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Fabulous Grand Cayman Solo Travel Itinerary 2024 | A Complete Guide!

The small size aside (60.000 inhabitants!), Grand Cayman is a stunning Caribbean destination and has “it all”: nature adventures, sea adventures, paradisiacal beaches, culinary highs, and a bit of city life in George Town.

Fun fact: did you also know that the Cayman Islands lies just over a hundred miles south of Cuba, just below the colonial city of Trinidad?

After I traveled the island solo for over a month, I would say GO; Grand Cayman really is an amazing holiday destination!

Even if it is a small island, having a Grand Cayman itinerary is a smart move, if nothing else, to make sure you have identified all the fabulous adventures you might want to embark on while visiting.

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Grand Cayman Itinerary – The Incredible & Tiny Grand Cayman!

Let me tell you upfront that the Cayman Islands is not a super budget-friendly backpacker kind of destination, as you will see from this Grand Cayman itinerary.

The price level reflects that, as you will find out.

If the Cayman Islands were an independent island state and not a self-governing British overseas territory, the islands would probably be the wealthiest nation in North America.

And maybe the most beautiful one?

A circular water fountain on Hero Square in George Town, Grand Cayman with palm trees and white building around the square
Hero Square in George Town

Maybe you will not follow this Grand Cayman itinerary of things to do to a tee, but as we used to say in the army, “The plan is nothing; planning is everything.”

You will always be prepared for contingency. Grand Cayman is also a wonderful and safe destination for solo female travelers.

Day Zero Grand Cayman Itinerary | Jetlag!

A narrow part of the Seven Mile Beach, with golden sand, and here you see a charming small hut on stylts built over the water
Strolling the Seven Mile Beach

I am assuming that you have had a few hours on one or more airplanes ahead of your arrival in the Caymans and might not be up for a full adventure day just yet!

On your arrival day, you will check in to your hotel, get your rental car, explore the neighborhood, and manage your jet lag.

Have a nice dinner, and get ready for your first day of exploring Grand Cayman. Maybe do some tour planning?

📍 EpicNomadLife Tip: If you don’t freak out by having to drive on the “wrong” side of the road (left), getting a rental car for a couple of days on your Grand Cayman holiday might be a good idea.

5 Top Rated Tours Grand Cayman

There are a myriad of exciting things to do in Grand Cayman, both on or in the sea and on dry land.

Here are 5 of the top-rated ones, and on top is the swimming with stingrays experience, which I absolutely loved and cannot recommend enough!

Day 1 Grand Cayman Itinerary | Beach Day!

The golden sands of Seven Mile Beach, with crystal clear water rolling onto the sands
Hotels along Seven Mile Beach

What is a Caribbean island if not a beach paradise?

The most famous beach on Grand Cayman is Seven Mile Beach, which runs along the whole western shores of the island and is bordered by hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

The Seven Mile Beach is divided into beach zones that have unique names, like Governors Beach, Cemetery Beach (and reef), West Bay Beach, and Coral Beach.

Cemetary Beach is especially famous for its coral reef, which has amazing marine life you can reach in a short swim!

Cemetary Beach has free parking, bathrooms, and a shower near the road. The water is usually calm and clear, and if you swim out 200 yards, you can even spot cool stuff like large turtles and barracuda.

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You also have the Public Beach zone along Seven Mile Beach on West Bay Road, where the locals go for a beach outing, especially on the weekends.

A cozy beach bar along Seven Mile Beach slightly elevated behind a wall, with the water reaching almost all the way up to the stone wall
Beach bar along Seven Mile Beach

Close to the Public Beach, you also find free parking and restaurants like the Fishbowl and the mobile truck Murph’s Kitchen, where people stop by again and again just for the amazing food!

From West Bay Road, you can enter Seven Mile Beach from almost anywhere via narrow little path entries; look out for the signs that say “beach access”.

If you would also like to learn something while on holiday, opt for a guided tour around the West Bay, which will show you the highlights and include a stop at Seven Mile Beach.

Two small stones shaped by the ocean on the light golden sands of seven mile beach almoust touched by the white calm surf
Details on Seven Mile Beach

Rum Point Beach is another picturesque beach spot on Grand Cayman, on the island’s northern shores.

At Rum Point Club, you can sample their famous Mud Slide cocktail, relax in hammocks, enjoy great dining options, and enjoy white sand and crystal-clear seas.

You can also opt in for different tours, starting here in Stingray City or Starfish Point.

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Evening Day 1 Grand Cayman Itinerary

If you have not had an overdose of the sun (and don’t have dinner included at your hotel), head out for a nice first-day dinner at the colorful Coconut Joe’s Bar & Grill on West Bay Road.

