Rigs and boards are for rent in many locations, including Seven Mile Beach, but the best location for steady wind is in the East End district of Grand Cayman, near Colliers.
Skate and surf park
Here’s another experience unique to the Caymans, Black Pearl Skate & Surf Park in Grand Harbour. It’s a humongous concrete park, the world’s largest, with challenging courses for all levels of skateboarder or inline skater. Tuition is an option. The park also contains a massive surf machine with waves up to 3. 4m high (11ft) that really tests the surf dudes.
It is an option though not very serious in the Caymans, more of beach-hire and paddle to the reef experience than travelling some distance.
Cayman specialists offers fishing tours ranging from bottom-fishing along the reefs to bone fishing, sport or deep-water fishing for tuna, marlin and wahoo, boats/yacht operations suited to differing budget levels.
A pricey option courtesy of at least four stables though there’s something of a shortage of spectacular landscapes so most riding is done on beaches, early or late in the day, and swimming with the beasts is a possibility for an extra fee. Spirit of the West in West Bay is highly recommended.
Available on three courses, all 9 holes but you can double up if you feel energetic. Britannia Golf is the boss club, course designed by Jack Nicklaus and an excellent restaurant. The North Sound Club has the most challenging course in the Caymans with plenty of wind, water and sand to stir it up. The Blue Tip course is only for the use of Ritz-Carlton residents.
Take the kids to the Dolphin Discovery Aquarium or Dolphin Cove
The latter has better reviews as it’s in a natural lagoon, staff are friendly and deals are good.
Swimming with dolphins is always a popular experience if you don’t mind seeing them in captivity. The Ultimate Swim includes a dorsal tow, foot push (superman), kisses with the dolphin, belly rub and back rub. Admission fee is reasonable but photo CD prices are extortionate!
Cayman Turtle Farm
Email: KHunter_12, December 2012: The Turtle Farm is not very interesting, there isn’t much there to see. Once you have looked in the main tanks at the turtles and held the baby turtles, you have seen almost all of the attractions there. There is an education center and a pool for the kids, as well as a ‘snorkeling’ area where you can swim with the turtles.
Let me first say our main reason for going to the turtle farm was the snorkeling that sounded neat. What it ended up being was a dirty fake reef with lots of fish and two little sea turtles which took us about 20 minutes of swimming to find. It was nowhere near as nice as reviews and photos made it seem. All the fish can be found in one area, where other visitors are throwing food into the fake lagoon. If you want snorkeling and turtles, just snorkel around the island in the beautiful CLEAN clear waters!
Stroll around the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Garden
Looking for blue iguanas, green birds (actually many kinds of tropical birds), giant brown rats, and plants of course. The park contains a Floral Colour Garden, Heritage Garden, Woodland Trail, lake and no shortage of mosquitoes in summertime.
This is not a world-class botanic gardens, but it is one of the few things to do on Grand Cayman that is not in or by the water. You can see most of what there is in an hour-or-so, though it would take longer to do the whole ‘forest’ loop. Most interesting is the animal life, the occasional blue iguanas and the tropical birds, in particular. The colorful gardens with flowers and flowering trees are nice as is the walk along the pond amid the variety of palms.
Meagre Bay Pond or Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary
Bird watchers can also visit those nature area to get their avian thrills in addition to QE II Botanic.
Visit Cayman Motor Museum
80 vehicles making a historical tour of global motoring, beginning with the first automobile ever produced, an 1886 Benz, an exact model of the first car ever driven in the Cayman Islands – a 1905 Cadillac, the original ‘Batmobile’ and a replica of the ‘Batcycle’ are just a few of the displays, along with classic muscle cars, sports cars and vintage cars.
Hiking the Mastic Trail
Email Carol D, August 2012: Hiking the Mastic Trail is a wonderful way to see a side of Grand Cayman that you might miss if you stick to the more touristy destinations. The Mastic Trail goes through a 2 million year old forest, and is the place where many of the Cayman Islands’ native species evolved. The hike itself is relatively easy, and we spotted lizards, snakes, hermit crabs, and a variety of beautiful birds, including the Grand Cayman Parrot.
email DMSO107, November 2012: My wife and two young daughters walked the trail for about 2-3 hours on our own. The trail is secluded and we didn’t see any other people the entire time. We saw plenty of native trees and vegetation, a good number of birds and lizards, but not much other animal life. If you’re looking for challenge or adventure, this isn’t the place to look. But we found it to be a pleasant, interesting, and relaxing change of pace from beaches and more touristy activities.