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Rum Point Beach

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.

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Public 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 where you can enjoy another day in paradise. Local buses from the pier can take you here for about $6

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Jul 20, 2011
public beach was really nice. a little less crowded than seven mile beach. it is at the end of seven mile beach. i water was calm and the sand was amazing. if your looking for a little privacy away form the crowds this is the place.

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Smiths cove

Located on South Sound this beach offers the convenience of being 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.

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Spotts Beach

The Spotts beach (located in Spotts Newlands) is great if you want 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

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Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is the Cayman Islands' premier beach resort district and one of the most beautiful and beloved beaches in all of the Caribbean.

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May 23, 2011
beautiful beach. Seven mile beach is so nice and has so many places to relax on. just take a walk down the beach and your sure to find whatever your looking for

Apr 07, 2016
Seven Mile beach in Grand Cayman is so easy to find. It is located only a few miles away from where the cruise ship Tender drops you off. there are many resorts you can relax at or simply just walk along the miles of white sand and find a place to relax and swim. There are also public buses or mini vans that drive along the main road which can pick you up or droppyou off for only $2 each person.

May 25, 2017
Every time i go to Grand Cayman, I go straight to Seven Mile beach. I take the local buses across the street and get of at the last stop at the end of the Beach. there is a Public beach there and it is usually not to crowded. they have a restaurant and its just amazing. The water is so clam and the sand is perfect. From there you can actually walk all the way back to the ship.

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I have always said you can never get to much of a good thing and today was a perfect example. I have been going to Grand Cayman for years and i guess i had forgotten how nice seven mile beach was. You see i hadn't gone to the beach in months maybe even a year, usually i just walk around town and have some lunch at Guy Harvey Grill. But today i got in a local taxi bus which cost me $2 and went to the beach. What a nice beach. Sometimes we forget about all the beauty around us, and in this case it was only a 5 minute and $2 ride away. Seven Mile Beach is probably the nicest beach in the Caribbean and doesn't get as much praise as it deserves because many people take tours or just walk around town and shop. So my suggestion for the day is if your heading to caymans soon take and hour or two to go and enjoy the beach. You will have time to shop later. And if you say I've been there and done that, ill say " you can never have to much of a good thing." Have fun.

Feb 06, 2014

Another day at sea as it goes when on a cruise. Today was supposed to be a day in Grand Cayman but our cruise couldn’t pull in because of the weather so we get another day at sea. You never know what you’re going to get when on a cruise, sometimes you miss ports, sometimes you get to go to ports you didn’t think we’re going to be on the itinerary. Whatever happens though it always ends up being a good time and keeps me coming back for more. If you are like me right now enjoying a nice day at sea or at home wishing you were at sea. it all starts with a plan. so start planning, your next cruise awaits!

Feb 06, 2014

I love going to Grand Cayman because i can shop for all my favorite brands, and go to the beach at the same time. My wife gets what she wants and i get what i want. works out great.

Jun 23, 2013

after walking around downtown Cayman, visit the Guy Harveys restaurant, great seafood and service, air conditioning and free wifi. perfect way to end the day in Grand Cayman

Jan 09, 2013

Grand Cayman is the shopping and divers paradise.The best thing about Cayman is that it is so easy to do everything in one day. take a tour to a dive site,have a bite to eat and go shopping all in a day before you get back on your ship.

May 13, 2012

When it comes to Grand cayman beaches there is only one name that comes to mind. Seven Mile beach. This beach literally goes on for miles and miles and offers everything from a busy beach bar atmosphere to finding a nice quite spot all to your self.

May 02, 2012

Grand Cayman is such great port to visit. Today i met another cruiser on board before getting on the tender ashore to grand cayman. they said they were going to stay on the ship because they had been there before. I cant imagine why they choose to stay on board. We got off. Went to Seven mile beach and had a fantastic day. We had a great lunch at a restaurant on the beach, came back to town did some great shopping and are heading back on board now. We have been here many times and continue to have great memories each time we come back here.

Jan 25, 2012

The one thing grand cayman is not short on is the beaches. they have a local taxi service that cost about $5. there is plenty of time to shop when yo get back. Your on vacation so enjoy the beach while you can and gran cayman has one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Oct 11, 2010

public beach i a great place. nice calm water. you can take a taxi for about $6 or the local buses will take you there for about $3

Aug 04, 2010
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Info on Grand Cayman

General Information on the island of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

 

Geography
The three Cayman Islands comprise Grand Cayman, largest and most populous, plus the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, about 89 miles east-north-east of Grand Cayman and separated from each other by a channel about seven miles wide. Total land mass of all three islands is 100sq miles.
Grand Cayman is 76sq miles, being 22 miles long and eight miles at its widest point with a maximum elevation at East End of 60ft.