Here, you will find a chill atmosphere, great food at reasonable prices, and excellent service.

Outdoor seating at night at Peppers Restaurant along Seven Mile Beach, lots of people enjoying the night and the food in the charming environment with colorful parasols and decorative lights above the tables
Peppers Restaurant

Day 2 | Swim With Stingrays Grand Cayman

One very touristy, but amazing thing that you really don’t want to miss is swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman in Stingray City.

Stingray City is a sparkly glittering sandbank, a short boat trip off the island, where the water is waist deep, and which is the home of around 50 (now famous) stingrays!

The magic moment when I get to kiss a stingray in Stingray City, in crystal clear water that is about hip-height on the sandbank far out at sea, on a bright sunny day.
Kissing a stingray

The tour to Stingray City was so much more fun than I thought! Even with a lot of tourists treading the water, the stingrays swam through our feet in packs, seemingly not at all bothered by the presence of humans.

To get here, you need to book a tour, and the guides will tell you how to behave so as not to hurt or disturb the stingrays.

Then you will be able to feed them, and even get a wet kiss if you are up for it!

The swim with stingrays in this glass-clear shallow water mid-sea was a high point on my Grand Cayman itinerary, and I really recommend it to you too.

This tour also includes a snorkeling stop, where you can explore beautiful reefs and shoals of fish for a while before returning to shore.

I went with Stingray City Cayman Islands, a tour that I booked on Viator online a couple of days prior. You can also book this trip as a top-rated private tour if you are a larger group of up to 12 people traveling together, making it a special experience!

📍 EpicNomadLife Tip: Do you keep thinking you should have had a GoPro? Going swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman might be a perfect opportunity to get one!

Lots of people in the crystal clear waters in Stingray City, a sand bank far from shore where the crystal clear water reaches your stomach. Guides help you in and out of the water, and take care of you and the stingrays, that come to these sand banks of their own free will in the ocean.
Stingray City

Evening Day 2 Grand Cayman Itinerary

After a short breather at your hotel, I suggest you head for Camana Bay on the west side of the island.

Located in the heart of Seven Mile Beach, Camana Bay is a lively small waterfront town of its own that brings together more than 3,300 people daily.

It is sparkling with cultural experiences, top-notch shopping, and more than a dozen restaurants, cafes, bars, and specialty eateries for you to enjoy. Take a stroll around, and have a seat anywhere you fancy!

You can also stop by here in the daytime some other day if you need to do some shopping.

The partly covered pedestrian walkway in Camana Bay, surrounded by palm trees, flowers and bushes, where shops are lined up for a few small blocks
Camana Bay shopping

Day 3 | Meet The Cayman Dolphins And Turtles!

You might want to consider renting an electric bike for the day, Grand Cayman is not that big, and this is a reasonable and environmentally friendly (and healthy!) way to get around.

You can also join an organized day bike tour on Grand Cayman if you want a guide to take you to all the interesting places!

If you go on your own, you can head up towards West Bay, where you find the Dolphinarium and Cayman Turtle Center.

📍 EpicNomadLife Tip: Get yourself a water bottle with a filter before your holiday, and you can drink water and stay hydrated from anywhere!

The Cayman Islands are famous for their marine life, and several combined research centers are open for tourists to meet the animals and learn about them.

The Dolphin Cove and the Cayman Turtle Center are both great places to experience and learn.

The electric bike I rented to explore on my own along the West End on Grand Cayman. Here the bike is parked beside the beach, with light golden brown sands, bhe blue sea in the background.
I rented an electric bike to explore on my own

The Dolphin Cove has a natural habitat for its bottle-nose dolphins; the dolphin carers will teach you a lot of things about these social animals.

You can opt to swim with them (and have your photos taken) if you want to.

Please read the reviews for the Dolphin Center Dolphin Cove before you book your tickets, as the reviews are incredibly varied! Some have had great experiences here, while others have not.

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Then head over to the Cayman Turtle Center almost right across the road in West Bay, where you can learn about the turtles, see them up close, and also swim with them as well if you want to.

Dolphins doing tricks in the blue water, and you see human hands stretching into the photo.
Dolphins doing tricks

While you are in West Bay, you might want to stop for a late lunch at Macabuca Bar & Grill.

This is a super relaxed outdoor place that the locals love, situated on a pier where you can see divers and snorkelers heading for the water while enjoying a light meal and a drink.

Afterward, you may drop by Blackbeard’s Rum Cake factory across the street to stack up on some original rum cakes to bring back with you and maybe sample a tiny bit of local rum before your electric bike whooshes you home to relax!

