Top 5 Things to Do in Grand Cayman

We spent time in Grand Cayman in July 2017 and absolutely LOVED it! It is probably our new favorite Caribbean island! Grand Cayman is the largest of the 3 islands that make up the Cayman Islands. By “largest” I mean really only 22 miles long, but still larger than the other two – Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. The Cayman Islands are British islands whose main source of income is banking, so everyone speaks English and accepts US dollars, which makes it a super easy vacation destination! One thing I would definitely recommend is to rent a car. Car rentals are pretty cheap (we paid $24/day, plus a one-time fee of $15 for a Cayman driving permit) and it gave us so much freedom, especially since the attractions of the island are pretty spread out!  Keep reading to find out more about our favorite spots on the island!

1.) 7 Mile Beach

This one is obvious, and you’ve probably already heard about this one if you’re even IMG_3874remotely interested in Grand Cayman…and for good reason! Easily our favorite Caribbean beach, 7 Mile is absolutely breathtaking! The sand is white and the water is clear and beautiful…..clear enough to see 50 feet in all directions and a wonderful ombre color of blue and turquoise! We visited in early July 2017 and the water was warm enough to not be chilly, but cool enough to be refreshing – a perfect blend! It’s also great for snorkeling….we saw a variety of fish at 7 Mile Beach, and even a few wild sea IMG_3543turtles! There are plenty of restaurants and bars on the beach (our favorites were Luca and Royal Palms) within walking distance. We stayed in Caribbean Club (read more here) right at 7 Mile Beach, which is located further away from other resorts which allowed us to have a pretty quiet stretch of beach that was amazing! By far our favorite beach and an absolute must-see! Not to mention the sunsets… sure to check out 7 Mile sunsets too! Options like jet skiing, scuba diving, paddleboarding, and other attractions are also available for those interested! We would highly recommend 7 Mile! For more reviews check it out here.

  • Luca: Luca is the on-site restaurant at Caribbean Club, but is open to the public as well and is an island favorite. We went once for a quick snack after we first arrived and had a spectacular lobster bisque-type soup that had a wonderful lobster flavor. We went to Luca again a few days later for dinner and had some of the best Red Snapper and Mahi Mahi of our life! The fish is caught local, cooked to perfection, and paired wonderfully with sides of asparagus, lemon risotto, and fingerling potatoes. The atmosphere is perfect and if you sit outside you get a wonderful view of the perfectly manicured courtyard and beautiful infinity pool that leads right to 7 Mile Beach. If you plan your dinner right, you can even catch the sunset at the beach which makes for a perfect night! Lunch is pretty casual and we came in right off the beach, but dinner is a classier affair for which everyone dressed up a bit. We didn’t get alcohol and our total bill was still around $70 I believe….but so worth it! We would highly recommend this restaurant for it’s outstanding food, service, and views, and would absolutely return! Check it out here 

  • Royal Palms: We took a 10 minute stroll down the beach to have dinner at Royal Palms and we were not disappointed! The location is absolutely perfect, you literally walk in right off the beach onto a deck that is built over the sand, so we got to have dinner on the beach as the sun went down! My husband had a wonderful seafood linguine and I had some fabulous fish tacos. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the linguine was loaded up with healthy portions of fresh seafood, and every bite had seafood in it. The tacos also had healthy portions of fish, which was complimented with a wonderful mango salsa. The service was great and we even received a complimentary dessert of some type of delicious raspberry chocolate truffle! We enjoyed our experience here so much so that we came back the next day for a take-out lunch of mahi burgers which were absolutely delicious! We loved the casual laid-back vibe of this restaurant/bar that offered delicious food and spectacular views! Read more here

2.) Rum Point 

Known for their famous mudslides, this super cute little spot is a popular tourist stop. IMG_3413Complete with a pier, lounge chairs, shops, and dining, you could spend all day here! We went on a Sunday morning (during the rainy season) and had the whole place practically to ourselves, which is how we were able to get photos without other people in it, although I’ve heard that it can get pretty crowded. However, the downfall of a Sunday morning trip was that we couldn’t get mudslides unless we were willing to wait until the bar opened at noon, and we weren’t since we had other things to do that day. But we would definitely recommend a stop-in! We walked along the IMG_3346IMG_3481boardwalk area, along the beach, and up and down the pier before finding some chairs to lounge in and eventually snorkel a bit. Since we didn’t end up getting mudslides, this ended up being a free activity for us, so for those on a budget this is a great option! This was about a 45 minute drive from our hotel in 7 Mile Beach, so we were glad to have a car. Rum Point is also situated right next to Starfish Point…so if you make the trip over here I highly recommend making a stop at both locations! Check it out here.

