Guide: Plan Your Grand Cayman Visit
Visitors to the Cayman Islands require a passport or other form of formal identification in order to enter. Requirements for visas and official identification documents for visitors to the Cayman Islands vary - for more on these, click here.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman features a La Prairie Spa, five dining venues including Blue by Eric Ripert, a tennis centre by Nick Bollettieri, and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman – featuring a Greg Norman-designed nine-hole golf course.
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa offers three restaurants, spa, gym, kids' club, outdoor swimming pool, use of pedal bikes to explore the island, and a complimentary daily wine hour. Contemporary design and attentive, friendly service have quickly made this resort a favourite with visitors.
Book a residence at The Residences at Seafire, located next door to Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. You can experience what it is like to live at Seafire, with resort amenities, beachfront living and stylish and fully equipped designer condos. For more on the rental programme at The Residences at Seafire, click here.
For a boutique experience, try staying at Beach Suites on Seven Mile Beach, and business travellers will enjoy the convenience of Comfort Suites, both located a short walk from the bustling waterfront town of Camana Bay.
If staying on Little Cayman, Paradise Villas offers 12 individual private cottages for the perfect get-away-from-it-all stay.
Adventure awaits; from adrenaline-filled watersports to mouthwatering culinary festivals. Here are 10 top things to do in the Cayman Islands:
1. Have a designated beach day
Whether it’s an adventure filled day kite-surfing off Barker’s National Park, or scuba diving along the depths of the North Wall, adrenaline watersports are aplenty in the Cayman Islands. Of course, if laidback beach days are more your speed, kayaking, paddleboarding or simply floating along Seven Mile Beach are all relaxing ways to enjoy the beautiful Grand Cayman waters. Don't miss the most visited of all Cayman Islands attractions, the Stingray City sandbar - home to a fever of southern stingrays. Experience this unique adventure and kiss a stingray for seven years good luck!
2. Visit Camana Bay
This bustling Town Centre is a must-visit in the Grand Cayman community. As a place to work, dine, and play, Camana Bay is home to a myriad of top business establishments, diverse restaurants, and designer shops.
Among the many events held annually, Camana Bay hosts weekly events such as a local farmers market on Wednesdays, the acclaimed Flavour Tour where foodies can experience various dishes and paired cocktails on a guided culinary tour of the Town’s signature restaurants and, on the weekends, catch a Hollywood blockbuster at the island’s only cinema, Camana Bay Cinema, or splash about in the harbourfront fountains.
3. Take in a festival
Never dull, the Cayman Islands have plenty of fun events throughout the year to keep residents and visitors entertained. In early January partake in Cayman Cookout, a three-day dining experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, where celebrity chefs like Eric Ripert and José Andrés demonstrate how they create their signature dishes. Residents also enjoy a multitude of music festivals, sporting events, and cultural festivals like Pirates Week in early November.
4. Embrace arts and culture
Browse a collection of local artwork and traditional crafts as well as ever-changing international exhibits at The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. Check out the latest events held by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, featuring events from steel pan performances to storytelling with Gimistory.
5. Indulge in the local cuisine
As the culinary capital of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offers endless dining options, not to mention being spoiled for choice when it comes to seafood. Be sure to try conch, a popular dish on the island, which can be prepared many different ways from stewed, deep fried and dunked in jerk sauce, or caught fresh for a ceviche. For more on the dining scene, read our guide to the top 10 restaurants to try when living in Grand Cayman.
6. Explore the past
The Cayman Islands is rich in culture and the arts. In an effort to preserve the remaining articles of its history, the Cayman Islands National Museum is the living connection to the islands’ past. Located on George Town’s waterfront, the museum has interactive displays giving visitors the opportunity to experience the territory's unique natural and cultural heritage.
7. Treat yourself to a spa day
When living in Grand Cayman wellness is easily top of mind with multiple luxury retreats such as the Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, which offers its guests signature La Prairie treatments including a luxurious caviar massage and various other treatments to refresh and renew. The newest spa in Grand Cayman is located at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and it houses the island’s only Turkish-style hammam.
8. Play a Round of Golf
From novice to advanced, those who love to golf can find the only 18-hole championship golf course in the Cayman Islands at North Sound Golf Club. At the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, golf enthusiasts enjoy a nine-hole course designed by Greg Norman. Whichever course you choose, you will experience lush tropical landscapes complete with sunbathing iguanas and distracting water views.
9. Get back to nature
Shifting away from the scenic beaches, Grand Cayman is lush with majestic flora and fauna. Take a stroll through the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park in North Side where tropical indigenous plants flourish throughout. It is here where guests can also catch a glimpse of the freely roaming and endangered Blue Iguana that is endemic to Cayman Islands.
Continuing east, visit the Crystal Caves – a newly discovered underground cave – where thousands of glimmering crystals and an underground watering hole make this one of the most magical sites in the Cayman Islands.
10. Unwind on the Sister Islands
A special treat when living in Grand Cayman, escape the hustle and bustle of the big island to the more laidback Sister Islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, both minutes away by flight. On the Brac, climb 100-foot bluffs, wander through caves, or do some bird-watching. In Little Cayman, partake in a diving excursion, or spend the day on the pristine coral-sand shore.
This 22-mile-long slice of paradise has so much to discover, luckily when living in Grand Cayman you have all the time in the world to explore its many wonders.