Unique things to do in Grand Cayman: stingray city.

23 Unique Things To Do In Grand Cayman Solo From An Expert (2024)

According to travel statistics, more and more travelers are discovering the bliss and empowerment of solo travel in general. I could not agree more.

I visited Grand Cayman solo recently for over a month, I can testify that this Caribbean island is a great destination for solo travel.

The amazing perks of solo traveling are that solo travelers have infinite flexibility or wait for others when making decisions. Grand Cayman is perfect for solo travelers, as it is a safe destination, a small island, and has lots of fun activities.

Here is the list of unique things to do in Grand Cayman: traveling solo!

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23 Unique Things To Do In Grand Cayman Traveling Solo

I have blissfully embraced solo travel for YEARS!

Traveling solo is a great way to get away and recompose yourself, explore the world on your own terms, where you’re the boss – and do what YOU want to do, exactly when you want to!

But it is nice to be able to choose when you want to be on your own and when you would like some company. Here is a good mix of Grand Cayman things to do solo or on tours.

You can choose to be social and do activities and sights and go places with new friends, or you can explore in majestic solitude!

My absolute favorite tour in Grand Cayman:

1. Get A Wet Kiss At Stingray City

Visiting Stingray City is one of the most popular things to do in Grand Cayman and a must-do for solo travelers looking for an unforgettable experience.

This tour was so much more fun than I anticipated beforehand, and for solo travelers, this is a unique and super fun group tour that makes it easy to get to know your fellow stingray swimmers!

Located off the north shore of the island, this natural sandbar offers you a unique chance to swim with stingrays and interact with these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

A wet kiss for me from the huge stingray, totally weird experience.
A wet stingray kiss

With the clear shallow waters, this is an ideal spot for it (thoroughly organized by professional guides)!

You can also do a bit of snorkeling while observing the amazing array of sea life living in the coral reefs.

It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about stingrays, as the experienced guides teach you while they are hands-on to ensure you both have a safe and unforgettable experience!

2. Snorkel At Starfish Point

Starfish point by the beach in crystal clear water
Starfish Point

Starfish Point is a great spot for solo travelers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Grand Cayman’s tourist spots, also with the company of other enthusiastic travelers wanting the same experience.

Located on the north shore of Grand Cayman island, this tranquil beach offers you encounters with starfish and sea urchins.

You can safely have a close encounter with both of them while learning a bit from knowledgeable guides that go with you onto the shallow water on the beach.

3. Go Snorkeling On The Best Spots Grand Cayman

If you’re looking to explore the best snorkeling spots on Grand Cayman, most require a boat tour off the shore.

These types of tours typically depart from the west side of the island, and you can easily book online in advance.

Or you can bring your own snorkeling gear (or buy one), and head out for a tranquil day in your own company, only disturbed by the tropical fish!

  • Bioluminescent Bay, where you go for a glowing night swimming
  • Coral Gardens
  • The Barrier Reef
  • Cemetery Beach
  • Spotts Beach
  • Smith Cove
  • Gamma Wreck
  • Barefoot Beach
  • Macabuca restaurant & snorkeling
  • Sunset House

One lovely experience is swimming in the Bioluminescent Bay water at night.

See the science at work when your movements in the dark water light up the plankton in this area; it is actually a super fun experience!

Grand Cayman Bioluminescence Tour Bioluminescent Bay
Me swimming in Bioluminescent Bay

4. Go On A Top-Rated Group Bike Tour

For the social solo traveler, a group biking tour is probably the perfect combination of solo and company time!

This Cayman Island tour lasts three hours, during which you will make 10-12 stops to explore the island and take pictures. You can hang back on your own or speed up and start a conversation with the others about the scenery you pass.

Your tour includes a drink voucher that can be used after the tour or any day during your trip. The tour operator will also give you a free gift as a reminder of your time in the Cayman Islands!

5. Explore Camana Bay

The beautiful walkway in Camana Bay that is an outdoor shopping street, partly covered for shade, surrounded by palm trees and greenery on a bright sunny day
Camana Bay

For a Grand Cayman full-day experience with shopping, brunching, happy-hour’ing at KARoo, and even heading straight into dinner at Agua or Abacus.

You will find plenty of things to fill a day in Camana Bay. This grand waterfront district is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, perfect for solo travelers looking for a bit of retail therapy.

With a variety of shops ranging from luxury brands to budget shopping, make the shopping experience exactly what you want it to be!

Lots of plants and flowers around Camana Bay
Camana Bay

Stroll the grand boutiques and the small specialty shops and local gems, sample short-traveled cuisine (like sausages!), and every now and then, take in grand views of the harbor with a coffee or fresh drink!