3.) Starfish Point 

We almost didn’t do this trip because we didn’t have a ton of time and we aren’t really big starfish people….but we were so glad we did! We didn’t stay that long, but it was definitely worth going! It’s a free little state park-type “beach” where the woods back all the way up to the water.

Dotting the water are all kinds of starfish that you can pick up and touch. Now, you aren’t supposed to pick them up out of the water, but you can hold them in your hand under the water. There isn’t anyone monitoring, but it’s important that visitors are respectful of wild life in their natural habitat. We waded around and collected different sizes and types of starfish and had a great time! Fair warning, this is not a beach that you’d lay out at, and there are no chairs or anything around, you literally only go to wade around and play with starfish, but what more do you need?! Again, this was a Sunday morning trip for us, so there was no one else around when we visited, but I would imagine that it can get busy during peak hours of high season. This spot is a short 3 minute drive from Rum Point, so if you’re headed that way make sure you stop and check out both spots! Read more here.

4.) Smith Cove (Barcadere)

Having done research ahead of time, we knew we definitely wanted to be sure to fit in a IMG_3787trip to Smith Cove. One of our favorite things to do is explore un-commercialized coves and areas of natural beauty, so we knew this would be a highlight. From what I’ve read, this spot can be IMG_3815crowded when cruise ships are in town, but there were only 3 people there when we got there….then again, we went around 8:00am in order to avoid any crowds 😉 We were a bit disappointed to find that the rocks were not as high as we had thought they would be, we had read about cliff jumping, but these were definitely not cliffs. Still super fun though, we were still glad we went! This is definitely not a commercialized spot as there is nothing around it, and no bars or restaurants to rent beach chairs from. There is a little beach area, but you’ll have to bring your own chair or just use a towel. The cove is perfect for snorkeling IMG_3832though, and we had a great time jumping of the rocks and exploring all the nooks and crannies under water and meeting all kinds of fish! This would also be a great area to kayak or paddle board to. This is definitely a great place on the island to visit, especially if you’re on a budget since it’s free! Just be sure you have some kind of shoes on… those rocks are super sharp 🙂 Also, it’s kind of hard to find, so downloading Grand Cayman on Google Maps ahead of time and searching for “Smith Barcadere” helps! Find it here.

5.) Camana Bay 

We almost missed this spot but we made it there on our last night on Grand Cayman and we were so glad we did! We went on a Sunday night for some amazing gelato at Gelato & Co. Cremeria Italiana (check it out here). My husband had hazelnut and chocolate gelato, and I had a Nutella and Ferrero Rocher gelato…needless to say, I won (obviously) 😀 We got our gelato and walked around the cute little bay, which had an amazing fountain, docks, and a bridge that went to a tiny little island that had rocking chairs where we rocked and ate. It was a perfect low-key ending to our night! There is lots of shopping and dining in Camana Bay as it really is more of an outdoor mall, however everything was closed when we went on Sunday night except for the bars and restaurants. But if you’re a shopper then you’d probably love this location for the shopping as well! To see more about Camana Bay you can read additional info here.


Other areas that we didn’t get to explore but would have liked to try are listed below…if you try them out you’ll have to shoot us a message and let us know how they are! We’d love to hear from you!

  • Mastic Trail
  • Cemetery Beach
  • Bioluminescent Bay (Bio Bay)
  • Georgetown (duty free shopping)
** Disclaimer: all photos and opinions are my own, for which I received no compensation or discount

Grand Cayman – Where to Stay

We visited Grand Cayman in July 2017 and have since decided that it is our new favorite island! We were hosted by the Caribbean Club (check it out here) and could not have had a better experience…by far the nicest place we’ve ever stayed with the absolute best beachfront location. Admittedly, the price point is much higher than we would normally spring for, but so worth it! Whether you’re a high roller, honeymooner, average spender, or budget traveler looking for a splurge I highly recommend Caribbean Club – you won’t be disappointed! (For info on what to do in Grand Cayman check out this post)

