What to do in Grand Cayman
Are you coming to Grand Cayman with a non-diving partner? Are you looking for non-diving activities to do on your dry days? We've compiled a list of 18 non-diving activities for you! Some of which you may have read about, and others you might never have thought of. Here they are, in no particular order.
Walk A Dog At The Humane Society
Do you miss your pet while abroad? The Cayman Islands Humane Society does a wonderful job of caring for, and finding forever homes for hundreds of dogs and cats every year. The Humane Society is a non-profit organization and relies mainly on donations and volunteers. They always have need for volunteers to walk and foster their animals, and vacationing tourists are allowed to foster animals for the day. There's nothing more exciting for a shelter dog than a day on the beach! Who knows, you may fall in love and return home with a new friend. The Cayman Humane Society sends hundreds of dogs to their forever homes in the states every year, and will be more than happy to make the arrangements in getting your new friend off-island. Learn more at www.caymanislandshumanesociety.com
Cayman Spirits Company Distillery Tour
If you have an afternoon to kill (and possibly the next morning,) the Cayman Spirits Company offers very popular distillery tours for $15. Founded in 2008, Cayman Spirits has been producing top quality rum and vodka on-island using traditional West Indies distilling techniques. Their 30-40 minute tour of the distillery is capped off with a visit to the sampling room, where you may sample all of their products, including their seasonal "Distiller's Special" – a rare creation not available for sale. Seldom do guests leave this tour in a state to drive, so be sure to take public transportation to this outing! Learn more at caymanspirits.com
Bioluminescent Bay Tour
We tried to avoid watersports activities in our recommendations, but Cayman's Bioluminescent Bay is not to be missed. Near Grand Cayman's rum point is a man-made bioluminescent bay - the conditions for which occurred quite by accident. In this 7-foot deep bay, are billions of bioluminescent plankton that glow with a blue light when disturbed. It is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have! When I first tried this tour on my arrival to the island, I was blown away by what I saw. There are a number of tour operators that run trips to Bio Bay. Some are snorkeling tours and some are kayak tours. For the best experience, Divetech recommends the snorkeling tour with Six Senses Cayman. Regardless of which tour operator you choose, most will leave from the Cayman Islands Yacht Club in West Bay. Most, if not all, will have complimentary pick up service from your hotel. To learn more visit www.sixsensescaymanadventures.com
Grand Cayman features an 18-hole golf course - The North Sound Golf Club, and a 9-hole course for seasonal and annual members at the Ritz-Carlton. According to Golf Digest magazine "Grand Cayman is not known as a golf destination, but its courses certainly are worthy of your time." Both courses offer public tee times, along with rental equipment, lessons, pro-shop, and stunning ocean views.
About 5 years ago, several hundred acres of privately owned property was opened to the public by the landowners. Underneath the surface, were over 150 cave systems, decorated with beautiful formations dating back millions of years. Crystal Caves has become one of the premier attractions on Grand Cayman. As of this writing, it features 4 caves that have been open to the public, along with modern facilities, gift shop and snack bar. Tours are guided by knowledgeable locals, many of whom grew up exploring the very same caves as small children. Tours are very popular, so all must be pre-booked to ensure space. For more information and to book your spaces, visit www.caymancrystalcaves.com
Atlantis Submarine Tour
Want to see the underwater world without getting your hair wet? Atlantis submarines offer tours of the Grand Cayman walls and reefs in a comfortable, 1-atmosphere environment. This sub isn't just a glass bottom boat; it's an actual submarine that dives to depths of up to 100 feet. Even for experienced divers, it's an interesting and unique way to see the underwater sights of Grand Cayman. They even offer nighttime tours for the extra brave! To learn more visit www.caymanislandssubmarines.com
The closest thing you can get to a roller coaster in the Cayman Islands is a ride on the tourist helicopter. Cayman Island Helicopters offers a variety of different tours, at a price point for all budgets. See Seven Mile Beach, the wreck of the Kittiwake, and Stingray City from a whole new perspective! Learn more at caymanislandshelicopters.com
Cayman Islands Astronomical Society
