A 7 Day Family Vacation in the Cayman Islands

Terri smiling in a headshot
Curated By

Terri O'Connell

Icon Share


  • Cayman Islands

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Coastal

  • Sightseeing

Spectacular Seven Mile Beach of Grand Cayman
Curator’s statement

A week in the Cayman Islands can be a fantastic tropical getaway that is perfect for families with young children or with high school and college age. I got married in the Cayman Islands and have returned several times with my family since then, including an Easter break. The Cayman Islands are known for their stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters and scuba diving to experience the vibrant marine life. Hotels are available for all budgets along the beautiful seven-mile beach and many have family rooms and suites to accommodate all family sizes.

Here's a suggested itinerary for a memorable week in the Cayman Islands:

The Fora Difference

Book with Terri to access exclusive perks and experiences on your trip.

[object Object]
Killer perks

Free upgrades, spa credits and more—we got you

[object Object]
Personalized recs

Customized travel planning for your style

[object Object]
Insider knowledge

Expert advice from people who’ve actually been there

Where to stay

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

This revamped beachfront resort is the spot for beach time, pool lazing and eclectic dining, all with stellar service and sea views.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

Polished beachfront property with upscale rooms and suites.

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

A longtime favorite on Seven Mile Beach, known for its intimate service and casual style.

Icon [object Object]

Unlock perks by contacting Terri to book your trip.

Day 1: Fly to Grand Cayman

Cayman island beach

Arrive at Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands.

Check into your hotel along the seven-mile beach, a short cab ride from the airport.

Spend the afternoon relaxing on Seven Mile Beach, one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world. Many resorts provide guests with complimentary use of snorkel gear, water trikes, kayaks, floating rafts and water hammocks. And of course, great views of the sunset!

Enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant in George Town, like The Wharf. Every night with a “Ring of the Bell” - the nightly tarpon feeding is announced to the guests at this fun outdoor location! Watch, engage or simply embrace the fun splashes when the tarpons dash for their dinner.

Day 2: Explore Grand Cayman

Enjoy fresh seafood throughout the island
  • Visit the Cayman Turtle Centre and get up close with sea turtles.

  • Explore the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, home to native flora and fauna.

  • Have lunch at a local eatery and try some Caribbean cuisine.

  • In the evening, take a sunset cruise or go snorkeling in the bioluminescent bay. Book through my link at viator.

Day 3: Relax and enjoy the resort

An aerial view of the Ritz Carlton pool side during daytime hours.

Take a day out of the sun and enjoy a Rum and Beer Tour. Book through viator.

Utilize the concierge at the hotel and arrange for a family photo on the beach during the golden hour.

Day 4: Get into Some Water Activities

snokerling in Stingray City is a "must do" in the Cayman Islands
  • No visit to the Cayman Islands is complete without a trip to see the world-famous Stingrays. I would recommend taking Red Sail Sports “Breakfast with the Stingrays tour".

  • After a fun day in the sun, enjoy a Mexican Dinner at Cocoloba

  • Enjoy $5 tacos and $8 Margaritas every Tuesday at Coccoloba. Accompanied by live music and stunning sunsets!

Day 5: Visit Starfish Beach

cayman islands large green palms trees hanging over tan sand and blue clear water with waves and white clouds blue sky

There is no lack of beautiful marine life to enjoy. Starfish Point in Cayman is named after the many wild starfish that once populated the area. Now only a few remain, and it is vital that we do not harm them.

Starfish Point is located on Water Cay Road, North Side. You can get to Starfish Point by boat or by car – it is about an hour’s drive from George Town. Follow signs to Kaibo Restaurant and it’s a few minutes past there. There is a car park plus showers and restrooms. There is no admission fee.

Day 6: Cayman Islands National Museum

arched column pathway to a beach club with white umbrellas
  • Visit the Cayman Islands National Museum in George Town to learn about the island's history.

  • Take a stroll through Camana Bay, a waterfront town with shops, restaurants, and beautiful gardens.

  • Enjoy a special last night dinner at Ristorante Pappagallo.

  • Dine indoors or out, in beautiful settings, alongside a natural lagoon. Ristorante Pappagallo is one of the island’s best dining venues, renowned for its menu’s variety and service.

Day 7: Departure

  • Spend your last morning on Seven Mile Beach or do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs.

  • Enjoy a farewell lunch with fresh seafood.

  • Depart from Owen Roberts International Airport.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Rabia Malik’s guide, Vacation Essentials for the Cayman Islands

Terri smiling in a headshot

Travel Advisor

Terri O'Connell

Get in touch with Terri

Did you like this guide? Reach out to customize and book your own experience. Or, just to chat about travel in general.

You can normally expect a response from Terri within a business day or so. You’ll also be subscribed to our travel newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time).

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to The Cayman Islands