A Family Vacation on Grand Cayman [Activities, Scuba, and Resorts]

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The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of 3 islands — Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. These Caribbean islands are located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica.

I’d visited Grand Cayman a couple of times on cruises but this was my first time staying on the island. To put it mildly, I totally loved it.

The beaches were fantastic, the water was clear and warm, and the people were all so friendly. I especially loved the resort we stayed at (scroll down for more info on that) and would stay there again in a heartbeat.

By the pool at Kimpton Seafire Resort in Grand Cayman
I could get used to this!

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Family-Friendly Things To Do In Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is a great spot for a family vacation with kids. Here are some of the fun things to do on the island.

Explore Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is often named one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, if not the world. It has soft white sand, crystal clear water, and extends for over 5 miles (nope, seven-mile beach isn’t actually 7 miles long).

Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman

We had so much fun exploring the beach for shells, playing in the sand, and snorkeling right off the beach. Our hotel offered banana boat tours and kayaks and both were fun ways to explore the water with kids.

Kid friendly water sports in Grand Cayman
There are lots of kid-friendly water sports available in Grand Cayman.

Swim With Stingrays

I had previously visited Stingray City to swim with stingrays on a cruise so we didn’t do that on this trip, but it is a popular activity for first-time visitors to the island.

There are lots of tours that visit Stingray City including private excursions and tours that include snorkeling.

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Swimming with the stingrays in Stingray City was quite an adventure!

Other Activities in Grand Cayman

Here are some additional tours and activities you can find on the island of Grand Cayman.

PRO TIP: Before heading out on your tropical vacation, check out this family beach vacation packing list and these kids’ beach essentials so you don’t forget a thing. Both of these are printable too!

Scuba Diving In Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman offers excellent scuba diving. During our trip, we did a couple of 2-tank dives with Red Sail Sports. It was so convenient since they picked us up right from the beach in front of our hotel.

Scuba diving with Red Sail Sports
Getting ready to go scuba diving with Red Sail Sports.

There’s reef, wall, and wreck diving around the island. We visited sites like Paradise Reef, the Kittiwake wreck, and Trinity Caves.

Parrotfish in Grand Cayman
Parrotfish are one of my favorite things to see underwater.

Grand Cayman Resorts

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

We stayed at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa (booked with IHG points earned from credit cards, of course) and it was awesome. This luxury, boutique hotel is located right on Seven Mile Beach.

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Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

It’s a family-friendly resort with a pool and kid’s club. Plus it’s directly on the beach so you don’t have to walk far to get your toes in the sand. Every room at this resort has a balcony and most have beautiful ocean views.

I wrote all about my experience at this resort for Upgraded Points – check it out here.

Final Thoughts

Grand Cayman is a family-friendly Caribbean destination that offers gorgeous beaches, beautiful weather, and fantastic kid-friendly activities. It’s easy to access from the U.S., the official language is English, and U.S. dollars are widely accepted so it’s also an easy place to visit.