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Plan Your Trip to Grand Cayman: Best of Grand Cayman Tourism

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Explore Grand Cayman

The largest of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman is all about down-shifting into vacation mode. Seven Mile Beach and Smith Cove are just two of the many beautiful beaches where you can really settle into sun-and-sand mode, while Stingray City (actually a sandbar) lets you bob along next to a community of stingrays. But that's not the only nature you can get up close and personal with: Starfish and turtles are basically everywhere, plus you'll find stalactite-filled caves and black limestone formations to explore too. If you're looking to head in-land, stroll through colorful George Town for shopping and sightseeing or grab a beer at Cayman Islands Brewery. There's more to see and we've got plenty of recs below.

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Essential Grand Cayman

How to do Grand Cayman in 3 days

From powder-white sands to wildlife to the best conch stew
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Where to find local eats in Grand Cayman

Seven Mile Beach's fancy eats are great, but nothing beats the thrill of forking into Grand Cayman's lesser known culinary paths in Bodden Town, East End, and beyond. From smoky roadside BBQs filled with the aromas of jerk chicken to cozy family kitchens, here’s where to find the real flavors of Grand Cayman.
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  • VIVO! Restaurant & Catering
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    A hidden gem under the Lighthouse Point Hotel is a slam-dunk for anyone looking for tasty gluten-free and vegan options. But I’m here to testify that this spot is a paradise for all taste buds. The kitchen creates dishes with a local twist; choosing between the fish burger and the vegan curry is the kind of decision I live for). And those pumpkin fritters—yum. Extra bonus: There’s a breathtaking view, too.
  • Pepper's Bar and Grill
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    Pepper’s delivers it all: a lively crowd of sun-kissed tourists and easy-going locals, killer live music when you want to get on the dance floor, and a menu overflowing with local flavors. The fish and chips, ceviche, and jerk chicken are all show-stoppers.
  • Big Tree BBQ
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    I stumbled upon this roadside gem and now can’t stop talking about the downhome cooking. The menu is written on a blackboard; I recommend the fried snapper served with yuca, plantain, and the classic rice and beans if it’s available. For meat lovers, the oxtail is a rib-tickling delight. Wash it all down with a non alcoholic “Swanky”—it's like if an Arnold Palmer took a Caribbean holiday and added a zesty ginger kick.
  • Heritage Kitchen
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    Good luck putting your fork down at Heritage Kitchen, a local hideaway behind the Tortuga liquor shop in quaint Heritage Square. This is where I land for some no-nonsense, flavor-packed eating. The hearty fish soup and coconut mahi mahi here are the stuff of legends. Grab a seat on a picnic bench or, my personal sweet spot, the sea wall for water views with your meal.
  • Vivine's Kitchen
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    Dining here is like hitting a Caymanian food jackpot. Park where you can—everyone's here for Vivine's legendary eats—then grab a waterfront seat. The menu is a mystery until you spot the hand-scribbled daily dishes on the chalkboard—think stewed turtle or curried goat for the adventurous. The less exotic chicken and chips (fries) get a perfect “10” from me. Tip: Skip the booze and opt for fresh tamarind juice.
  • Chicken! Chicken! Caribbean Wood Roasted
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    If these walls could cluck, they'd boast about the best-kept secret in Grand Cayman: a place where rotisserie chicken is a legend. Picture chicken so tender it practically falls into your lap, roasted over a hardwood hearth. It's generally a grab-and-go situation here, but the old-timey Cayman cottage vibes might just make you want to linger. Dig into sides that'll make your taste buds do a happy dance—honey-rum beans and island cornbread, among them.

Grand Cayman Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips or experiencing Grand Cayman

Eric T

Grand Cayman, like many of the Caribbean islands, has a very laid back "no worries" attitude. Try to embrace that when you are there and it makes the experience all the better.

Retrip

If you arriving on Sunday keep in mind the stores are closed (open late on Saturday evenings).

BarbP

I'd definitely recommend renting a car, at least for a few days so you can explore.

LETS MAKE EGG ROLLS!

Grand Cayman is known for one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and the world, in Seven Mile Beach, but there is indeed so much more to this island as well!

find-a-fish

Lovely people. Lovely weather, all year. Lovely water, silky and warm. Lovely snorkeling.

LMG-NH

The beaches are pristine and flat with excellent snorkeling. The whole island is kept up nicely. The food is amazing.

What is the best way to get there?

flying

Owen Roberts International Airport services Grand Cayman. There are several direct flights to Miami, which is just a quick 90-minute flight away.

cruise

Grand Cayman is a popular cruise destination. Cruises dock at George Town and can explore the island from there.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re traveling from overseas check the visa requirements here.

When is the best time to visit?

Spring and Summer: The best time to visit Grand Cayman Islands is in the spring and early summer, sometime between March to June. The weather is lovely this time of year, usually hitting around 80 Fahrenheit (26 Celcius) and the main tourist season will be over.

Get around

bus

Buses are available on the island, however, they are typically used by locals as a mode of transport to and from work. That said, if a visitor has plenty of time on their hands they could give it a go to get from point A to point B.

taxis and rideshare

Both taxis and ride-sharing companies are readily available.

driving

Renting a car is easy on the island, however, be warned; The British tradition of driving on the left is observed in the Cayman Islands. All rental car companies must issue a driving permit and are required by law to collect the fee of US $7.50.

bike rental and scooter

Grand Cayman’s flat roads make it a prime place to rent a bike and cruise around. It’s a small place, and with a little peddle power guests can really get around.

On the ground

Timezone

Eastern Standard time

Voltage & plug types

The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The plug has two flat parallel pins.

Local currency

Cayman Islands Dollar

Are ATMs readily accessible

Yes

Are credit cards widely accepted

Yes

Is it easy to find a bank?

Yes

How much do I tip?

Bartender

$1 a drink or $2 for a more labor-intensive cocktail

Restaurant

15-20% tip

Taxis / rideshare

15-20% tip

Shuttle driver

$1-$2 per person

Bellhop

$1 to 3 per bag

Housekeeper

$2-$3 per night

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.

Walking

Walk to the right of the sidewalk and step off to the side of the sidewalk if you want to stop to check your phone, look up directions, or want to take in a view.

Public transport

Allow others to disembark before boarding, don’t take up more than one seat, and stand to offer seating to pregnant women or someone with a disability.

Frequently Asked Questions about Grand Cayman

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If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Grand Cayman between June and August, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between December and February.