Working in the marketing industry, I know that user experience is a huge factor in IMG_3128selling any product, and the user experience at Caribbean Club is top notch! Caribbean Club did not miss a beat, starting from the week before our stay, when we got an email from the hotel asking if we had anything in particular we would like our room stocked with, to the welcome package that greeted us when we arrived. Full disclosure, there is a stocking fee, so we didn’t take advantage of that perk, but definitely a great option to have! You can easily walk to the grocery/ABC store too if you’d like. Every detail of your stay is thought out by the hotel ahead of time so that all you have to do is focus on relaxing…not that that will require much concentration 🙂

The Facilities:

We arrived early while our room was being cleaned, so the staff graciously stored our IMG_3920bags for us and provided towels so that we could change and hit the beach right away. The walk from the lobby to the beach is absolutely breathtaking. The patio lends itself to the hotel restaurant, Luca, which is both super convenient and also absolutely delicious. Read more about Luca here. Next is the infinity pool, which is situated between the restaurant patio and the ocean. This was our first infinity pool and we couldn’t get enough of it, it’s my husband’s new favorite thing….especially since it offers a view of the beach! The entire courtyard is blossoming with beautiful greenery and wonderful landscaping, leading right to the main event – the beach! 7 Mile Beach is now, by far our favorite, IMG_3253 and is unlike any other we’ve been to. The water was absolutely perfect….cool enough to be refreshing, yet warm enough to not be chilly, and clear enough to see 50 feet in all directions. So perfect, in fact, that you could almost think that you were in a pool with how clear it was! It is perfect for snorkeling and offers a wide variety of fish to discover…in fact, on the last morning of our stay we found ourselves swimming with wild sea turtles, which was super cool! Arguably, the other best feature of this particular area of 7 Mile Beach is how private it is! Caribbean Club, in my opinion, is situated on the best stretch of 7 Mile Beach in that it is close enough to little beach bars that is easy to stroll down and find something to eat or drink, but it is private enough that you pretty much get your own stretch of beach! Caribbean Club only has 37 rooms, so their beach isn’t crowded like many other hotel beaches are. They offer lounge chairs, mats, and umbrellas for every guest, and you don’t even have to get up early to make sure that you get a seat. Literally the most perfect beach, and we even visited during the rainy season! The other major perk of this location is that it also offers prime sunset views 🙂

The Villa:

We arrived expecting to be in a one-bedroom hotel room and were shocked when we opened the door to a 3 bedroom 3 bath villa! The villa was so beautiful that it was almost hard to pull ourselves away from it! The villa included a state-of-the-art kitchen with an open floor plan that lead to a dining room and living room, and led out to a GORGEOUS balcony overlooking the pool and ocean, with yet another (outdoor) dining room set and balcony lounge furniture. The condo easily slept 6 (2 twin beds, 1 queen, and 1 king), although you could certainly fit several more on the couches and on the floor if needed. The condo also provided a functioning washer and dryer, and fully “furnished” kitchen including all appliances you could need while on vacation (Illy espresso/coffee machine with several “k cup” options, blender, utensils, Wusthof knife set, pots and pans, etc.). Each of the three spacious bedrooms came fully equipped with a flatscreen TV, dresser, closet, and had a full bathroom attached. The master bedroom was furnished in complete luxury, from the grand furniture to the luxurious bathroom to the breathtaking view of the walkout balcony. The master bathroom boasted a full Jacuzzi, spacious shower, and a double sink with marble countertops. Everything was super clean and very high quality. We had more space than we even knew what to do with and with all the furnishings we easily felt right at home! Our favorite room, was of course, the balcony, which overlooked the pool and the ocean. From what we could tell, all rooms at the Caribbean Club look like they offer an ocean-view balcony, but I would confirm that with other sources before you book. Not gonna lie, one of our favorite parts of the day was sitting on the balcony in the mornings in our robes drinking our Illy espresso and soaking in the view…you just can’t beat it!

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The Service:

The entire staff was great, they were all super friendly and super helpful! Our room was cleaned every morning while we were out, and a turndown service is offered every night…the entire villa was well-cleaned every day. We interacted most with Elena and the front desk staff and got lots of helpful tips! We probably bordered the line of being obnoxious with all our questions, but Elena graciously answered all of our questions and pointed us to the best restaurants, shops, and attractions of the island. Our stay wasn’t as long as we would have liked, so we had to fit a lot in in a short amount of time, so Elena helped us make sure we didn’t waste any time.

We had the best time at Caribbean Club and would absolutely recommend this luxury boutique hotel! We would definitely stay here again if we ever return to Grand Cayman….and we absolutely intend to 🙂


*This post was a collaboration with the Caribbean Club, but all opinions and photos are my own.