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George TownPrimarily known as a financial hub, George Town is also a prime destination for cruise ships. The capital city of the Cayman Islands is just 10 minutes away from the long crescent of the famous Seven Mile Beach with blindingly white coral sand. There is no better place to enjoy submarine and glass-bottom boat tours, try snorkelling, scuba-diving or parasailing. Get your credit card ready for some serious tax-free shopping, and don't leave without trying the remarkable sunken rum.
Grand Cayman IslandAs the name suggests, Grand Cayman is the biggest of the three Cayman Islands. Its capital city is a tax-free shopping destination, financial centre and the perfect place to sip cocktails on the beach. The white crescent of the Seven Mile Beach stretches just north of George Town, on the western side of the island. If you have the time, escape the cruise ship crowds. You will get to experience local culture and will find many opportunities to explore marine life. The more tranquil northern side offers you Rum Point. Old Man Bay, known as the “Far Side” by the Caymanians, is a little paradise with especially picturesque sunsets. East End reportedly has the friendly locals and a small neighbourhood vibe, along with numerous deserted beaches. Bodden Town is the former capital of Grand Cayman. Today it feels like a small Caribbean town with an attractive mix of locals and expats. This part of the island is perfect for contemplative long walks on the beach. If you are a fan of urban experiments, make sure to visit Camana Bay. It is designed with walkability in mind, based on the principles of New Urbanism. Explore traditional Caribbeans architecture, set within the natural beauty of the island. Restaurants and cafes, parks, beaches and cultural institutions —everything is reachable on foot or by bike.
Do & See
Grand Cayman is a treasure chest of fun activities, history and culture. The remains of the colonial era fortification Fort George greet you right as you step off the ship. The Cayman Islands National Museum and Cayman Maritime Treasure Museum are a short walk away from the port. Further north, make a brief stop at "Hell"— a jagged football field–size area of limestone rock formations.
Downtown George Town, right next to the cruise port, is where you can find high end jewellery shops as well as a few interesting and unique businesses that sell souvenirs made by local artisans. If you're staying a while, visit downtown on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays when there isn't as many people around.