from $1,485 per person/double diver.
Valid 11/5/23-12/30/23. Rates from $1,900 per person/double diver.

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Sunset House

GRAND CAYMAN - SIZZLING SUMMER AND FALL SPECIAL includes 7 night Courtyard accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, welcome drink and gift, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.
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Sunset House

GRAND CAYMAN - SUMMER & FALL DIVE PACKAGE includes 5 night Courtyard accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, welcome drink and gift, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Additional room category upgrades available in the shopping cart.

Valid 4/30/22-12/17/22.
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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - AUGUST-SEPTEMBER DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Beach View accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives with Reef Divers, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.

Rates from $1495 per person/double diver 8/6/22-9/30/22.
Rates from $1695 per person/double diver 8/5/23-9/29/23.

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Ocean Cabanas

WEST BAY - Ocean Cabanas focuses on personal services and attention to detail. It was designed to celebrate Cayman Island life, the sea and the flora and fauna of Cayman, while providing a great night’s sleep after a fun-filled day of scuba diving, relaxing and island exploring. One, Two- and Three-Bedroom Cabanas have full gourmet kitchen to cook in, a spacious balcony or patio to relax on and listen to the ocean waves, luxurious en-suite bathrooms, great Wifi, and a washer/dryer.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Compass Point Dive Resort

EAST END - 7-NIGHT PACKAGES including choice of 1 or 2 -bedroom accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Ocean Frontiers, breakfast daily, car rental for length of stay, hotel tax, and service charges. Additional nights, 3 night and 5 night packages also available.
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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - CLASSIC CAYMAN PACKAGE includes 7 night’s choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, 5 days of 1-tank afternoon boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including 3 drinks nightly (house beer or wine, well drinks or soft drinks), manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CLASSIC CAYMAN PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, 5 days of 1-tank afternoon boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including 3 drinks nightly (house beer or wine, well drinks or soft drinks), manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Ocean Cabanas

WEST BAY - Ocean Cabanas focuses on personal services and attention to detail. It was designed to celebrate Cayman Island life, the sea and the flora and fauna of Cayman, while providing a great night’s sleep after a fun-filled day of scuba diving, relaxing and island exploring. One, Two- and Three-Bedroom Cabanas have full gourmet kitchen to cook in, a spacious balcony or patio to relax on and listen to the ocean waves, luxurious en-suite bathrooms, great Wifi, and a washer/dryer.
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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - Cayman Brac Beach Resort is a small but modern two-story, oceanfront dive resort. The expansive grounds include al fresco bar with rooftop deck for watching sunsets, freeform pool, beach volleyball court, and plenty of room for individuals, couples, families, and dive groups to find personal space or enjoy being with friends. Chef-prepared buffet meals can also accommodate special dietary needs. Their Reef Divers dive shop is on property and close to all the rooms. Wonderful dive sites are short boat rides away and include diver favorite Tibbetts wreck plus incredible walls, canyons, and reefs with varied and abundant marine life. And weather permitting, guests will get to dive one morning in the nearby, world-famous Bloody Bay Marine Park off Little Cayman. Cayman Brac Beach Resort accepts Saturday arrivals and Saturday departures.
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Grand Cayman Marriott Resort

SEVEN MILE BEACH - Located centrally on world-famous Seven Mile Beach, Marriott's Grand Cayman Resort offers superior service and understated luxury in a relaxed atmosphere. All rooms are well-appointed and offer private balconies. Amenities include 4 restaurants, spa, beachfront pool, fitness center and a wide array of both land, and water sports activities. Dive services are provided by Red Sail Sports offering a variety of diving, dive instruction, snorkeling, sailing excursions, parasailing and more.

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Wyndham Reef Resort

EAST END - Wyndham Reef Resort offers rooms right on the beach with sweeping, unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea. Comfortably furnished with colorful island decor, the Studios, 1- and 2-bedroom condos are perfect for families or couples. 152 spacious and comfortable condos offer beachfront bliss. Dining plans include the all-inclusive add on with all meals and drinks. Endless water activities include everything from Jet Skis and SUP, kite surfing, sailing and more. The resort is 40 minutes from George Town and Seven Mile Beach with easy access to Stingray City, Botanical Garden, Salt Caves and many other popular island attractions. Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop is 5 minutes away and offers scuba diving boat trips, diver certification classes and introduction beginner dive classes and snorkeling trips.
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Compass Point Dive Resort

