Stingray City Sandbar
One of the unique attractions in the Cayman Islands is Stingray City, where visitors can wade through the shallow waters and pet the stingrays. The stingrays began gathering in the area decades ago when fisherman used to clean fish on the shallow sand bars. The stingrays would forget their normally shy dispositions and feast on the guts of the cleaned fish. Soon the stingrays began to associate the sound of a boat motor with food. In the late 1980s, divers started feeding squid to the stingrays, which is one of their favorite dishes. Today, the stingrays casually swim with people in the shallow waters of Grand Cayman. As visitors enter the crystal clear turquoise waters and the graceful southern stingrays glide tranquilly past in their natural habitat as people touch and feed them. It’s also a great spot for snorkeling among magnificent coral reefs and colorful tropical fish. The Stingray City Sandbar in Grand Cayman is lots of fun and suitable for everyone. Standing in only three feet of water you will be surrounded by more than two dozen friendly Stingrays.
About the Cayman Islands:
This British Overseas Territory consists of three islands approximately 480 miles south of Miami: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. The Cayman Islands offers some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands and has an area of about 76 square miles. Its most striking feature is the shallow, reef protected lagoon known as the North Sound which is approximately 35 square miles. Cayman Brac is about 89 miles northeast of Grand Cayman. It is about 12 miles long and 1.25 miles wide, and its bluffs make it the most spectacular of the three islands. It is about a 30-minute prop plane ride from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac. Little Cayman is just 5 miles west of Cayman Brac and has an area of about 10 square miles.
Cayman Island beaches:
Seven Mile Beach
The most famous beach in the Cayman Islands is Seven Mile Beach, a beach that repeatedly makes lists of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Seven Mile Beach is home to many luxury resorts and condominiums, restaurants and beach activities, including wonderful snorkeling. Despite its name, the beach is actually only 5.5 miles long but there is plenty of space for walking and people-watching, along with a wealth of water activities. Seven Mile Beach is near the capital of George Town.
While you could probably spend an entire vacation on Seven Mile Beach, the Cayman Island Department of Tourism provides this description of the many other Cayman beaches where you can just relax, eat, drink or enjoy the seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy and expierience the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean:
Located right next to the Governors house it is a beautiful spot to spend the day. The beach here is a perfect blue and the sand is soft, with seagrape trees close to the parking area there ia benches to eat and get shade. There are no facilities at this location but there is a portalet available to the public,
The Grand Cayman public beach offers changing and restrooms showers a wonderful playground for the kids to enjoy beach huts a watersports operator also the Calico Jacks beach bar for food and drinks where you can enjoy just another day in paradise.
The Spotts beach located in Spotts Newlands is great if you want to get away from the crowd surrounded by ironshore cliffs with white beaches and the surrounding barrier reef that keep waters calm year round and has huts and benches available for your use.
Located on south sound this beach offers the convenience of being close to the cruse port to allow for more time enjoying the sun sand and sea with restrooms, picnic benches, showers, phenomenal snorkeling and great photo ops.
West Bay Public Beach
Located after the 4-way stop in West Bay with a wide stretch of powder soft sand and an abundance of shady sea grape trees, this beach is perfect for family get-togethers. It has a dock restrooms/changing facilities, showers, and huts/benches.
Cemetery beach is known for its superb snorkeling but does not offer the convenience of changing facilities, restrooms or watersports operators that many of the other beaches have. But if the underwater beauty of the Cayman Islands is what you seek, put cemetery beach at the top of your list.
With the beauty and tranquility of the North Side of the Islands and calm shallow waters that allow children and adults alike to play care free, this experience is what vacationing in the Caribbean is really about. There are changing facilities/restrooms, showers, huts, hammocks, and a volleyball net. Relax at the Rum Point Beach Bar and check out the Red Sail Sports for all of your watersports needs.
A remote location just after the East End public dock, this is a great place to get away. Cabanas are on site to have a picinic and stay out of the sun. Take the family for a little alone time away from the hustle and bustle of town. Or if you’re a couple looking for a little alone time this is the perfect spot.
East End Public Beach
When you really want to get away from it all take a trip down to East End. This beach is secluded with only the sound of lapping waves and calling birds to distract from the state of tranquility and peace you will find here. Huts and restrooms available on location.
There is lots to do and see at this beach, which features huts, benches, hammocks, beach volleyball and the New Orleans atmosphere at the Kaibo Bar and Grill.
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