Exploring Grand Cayman out of charming George Town


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For upscale dining in George Town, head to the Grand Old House, and be sure to make a reservation.
Compact George Town may be small, but it’s the doorway to a cruiser’s Caribbean mecca. The walkable town offers attractions of its own, but also serves a jumping off point for excellent excursions around Grand Cayman.

Around the Town
An enjoyable stroll around George Town can include a visit to the Cayman Islands National Museum, housed in a picturesque and historic white clapboard building from 1830. Exhibits cover island history, underwater treasures, and the preservation of Caymanian heritage. Exploring the town’s eclectic shopping scene is a must, for handcrafted jewelry, antiques, and unique finds like old maps or coins. For duty-free goods, Kirk Freeport or Caymania Duty Free are top choices, as well as the Galleria Plaza.

Excursion Adventures
The island’s most popular attraction is Stingray City, a sandbar travelers can swim with a congregation of friendly rays. Diving and snorkeling are also popular, particularly at the world-renowned Cayman Wall, as well as Devil’s Grotto. At the Cayman Turtle Farm, cruisers can learn about the conservation of green sea turtles, and see the 16,000 turtles and hatchlings that call the research center home. Just outside of George Town is Pedro St. James National Historic Site, the oldest existing structure in the Caymans. Built as a private residence in 1780, the site offers amazing views and lovely strolls.

And, if you’re just in the mood for beaching, Seven Mile Beach is often touted as one of the best in the Caribbean, with clear waters and snorkeling opportunities.

Out to Lunch
Enjoy a meal at George Town’s The Brasserie, focused on sustainable, local cooking. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs grow in the backyard garden, supplying the kitchen with the freshest of produce, while two fishermen are kept on staff to bring in the best catch of the day. If you’re out by Seven Mile Beach, Duke’s Seafood & Rib Shack is a local favorite, serving smoky barbeque and Cayman jerk chicken along with steam pots of seafood.

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