7 Amazing Ways To Experience Grand Cayman With Kids

Swim in Grand Cayman with Kids

You’re never too young to experience paradise for the first time. That’s why you’re excited to share the beauty of Grand Cayman with kids! However, you also understand that planning a tropical getaway for the whole family can be a little stressful. In addition to looking for the perfect place to stay, you’re also looking for the best excursions and beach activities for all ages.

The good news is that there are more things to do in Grand Cayman with kids than most people realize! Grand Cayman is an ecological wonderland that invites families to admire natural beaches, see sea turtles in their natural habitat, feed stingrays, sail over crystal clear waters, and travel to a rare Bioluminescent Bay.

Are you ready to start adding some family-friendly activities in Grand Cayman to your official itinerary? Your Grand Cayman family vacation will kick off with these seven incredible activities:

 

1) Visit The Cayman Turtle Centre

Something that makes visiting Grand Cayman with kids magical is that your family will enjoy the perfect mix of relaxation and learning. You will leave with a better understanding of the delicate ecosystem of Grand Cayman Island.

There’s no better place to develop an appreciation for nature than the Cayman Turtle Centre. This conservation facility located in the West Bay district of Grand Cayman has been leading the way in saving turtles since 1968. It also happens to be one of the most exciting things to do in Grand Cayman for families.

The Turtle Safari and Turtle Adventure Tour both give visitors access to a spot called Breeding Bay that serves as a refuge for adult sea turtles. The Turtle Encounters portion of the center gives visitors first-hand encounters with baby turtles known as yearlings. There’s even an opportunity to swim or snorkel among turtles and other marine life in Turtle Lagoon.

“Magical” just doesn’t cut it when describing all that Cayman Turtle Centre has to offer. The sprawling landscape offers islands where flamingos frolic, a swimming area with waterfalls, natural trails, aviaries, and observable shark reefs.

Don’t skip this must-visit spot in Grand Cayman if you want to surprise your little ones!

Magical Kids Experience In Cayman Turtle Centre

2) Swim Among Docile Wild Stingrays At Stingray City

There’s no doubt you’ve seen people rave about Stingray City if you’ve started planning a Grand Cayman Island vacation. You can’t really talk about Grand Cayman without mentioning this gem!

Stingray City is a series of shallow sandbars located in Grand Cayman’s North Sound. Due to the docile nature of the southern stingrays that bountifully populate the water here, visitors can get into the water to feed, pet, and interact with them. We’re talking about an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter that your family will be talking about for years. The experience is especially exciting for young kids!

The easiest way to get to Stingray City is to book an excursion with Captain Marvin’s. Our founding captain actually started the whole trend of stingray excursions in Grand Cayman. We cater to cruise ship passengers by offering an easy way to get in the water with wild stingrays in their natural habitat. We also help to make family vacations magical by offering:

  • Private charters in Grand Cayman

  • Fishing trips

  • Snorkeling at Coral Gardens or Barrier Reef

  • Excursions to Starfish Point to see sea stars and tropical fish

  • Trips to see the rare bioluminescence event that occurs every night in Bioluminescent Bay

Many of our excursions can also be paired with lunch on the beach. Did we mention that we have a world-class fleet that has newly added motorized catamarans? Your family will always travel in comfort and style with an experienced, friendly crew capable of helping you to enjoy a safe and satisfying experience.

Book an unforgettable boat tour with Captain Marvin’s today!

Swim Among Docile Wild Stingrays At Stingray City

3) Swim At Seven Mile Beach

Visiting Seven Mile Beach is one of the top things to do in Grand Cayman with kids when you want to enjoy a relaxed, unplugged day. The calm, gentle waves here make this a great swimming or wading spot for all ages.

Seven Mile Beach is massive! Your family will have plenty of room to spread out on this crescent-shaped beach that parallels a long stretch of Grand Cayman’s western coastline. Its proximity to docking spots makes it a top choice among families coming to the island on cruise ships.

If you’re planning to get in the water, it’s easy to grab rentals for kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, and more.

 

4) Shop, Dine, And Have Fun At Vibrant Camana Bay

Camana Bay is a vibrant waterfront town located just 10 minutes outside George Town. As Grand Cayman’s premier shopping and dining destination, Camana Bay is a must-see stop on all family vacations. The town features five public courtyards that offer shade, refreshment, and beauty.

Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights:

  • The grand fountains at Jasmine Court that make water dance 30 feet into the air to offer fun and refreshment to little ones!

  • The 75-foot Observation Tower that offers panoramic views of Grand Cayman

  • The infinity pool at Gardenia Court

  • The shady oasis at Canella Court

  • The wall of water at Cassia Court

Don’t forget to do some upscale shopping, enjoy some family-friendly dining, or check out the weekly farmers’ market when you visit this jewel of Grand Cayman. You should also check the local calendar of events before you come to see if any of the year’s 300 experiences featuring live music, art, and culture are kicking off while you’re around.

Good to know: Most businesses and vendors in the Cayman Islands will accept either the Cayman dollar or the US dollar.

 

5) Relax In The Shade At Rum Point

Rum Point on Grand Cayman is a family-friendly spot where you can relax. Like Seven Mile Beach, Rum Point offers shallow, calm waters that are great for wading and swimming. This is also a gentle snorkeling spot when visiting Grand Cayman with kids.

If you’ve always dreamed of having a picnic in white sand during a family vacation, you’ll appreciate the picnic tables and hammocks here. The trees that protect the beach here also create shade that allows you to enjoy the warm weather without stressing over sunscreen application every few minutes!

