You can pack a lot into a week in the Cayman Islands. OUR LOCAL Travel expertS plan out a-weeks itinerary to help you make the most of your time.
As well as the beautiful Cayman beaches and coastline – Cayman is home to mangrove, old growth dry forest, natural caves and small parkland areas. The country’s compact size means you can pack in a massive range of experiences. In a single day you can take in some sightseeing in the capital of George Town, enjoy a hike across the Mastic Trail, spend the afternoon kayaking, relax with a cocktail Kaibo beach and then – to top it all – lie back and watch the beach glow red-gold under a starry sky.
The Cayman Islands are an all-year-round destination – it’s always warm, even in the rainy season. Whenever you go, an ecosystem will be springing into life with flora flowering. The country is developing its commitment to eco-tourism, and recently announced turning Barkers peninsula into a national park.
To plan a trip, simply choose your dream theme: adventure, views, relaxation, beach, food and fun – or any combination of these. You’ll ideally want at least a full week to fully appreciate the diversity and natural drama of the Cayman Islands. Here is one suggested itinerary:
Three nights on Seven Mile Beach
Start off on Cayman’s most famous attraction, Seven Mile Beach – British Airways flies direct from the UK, or you can take a number of flights from the US and Canada using American Airlines, Delta, Cayman Airways, Air Canada, or South West Airlines. Located on the country’s western coastline, most of the Islands main sights are concentrated in its compact, walkable strip. The hotels, The Marriott, The Westin, The Kimpton Seafire, and The Ritz Carlton, have some nice cafés serving good coffee, and the locals will remind you not to miss the opportunity to swim with the Stingray or watch the sunset on Seven Mile Beach. Camana Bay is a lovely, family-friendly space and, for those steamy afternoons, there is a good cinema and The National Gallery of The Cayman Islands is only a short walk away housing extensive collections of local and international art. By night, check out the bars and restaurants along the strip, or venture north to sample waterfront favourites The Cracked Conch or Catch.
Two nights on Little Cayman
Fly direct from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman with Cayman Airways, and discover an idyllic island hideaway. The island is tiny, and the best way to get around is by bike or on foot. There are three lovely hotels on the island - Little Cayman Beach Resort, Pirates Point, and Southern Cross Club. By day, you can lounge on the beach, take a kayak to Owen Island, go diving or snorkelling with one of the many reputable dive operators or simply stroll around enjoying the solitude. Between relaxation and err, relaxation, enjoy delicious meals from local seafood ceviche to classic burger and fries, as well as rum-laced cocktails and cold beers.
Two nights in Cayman Kai
Return to Grand Cayman to spend the final days of your vacation unwinding at one of the many beach side condos and villas. We recommend booking through Grand Cayman Villas, Cayman Villas, Luxury Cayman villas or AirBnB. On the East end of the Island you’ll find gorgeous beaches, enjoy great food at Kaibo Beach Restaurant and watch stunning sunsets. If you can’t manage to stay idle, join in a yoga class or go swimming, sport fishing, paddleboarding, snorkelling, visit the Botanic Park, discover Cayman’s rich history at Pedro St. James and even discover hidden pirate caves at Cayman Crystal Caves. The area has seen little development, although this is starting to change but it’s still a wonderful part of the island and it’s rustic charm will stay in your memories forever.
To find out more for things to do in Cayman, go to TheBeach.com website.