EAST END - Experience Grand Cayman’s tranquil East End from this beautiful oceanfront resort offering one, two and three bedroom condominiums with private patio or balcony. The resort also offers 2 freshwater swimming pools, a hot tub, BBQ pits, bikes and kayaks for guest use on a complimentary basis. Eagle Ray’s Dive Bar & Grill is located onsite and is open for lunch and dinner daily. PADI 5-Star dive operation Ocean Frontiers is located on site.
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Sunset House

GEORGE TOWN - With tropical Colonial furniture and Wi-Fi access throughout the beautiful landscaped property, Sunset House is located on the water’s edge with excellent diving right offshore. Sunset Divers, the onsite dive operation, offers an exciting, professional, customer service-oriented staff.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - You don’t have to go around the world to experience the quaint charm, intimate warmth, personalized, friendly services and world’s best diving you’ll find at Little Cayman Beach Resort. Everything you need for the perfect dive vacation is steps away from your pool view or oceanfront room – onsite Reef Divers dive shop, boat dock, and underwater photo center; pool with jetted hot tub, al fresco bar, new indoor/outdoor dining room with chef-prepared buffet meals, spa, and much more. Famous Bloody Bay Wall and numerous other dive sites with lush coral and abundant marine life are short boat rides away. And weather permitting, guests will get to dive one morning on the fabulous MV Captain Keith Tibbetts wreck and another great site off nearby Cayman Brac. Little Cayman Beach Resort accepts Saturday arrivals and Saturday departures.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for entry with one available page for entry stamps. No Visas are required for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Check the entry and exit requirements here.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Cayman Islands if you're coming from the U.S., Britain, or Canada. Please check with your doctor or visit the Center for Disease Control's website here for more information.

 

Culture and Customs

For almost as long as it has been a mecca for divers, Grand Cayman island has also served as an international hub of finance and banking. This has provided the island with one of the highest standards of living in the region. Upscale shops, galleries and modern office buildings line the streets of downtown George Town, while West Bay Road is lined by high-end beachfront resorts and the gateway facades of new residential developments. But these islands aren't just for the international elite. Not far from five-star dining, one can purchase a meal of jerk chicken and peas'n rice from a beachside shanty, or savor a cold draft and a game of dominoes with a crew of fishermen and dive masters. At trip to the island's eastern shore, or the palm-fringed shores of Rum Point is like stepping back in time, while a flight to the Sister Islands is a different world entirely. Social climbing on Cayman Brac means inviting someone to join you for a walk up the Bluff Road for panoramic island views from Deadman's Point. On even quieter Little Cayman, nightlife might involve a tumbler full of rum and a beachside hammock under the stars.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electrical current is 110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are standard and adapters aren't needed for U.S. and Canadian appliances.

Phone service is provided by Cable & Wireless. Check with your provider to see what rates apply or you will be subject to roaming charges.

There are many public WiFi hot spots on Grand Cayman and most hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Cayman water supplies piped water to the Seven Mile Beach and West Bay areas of Grand Cayman and is safe to drink by World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Cayman Brac supplies desalinated salt water and Little Cayman has its own water system. If you are unsure of the water quality, bottled water is also available for purchase.

Language & Currency

English is the official language. The local currency, is the Caymanian dollar, but the U.S. Dollar is used interchangeably. Credit cards are widely accepted. The Cayman Dollar is represented as CI and offers denominations o f $100, $50, $25, $10, $5, $1 and coins of 25 cents, 10 cents, 5 cents and 1 cent. Check the current exchange rate here.

Time

The Cayman Islands are on Eastern Standard Time (EST) and do not observe Daylight Savings Time. The Caymans are 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

The Cayman Islands are comprised of 3 islands and are a British Overseas Territory located in the Western Caribbean. They are located South of Cuba and Northwest of Jamaica. Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands, lies in the far Western Caribbean, 480 miles south of Miami and occupies 76 square miles. The sister islands of Cayman Brac (14 square miles) and Little Cayman (10 square miles) are 89 miles to the northeast of Grand Cayman. Grand Cayman is approximately 22 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point. Cayman Brac is 12 miles long and just over a mile wide and has the most dramatic topography of the trio. Little Cayman, only 10 miles long and a mile wide, is flat, reaching a maximum elevation of 40 ft. The three islands are limestone outcroppings, the tops of a submarine mountain range called the Cayman Ridge, which extends west southwest for the Sierra Maestra range off the southeast part of Cuba to the Misteriosa Bank near Belize. The population of the Cayman Islands is 60,764 (2016).

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