Evening Day 3 Grand Cayman

A bit before sunset, book a table at the venerable Grand Old House on the waterfront of George Town.

Expect a spectacular sunset experience combined with excellent food and service to finish off your sightseeing and exploring day.

The glowing orange sunset outside Seven Mile Beach, reflected in the choppy dark sea
Sunset outside Seven Mile Beach

Day 4 Grand Cayman Itinerary | Explore George Town

George Town is the capital of all the Cayman Islands, located on the southwestern corner of Grand Cayman Island.

This little capital is filled with high-end shopping options, touristy t-shirt and memorabilia shops, jewelry shops, and seaside restaurants and bars.

Stroll around George Town port and admire the view of the humongous cruise ships (maybe you are a passenger?), visit Hero Square, see the clock tower, and visit the National Museum to learn about the culture and history of the Caymans.

Red parasols lined along the boardwalk in George Town on a cloudy day, people walking along the sea amidst houses and palm trees.
Boardwalk in George Town

Why not use this sightseeing day to also do a Rum & Beer Tour with lunch that ends with a relaxing time at Seven Mile Beach?

With your local guide, visit a rum cake factory and the island’s only rum distillery to learn how rum is distilled and taste a few different varieties.

Aerial photo of the West End shores of Seven Mile Beach, with the light golden sands stretching along the shoreline, and hotels and resorts dotted along the coast.
The West End shores

The last stop on this tour is the Seven Mile Beach Club on Seven Mile Beach.

Here, you’ll have access to the beach and all the facilities, like free wifi, showers, a changing room, a bar, a restaurant, and a refreshing pool.

Evening Day 4 Grand Cayman

For this evening, you might just grab a quick meal and join an amazing experience: a night bioluminescence snorkeling tour after dark!

This adventure takes place in Bioluminescent Bay, a 20-minute boat trip from the departure point at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club.

Swimming in fluorescent water in Grand Cayman. The sea is dark around me, except where I am moving the water with my body, the sea lights up in clear blue from fluorescent plancton
Fluorescent water the light comes from algae in the salty water

You can stay on the boat if you prefer, but this is an amazing chance to swim in self-glowing water.

This happens because of super high concentrations of bioluminescent phytoplankton, tiny microscopic plants floating in the water.

When they are disturbed, they shoot off a burst of light flash lasting only a fraction of a second, which is visible to us humans, a spectacular night sight!

Day 5 | Magic Crystal Caves!

One particular natural wonder everyone talked about as super special in Grand Cayman is the Crystal Caves.

These caves are located on the north side of Grand Cayman, which is also home to tropical forests.

You will be able to stroll through the tropical forest, learn about local plant and animal life during the tour, and then enter inside the caves and see amusing stalagmite and stalactite formations.

This is an organized and regulated tour where you need a guide to enter, and you also need to be at least two people to be able to book!

Evening Day 5 Grand Cayman

One restaurant I recommend you visit during your holidays is Agua Restaurant And Lounge in Camana Bay (if you haven’t already chosen that the first night!).

Here, there is an incredible evening atmosphere when the whole Camana Bay area is lit with hundreds of lights. You are seated just on the waterfront, seeing the sky go from blue to pink to dark on the horizon.

I had an amazing tuna steak here, lovely wine, and super attentive and friendly service. 10 out of 10 from me!

Exquisite dinner for one in Camana Bay, a white beautiful plate with steak and garniture, blue napkin, a glass of white wine on the table, with small sandy island with palm trees in the background
Dinner for One in Camana Bay

Day 6 Grand Cayman Itinerary | Explore The East End

If you have a rental car (or book one for this day), head over to explore the eastern part of the island! You can even do it in a fun way, joining a top-rated three-wheeler mini-car tour!

Go visit Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Pedro St. James Castle, the Tortuga rum cake factory, and the Blow Holes in the east end (where seawater gushes through openings in the rocky shoreline, creating a natural blowhole effect).

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If you don’t want to embark on your own exploration with a car (or an electric bike), you can do this as this organized tour.

This is excellent for first-time visitors who don’t really know their way around or who are limited on time.

Alternative Day 6 | Brilliant Scuba Diving!

Being a Caribbean island, Grand Cayman has amazing scuba diving options.

There are many possibilities if you are already a certified diver or want to try an introductory dive.

I went for a two-submersions day trip with DNS Diving, which was great!

From the scuba diving boat I did a tour with in Grand Cayman, heading out to sea. The boat deck is flat, gray, and divers are prepping for the exit, gear lined up along the railings.
Heading out to scuba dive

As the weather was a bit rough on the north side (which was the original plan), we departed for two dive sites just off the northern part of West Bay.