Cayman Brac is 14sq miles, being 12 miles long and just over a mile wide. It has the most dramatic scenery with a majestic bluff running the length of the island, including many mysterious caves.

Little Cayman is 10sq miles, being only 10 miles long and a mile wide, but has a world famous dive site and nature reserve.

The three islands are limestone outcroppings - the tops of a submarine mountain range called the Cayman Ridge, which extends west-south-west on the Sierra Maestra range off the south-east part of Cuba to the Misteriosa Bank near Belize.

The islands lack rivers or streams because of the porous nature of the limestone rock. This lack of run-off gives the surrounding Caribbean Sea exceptional visibility, often over 120 ft.

Between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica lies the deepest part of the Caribbean, the Cayman Trough, which is over four miles deep. South of Cayman is the Bartlett Deep where depths of over 18,000ft. have been recorded.

All three islands are surrounded by healthy coral reefs which lie at the top of dramatic walls and drop-offs close to shore, creating ideal conditions for diving and sportfishing.

Cruise ship passengers land at either the North or South dock terminals, both at the centre of the George Town shopping district.A taxi stand is located at both terminals.

In the event of rough seas on the west coast, ships use the alternate anchorage at Spotts Bay on the south coast of Grand Cayman, about a 15-minute taxi ride from George Town. Seven Mile Beach is three miles from the George Town cruise ship terminals.

 

Introduction to Grand Cayman tours


Scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, beaches, shopping, good food, relaxation and financial investing are the main attractions of the Cayman Islands. If you are interested primarily in water sports, beautiful beaches and exploring duty-free stores, you'll enjoy the Caymans.

Overview
Though most travelers know the Caymans as a premier scuba-diving destination, they actually have several different identities. What you see depends on what you're looking for.

Cruise-ship passengers go to Grand Cayman as a stopover with a long and beautiful beach, lots of water sports and a bustling city.

George Town - full of duty-free shops, galleries and lots of cellphonet-toting offshore bankers.
Get-away-from-it-all vacationers look away from the hubbub of Grand Cayman and go to see the two "sister islands" of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac - places where there are only about four activities and one of them is sleeping.
And, of course, divers and snorkelers look to the ocean, where they find some of the best underwater scenery in the world - huge coral formations, steep drop-offs, excellent visibility, lots of sealife.

No matter what kind of traveler you are, you'll likely find the Caymans a stress-free place to visit. Crime is relatively rare. Islanders are friendly, speak English and enjoy the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. And the beaches are wide, sandy and fringed with palm trees.

Columbus discovered the islands in 1503, naming them Las Tortugas because their only inhabitants were turtles. By mid-1500s they were known as the Caymanas, the Carib Indian word for crocodile.
They were frequently visited by ships, including pirates, in the 1500s and 1600s but the first settlers didn't arrive until 1655 - deserters from Oliver Cromwell's army that was then capturing Jamaica. Later arrivals were also from the British Isles - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Slaves of African descent also played a role in the islands' development, though the Caymans never became rich plantation isles like others in the Caribbean. The slaves were emancipated in 1834 after which some escaped slaves from other New World areas settled on the islands.

Today, tourism is a large factor in the economy of the Caymans. More than half a million people visit each year - 80% are from the U.S. and Canada but lately more Europeans.
The other big business is finance - the Caymans are among the favorite offshore banking locales in the world. Over 500 banks are based there, holding over US$463billion in assets.

On paper, there are about 34,000 registered companies who take advantage of the favorable tax status offered by the islands. The government opened a stock exchange in 1997. The Caymans remain a British Crown Colony, with a governor appointed by the British monarch, though the islands retain a largely autonomous legislature.

Most Caymanians live on Grand Cayman, the largest island, which is 480miles/770km south of Miami and 180miles/290km north-west of Jamaica.
The two smaller islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, have very little development and small populations. Often referred to as the 'sister islands' they are grouped together with the closest, Little Cayman, lying 70miles/110km north-east of Grand Cayman.

