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Gray Cayman Cruise Excursions

Stingray City underwater
Stingray City. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
A Grand Cayman cruise excursion most likely is one of two major choices -- Stingray City and Seven Mile Beach.

Grand Cayman does have plenty of standard shore excursions such as Jeep rides, dolphin encounter, parasailing, snorkeling, etc.

But we like to do the excursions that are unique to each island. Grand Cayman has two that stand out.

Stingray City


Stingray City is one of the most famous attractions in the Caribbean and by far the best Cayman Island cruise excursion.

Visitors go to a dock near Seven Mile Beach and take a boat out to a sandbar where dozens of stingray live.

Fishermen used to go to the sandbar to dump the entrails of their catch. The stingray ate what the fishermen threw overboard, then the fishermen got into the water to feed the stingray by hand.

Now visitors can climb in the water as well and experience the stingray gliding by them in search of handouts.

Cruise ship visitors can almost always arrange this excursion on board the ship. Book the excursion right after boarding the ship because it often fills up fast.

Budget-minded visitors can arrange the trip directly with the excursion operator and likely save money by cutting out the cruise line’s share of the price.

This two-and-a-half to three-hour tour will cost around $50 to $75 depending on the type of boat and amenities. We found this excursion memorable and well worth the price.

Some excursions cost more because they also include lunch and a separate snorkeling experience.

Seven Mile Beach


The farthest end of Seven Mile Beach is much quieter than the area by the cruise docks. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
Mention the Caribbean, and most people think about beaches. Mention Cayman Island beaches, and anyone who has been to Grand Cayman will think of Seven Mile Beach.

This 5.6-mile long beach north of Georgetown is packed with resorts, restaurants, shops and beach bars.

It's the place to go for anyone wanting a grand and active beach experience.

This three-hour excursion will likely cost around $50 per person. The price usually includes a beach chair, umbrella and fruit punch.

The beach is right next to the cruise docks. Again, budget-mind visitors can save money by walking along the beach and looking for a package directly from the bars and restaurants that line it.

Some may even offer a free or discounted chair and umbrella if competition is intense. They will then hope to make their money off the sale of food and beverages.

GeorgeTown Tour


If shopping has more appeal than Seven Mile Beach or Stingray City, cruise ship visitors can spend their time in the Cayman Island capital of Georgetown. They won’t have to spend a dime on a shore excursion with the cruise ship.

They will find plenty of the usual Caribbean shopping experiences with an emphasis on duty-free shopping for designer merchandise. Check out the Conch Shell House, built entirely of mollusk trumpet shells.

Other things to do for cruise visitors include a visit to Hell, a town located on the west side of Grand Cayman, and a turtle farm in the West Bay district where green and hawksbill turtles are bred and raised.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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January 18, 2018

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