Although Cayman is fairly small, the diverse community and idyllic weather encourages an active lifestyle. The real issue comes with finding the time to do it all!
One of our all-time favourite outings is a North Sound boat trip with one of the local Caymanian charter boat companies: Charter Boat Headquarters (Tel: (345) 945 4340), Frank’s Watersports (Tel: (345) 945 2783) or Tours Cayman (Tel: (345) 916 5478). By organising trips with one of these local operators, you will have access to a wealth of Island knowledge and can customise your excursion to suit your family. Tour stops can include Stingray City, the Sandbar, Coral Gardens, Barrier Reef and Kaibo. Not only will your tour be tailored to you, but you will also get to experience true Caymanian hospitality and meet some ‘Islanders’. If you have little thrill-seekers in the family, you may enjoy a trip to Stingray City and then continue on to Rum Point by Jet Ski. Action Watersports (Tel: (345) 548 3147) offers two-hour tours on two-man Sea-Doo watercrafts for US$110 per person.
Another sea-based activity that is fun for the whole family is a bioluminescence mangrove tour by kayak or electric catamaran offered by Cayman Kayaks twice nightly from Rum Point. For more information call (345) 926 4467, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.caymankayaks.com. Cayman Sea Elements offers boat tours through the mangroves to find birds, starfish, jellyfish, anemones and iguanas. This tour is suitable for children of all ages. Call (345) 936 8687 or email: email@example.com.
For more fun, you could take a banana boat ride with Red Sail Sports (Tel: (345) 949 8745). Kids particularly love to ride with a group of their friends! Finally, you could take the entire family for a swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Discovery (Tel: (345) 769 7946). Make sure to ask about resident’s discounts. Refer to our Boating chapter for a list of other tour providers.
For an amazing aerial experience of Cayman that covers the Island from North Sound and Stingray City, to East End and Seven Mile Beach, take a helicopter tour with Cayman Islands Helicopters. Call (345) 943 4354 to book. Another great way to see Seven Mile Beach from the air is to take a panoramic tandem parasailing ride with Parasailing Professionals. Call (345) 916 2953 to book a tour.
Land-based activities for the whole family are almost endless! For children and their parents, the Cayman Islands National Museum offers a fascinating look into the natural and cultural history of the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Turtle Centre in West Bay also offers unique opportunities for educational and interactive animal-based activities. Visitors can enjoy bird, shark, turtle and crocodile feeding, a nature trail, snorkelling with turtles, the popular waterfalls and Turtle Twister waterslide. Once you have had your fill of wildlife, you could wander across the road for lunch at the Cracked Conch or Macabuca Tiki Bar.
Another worthwhile thing to do is a trip to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which is an engaging outing for the whole family. You could also stop in at the Mission House in Bodden Town (visits by appointment only) and Pedro St. James in Savannah for a historical trip back in time. For something a bit different, drop by the Crystal Caves (Old May Bay), where local guides educate visitors on the history of the caves starting from their creation, to the shaping of the dramatic crystal structures, and up to when the caves became the hiding place for pirate treasure. Call (345) 949 2283 to arrange a visit.
Bring the family to the National Gallery and enjoy a range of activities including scavenger hunts, worksheets, and guided tours based on the current exhibition schedule and the national collection. Guided tours can be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
In Camana Bay, you can take a walk, get a coffee, ride a bike and explore its beautifully landscaped areas. Young children will love playing in the fountains (bring a towel!) and climbing the Observation Tower for a great panoramic view. Next Chapter has a wonderful children’s room full of books, puzzles and toys, and there is always a good selection of movies at the cinema, as well as a great choice of restaurants for lunch.
Younger children (6 months-7 years), can let off steam at the Toddler Play Days at Motions Unlimited.