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Grand Cayman Cruise Port

Grand Cayman Cruise Port

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Grand Cayman Cruise Port

Grand Cayman Cruise Port is a popular port for Caribbean cruise ships. Georgetown the capital is a quaint, tiny and very tidy town is host to a variety of activities – including glass-bottom boat tours, fascinating rum distillery tours, beautiful art galleries, shopping that includes duty-free shops for exclusive brands such as Versace, Gucci, and Tiffany. Thrill-seekers will also enjoy excursions like submarine tours, snorkeling, diving, and parasailing. The newly opened Farmers’ Market on Huldah Avenue is open Monday through Saturday beginning at 7:30 am

Where do the cruise ships dock?

Cruise ships anchor offshore in George Town Harbour and tender passengers ashore. The port itself exits directly into the most developed areas of Georgetown. Taxis and Tours are easy to find around the cruise port.

 

What to do with a day in Grand Cayman Cruise Port

 

 

Stingray City

A very popular activity for people visiting Grand Cayman is a trip to Stingray City. A boat will take you out to a very shallow sandbar where you can stand in the clear Caribbean waters surrounded by dozens of Atlantic southern stingrays. They will glide around you with balletic grace, nosing for food and allowing themselves to be petted.

Mingle with the Wildlife

Away from the water, the great natural wonder of the island is the native blue iguana – a giant dragon-like lizard found only in Grand Cayman, that grows to more than five feet long and can weigh as much as 25lb. The best place to view these distinctive reptiles slumbering in the sun is at Queen Elizabeth 2 Botanic Park.

Cayman Crystal Caves

An unexpected treat on this mostly flat island is a labyrinth of caverns that are still be explored and opened up. Tours are approximately 1½ hours and take you through the surrounding tropical forest area and 3 spectacular caves. You will venture into these amazing caves where you’ll see stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and otherworldly formations, formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as well as some bug spray

The National Museum of the Cayman Islands

Immerse yourself in the islands natural and cultural history. The museum also displays two rooms of the Old Gaol with recently discovered graffiti by the prisoners on the walls. The museum is only a short walk from the cruise port terminal and there are plenty of quaint souvenir and crafts shops along the way for you to enjoy.

Pedro St. James

Beautifully located on acres of land overlooking the Caribbean sea, the national historic site of Pedro St. James takes you back in time to truly experience the islands heritage, history and culture.  The oldest building in Grand Cayman has the best view. This Great House was restored in the 1990s to its former 18th-century splendour. Today you can stroll through the house to experience what life was like here so long ago. There are guided and self guided tours to choose from.

The Mastic Trail

Take a hike back in time through this subtropical forest. The Mastic Trail is a traditional footpath that has been restored and opened as 4km walk passing through the Mastic Reserve. If you want to walk the whole trail it’s about 2.3mile long but as you would have to walk back making it 4.6 miles. This is a great place to see the Cayman Parrot and other wildlife. The trail is named after the Mastic Tree, an endangered tree that was used in shipbuilding.

7 Mile Beach

This is the main focal point for the islands tourist industry is a glorious stretch of white sand which offer opportunities for sunbathing and swimming. The name is a slight misnomer as the beach is actually only about 5.5 miles long but it’s stunning all the same.

Its is lined with resorts and vacation properties but the beach itself is public. There are numerous cafes, bars and restaurants along the beach as well so you won’t have to look very far for some refreshments

What to Pack For A Cruise

Not sure what items to pack for your cruise? Look no further than our in-depth guide on the items you should consider taking with you, no matter which cruise line you choose.

Local Flavours

Cayman Islands cuisine is very similar to Jamaican cuisine and it has also preserved specific British influences. 

Johnny Cake

Small, deep-fried dumplings, Johnny Cakes make great starters or sides. These Caribbean delicacies are great on their own, with butter, jam or with sautéed fish.

Cayman-Style Lobster

Lobster in the Caribbean is a delicacy and quite frankly, the best of its kind. You’ll find succulent, irresistible lobster dishes in risottos, pasta and even patties all over the island, but one thing you simply must try is Cayman-style lobster tails from ‘Deckers’ on Seven Mile Beach. Cooked with hot sauce and scotch bonnet peppers, this spicy, tender dish is nothing short of sublime.

Fish & Fritters

A true taste of Cayman, fried fish, usually whole Mahi Mahi, grouper or snapper, originates from Cayman’s seafaring past. Fillets are marinated in lime, salt and pepper and fried with onions, peppers, butter and spices for a delicious, crispy, old-fashioned Caribbean dish. 

Getting Around

Georgetown is compact. It is also very clean and tidy so make for a pleasurable place for a walkabout.

Local buses are cheap (fares start at CI $1.50/around £1.30), clean and, unlike other Caribbean islands, incredibly safe. There is a limited service on Sundays so please bear that in mind if you dock on that day.

Grand Cayman Bus Map

Alternatively, taxis are plentiful (they’re available from the ship dock in George Town) but they are not particularly cheap.

Good To Know

Grand Cayman is relatively safe. You are unlikely to encounter the same pickpocket problems found throughout the Caribbean, although isolated incidents of theft can occur anywhere.

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Visit our blog post on some of the best anti-theft accessories around to keep you precious belongings safe when you travel

Quick Facts

  • Currency: Cayman Island Dollars. US Dollar widely accepted.
  • Language: English
  • Money: ATMs widespread
  • Visas: Not required for citizens of the US, EU or Australia
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