Facts At A Glance
Official Name: Cayman Islands.
Capital: George Town, Grand Cayman.
Population: 37,700.
Language: English.
Climate: Tropical, semi-arid.
Economy: Banking, tourism.
Government: British Crown Colony.
Religion: Protestant, Roman Catholic.
Currency: Cayman Dollar (CI$). 100 cents = 1 CI$. U.S. dollars, major credit cards and travelers cheques widely accepted.
Time Zone: Eastern; 5 hours behind GMT. Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Telecommunications: Excellent. Area code is 345. No city code needed.
Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycles AC.
Airport Departure Tax; Yes

Best Time to Grand Cayman


East winds moderate temperatures, making the climate pleasant year round. Average daytime temperatures range from the mid 70s to mid 80sF/23-30C but climb into the low 90sF/32-35C on occasion during the summer months.
Rain falls primarily during hurricane season (July-November). The wettest months are September-November. The best diving conditions are in the summer (warmest water, best visibility and calmest seas). No matter when you go, a sweater may be needed in the evenings, or a windbreaker for boat trips.

Random stuff
Grand Cayman is reputed to be the world's greatest offshore financial centre with more than 690 licensed banks. Only eight of them are retail banks providing standard check and savings accounts.

It claims to be not only the birthplace of modern scuba diving but also to have the most fantastic spots to pick from with over 200 sites and dive depths down to 120ft with remarkably clear visibility.

It has the world's only commercial green sea farm where giant turtles and terrapins are bred.

It has one of the most varied populations in the people-rich Caribbean. About a third of its 34,000 residents were born in 113 different countries and its workforce represents 78 nations, mainly the USA, UK and Canada.
The Wreck of the Ten Sails Monument - at East End on Grand Cayman - honors those Caymanians who saved the lives of British sailors who ran aground on the reef. For their bravery, King George granted the Caymans tax-free status forever.

It is estimated that each stingray at Stingray City is worth about $250,000 to the local economy.

There are more than two dozen kinds of orchids growing in the Caymans, including five found nowhere else in the world. Some are reportedly so small they can't been seen without a magnifying glass.

The Cayman parrot and the endangered blue iguana are unique to the islands. An iguana breeding program has been initiated by the Cayman Islands National Trust, which is having a positive effect. The population of green sea turtles has also risen thanks to the success of the turtle-breeding farm.
The Caymans currently have the most severe penalties for cruise-ship pollution in the Caribbean - up to US$500,000.

Each October, the Caymans celebrate Pirates Week, in honor of the nation's folk heritage. Best part of it is the Pirate's Landing, which kicks off the festivities. Boats cruise the harbor flinging water balloons at each other. On shore, pirates capture the governor and lead a parade through the streets of George Town.
Another big event on the islands is Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament, held at the end of April. It attracts anglers looking for blue marlin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin and other sport fish. Prizes include US$250,000 for the biggest Atlantic Blue Marlin. Biggest yet caught weighed 584 lbs/265 kg).

Public Holidays: New Year's Day (1 Jan), Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Discovery Day (third Monday in May), Queen's Birthday (first Monday after 15 Jun), Constitution Day (first Monday in July), Christmas Day (25 Dec) and Boxing Day (26 Dec).
Cayman Islands

GEORGE TOWN

Overview
Center of the Caymans' tourism industry and home to the major travel attractions, the Grand Cayman capital, George Town (pop. 14,000), is the hub of the islands and the main business center. Ample duty-free stores and souvenir shops.
You don't see the steel-and-glass skyscrapers found in many of the world's financial centers because there is a height restriction of five storeys. But you do see plenty of modern buildings, with a few vintage structures sprinkled in between.

Grand Cayman Restaurants
The choices for food are plentiful in George Town - more than 60 restaurants and snack bars offer everything from elegant fine dining to fast food. All are relatively expensive.
Jamaican influence is readily detectable in traditional Caymanian dishes spiced with jerk, curry and other hot seasonings.
Fresh seafood is tops. Try a serving of lobster or fish complemented by breadfruit, yams, cassava, rice and peas and other West Indian side dishes. Turtle steaks, which taste similar to veal, come from the local turtle farm. Conch is served marinated, stewed or frittered. Finish your meal with a wide slice of Key lime pie or a hunk of rum cake.

Grand Cayman Shoping
Shopping Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Most close from noon on Saturday. Some open until 9pm weeknights. All closed Sunday, except restaurants and dive shops.
Prices can be a bit high. There are no Caribbean open-air markets but most shops sell local crafts and products, including crochet work, paintings and sketches of Caribbean scenes, thatch work, pepper sauces, Caymanite (the islands' semi-precious stone), jewelry, sculpture and wood carvings.
Antiques and treasure-coin jewelry costs high-dollar.
Grand Cayman also supports a number of fine art and gift shops.
You can watch expert flameworkers make all types of glass artwork, from small trinkets to

 

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