Stingray City is a protected marine interaction reserve off the North Sound in Grand Cayman. Shallow sandbars create a home to Atlantic southern stingrays, and you can wade out into sapphire, chest-deep water and interact with the friendly creatures. Simply follow a few safety guidelines to hold and ‘kiss’ a stingray – it’s said to bring seven years of good luck.
Perfect for nature lovers, ‘the Brac’ is a stunning island with white-sand beaches and easy trails traversing its famous bluff. Bight Road trail takes you along the entire bluff while you discover stunning ocean vistas, orchids, rare flowers and birds like the peregrine falcon. Deadman’s Point Bluff Road is a birdwatcher’s paradise with views of marshes and nature reserves teeming with wildlife and vibrant ecosystems.
When the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa opened in 2016, it was the first major development on Grand Cayman in over a decade – but it was worth the wait. It’s proved to be a sophisticated haven of luxury and wellness where you can rejuvenate your mind and body. The spa’s airy design is full of natural light, while features including a waterfall and an indoor-outdoor garden retreat will calm and relax the senses. Try the private hammam or treat yourself to a massage for a blissful morning or afternoon.
The Cayman Islands is famous for pristine reefs teeming with colorful marine life, and it looks even more impressive when you’re underwater. For first-time snorkelers, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman provides complimentary snorkel lessons throughout the day. Or book a thrilling Waverunner Snorkel Safari with Red Sail Sports and visit two stunning reefs just off Seven Mile Beach.
A morning beach-yoga deep-stretch workout is a great way to start your day on the white sands of Seven Mile Beach. Hotels like The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort offer complimentary yoga classes – or join Vitamin Sea Cayman for the chance to practice yoga on SUP boards. Instructors guide you through restorative yoga flows that invigorate your entire body and renew your sense of wellbeing.
Time seems to melt away on these two tiny islands where hours are best counted by empty rum-punch glasses. With only 270 inhabitants, Little Cayman feels like your own private island where visitors can scuba-dive or snorkel, while on ‘the Brac’ you can birdwatch or simply enjoy the magnificent abundance of nature.
The fabled Beach Nuts Bar is like a blast from the past where you instantly feel at home among friendly Caymanians and tourists. Here, you can watch talented bartenders serve top-shelf cocktails or listen to scuba divers trade tales of their underwater adventures. Nightly games and Friday karaoke also attract a crowd, but before you go, leave your mark by painting your own “I was here” sign and hanging it on the wall.
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