As part of our ongoing feature which explains the benefits of family cruises, we offer a day as experienced by an actual family during a recent Western Caribbean cruise. This is a great day to enjoy with kids, whether you are on a cruise and only stopping for a day, or if you are staying on Grand Cayman for a longer period of time.
The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible. As experienced cruisers, our families has taken about 7 cruises in as many years, with several different companies.
Our children at the time of this trip: 6 children- Boy age 16, Girl age 16, Girl age 16, Girl age 12, Boy age 8 and Girl age 4.
A SPECIAL NOTE: We utilized a driver/tour guide for this stop. He was very helpful in navigating the island quickly and efficiently with children. Considering we were on a time crunch coming from a cruise ship, this was a great help. We would recommend it to other families in the area, and our specific driver as well. The driver we used was Carlos Solomon of Carlos’ Taxi and Tours, phone: 1 (345) 924-8163. He can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He was professional and reliable.
Address: Northwest Road West Bay, Grand Cayman KY1-1209, Grand Cayman B.W.I.
Hours: Vary by day and activity, but they are very conscious of cruise ship schedules and schedule around them. See website for details.
Admission: Varies with package, starts at approximately $99 for Adults and $79 for Children (who must be accompanied by a paying adult). The experience we enjoyed was the “Royal Dolphin Swim” for $169 Adult, $129 Child. It is recommended you book in advance.
Address: 825 Northwest Point Road. (Across the Street from Dolphin Discovery)
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Friday – Sunday: 8:30AM to 10:00PM
Admission: Included with Dolphin Discovery packages, Otherwise $18 per Adult and $9 per child for Turtle Farm, $45 per Adult and $25 per Child for full park. Full park is a $20 upgrade for Dolphin Discovery customers.
Continue your education on marine life and the Cayman Island with Boatswain’s Turtle Farm. The park features hundreds of turtles in their main tank, as well as a smaller touch tank that allows children to get up close and personal, even hold a live turtle. Trained handlers educate children on these magnificent creatures all for an experience that is free to those who have already enjoyed a dolphin excursion! The full park experience includes enough activities to fill more than a day, with snorkeling, hiking, swimming and more. Meet a variety of animals and enjoy the fun and excitement under the beautiful Cayman sun.
Our family’s experience is located in the Spotlight on Dolphin Discovery article.
Admission: We entered via a beach club and paid a few dollars per person to enter. We also decided to rent umbrellas and chairs on the beach.
Seven Mile Beach is the island’s most famous beach. This public beach is home to many resorts as well as activities, but you won’t be restricted by where you are staying (or if you’re on a cruise ship). This also means you can walk from the beach right up to a number of shops, restaurants and places to rent equipment for swimming, snorkeling and more. You can go parasailing or engage in other water sports.
While we enjoyed this beach, we weren’t blown away by it either. We all found the water to be calm and a gorgeous shade of blue, which made for an overall good experience when we ventured down to the shore. However the beach itself, and the surrounding area weren’t so pretty. If you are looking for a beach with plenty of services – this is a good place. It was busy without being overcrowded, and clearly a hub of activity. Good if you want to pack in a bunch of things and bounce from one activity to the next, but not as good for just relaxing or for someone looking for a postcard-perfect Caribbean beach experience. It was fine, but not a beach that we would run back to.
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