The dive sites of the day were Round Rock and Rainbow Reef, and both were calm beautiful nature dives with amazing visibility, the latter the shallower.

Round Rock had deep canyons, formations of overlapping plate coral, and beautiful narrow passageways leading down the wall.

First, you go deep to the base of the rock formation, and then you spiral up and around the open tunnels until you reach the flat top, where there is a myriad of marine life.

The second immersion of the day at Rainbow Reef is a rather shallow dive, around a max of 15 meters, where there is incredible marine life!

The trimaran diving boat, which has a flat deck, and an overcast over the boat, still lying by the jetty while people are carrying gear on board on a sunny summer day.
About to leave the docks

Evening Day 6 Grand Cayman

On your last night, for a truly breathtaking food experience, why not visit Ristorante Papagallo at the northern tip of the West End of Grand Cayman?

According to the staff, you have to cross a wooden bridge to get to Ristorante Pappagallo. Underneath, you will see silvery tarpons roaming around, always looking for scraps from the kitchen!

Entering the spacious foyer, Pappagallo’s oldest employee with over ten years of experience, the African gray parrot Humphrey Bogart, will greet you at the door!

The high wooden intrikate ceiling at the Papagallo, with warm lights lighting the decorative structures.
The Papagallo

Papagallo has a well-stocked bar decorated in Art Deco style, where you can have a pre-dinner drink while waiting for your table.

Guests generally say Papagallos that here they have had the best food, service, and overall experience from this amazing location overlooking the mangroves, according to hundreds of previous guests.

Day 7 Grand Cayman Itinerary | Homebound!

Sadly, it’s time to go home!

Sleep in if you can before your flight, have a nice breakfast, pack your stuff, and store all your memories easily accessible until your next getaway.

Places To Stay In Grand Cayman


There is a myriad of available accommodation options on Grand Cayman, of which none are in the category “really cheap”!

Starting from around $100 a night (if you plan ahead) and up, your choice probably will depend more on location than price.

High-End Option | The Marvellous Marriott!

The bar area at the Marriott in Grand Cayman, white counters under a white ceiling warmly lit with large lamps
The bar area at the Marriott

High-end option:

The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is situated right on Seven Mile Beach!

This elegant, high-end hotel is within walking distance of Camana Bay shopping and various restaurants on West End Road.

In-house is an exquisite lobby restaurant, a well-equipped gym, and a pool sitting almost right at the beach beside the Vista Beach Bar.

The Grand Cayman Marriott is also home to Veranda, a beautiful oceanfront restaurant that serves grilled fish and seafood signature courses accompanied by the most stunning sunsets!

With a long list of luxury amenities on-site, you don’t really need to leave this hotel if you don’t want to.

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My room here was delicate, the service impeccable, the ambiance chic, and the sushi in the lobby restaurant really really good!

The check-in staff was also super helpful with getting me awake and to the airport long before the sun rose on my departure day.

Budget Option 1 | The Locale Hotel

The coffee shop in the Locale Hotel, a dark counter with lots of things to buy, and the menu and coffee machine in the background
The coffee shop in the Locale Hotel

One of the places you come closest to a budget option on Grand Cayman is The Locale Hotel.

The Locale is perfectly located within walking distance from both Seven Mile Beach and Camana Bay, with all its shops, restaurants, and amenities. I loved it here!

You will find modern, spacious rooms (with coffee-makers), a kind of Scandinavian vibe, excellent cleanliness, a coffee shop on-site, and great service!

The Locale hotel pool at night lit from below with blue lights, surrounded by the patio, green bushes and red parasols
The Locale hotel pool at night

There also is a chill pool area (borrow a towel in reception for the beach), and a dine-in option at the Bonfire Grill, which serves an amazing salmon salad and is also where you have breakfast.

Budget option 2 | Holiday Inn Resort

Holiday Inn pool area surrounded by lawns and palm trees, people in the poos, and the beach is in the background
Holiday Inn pool area

On the eastern side of West Bay and Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, you find the Holiday Inn Resort Crystal Harbor.

This hotel is some distance from the shops, Camana Bay, and the neverending Seven Mile Beach. However, the hotel offers a shuttle service, so that is really not a problem at all!

Holiday Inn Resort also has its own little beach, a huge garden, a super nice pool area, a restaurant on-site, and a quiet and relaxing zen ambiance.

At the Driftwood Bar & Grill, I had the best tuna salad I have had in ages!