After a day of shopping, if you have the stamina, you can stay and start your evening out here; the service does not close until 1 a.m.!

6. Relax on Pretty Cayman Island Beaches

Seven Mile Beach with soft golden sands, and an old tree standing by the water
Seven Mile Beach

Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach is a paradise stretch of white sand along the island’s western side, perfect for an afternoon spent soaking in the Caribbean sun.

Seven Mile Beach changes composition in different zones, and the beach has a changing ambiance.

You can spend the day close to a vibrant waterhole on the beach or find a tranquil spot where there is nothing but zen.

If you’re looking to get active from the get-go, start your vaycay by heading over to Seven Mile Beach, where you can go snorkeling and swimming in the gorgeous blue waters.

Aerial photo of Seven Mile Beach with scattered resorts along the West End of Grand Cayman
Seven Mile Beach from the air

If you want to go snorkeling the vibrant coral reefs, you might want to choose the area called Cemetary Beach for that.

For those looking to explore further offshore, there are plenty of opportunities for kayaking and paddleboarding, too.

7. Visit The National Museum

For solo travelers looking to learn more about Grand Cayman’s culture and history, visiting the National Museum is perfect; take the time to learn and contemplate in peace and quiet.

Located on Grand Cayman’s waterfront, the museum has an extensive collection of artifacts dating back centuries that tell the story of Grand Cayman’s cultural heritage!

The museum also features interactive exhibits that invite you to explore and engage in an immersive learning experience.

It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about stingrays, as the experienced guides teach you while they are hands-on to ensure you both have a safe and unforgettable experience!

8. Road Trip Grand Cayman

For solo travelers looking for a more independent way to explore Grand Cayman, renting a car could be a really good solution.

Grand Cayman is not huge, but there are some distances to cover between the West Bay and the East End. With your own car, you can discover all of Grand Cayman’s things to do at your own pace!

Just make sure you brush up on your island driving skills before hitting the roads; in the Caymans, they drive on the left!

You can also get your rental car at the airport when you get there; it takes about 2 minutes!

9. Solo Explore With An Electric Bike

A black electric bike standing by the golden beach, I rented this one to explore the West End on my own.
Exploring by bike

If you’re looking for an adventure without the need to rent a car, renting an electric bike is a great option for exploring one part of the island at a time.

I spent a day exploring the West End on my rented electric bike, and that was simply awesome.

Plus, electric bikes are eco-friendly, so you can enjoy the beauty of the island without worrying about your carbon footprint 🙂

Grand Cayman has plenty of areas to explore along its beautiful coastline, and with flat terrain and wide bike paths, Grand Cayman is a great destination for solo cyclists.

A wider part of the Seven Mile Beach, with resorts lying along the golden sands under the blue skies.
A wider part of Seven Mile Beach

With an electric bike, you can fly across the island, covering more ground at your own pace while getting a lot of fresh air and not worrying about parking issues.

Also read: 7 Fabulous Days In Grand Cayman Itinerary!

10. Have Dinner In Camana Bay At Sunset

White delicate plate with a steak dinner in Agua Restaurant along the water in Camana Bay, palm trees in the background
Dinner for one

For solo travelers looking for a great place to dine on a date with yourself, the Agua Restaurant in Camana Bay is perfect for that.

I found the Agua Restaurant by accident while strolling around the Camana Bay waterfront (there are lots to do and see here!).. Luckily, I remembered the name, so I could call and book a table for the evening!

Agua offers an array of delicious dishes crafted with fresh ingredients and inspired by local flavors.

You will love something on the menu, whether it’s their signature ceviche, tacos, or traditional Caribbean classics. I had tuna steak and a glass of Chardonnay with it—absolutely delicious!

With its outdoor seating overlooking the marina in Camana Bay, it is a great spot to enjoy dinner while the sun is setting and the night lights come to life around the bay.

Camana Bay at night, with beautiful lighting, lots of restaurants, people, and life
Camana Bay at night

11. Visit Tortuga Rum Cake Factory

The Tortuga Rum Cake Factory in Grand Cayman is a must-do for solo travelers when you want something sweet. The factory gives tours that highlight the creation of rum cakes, from baking to packaging.

Of course, you get to test some of the delicious flavors while learning the history of rum cake production on Grand Cayman.

Choose between a wide selection of rum cakes, including classic flavors, or unique tropical creations like coconut pineapple or mango-passionfruit.

A souvenir to gift to someone at home?

12. Scuba Dive In The Grand Cayman

Heading out scuba diving from Grand Cayman, from the boat trip out with divers getting ready on the boat amidst all the equipment
Heading out scuba diving from Grand Cayman

There are an estimated 365 scuba diving sites around Grand Cayman (the dive guide told me they actually had a competition to discover more spectacular dive sites!).

