Best Time To Visit Cayman Islands - Travel Tips For Every Season

Best Time To Visit Cayman Islands

A vacation to the Cayman Islands is on the bucket list of a sizeable number of people, and for some, it might be a once in a lifetime trip to a Caribbean getaway. The Cayman Islands are a network of islands that include Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac.

Grand Cayman is the largest island with the most activities for tourists. Organizing your trip to Grand Cayman can be a lot of fun, but as part of this planning, you also need to do some research to determine when the Cayman Islands are in their most favorable state for your trip.

The time of year that you travel makes a significant impact on the kind of holiday experience that you have as well as the kinds of tourist activities that are available throughout various times of the year.

For instance, if you are an active sports fisherman, you can try to schedule your trip around the time of the International Cayman Islands Fishing Tournament. This will allow you to make the most of your time on the islands.

However, if you are dead-set on the concept of sunbathing, there are other periods of the year that might be more suitable for your purposes. The islands are perpetually warm because of their proximity to the equator, and the time of year will not have as much of an impact on the climate.

If you are traveling to Grand Cayman on a limited budget, though, you should try to schedule your excursions outside of the busiest tourist season. Plan to visit the Cayman Islands at the time that’s right for you. Continue reading to find out more.

When Costs Count

The majority of travel agents will advise you that the best time to visit Grand Cayman in order to get the most bang for your buck on a vacation to the Cayman Islands is between the months of March and June. The prices of hotels and short excursions that would normally be prohibitively expensive fall to more reasonable levels during this time.

Late June through early September are the busiest times for tourists to visit Grand Cayman, provided that the cost of travel is not a concern. The summer months always have higher hotel prices. It is at this time that hotel and Airbnb costs go higher, but there are also a few additional things for travelers to enjoy during this time.

However, it is important to note that the islands are warm throughout the year, so there are not many activities that are specific to the season. All of the beaches on Grand Cayman, including the popular Seven Mile Beach, are public and free to access.

The Changing Seasons

If you want to visit the Cayman Islands during a time when the weather is best, there are a few factors to consider. Since the climate in the Caribbean is generally consistent throughout the year, with the average temperature ranging from the middle 60s to the upper 90s Fahrenheit year round, the Cayman Islands don’t really experience the four distinct seasons that are typical of other places.

However, if you plan to visit the Cayman Islands during the summer, be advised that the rainy season on the islands occurs between the months of May and October, and the typical duration of an afternoon rainstorm is only a few minutes.

The months of August and September, which are the height of hurricane season in this part of the world, are marked by the highest frequency of tropical storm activity. The hurricane season extends from July to November.

November and December have cooler evenings, but the daytime temperatures do not vary much from the summer temperatures. However, despite the fact that tropical storms can occur on the Cayman Islands due to their location in the western Caribbean, they do so far less frequently than they do on islands located further to the north, such as Cuba and the Florida Keys.

Between the months of November and April, the islands experience their dry season.

Annual Activities and Festivals

It is possible that the timing of your vacation to Grand Cayman will be determined by whether or not you are interested in participating in a particular event or activity while you are there. Some of the following festivals are regularly held throughout the year at varying times:

  • Grand Cayman Seafood and Wine Festival at Starfish Point

  • Little Cayman’s Carnivale & Mardi Gras season (held in the spring on different dates each year)

  • Grand Cayman Orchid Show at Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park

  • The International Fishing Tournament in May

  • Cayfest, in April, celebrates the arts and culture of the Cayman Islands, beginning with a reenactment of the traditional boat launch at Seven Mile Beach.

  • Pirate Week is in November

  • Breakfast with Santa at the Cayman Turtle Centre in December

  • Cayman Islands Marathon in early December

  • Stingray City offers events through the year for passengers of cruise ships

  • Spring Break, which also varies from year to year, often has special events for travelers

  • Cayman Cocktail Week in October

Get Ready To Pack!

Your trip to Grand Cayman should be planned in accordance with your own spending limits and requirements, regardless of whether you intend to go there for the weather, the cuisine, the entertainment, or simply to lie on the beach. Take into account in your planning the possibility that you might visit one of the festivals if you currently have the desire to do so.

The Cayman Islands have a lot to offer tourists, and there are plenty of activities for you to participate in while you’re there. Start making your travel arrangements and excursion reservations as soon as possible so that you may enjoy an unforgettable vacation in the Cayman Islands.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)