GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
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A giant stingray eluding divers in the Cayman Islands
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GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
BEACHES & WATERSPORTS
The stingrays began gathering in the area decades ago when fisherman cleaned fish on the shallow sand bars. Like clockwork, the stingrays came to feast on the easy meal of cleaned fish guts. Soon the stingrays associated the sound of a boat motor with food. In the late 1980s, divers started feeding squid to the stingrays. Word got around stingrayland. Today as you enter 10-12 feet of crystal clear turquoise waters, friendly stingrays tranquilly approach you in their natural habitat to be fed peas or similar provided by the snorkle boat staff. Some people even let stingrays swim through their legs! Enjoy this unique experience together with snorkelling amongst magnificent coral reefs and colorful tropical fish. Without exageration, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience found nowhere else in the world. The Stingray City Sandbar in Grand Cayman is lots of fun and suitable for families. Standing in only three feet of water you will be surrounded by more than two dozen friendly Stingrays.
Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile beach encompasses so many different activities -- enjoy relaxing as the waves roll in or parasailing over the Caribbean sea or visit the abundance of local watersports operators. You will never be at a loss for what to do on Seven Mile Beach.
The Grand Cayman public beach offers changing and restrooms, showers, a wonderful playground for the kids to enjoy, beach huts, a watersports operator, as well as the Calico Jacks Beach Bar for food and drinks.
Located on Spotts Newlands, this beach is great to get away from the crowd. This spot is surrounded by ironshore cliffs with white beaches and a barrier reef that keeps waters calm year round with huts and benches available for use.
Located on South Sound this beach is close to the cruise port to allow for more time enjoying the sun sand and sea. With restrooms, picnic benches, showers, phenomenal snorkelling and great photo ops, you should add Smith Cove to your to-do list whilst visiting our beautiful islands. Small barcuda have been spotted here.
West Bay Public Beach
Located after the 4-way stop in West Bay with a wide stretch of powder soft sand and an abundance of shady sea grape trees, this stop is perfect for family get togethers. There is also a dock , restrooms/changing facilities, showers and huts/benches.
Cemetery Beach is known for it’s superb snorkelling, but does not offer the convenience of changing facilities restrooms or watersports operators of other beaches. However, if the underwater beauty of the Cayman Islands is what you seek, put Cemetery Beach high on your list.
With the beauty and tranquillity of the North Side of the Islands and calm shallow waters that allow children and adults alike to play care free, this experience is what vacationing in the Caribbean is really about. Rum Point offers changing/restrooms, showers, huts, hammocks, a volleyball net and it's own beach bar providing food and drinks. Red Sail Sports offers all of your watersports needs - you needn’t look any further for an ideal Cayman day.
East End Public Beach
When you really want to get away from it all, take a trip down to East End. This beach is secluded with only the sound of lapping waves and calling birds to distract from the state of tranquillity and peace you will find here. Huts and restrooms are available on location.
This site has a small car parking area on the landward side of the road, and picnic facilities on the beach side. The beach is not well suited for swimming, as it grades into shallows with abundant Turtle Grass, a biologically productive system important to a diversity of marine life. A beautiful view across Frank Sound lagoon does however, make Heritage Beach an appealing picnic spot.
Cayman Kai has huts, benches, hammocks and the New Orleans atmosphere at the Kaibo bar and grill. With beach volleyball and an annual Mardi Gras festival, you will always be entertained and amused.
Frank Sound & Cayman Brac Blowholes
Blowholes created by the water moving through natural tunnels cut in the rock by the coast turn upwards, creating a fountain. They cput on a spectacular show when the weather conditions are right. In Grand Cayman the Blow holes are located on Frank Sound Road on your way to the Eastern Districts. In Cayman Brac you can find them scattered Island wide. The best time to watch the show is during a nor’wester in the winter months.