5 Tips for Having the Best Cayman Vacation

Visiting Grand Cayman is likely to be one of the most spectacular, thrilling, and memorable vacations of your life. With guaranteed sun, spectacular wildlife, and all the comforts of modern living — all you really need to do is turn up and let our paradise island work its magic!

At the same time, for the most relaxing, carefree vacation, it is worth doing some advanced planning. We have written this blog to help you keep that to a minimum!

At Red Sail Sports, we have a thirty-year reputation for creating unforgettable memories that always exceed guests’ expectations, from Grand Cayman scuba diving trips to boat excursions. Please feel free to get in touch if we can help you further in planning your trip; we always love to hear from you. 

an aerial view of woman on the beach

1. Plan Your Cayman Itinerary in Advance

There is just so much to do and see on Grand Cayman that planning well will make sure you get the most out of your trip, helping you to relax while you are here. Write a list of everything you want to fit in and be sure to build in some rest days to enjoy the paradise of our Caribbean beaches!

Some areas can get very busy during peak periods, so it’s worth researching the best times to visit top attractions like Stingray City. At Red Sail Sports, we adjust our timings with the seasons and include lots of off-peak opportunities, like our sunset Stingray city trip. We also recommend reading our blog How to Choose the Best Day to Visit Stingray City when you have finished here if you want to time your trip perfectly.

If you want to try to avoid the crowds, you may also want to check out the cruise ship schedule to time your tours and experiences when there are fewer visitors in port.

Catamaran at sunset

2. Try Cayman Watersports

Whether you are a world champion or a total beginner, you simply cannot visit the Cayman Islands without trying out some of the incredible watersports opportunities on offer. 

For those who love an adrenaline rush, try wakeboarding, waterskiing, or a waverunner ride. Wakeboarding involves riding a wakeboard behind a motorboat, reaching speeds of 15-22 mph. It was developed as a combination of snowboarding, skiing, and surfing. Water Skiing is more well-known, and involves using one or two skis to glide behind the boat at a breathtaking pace. 

At Red Sail Sports, we offer all three sports! Check out our Grand Cayman Wakeboarding and Waterskiing and Grand Cayman Waverunner rentals

Did you know that the adrenaline rush you get from these activities is great for your health? It releases endorphins and dopamine, which produce a rush of pleasure, a natural painkiller, and a boost in self-confidence!

We also provide sailboat rental in Grand Cayman and sailing lesson add-ons led by experienced instructors for beginner sailors. We love sailing for the peace it offers and to enjoy the swell of the waves and gentle Caribbean breezes.

Another way to glide along the Caribbean Sea without the noise of an accompanying engine is on a stand-up paddleboard or in a kayak. At Red Sail Sports, we offer single and double kayak rental in Grand Cayman, so why not take a loved one with you as you paddle across our crystal-clear, sunlight-dappled waters? With a range of stand-up paddleboard rental options too — including an extra large paddleboard that holds 4-5 people — we have something for the whole family!

Check out our Grand Cayman beach activities for information about hire and tuition.

girls on paddleboards cayman islands

3. Explore Grand Cayman’s Beautiful Wildlife

The Cayman Islands are also home to interesting wildlife. On land, the most famous are the Blue Iguana and the colourful Cayman Parrot. Unfortunately, Blue Iguanas are now critically endangered, so the only place you can see them is at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park; there are none in the wild. The Green Iguana is common, however, so you’ll likely see them scurrying about. 

If you are very lucky, you might also spot a furry agouti, though they’re rare to see! Bats are the only native mammals here, and then there are also the vivid blue-throated anole lizards.

Then come to us for snorkel equipment rental and head into the water for a technicolour display of tropical fish, including angelfish, butterflyfish, and parrotfish. Also, take a moment to admire the shifting iridescence of the surrounding coral reefs. You may also see sea turtles!

Grand Cayman is most famous, however, for its stingrays. These elegant creatures make a fascinating contribution to the local ecosystem and just watching their gently rippling bodies and curious eyes is a recipe for relaxation.

At Stingray City, you can make friends with some of the local rays as they shimmy up around your ankles for a quick hello. Most of them even have names! Many of our Stingray City tours also include the surrounding coral reefs for a real insight into the underwater ecosystem.

Do your bit to protect this Caribbean paradise by avoiding touching the coral, participating in a Plastic Free Beach Clean Up with Plastic Free Cayman, and donating to local conservation charities, such as the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. 

4. Don’t Miss Scuba Diving in Grand Cayman 

Grand Cayman offers unique scuba-diving opportunities. Whether you have never tried it, or you love it so much that you want to develop your skills further, check out our incredible range of Grand Cayman dive courses — we have something for every level of diver.

One of the features that makes diving in Grand Cayman so remarkable is the Cayman Wall — part of the submarine Cayman Ridge mountain range that runs from Cuba to Honduras. This is a world-renowned geological formation, providing one of the deepest underwater drops in the world, plunging to depths of over 6000 meters. This sudden change produces an incredible transition from the shallow coastal waters to the vast ocean depths. 

At higher levels, the wall is covered in coral, sponges, and sea fans. As you descend, the tropical reef fish give way to pelagic species, including tuna, marlin, and the acrobatic mahi-mahi, though you’re unlikely to see these fish as they’ll be further out than our dive sites.

We offer West Wall dive excursions and East Wall diving trips, where you can see this sea life up close, as well as experience the uncanny sensation of sudden depth that makes this geological feature so remarkable.

Be sure to read our Ultimate Guide to Diving in the Cayman Islands! It’s filled with tips and insights for our local experts. 

Dive instructor with 2 divers in swimming pool

5. Pack Well for Your Cayman Holiday

Grand Cayman has well-equipped shops and you can buy anything you forget here, but it is always good to have everything ready in advance! You can also check out our island retail store locations to top up your vacation wardrobe while you’re here. 

Here are some of our top packing tips for the best Grand Cayman vacation:

  • Reef-friendly sunscreen
  • UV proof swimwear
    • Long sleeves will minimise the suncream you need to use, and help to protect the reefs.
  • US Dollars or Cayman Islands dollars
    • Although ATMs are available and credit cards are widely accepted, it’s worth checking with your bank in advance.
  • Water bottle
    • At Red Sail Sports, many of our trips include drinking water, but not everywhere has reliable clean drinking water on tap.
  • Travel adaptor
    • On the Cayman Islands, the plug sockets are type A and B, so you will need an adaptor if travelling from the UK or EU. The adaptor needs to be suitable for 120V and 60hz
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Waterproof phone case — so you can capture all your watersports memories!
Beach Playa Sand Palm Grand Cayman

Don’t Miss Out on Our Grand Cayman Dive Trips and Boat Excursions!

We hope you have found these tips for having the best Cayman vacation equally informative and inspirational. We can’t wait to welcome you to our home island and lead you on some adventures! Browse our range of Grand Cayman boat excursions and scuba diving trips to start planning your time here in paradise.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.

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