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Timmy and I flew to Grand Cayman for his Spring Break. Mommy and Scarlett were so jealous! We were there for 4 days and wanted to explore and enjoy as many activities possible. So we came up with a list of the best things to do on Grand Cayman with a child. We weren’t able to do everything on the list, but we still had a great time and look forward to coming back.
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When we returned from our vacation to Grand Cayman, Timmy presented the best things to do in Grand Cayman with a child to his classmates. Here is the video of his practice run the night before he presented to his classmates.
The 7 Best Things to do in Grand Cayman with a child
Here are the best things to do in Grand Cayman with a child, a little description of the activity and some pictures of us exploring Grand Cayman. We hope that this summary inspires you to visit Grand Cayman with your family.
Our favorite activity of the trip was visiting Stingray City. It has to be one of the most popular activities on the whole island. There are many tour options available to visit Stingray City. We chose to book through our hotel’s concierge desk. It may have been a little more expensive than the other tour options, but it was worth it. Stingray City is a must do when creating your list of the best things to do in Grand Cayman with a child!
Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
There are so many amazing places to explore while snorkeling or scuba diving in Grand Cayman. As part of our Stingray City package, we made a stop at Rum Point to do a little snorkeling. Check with your hotel for the best local locations.
Star Fish Point
Star Fish Point was the 3rd stop on our tour that the Kimpton Seafire concierge booked us on. After Stingray City and snorkeling at Rum Point, it was time to get up close and personal with some starfish. There are plenty of starfish in the shallow waters to explore. Whatever you do, keep the starfish under water so they can breathe!
Cayman Turtle Centre
The Cayman Turtle Centre is a short shuttle ride away from Seven Mile Beach. Our resort, the Kimpton Seafire, was one of the stops for the free shuttle to and from the Cayman Turtle Centre. This made the excursion super convenient and cheap since we didn’t have a car and wouldn’t have to pay for a taxi.
There are two options when you arrive at the Cayman Turtle Centre. The basic entrance fee is $18 for adults and $9 for children. This includes access to the turtle breeding pond, the grow tanks, and a small education center that shows a short film and offers a couple exhibits. The Turtle Adventure Tour ($45 adults, $25 children) allows you to do everything included in the basic entrance fee, plus it provides access to a swimming pool with two slides, a pond where you can snorkel with turtles and fish, and an aviary where you can feed local birds.
Cayman Crystal Caves
On the north side of Grand Cayman are the Cayman Crystal Caves. From our hotel on Seven Mile Beach, it was about a 45-minute ride in an open-air jeep. On the tour, there was one other family, but the 6 of us fit comfortably in the back of the jeep and the breeze from the fresh Caribbean air kept us cool. Once we arrived at the caves, is was a short walk to start exploring the 3 caves. Each cave was bigger than the one before… and we were quite surprised at the pool of water and the number of bats (don’t worry, they left us alone) inside the largest of the caves.
Lounging at the Hotel Pool
Although you hate to be the tourist that never leaves the resort, especially since there are so many things do on Grand Cayman with a child. There is also something to be said for enjoying the wonderful resort property that you’re paying for. Our property, the Kimpton Seafire Resort had a wonderful pool are to enjoy. After exploring the island each day, we spent the rest of the time enjoying the warm Caribbean sun at the pool.
Hotel Non-Motorized Activities
Many of the Grand Cayman hotels include complimentary non-motorized activities, such as aqua bikes, snorkeling, stand up paddle boards, and many other options. Timmy and I ventured out into the sea on an Aqua Bike. Honestly, it was harder than it seems because you have to pedal against the current and they don’t steer too well. Even after that, though, we still had fun trying it out.
Best things to do on Grand Cayman with a Child – Honorable Mentions
There are so many wonderful activities to enjoy on Grand Cayman. Besides the best things to do on Grand Cayman with a child that I mentioned above, here are some other activities to consider if you have time.
- Dolphin Discovery Cayman – swim with dolphins
- Bioluminescence Bay – see the wonders of glowing water at night
- Horse Back Riding – some horses even swim in the ocean water
- Swimming in the Warm Caribbean Water – even if you’re from California like me, the ocean and lakes of the US can’t compare to the warm water of the Caribbean
The Bald Thoughts
We had such a great time on Grand Cayman and look forward to returning with Anna and Scarlett. I’m glad I did a little homework ahead of time to figure out the best things to do on Grand Cayman with a child before our trip began. There is so much to do on the island, and we wanted to make sure we hit the activities that meant the most to us.