So, your options for underwater adventures around Grand Cayman are almost infinite!

13. Explore The Kittiwake Shipwreck

USS Kittiwake Shipwreck outside Grand Cayman, an underwater photo from the boat
USS Kittiwake Shipwreck

For experienced divers, you have the unique opportunity to explore an artificial reef on the USS Kittiwake Shipwreck.

This former US Navy submarine rescue vessel, now coral reef, attracts plenty of tropical fish and other marine life, making it a great spot for scuba diving.

With its depths ranging from shallow to over 100 feet, the Kittiwake offers an array of dive zones suitable for all levels.

Plus, the ship’s grandeur and interesting features make it a popular destination for both recreational and professional divers.

14. Play With Turtles

Turtle swimming in the green waters of Grand Cayman turtle farm
Grand Cayman turtle farm

For a unique and educational experience, the Cayman Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman is a must-visit.

The farm is home to around 20,000 green sea turtles, so you will have an amazing opportunity to learn more about these amazing sea swimmers!

You can interact with the turtles up close in their natural habitat and explore the interactive exhibits to learn more about their lives.

The farm also offers activities such as kayaking and snorkeling, getting you an intimate view of Grand Cayman’s marine life, so make sure you have plenty of time for your visit!

15. Explore Cayman Crystal Caves

Located in West Bay, these underground limestone Crystal Caves have stunningly clear pools of water that sparkle like diamonds.

You’ll also get to see some of the most interesting rock formations in the world, such as stalactites and stalagmites, along with various species of bats, roosting birds, and other creatures.

With over 2700 feet of passages and tunnels, you’ll get to explore the grandeur of the ancient environment. The majestic beauty of the cave will leave you mesmerized – a truly unique experience!

16. Lounge At Rum Point

Located on the north side of Grand Cayman, Rum Point features an expansive white sand beach and plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy.

Here, you can lounge in a hammock beneath swaying palm trees, take walks along the shore, or enjoy water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, or paddle boarding.

The nearby beach bar is the perfect spot to relax with a refreshing rum punch and take in the stunning views of Grand Cayman’s coastline. It’s an ideal spot for solo travelers looking for some relaxation and tranquility!

Plus, Rum Point is home to a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops offering something for everyone.

17. Play With Dolphins

Visit the dolphins in Grand Cayman
Visit the dolphins in Grand Cayman

Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman is an interactive facility that is home to a variety of different species of dolphins. It offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.

You can choose guided tours and in-water experiences and enjoy activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and even hugging dolphins.

They also run educational programs to teach the importance of conservation and dolphin welfare.

Dedicated to providing a healthy home for its residents, Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman states that they are committed to safe and responsible activities.

18. Visit Queen Elisabeth II Botanic Park

For a tranquil and peaceful experience, be sure to check out Queen Elisabeth II Botanic Park on Grand Cayman.

Here, you’ll find over 65 acres of lush gardens filled with vibrant tropical plants and wildlife. The park offers guided tours throughout the grounds, allowing visitors to learn more about the local environment and history of the island.

Take the combo tour to Queen Elisabeth Botanic Garden and Pedros Castle at the same time!

19. Explore Pedros Castle

Take a step back in time and explore the Pedros Castle on Grand Cayman.

This historic fort was built by the Spanish over two hundred years ago and stands as a reminder of their colonization of the island.

With its weathered walls, grand turrets, and breathtaking views, you can’t help but ponder the dramatic history of the Caribbean region as a whole!

The castle is open to the public and offers a fascinating glimpse into Grand Cayman’s past.

You can also take the combo tour to Pedros Castle and the Queen Elisabeth Botanic Garden.

20. Have A Marg At Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville

For a taste of Grand Cayman’s tasty things to do, be sure to check out Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. This beachfront hotspot is the perfect place for solo travelers looking for a good time!

Guests can enjoy food and drinks and a vibing Caribbean atmosphere while taking in grand views of the ocean and nearby mountains.

The restaurant also features live music, outdoor bars, and a vibrant atmosphere that hopefully makes you feel happy! And don’t forget to try the signature margarita!

21. Go Kayaking

Kayaking is a wonderful way to explore the elements and the sea world, so close to everything, just inches above the surface!

These guided trips will take you through some of Grand Cayman’s most beautiful waters, allowing you to explore hidden coves and get super close to local wildlife.

Along the way, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to stop for some snorkeling and swimming in Grand Cayman’s turquoise waters.

When deciding on unforgettable things to do in Grand Cayman, be sure to check out the kayaking tours!

