ROL Cruise recommends...
1. Shop ‘til you drop in George Town
Grand Cayman is well-known for its duty-free shopping. Visitors looking for something special can find jewellery, crystal, Swiss watches, perfume and more at Kirk Freeport, which is not far from the cruise port. George Town is also a great place to shop for one-off pieces, such as handmade jewellery and antiques. The main shopping street is Cardinal Avenue, where everyone will find something they love.
2. Swim with sea creatures at Stingray City
Fun, educational and unique, a visit to Stingray City is a must-see of the Cayman Islands. The shallow sand bar off Grand Cayman is home to a large number of friendly stingrays. Guides will take visitors out to swim and snorkel with the rays, who love meeting tourists and being fed squid.
3. Enjoy perfect Caribbean beaches
The Cayman Islands are home to some of the very best beaches in the Caribbean. With its long stretch of powdery sands, the famous Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is unmissable. If you’re after a more secluded beach day then try a trip to one of the smaller Islands, such as Owen Island on Little Cayman, which can only be reached by boat.
4. Indulge in island water sports
Many visitors to the Cayman Islands just want to relax, but the more adventurous can try different water sports. Scuba diving around the islands is extremely popular due to the crystal-clear waters. A popular diving spot is the shipwreck of the 1940s Cali schooner, which is not far from the port. Kayaking, speedboats and snorkelling are also popular pastimes on the Cayman Islands and there are plenty of operators from whom you can organise tours or hire equipment.
5. Send a postcard from hell
Most people don’t realise that located just a 20-minute drive from George Town is Hell - the town of Hell, that is! Here you’ll find a field of jagged black rocks that look like the very surface of Hell - and the town has taken on the name. While it’s a small place, and undeniably a tourist trap with postcards to send to your family (“With love from Hell”), it’s still something a little different to do on a Caribbean Island.