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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The Cayman Islands Information

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.

Packages

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Comfort Suites and Resort

SEVEN MILE BEACH - 7 night package includes breakfast daily, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add on Cultural Tours, Snorkel or Stingray City excursions.
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Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

SEVEN MILE BEACH - BUILD YOUR OWN includes 7 night package includes roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add on Cultural Tours, Snorkeling or Stingray City excursions.
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Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa

SEVEN MILE BEACH - 7 night package includes roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add on Cultural Tours, Snorkeling or Stingray City encounters.
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Resorts

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Comfort Suites and Resort

SEVEN MILE BEACH - This all-suite resort is affordably priced and located just 50 yards from Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach. All suites have either kitchenettes or full kitchens. Complimentary daily breakfast buffet and free WiFi are also included. Ambassador Divers, a PADI dive operation, is located on site to provide a wide array of dive services as well as snorkel tours to Stingray City and the wreck of the Kittiwake.
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Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

SEVEN MILE BEACH - Centrally located 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, La Mer Spa, a beachfront pool, fitness center and a wide array of both land and watersports activities. Dive services are provided by Red Sail Sports offering a full array of watersports including dive excursions, dive instruction, snorkeling and sailing excursions, parasailing and more.
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Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa

SEVEN MILE BEACH - The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa offers 343 luxuriously appointed guest rooms amid lush tropical gardens with waterfalls and fountains, freshwater pools, whirlpools, restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating, lounges, 24-hour room service, swim-up pool bar, fitness center and luxury spa. Red Sail Sports is located onsite offering diving services.
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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).