Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach is a great place to spend a few hours or an entire day. Load the car with beach towels and sunscreen before heading out to choose your very own patch of powdery white sand on Grand Cayman’s most famous stretch of land. With seven miles of uninterrupted beach to choose from, the sand is never terribly crowded and it is easy to find roadside parking even during high season. There are also a number of gravel and paved parking areas at different points along West Bay Road that can be used all day long for free.
If you would rather check out the social scene than sit in the surf, you can easily spend an afternoon or evening at one of the many restaurants or lounges at the beachfront resorts. The Ritz-Carlton has a great bar and restaurant in the heart of the action, and other resorts, such as the Westin , Grand Cayman Beach Suites (Hemingway’s) and the Marriott, feature similar eating, drinking and socializing options. There are also a few large stand-alone beach bars and restaurants, such as Alfresco, Calico Jack’s Bar & Grill, Luca, Reef Grill, and The Wharf. Good times and beautiful scenery are guaranteed no matter where you end up.
With over 120 dive sites to choose from, Grand Cayman is the Caribbean’s preeminent dive destination and offers some of the most diverse dive opportunities in the world. From the shallow diving in Stingray City to the 130-foot (40 m) wall dives, there are multiple opportunities for all skill levels. The water temperature hovers between 79 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit (26.1-28.3 Celsius), and visibility commonly exceeds 100 feet (30 m). With an abundance of experienced, highly professional dive operators, state-of-the-art live aboards and numerous snorkel sites accessible by boat orshore, Grand Cayman is the ideal setting in which to explore the underwater realm. SASY (Supplied Air Snorkeling For Youth) is available at many operators on the island and can provide an exciting introduction to the marine world. Additionally, children between the ages of eight and twelve can participate in the PADI Bubblemaker and the Scuba Rangers programs in which they are introduced to scuba under an instructor’s guidance and can experience the underwater breathing sensation in depths up to 12 feet (3.65 m).
Unlike many other top scuba destinations, which require exhausting, multi-stop travel to lonely outposts, Grand Cayman is a 75-minute direct flight from Miami. There are also direct flights from other major world cities, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago (ORD), Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston (IAH), Memphis, Newark, New York (JFK), Philadelphia, Tampa, Washington, D.C. (IAD), Toronto (YYZ), London (Heathrow), Havana, Le Ceiba, Kingston and Montego Bay. Some airlines, including Cayman Airways, offer discount packages for divers and dive groups. And once you’ve arrived on Grand Cayman, making the jump to little Cayman or Cayman Brac couldn’t be easier–Cayman Airways and Island Air offer frequent (daily in most seasons) flights to both Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
There are two dive sites directly behind the condo: Hepp’s Wall and Hepp’s Pipeline (see below for great YouTube videos!). These sites can be reached from our dive ladder.
- StingRay Water Sports (at Coconut Bay) (10% discount for Cayman Sunset guests; will rent equipment and fill tanks for shore diving at the property)
- Cayman Diveshuttle (at Coconut Bay) (10% discount for Cayman Sunset guests; will rent equipment and fill tanks for shore diving at the property)
- Dive Cayman
- Don Foster’s Dive Cayman
- Red Sail Sports
- Seasports Diving
Diving in the Cayman Islands (Lonely Planet)
Truly a sport for all seasons, fishing in the Cayman Islands offers excitement to both beginners and experienced anglers. Popular gamefish, such as blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dolphin (dorado) and barracuda, are caught year-round. White marlin, Atlantic sailfish and Atlantic long-billed spearfish are also in the waters of the Cayman Islands. And you don’t have to go far to hook up–good catches take place as close as one quarter mile offshore all three Cayman Islands, where the ocean floor drops off sharply, plummeting thousands of feet and creating a natural thoroughfare for the big migratory pelagic species prized by anglers. Grand Cayman has a small fleet of modern, well-equipped sport fishing boats are available for full- and half-day charters, beginning as low as US$375 and up to US$1,100 for a full day.
Deep Sea & Reef Charters
Fly Fishing Charters
- Cayman Stayed (StingRay Water Sports–Discount for Cayman Sunset Guests)
- Mainstay Sailing (Discount for Cayman Sunset Guests)
Stingray City is a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman where Southern Stingrays are found in abundance and visitors can pet and interact with the animals. Stingray City locations were inadvertently created in the mid-1980s as fishermen returning to port anchored in the calm waters of the sound to clean their catch, casting bait overboard. Southern Stingrays, which hunt by sense of smell, quickly discovered these new “restaurants” where they now dine primarily on handouts of squid provided by divers and snorkelers during their visits to the Cayman Islands. Ideal for extended diving and snorkeling, the locations are situated in shallow water ranging from 3-12 feet (1-3.5 m). Collectively, the sites are frequented by 30-40 friendly stingrays which are eager to find out what you brought for them to eat.
Stingray City Tour Operators
Grand Cayman is sure to please golfers of any handicap, with championship courses framed by picturesque Caribbean panoramas. Grand Cayman offers visitors several world-class golf facilities with challenging features.
- Britannia Golf Course- Reminiscent of legendary courses such as Royal Troon, Turnberry and Berkdale on the other side of the Atlantic, Jack Nicklaus has sculpted a picturesque course with a flair, featuring grassy mounds, rolling dunes, lakes and oversized bunkers. The course has all of the natural challenges and hazards of a traditional seaside or links layout. Fees range from $65 to $150 (US Dollars), depending on the number of holes, season and day of the week.
- North Sound Club – With its sun-drenched greens set against the stunning blues of the crystal clear North Sound and the Caribbean sky, the course design takes advantage of the prevailing ocean breeze and the abundance of water and sand. Conveniently located just off West Bay Road and opposite Seven Mile Beach, the island course offers challenging play and panoramic views of the North Sound. Adorned with native foliage including mahogany, coconut palms and silver thatch, the Club is also home to several species of native birds and it is not uncommon to share the fairway and greens with sunbathing iguanas of all sizes. The North Sound Club offers a pro shop and open air bar with large screen TVs and a relaxed atmosphere for pre- or post-play lounging. Rates are seasonal. Please call the North Sound Club (345-947-4653) pro shop for current rates.
- Cayman Islands Tennis Club – The Cayman Islands Tennis Club is located in the South Sound area of Grand Cayman. The club has six hard courts and three clay courts. Temporary (1-month) memberships are available for CI$50.00 (US$62.50).