 

6) Frolic Through The Children’s Garden At Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Located close to Frank Sound Road, this 65-acre park is truly the rose of Grand Cayman. As you walk through the colorful gardens here, you’re likely to spot the endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana darting through the greenery.

There’s also a 2-acre lake that serves as a breeding ground for several rare aquatic birds native to the Caribbean. In addition to the Children’s Garden, the blueprint here consists of:

  • Visitor’s Centre

  • Floral Garden

  • Orchid Boardwalk

  • Xerophytic Garden

  • Heritage Garden

  • Woodland Trail

Orchid lovers will be excited by the fact that four out of the 10 orchid species found at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park aren’t found anywhere else on the planet! Dozens of rare butterfly species also flutter through the park.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the biodiversity and beauty of Grand Cayman at this truly unique destination!

 

7) Book A Spa Day In Grand Cayman

While Grand Cayman has plenty of family-friendly things to do, you may decide that you want to slink off for some adult pampering on your own! The Kimpton Seafire Resort’s + Spa is perfect for doing just that!

The Spa at Seafire is an 8,500-square-foot spa offering euphoria-inducing massage therapy, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures, and steam treatments. This state-of-the-art facility consists of seven treatment rooms tucked away in an oceanfront paradise.

While you take some time to relax at the spa, we’ve got you covered. Our highly trained team is available all day at Camp Seafire, an on-site, kids-only zone offering programs for children aged 5-12. With creative themes and exciting games, your little ones can make the most of our island paradise.

Good to know: If you decide to book an overnight stay at Kimpton Seafire Resort when you visit Grand Cayman, you’ll love that this family-friendly hotel has family rooms with bunk beds!

 

Share The Fun Of Visiting Grand Cayman With Your Family

A family vacation to the Cayman Islands is unlike any other experience you can share with your loved ones! While Grand Cayman has a reputation for luxury and decadence, the truth is that countless families choose Grand Cayman out of all of the Caribbean islands because there is so much to see, do, and learn here for little ones!

Don’t miss the chance to see the top attractions in Grand Cayman when you come to the Cayman Islands! Captain Marvin’s is ready to bring your crew to Stingray City to experience the magic of swimming among wild stingrays in a stunning natural habitat.

Book your spot on an amazing Stingray City boat tour today!

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 32

Tour #1: Stingrays and Starfish ( Caves on Fridays & Saturdays only)

Enjoy the combo tour with stingrays and starfish, offered for USD59/person each morning at 7:30 before the crowds! On Fridays and Saturdays, you can add the caves tour (USD99/person for both). You must prepay for these tours as the office isn't open before 7:30 AM.

Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 45

Tour #2: Stingrays and one snorkel stop to Barrier Reef OR Coral Gardens

Our two-stop stingray/snorkel tour lasts about two hours and 30 minutes, slightly shorter than our three-stop stingray/snorkel tour. The two-stop trip goes to the Stingray City sandbar plus one snorkel stop, either the Barrier Reef or the Coral Gardens. Our captain will decide when he gets out to the stingray/snorkel areas which snorkel stop to use, based on wind, wave, and tide conditions, as well as on the number of people at each of the two areas. We always try to go to the less populated of the two stops.

Duration
5 hours
Group Size
Up to 40

Tour #3: Beach Lunch, Stingray & Snorkel tour

Capt. Marvin's Beach Lunch Stingray/Snorkel Tour is the best of the best! It includes two snorkel stops (one of which will be a conch dive during conch season, Nov. 1st through April 30th), the Stingray City sandbar for interaction with the stingrays, and a fresh seafood lunch on the beach across the North Sound (near Kaibo/Rumpoint).

Our crew will dive for conch in season and you are welcome to help them. They will even clean up some shells so each family unit who wishes can take one back home with them (supply limited). The rest of the year, you will have extra snorkeling (or Starfish) stop instead of the conch dive.

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 45

Tour #4:Stingray City and Two snorkeling stops to Coral Gardens and the Barrier Reef

Our three-stop stingray/snorkel tour lasts three hours, dock to dock. The three-stop stingray/snorkel trip goes to the Stingray City sandbar plus TWO snorkel stops, both the Barrier Reef AND the Coral Gardens.

We strongly recommend that you bring flotation devices for children under age 3, as our snorkel gear is for ages 3 and over. We provide snorkel vests, life vests, masks, snorkels, and fins for everyone ages 4 and over. You are welcome to bring your own gear if you like. We offer complimentary shuttle service from your hotel or condo on Seven Mile Beach.

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 35

Tour #5: Stingrays, Starfish and Snorkeling

A new tour is being offered on our brand new motor catamaran.

This tour has been getting really great reviews! With approximately 25 people on average, it's a comfortable and high-end unique visit to some of the most beautiful spots on the planet.

The snorkeling will be at either the Coral Gardens OR the Barrier Reef, with approximately 40 minutes at each stop, allowing you more time to enjoy the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 28

North Sounder - Private Charter

USD500/hour, 3-hour minimum (USD1500) for up to 15 people; plus USD80/person for 16-30 people. Add USD6/person for ground transportation. (Holiday Fees apply)

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 50

High Rider - Private Charter

USD650/hour, 3-hour minimum (USD1950) up to 32 people; plus USD55/person for 33-50 people. Add USD6/person for ground transportation.(Holiday Fees apply)

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 50

Miss Anna - Private Charter

USD650/hour, 3-hour minimum (USD1950) up to 32 people; plus USD55/person for 33-50 people. Add USD6/person for ground transportation. (Holiday Fees apply)