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Grand Cayman for Families

Sun, sand and sea creatures on Grand Cayman

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Grand Cayman is full of family friendly activities, from close-up encounters with sea turtles, stingrays and dolphins to submarine rides and easy nature walks. On top of all these kid-centric activities, little ones can play on one of the planet’s most beautiful beaches, swim in the clear sea, and build sandcastles in the flour-soft sand. 


Grand Cayman for Families: Day 1

Stay at the The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa.

Morning

Recover from your travels with a lazy morning basking on Seven Mile Beach, steps from the resort. Take a cool dip in the translucent turquoise water then kick back in a luxury beach cabana with a cocktail while the kids play in the sand.

Lunch at Tortuga Beach Grill & Bar, Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

Afternoon

Stroll around Camana Bay, overlooking Seven Mile Beach and browse the upscale shops.

Ascend the observation tower and enjoy 360-degree views across Seven Mile Beach, George Town, and the North Sound. Afterward, enjoy a gelato while you watch the kids frolic around the interactive fountains.


Day 2

Morning

Hop aboard a half-day Stingray City cruise. Little ones who can’t swim or those who’d rather stay dry can opt for a glass-bottom boat tour to Stingray City. If you’d rather skip the stingrays you can also tour the island’s fringing reefs with Atlantis Submarines.

Relax around the Westin’s stunning ocean-view pool.

Grand Cayman for Famillies
Photo by Ken Walton


Day 3

Morning

Drive about 10 minutes northwest of the resort to Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter. Pint-sized animal lovers will have a blast here, stroking sea turtles, snorkeling in the lagoon, swimming in the pools, and communing with colorful parrots in the aviary.

Lunch at Macabuca Bar & Grill. You can soak up the salty sea air on the deck and watch the divers come and go at the adjacent dock. The menu offers plenty of kid-friendly options. Tip: This is a great place to introduce the kids to some local conch fritters.

Afternoon

Sign up for a package at Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman to kiss, cuddle, and swim with these gentle creatures.

Before you head home, venture inland to the town of Hell for a quick peek at the jagged rock formations and a photo op.


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Day 4

Morning

Drive about 40 minutes southeast from the resort to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park  and take an 11 am guided hike. The kids will love looking for butterflies and the native blue iguanas. If you have older kids, challenge them to see who can take the best wildlife photo.

Lunch: Head north and stop at Kurt’s Corner, a local’s favorite. Don’t miss the coconut grouper. The kids’ menu includes perennial favorites for fussy eaters such as grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken fingers.

Afternoon

From Kurt’s Corner, head to the nearby Cayman Crystal Caves for a 90-minute tour of these beautiful stalactite and stalagmite encrusted caverns. Tell the kids to keep an eye out for bats and snakes.

Afterwards, drive nine minutes west to Rum Point, where you can kick back in a hammock with a Cayman Colada while the children potter in the sand and cool off in the calm waters. If you’re feeling up to it once you recharge, you can drive an extra six minutes to Starfish Point so the kids can hunt for the brightly colored namesake sea creatures in the shallows before you head back to the resort.

Grand Cayman for Families
Photo by David Van Horn


Day 5

Morning

For your final day in Grand Cayman, choose between a variety of activities depending on your interests. You can drive to Spotts Beach to swim and snorkel with sea turtles (18 minutes from the Westin), or for the horse-lover in your family, sign up for the swimming ponies tour with Pampered Ponies and ride bareback into the cool, clear water.

Spend the rest of the afternoon basking on Seven Mile Beach where you began your five days of bliss.


At A Glance

Price Range:
midrange
luxury
Most Suited to:
families
Season:
winter
spring
summer
fall
Length:
longer

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