Believe it or not, Grand Cayman is home to a small astronomy club. While the Caribbean isn't known for its star viewing conditions, this small, but an enthusiastic group of amateur astronomers meets about once a month to watch the sky, weather permitting. There is no fee, and anyone may attend. Find amazing views of various astronomical bodies through their member-owned telescopes. Observation sessions are generally held at Pedro St James, or at the Marriott hotel. They do not have a website, but meeting information is posted on their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/caymanastronomy
The area around Barkers National Park on Grand Cayman is shallow, and protected with a barrier reef. The predominant winds blow into this area, making it an ideal site for kiteboarding - which is why Barker's is home to Kitesurf Cayman. It's a full service kiteboard facility, offering instruction, support, and rental equipment. If it's too windy for diving, it's probably perfect for kiteboarding. Learn more by visiting www.kitesurfcayman.com
Pedro St James
Located on the southern coast of Grand Cayman, Pedro St. James, or Pedro's Castle, is the oldest existing building in the Cayman Islands. Having fallen to neglect in the 1970's, a massive restoration effort returned the building to its 18th-century glory. Today, the historic site is open for daily tours and contains a visitor’s centre, theatre, exhibits, a gift shop, and cafe. It is a popular venue for weddings and social events. To learn more, visit https://pedrostjames.ky
Queen Elizabeth Botanical Gardens
Located in North Sound, this beautiful botanic park is home to the Cayman Islands endangered Blue Iguana. Get up close and personal with these “blue dragons” as well as the beautiful flora and fauna of Cayman. The park is open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM and offers self-guided tours all day as well as guided tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 PM. For more information visit http://www.botanic-park.ky/
Located on the far north side of Grand Cayman, Rum Point is perfect if you want to get away from the “hustle and bustle” of Seven Mile Beach for a day or an afternoon. With a beautiful, white sand beach dotted with hammocks and beach loungers as well as a bar/restaurant on site, it is a perfect destination on a lazy day. It’s also know as the ‘birthplace of the mudslide.’ For more details visit https://www.rumpointclub.com/
While Cayman is not known for its sport fishing, there is still a lot to be found in our waters. The best part? Deep-sea fishing is only a few miles off shore! There are operators of every size and price range - from a small boats that skim the main reef, to large cruisers that go up to 60 miles offshore.
For the quintessential romantic beach experience, nothing beats riding a horse in the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. There are even horseback swimming and full moon ride tours! Experience the beach and ocean in a whole new way. For more information, visit http://ponies.ky
Locked Inn Cayman
Could you escape Blackbeard’s cellar? Find out with the escape rooms at Locked Inn, located in the heart of George Town. For those unaware, escape rooms are real-life 'room' puzzles you must solve before a timer runs out. With four different escape rooms available for you and up to six friends, you can test your skills against everything from pirates to zombies. Book your escape at http://lockedinncayman.com/
The Mastic Trail is a hiking trail in an expansive nature reserve home to plants, trees & wildlife unique to the island. Anyone who enjoys nature and hiking will find this 7.4-kilometer trail an enjoyable trip through the heart of Grand Cayman. Bring good shoes, and plenty of water - there are no facilities along the trail, and cellular service in the middle can become spotty. For more details, visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.ky/mastic-trail-tour
Camana Bay is best described as a bayside retail & entertainment district featuring several blocks of shops, and restaurants, as well as the Cayman Islands only movie theater. Climb the 75-foot observation tower, watch the kids splash in the fountains, or relax on the promenades with a drink in hand. Camana Bay also features regular events such as farmer's markets, sidewalk sales from various vendors, or camps and group activities for children. Learn more at https://camanabay.com
Dining and Relaxing
For those of you who just want to relax with a cocktail and enjoy the delightful Cayman culinary scene, there are hundreds of restaurants and bars offering a variety of local and upscale food and drink. Learn what our favorite restaurants are by visiting our post Where should we eat?