A 7 Day Family Vacation in the Cayman Islands
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:
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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.
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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.
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Day 1: Fly to Grand Cayman
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
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
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
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
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
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
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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to The Cayman Islands