A delicious tuna salad at the Holiday Inn, the tuna fish is red in color, there is also lots of mango and acidic dressing on this perfect dish
My favorite tuna salad

The rooms are delicate, roomy, and spacious, and mine had a cozy balcony with a view of everything: garden, pool, and beach!

Excellent hospitality and service from check-in to check-out, and the free shuttle gets you where you want to go in the area, so you don’t really have to worry about the distance!

Cheapest | Ocean Feel @Fruifulville

Ocean Feel @Fruitfulville is the cheapest accommodation in Grand Cayman and has a top-notch review of 10 points!

This fully equipped apartment is situated “inland,” around a 20-minute walk from West Bay Beach (the northernmost beach on Seven Mile Beach) and a 10—to 15-minute walk to Sand Hole Beach to the north.

Beach facilities in West Bay Beach, a bright green and white little changing house by the light golden sands and the sea.
West Bay Beach

It is also around a 15-minute drive from Camana Bay shopping and entertainment area (which is also within walking distance to Seven Mile Beach).

Great Places To Eat Grand Cayman!

Super ambiance:

The Italian restaurant suitably named Casanova By The Sea offers a wide selection of Italian cuisine, coupled with stunning outdoor seating, views, and some amazing seafood creations.

Casanova’s wine list is designed to cater to all different tastes, and the service is super! At Casanova, you enter the world of homemade pasta and crisp Italian pizzas.

The desserts will probably be some of the most amazing Italian sweets you will have, according to reviews from former guests!

Fine dining:

In the fine dining segment, consider an evening at Upstairs Restaurant on the north shore, close to Rum Point.

Upstairs at Kaibo is lauded by locals as the island’s finest restaurant, renowned as regal and refined, where grand plantation house design meets its match in the kitchen.

You will have a spectacular sea view, and when you are all done eating, you can retreat to a lounging couch while making your way through a substantial cocktail menu.

Try a “Smoking Gun” (which is a cocktail, nothing more sinister)!

Camana Bay at night, with large palm trees, lots of lights hanging in chains along the walkway, green zones with grass, and restaurants like beads on a chain beautifully lit at night.
Camana Bay at night

FAQs

Where Is Grand Cayman?

Suppose you have a hard time pinpointing exactly where Grand Cayman is. In that case, it is a small island group south of Cuba and west of Jamaica, between Jamaica and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

It is so small that it almost disappears when you expand the map to get to the whole region.

Apart from Grand Cayman, you have the smaller Little Cayman and then Cayman Brac. The capital city is George Town on Grand Cayman, which is the most populous of the three islands.

Getting There And Around

For some reason, the entry process to the Cayman Islands is strict and thorough. You will not be able to board an inbound flight without an outbound flight ticket, even if you are eligible to stay for 90 days.

Also, expect to be questioned about the purpose of your stay, length, your occupation, and whether you know anyone in the Caymans already.

Cayman Airways, American Airlines, United, JetBlue Airways, British Airways, Canada Air, Westjet, and Delta are the airlines that fly to Grand Cayman.

There is no Uber in the Cayman Islands, but it is easy to get a hold of taxis anyway. Here are 15 taxi companies operating in Grand Cayman. Be aware, like everything else, taxi fares are quite expensive in the Caymans.

Or you can get yourself the freedom of a rental car and explore the island on your own (if you don’t mind driving on the left side of the road!).

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There are frequent bus shuttles driving along West Bay Road, around every 4-5 minutes in the daytime.

These buses will stop anywhere, not just at bus stops. Wave your hand when one is coming (it has a huge sign that says “bus”), and it will pick you up!

The fare is $2 regardless of how far you are going.

$US is accepted everywhere, just like the Cayman Islands dollar (CI for short), at a value of 1 $US ~0.8 CI.

Flower beds with yellow and purple flowers amidst greenery in Camana Bay, palm trees in the background
Camana Bay

Grand Cayman Itinerary Upcoming Events!

If you have any particular subjects of interest, Grand Cayman is the host of several festivals and events every year. Here is what is happening.

  • September 3rd to November 26th: Pirates Festivities
  • October 21-21: Cayman Cocktail Week
  • November 21-23: the Cayman Islands Classic Basketball Tournament
  • December 4th: Walkers Cayman Island Marathon

Stay up to date with future events on Visit Cayman Islands!

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Wrap-Up Grand Cayman Itinerary!

Whichever type of traveler you are, I am pretty confident there is something for everyone in this itinerary for Grand Cayman.

Feel free to mix and match and put everything together so that it fits your mood and travel style perfectly. Some people like a whirlwind of a holiday, while others prefer to chill.

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