22. Go to Hell (And Back!)

The particular dark grey stone structures at Hell, on Grand Cayman
Go to Hell and back

Grand Cayman is one of the few places in the world where you can safely “go to Hell” – and back!

This special destination is a limestone formation that some think looks like it could have been pulled straight from the depths of hell, forming sharp rock formations interrupted by greenish water.

It’s an interesting spot, but the area is very small, and unless you have an above-average interest in rocks, this place is done in a couple of minutes, really.

23. Spend A Day In George Town

Red parasols along the boardwalk in George Town Grand Cayman
George Town boardwalk

Spend a few hours in George Town, too, the capital of the Cayman Islands! This small city is the capital of the Caymans and features a vibrant mix of culture and history.

Here, you can explore colonial architecture, sample Grand Cayman cuisine, and occasionally take part in lively street festivals. Beautiful art galleries and other top-notch shopping, including duty-free shops and delicious eateries.

And wherever you go, there are jewelry shops and clock shops in George Town!

Where To Stay Grand Cayman Traveling Solo

The Locale Hotel pool at night

There are no adults-only resorts in Grand Cayman, which would have been a good criterion for a solo traveler.

But there are a wide range of great places to stay.

But here are three top-rated places to stay in Grand Cayman with lots of activities and possibilities to socialize in common areas and with activities – if you want to!

📍 EpicNomadLife Tip: 3 Top-rated places to stay Grand Cayman:

FAQs Grand Cayman!

Why Solo Travel Grand Cayman?

Grand Cayman is an ideal destination for solo travelers who are looking for great things to do and explore on their own; it is safe, fun, and not too big!

Whether you’re up for an action-packed vaycay or just want to take it easy with some sightseeing, it’s up to you.

Enjoy some peace and tranquility in the Caribbean sun and have plenty of opportunities to meet new people – if you want to!

Go for a bike ride, lounge on the beach or the pool by yourself, or stroll through Camana Bay or George Town in your own company.

Also read: Easy Guide: How To Plan A Solo Trip For Beginners

Is Grand Cayman Worth Visiting?

I would say YES!

Grand Cayman is a perfect destination for a traditional Caribbean getaway, with dazzling shiny blue waters and miles of pristine white sand.

Beneath the surface lies an untouched wet and wild side that you also want to explore. A world that is rich with flora-filled trails, shipwrecks, and rare species of sea life that will take your breath away!

Grand Cayman also offers an abundance of colorful, culturally rich art and craftwork to admire with your feet all dry.

Not to mention the amazing short-traveled seafood! Phew!

What Are The Cayman Islands Famous For?

Grand Cayman, along with its smaller siblings Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are mostly famous for being idyllic getaways for travelers (and ex-pats).

With crystal clear blue waters for diving or snorkeling, tantalizing food options, and engaging wildlife marine experiences like Stingray City, which is unique to Grand Cayman.

Put in the Seven Mile Beach, Camana Bay shopping, and a variety of hotels and accommodation options – Grand Cayman has everything you could possibly want from a tropical escape – and more!

Where Are The Cayman Islands Located?

Situated in the far west of the Caribbean Sea, you find the Cayman Islands approximately 450 miles south of Miami, Florida, and 272 miles northwest of Jamaica.

It is a really tiny island group in the Caribbean, but so rich in adventure, flora, and fauna!

When Is The Best Time To Visit The Cayman Islands?

The ideal period to visit the Cayman Islands is during the dry season; in the winter months.

The wide interpretation of this is November through April, but be aware December and January might be a bit chilly at night! The perfect spot is between February through April.

You might want to avoid the wet season from May through October and probably avoid the hurricane season around August and September.

If you don’t mind a bit of strong weather or heat, you can always go whenever you want!

What Are The Best Caribbean Islands For Solo Female Travel?

I have a whole article JUST about that!

You can read the article here to find out what are the best destinations for solo female travel to the Caribbean, and why!

Wrap-Up Grand Cayman Things To Do Traveling Solo

If you like traveling solo because you have all the magic moments to yourself, you can perfectly achieve that on Grand Cayman by exploring on your own. Grand Cayman is perfect for solo travelers, as it is very safe, and the island is not too big!

There are a lot of adventures you can do alone, enjoy your own company (or that of an audiobook or podcast), or join a group to socialize if and when you want to.

If you want all the perks of solo travel but also like to hang around people, there is also a variety of group tours and activities you can embark upon in Grand Cayman. I am confident you will have a wonderful solo time; I certainly had a blast.

EpicNomadLife tip: Make sure you book a “romantic table for one” at Agua restaurant at Camana Bay, a perfect end to a great day.

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