Destination guide

Enjoy nature and culture near Grand Cayman vacation homes

Grand Cayman combines arts and culture with beautiful scenery and outdoor fun to create the perfect beachside retreat. From swimming with massive stingrays in crystal-clear water to exploring the traditional architecture while shopping for luxury goods, Grand Cayman has an excursion that appeals to both nature lovers and those who appreciate the finer things. Vacation home rentals in Grand Cayman can be found throughout the island, ensuring that you’re close to the locations that matter most.

History

Experience Grand Cayman history

Grand Cayman has a long and rich history that’s celebrated in various heritage sites and museums. Pedro St. James, an 18th-century home and grounds with historic displays and educational exhibits, and the Cayman Islands National Museum, a museum featuring exhibits on cultural and natural history of the islands, are ideal for history buffs. The Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef is a dive site and remnant of a submarine rescue vessel that was sunk to create a beautiful coral reef, and the Cayman Motor Museum offers dozens of exotic and classic car and motorbike exhibits to excite vehicle enthusiasts. Vacation homes in the area put you within easy access of these interesting historic sites.

Things to do

Explore all Grand Cayman has to offer from cottage rentals

Grand Cayman offers boundless opportunities for excitement and fun, though there are some must-see destinations for your retreat. Vacation homes are available near some of the top destinations, including Stingray City, a series of shallow sandbars that attract a huge population of large southern stingrays. The Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter is a breeding center that offers snorkeling with turtles, tropical-bird feeding, and a pool, making it a great choice for animal lovers. Seven Mile Beach, a scenic spot for swimming and snorkeling among the creatures dwelling in the colorful coral reef, and Camana Bay, a bayside retail and entertainment district with blocks of shops and restaurants, are some other highlights.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Grand Cayman

Do you want to discover top things to see and do while you're in the area? Travelers enjoy Grand Cayman for its snorkeling, scuba diving and boating. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that Grand Cayman has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • North Sound Golf Course (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Cayman Crazy Golfing Mini Golf (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • Dolphin Cove (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Dolphin Discovery (11.6 mi / 18.6 km)
  • Cayman Turtle Farm (11.6 mi / 18.6 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Grand Cayman

Travelers speak highly of Grand Cayman for its snorkeling. If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 90°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Grand Cayman

Travelers enjoy Grand Cayman for its island views and seaside. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Grand Cayman is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Rum Point (3.3 mi / 5.4 km)
  • Boatswain's Beach (11.6 mi / 18.7 km)
  • Stingray City (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Star Fish Point (2.8 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Starfish Beach (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • North Sound (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
Beaches

Seaside fun in Grand Cayman

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly beachside fun or extreme watersports and adventure, Grand Cayman has a diverse range of beaches near local vacation homes. Spotts Beach is a quiet, palm-framed beach with a tranquil energy and beautiful scenery for snorkeling, while Rum Point Beach has just enough waves and wind for watersports like surfing, paddleboarding, and windsurfing. Smith’s Barcadere is a sandy cove that’s perfect for families with small children, thanks to its soft sand and gentle water, and Starfish Point is a relaxed, secluded beach with shallow water and colorful starfish, offering a quiet retreat.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Grand Cayman

The nearest airport is in George Town (GCM-Owen Roberts Intl.), located 7.4 mi (12 km) from the city center.

Restaurants and bars

Culinary delight in Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman offers some of the unique tastes of the Caribbean blended with authentic dishes of the islands, creating an exciting culinary experience that’s sure to create new favorites. Whether you prefer seafood shacks or five-star dining, you’ll find a range of restaurants with recipes that combine classic cuisine with local ingredients bursting with flavor. No matter your craving, vacation rentals in Grand Cayman ensure you’re close to all the tastes the islands have to offer.

Essential info

Key facts for your summer rental stay in Grand Cayman

Travel to Grand Cayman requires a valid passport, and you need to declare all goods coming into the country. Though the Cayman Islands have their own currency, U.S. currency is used interchangeably on the islands. No vaccinations are needed to travel to Grand Cayman, but pets require an import permit application and a health certificate that includes a current rabies lab report. Wi-Fi and internet can be found in many local establishments and vacation rentals.

Where to stay around Grand Cayman?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 844 vacation rentals near Grand Cayman. From 195 Houses to 82 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Grand Cayman for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Grand Cayman?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Grand Cayman. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Seven Mile Beach: 452 vacation rentals
  • Rum Point: 173 vacation rentals
  • North Side: 848 vacation rentals
  • Ritz-Carlton: 43 vacation rentals
  • George Town: 757 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Grand Cayman! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Grand Cayman?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Grand Cayman:

  • Rum Point: 173 rentals
  • North Side: 848 rentals
  • George Town: 757 rentals
  • West Bay: 524 rentals
  • East End: 283 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Grand Cayman?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Grand Cayman. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rum Point: 173 rentals
  • Camana Bay: 848 rentals
  • Grand Cayman Blow Holes: 829 rentals
  • Starfish Beach: 849 rentals
  • Cayman Islands National Museum: 811 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Grand Cayman listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.