Discover the island during your stay in Grand Cayman by visiting the many beaches or having lunch or a drink by the sea. Here’s a list of things to do for a memorable Cayman experience.
1. The Beach at Turtle Nest Inn
If you’re looking for a beach to rest and relax, look no further than the private beach at Turtle Nest Inn & Condos. Located far from the crowds, our beach offers reef-protected water for excellent snorkeling. There’s an impressive array of fish and coral right off the beach, including spiny lobster, parrot fish, grooved and smooth brain coral, sea whips, tube sponges, and more.
2. Rum Point
Rum Point is located on the North side of Grand Cayman and is also a great place for snorkeling or simply relaxing in the shallow, turquoise waters. Rum Point offers hammocks and huts, as well as a beach bar, showers, and changing rooms to help make visitors comfortable. If you’re on your way to Rum Point in the morning, don’t forget to stop at Over the Edge for a relaxed and informal breakfast on their seaside terrace.
3. Starfish Point at Kaibo
Another excellent place for relaxing in shallow aqua waters is Starfish Point at Kaibo, Grand Cayman’s most secluded beach located right near Rum Point. Here you’ll find a wide variety of starfish, including red, camo, and light yellow starfish. While looking for starfish, keep an eye out for large conch shells or the rare King Helmut shell.
4. Spotts Beach
Located next to a cemetery only a few miles from the Inn, this spot offers a unique opportunity to see and swim with turtles. There aren’t restaurants or bars here, but there is parking.
5. Smith Barcadere
Located in South Sound, not far from George Town, Smith Barcadere is a favorite for swimming and snorkeling. The beach has a drop off relatively close to the shore, making it a great place for beginners.
6. Seven Mile Beach (SMB)
Seven Mile Beach (SMB) is the best known and best “groomed” beach on the island, accessible (with parking) from several spots along West Bay Road. Aside from the many condo complexes and the island’s chain hotels, you’ll find bars and restaurants, and of course many tourists. Although sunsets aren’t visible everywhere on the island, SMB gives a picturesque view of the sun setting over the water, and is worth a visit.
7. Stingray City
Located near the North Sound, Stingray City is a group of shallow sandbars at a depth of about four feet with a population of stingrays. Here you can interact with stingrays and even hold and feed them. You can expect approximately 25 stingrays on the sandbar any time you visit.
8. Nature and History
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park offers the opportunity for birdwatching on 65 acres of land, as well as viewing a range of flowers, plants, iguanas and tropical birds indigenous to the Cayman Islands. The park is very close to the Mastic Trail, ideal for a 2-mile hike in Cayman’s wild interior, undisturbed for the last 2 million years. In terms of history, we suggest a visit to the Mission House, within walking distance from the Inn, as well as to Pedro Castle.
9. Scuba Diving
At Turtle Nest Inn & Condos, we offer dive packages with both our one-bedroom apartments and our two-bedroom/two-bath condos. You’ll have the opportunity to experience world-class diving in the waters surrounding Grand Cayman, considered one of the top diving locations in the world.
10. Lunch, Dinner or a Drink on the Sea
At the Inn itself, you can prepare and enjoy your own snack, lunch, dinner or simply a glass of wine, on our seaside terrace, on our beach or around our two seaside pools. There are also many dining spots around the island where you can enjoy lunch or dinner on the sea. Please see “Island Dining” at our website for our suggestions, including laidback, local spots and world-class restaurants. .
Vivo is a farm-to-table restaurant that serves local fish with a focus on vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The bar also has organic spirits, local beers, and everything in between. For an ocean front tiki experience, visit Macabuca, located in West Bay and Sunset House in South Sound. At Macabuca, don’t miss the conch ceviche or cracked conch, a favorite among both visitors and locals. Tukka is a native fusion restaurant located in East End that serves everything from eggs benedict for breakfast to jerk chicken, chorizo, fresh lion fish, and kangaroo. Other seaside dining spots include Over the Edge, Alfresco, Lighthouse, Southcoast Bar & Grill, and Casanova.
Your Grand Cayman Vacation Begins at the Inn
There’s something for everyone on Grand Cayman, especially if you’re looking for great snorkeling spots or delicious eats. At Turtle Nest Inn, with your own full kitchen, included rental car and many included no-cost amenities, you’ll have what it takes to “do your own thing”, and to enjoy a relaxing (and affordable) Grand Cayman vacation that creates lasting memories. We’ll do everything we can to ensure that you’ll become an Inn “regular” – that your first visit is not your last. Contact us to book by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.