Grand Cayman is one of the most popular and easily accessible islands in the Caribbean. Offering a wide variety of family-friendly activities, Camana Bay is the perfect destination in which to spend a fun-filled day when visiting the island. To help in ‘fun-planning’, we've included ten activities you've got to experience on the Island. Enjoy!
Grand Cayman is much more than just a beach! Start the day with a stop by ‘Books & Books’ and explore their selection of photography and literature created by local Caymanians. Feeling inspired? Have the entire family collaborate on a family-project and take part in the complimentary Story and Craft Time.
Cool off and splash around in the many interactive fountains. First hit Jasmine Court where the playful water bursts mingle with color delighting toddlers and parents alike. Feeling a bit braver or want to take in a water show? Further down at The Crescent, the dancing waters of the fountain mesmerize spectators with skyward bursts that reach 30-feet
Time for a bit of a lunch break? Pick-up a picnic lunch from the Centre’s upscale deli, Black Trumpet Gourmet Delicatessen and head over to The Crescent’s Harbour and watch the fishing boats and yachts sail into town for their lunch break. Rainy day? Alter the plans and head to the Hollywood Theaters, a six-screen, state-of-the-art audio-visual venue, showing the latest movies to suit the whole family.
Don’t have time to see the whole island? Don’t worry, we have that covered. To get an idea of the island’s landscape, stroll or bike through Camana Way. This 30-foot wide landscaped boulevard originates near Seven Mile Beach and is populated with over 100 different native and indigenous plant species. Along the route leading from West Bay Road to The Town Centre is a botanical journey through five of Grand Cayman’s distinct ecosystems. Stone-paved ‘garden rooms’ offer moments for relaxation.
Another way to see the sites of Grand Cayman is to make your way to the 75-foot tall Observation Tower, open to the public free of charge and provides a 360-degree view of the island. The entire family will be enchanted with the journey to the top via a double helix staircase that climbs alongside a floor to ceiling mosaic depicting Cayman’s beautiful reefs and marine life. Drawing inspiration from the world-renowned dive spots off the coast of the island, the mosaic is constructed of countless tiles and is the largest undersea mosaic installation in the world giving the sense of ascending a deep sea dive from sea bed to surface when climbing up the steps. Prevailing breezes, benches and lookout points en route encourage families to take their time as they journey to the top of the Tower – pausing to take in the stunning views available at all heights.
It’s been a pretty busy day, time to slow it down. Sit back and relax in the cool shade of The Paseo while listening to the rhythmic beats of Pan on the Paseo. This on-going complimentary musical series features local steel pan musicians along with many of Cayman’s talented youth bands.
For incomparable cuisine served within the comfortable ambiance of a neighborhood bistro, enjoy a delicious dinner at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink helmed by award-winning Chef and restaurateur Michael Schwartz. This bistro offers diners simple, delicious cuisine in the restaurant’s wood burning oven, with a focus on fresh, locally grown ingredients, including fruits and vegetables plucked from a Chef’s Garden. In the mood for Caribbean cuisine? Head to Ortanique where award-winning chef and owner Cindy Hutson brings her slant on traditional Caribbean flavors and ingredients. Both noted stateside, these offshoots of their popular Miami flagships offer diners a memorable family dining experience.
When the stars come out, families can spread out on blankets in the Gardenia Court for Moonlight and Movies and enjoy a classic family movie on a giant screen.
Camana Bay is also home to multiple family friendly festivals and events year-round such as the Taste of Cayman, Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Tree Lighting and the Children’s Book Festival.
All of the above activities make spending quality family time while in Grand Cayman not only fun, but easy as everything is in close proximity; Camana Bay awaits.