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Grand Cayman Information
Tom Ogg

Language and Currency
What is Grand Cayman Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?

Grand Cayman Port Reviews
Grand Cayman Shore Excursions

Language and Currency

The currency of Grand Cayman is the Cayman Dollar and the official language is English. There are more banks per resident than anywhere else in the world.

What is Grand Cayman like?

Grand Cayman is a relatively small island that is modern in every way. With over 500 banks and hundreds of insurance companies located in the Cayman Islands, it is the fifth largest economy in the world. Besides its robust economic activities, Grand Cayman offers a superb climate, fabulous beaches, excellent duty free shopping and plenty to do.

What is the weather like?

Grand Cayman enjoys almost prefect weather with an average of 80 degrees during the summer dropping to 75 degree in the winter.

Where does the ship dock?

Grand Cayman's Tender Wharf

Grand Cayman is a tender port that is sometimes difficult to get into. There is a small area allocated as an anchorage and other than that, ships must either drift or otherwise remain at sea for the duration of their visit. The tender ride is somewhat long.

Where is the shopping?

Shopping in Grand Cayman

The tenders unload at the small tender wharf in Georgetown and their is shopping right as you cross the street. Georgetown offers numerous shopping opportunities as boutiques, shops and stores are in great abundance. There is additional shopping opportunities at some of the resorts and stores along Seven Mile Beach.

What is there to buy?

Everything one can imagine with many duty-free shops as well offering duty free prices on . perfumes and cosmetics, jewelry, designer fashion accessories, photographic equipment, china, crystal and everything else under the sun.

What is there to do?

Grand Cayman Square

Grand Cayman has several things that are quite fun. First, take the time to explore George Town. It only takes an hour or so to wonder through it many stores and boutiques. If you are looking for some sunshine head out to 7 Mile Beach. Truly seven miles in length, 7 Mile Beach is perfect with lots of pure white sand and crystal clear tropical water. Dragging a lounge chair into the shallow water and just relaxing is about as content as one can get. Virtually all of the Cayman Island resorts are located along this strip and taking a walk along 7 Mile Beach is interesting.

Do not miss Sting Ray City! Across the isthmus from 7 mile beach lies a dock on a large bay where boats operate snorkel tours to Stingray City. Generally, you would either purchase the ship's tour or one right off the tender (both include transfers to the dock as well as the boat trip) For years fishermen used to clean their fish in the sheltered waters just inside the bay before returning home. The stingrays got used to the idea that men were friendly providers and today hundreds of stingrays have lost all fear of man and come gently swimming up to you looking for a handout. Depending on the tides, the water is generally shallow enough to stand while the sting rays glide past you and come up to nuzzle you asking for some squid or other treat. It is a very memorable experience on one not to be missed. Even if you do not snorkel or swim, you can stay on the boat and have a fabulous time. This is the original Stingray City so don't miss it.

Exploring the balance of Grand Cayman is interesting as well. A visit to Hell (a small town on Cayman's west side) will reward you with the opportunity of sending post cards or letters postmarked from Hell. Also a visit to the Cayman Turtle Farm that raises and release turtles back into the ocean is well worth it. I always wonder though, how a place that supposedly protects turtles, serves turtle soup? You can either drive, or take a ferry from the Hyatt Regency Hotel's dock out to Run Point for a relaxing day of snorkeling and sunning in tranquil waters with no crowd.

Obviously, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, fishing and all ocean activities are fantastic and readily available both on the ship's tours and on shore. There is an Atlantis submarine operation in Cayman for those that want to experience the underwater world without getting wet.

Is there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?

Don't miss Stingray City!

Are there any great restaurants or bars?

Not that I am aware of, but maybe you have one you could recommend.

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