When we traveled to Grand Cayman we had one thing in mind…get away from the
depressing lovely piles of New Hampshire snow. We wanted to soak in the sunshine and play in the sand. We did a few outings but the beach was our main agenda. Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:
We always spend the first full day enjoying our hotel and spending time in the sun and sand with our family. Enjoy the pool and the beach and soak up all the sunshine!
Since we stayed at a condo, we went to the market to load up on local food to make for breakfasts and lunches. We found a farmer’s market and bought delicious local fruit and vegetables.
After lunch, we rented jet skis on 7 Mile Beach.
Dinner: Deckers Caribbean Grill (A fun beach bar where you can sit with your feet right in the sand.)
Our morning was spent by the pool before heading out to do some exploring.
Lunch: Macabuca Oceanside Tiki Bar and Grill (Your view is of the jagged rocks with waves crashing on them. Try the conch chowder.)
After lunch we walked across the street to the Cayman Turtle Center. Learn all about these adorable animals and even get to hold some baby turtles. The farm also has sharks, birds, and fish. You can also snorkel here, but we didn’t do it. Adults $30 Children (ages 4-12) $20. Open daily 8:00-5:30.
Dinner: Cracked Conch (This is one of the most beautiful outdoor settings I have ever eaten at in the Caribbean. Ask for a table near the edge of the water so you can watch the night divers.)
We did a fun 3-hour boat excursion that stopped at Stingray City, where we swam with stingrays at a sandbar. We also stopped at two different places to snorkel, including the Barrier Reef.
Dinner: The Wharf (Another perfect outdoor dining experience. Ask to sit by the edge so you can enjoy watching the tarpon. Kids can ask to feed them.)
Spend the morning at Queen Elizabeth Botanical Park enjoying the flowers and trees on this 60-acre piece of paradise. Adults $12 Children (ages 6-12) $6. Open daily 9:00-5:30.
After lunch, head over to the Cayman Crystal Caves. All visitors receive guided walking tours. Tours are approximately 90 minutes and take you through the surrounding tropical forest area and three spectacular caves. You must make reservations for tours. Open daily with tours on the hour from 9:00-4:00. Adults $40 Children (under age 12) $30.
Dinner: Agua Restaurant (It looks fancy but very kid-friendly. The seafood was so fresh and it had incredible cocktails.)
Today was another pool/beach day.
If you feel like an excursion, go on a boat tour that takes you to Starfish Point, a sandbar where hundreds of red starfish live in the crystal-clear water.
Dinner: Rackam’s Waterfront Bar and Grill (Reserve a seaside table and get there before the sun sets.)
Tips for a Great Trip to Grand Cayman
-Eat as much local fish as possible. We loved eating the grouper, wahoo, and sea bass.
-Get out on the water…diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, etc. They have breathtaking coral reefs.
-Don’t go to Hell (a town that tourists flock to for some reason.)
-7 Mile Beach has powder white sand and sections that are either quiet or full of action. Ask for a recommendation of what part to go to.
-Money is in CI.
-It’s a VERY expensive island…excursions, cabs, and food.
-Don’t do a Stingray City excursion if the water is choppy and most kids can’t stand at the sandbar. It can be scary for
husbands kids when the large stingrays come up to them.