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Western Caribbean Destinations: Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands is one of the most popular cruise ports on the Western Caribbean cruise route. Approximately 1.4 million cruise passengers visit the island annually. The cruise port is located in Georgetown, the capital city, and can accommodate up to four anchored cruise ships at a time with space in the harbor for additional ships. Grand Cayman is one of the few large ports in the Caribbean where ships do not dock- passengers must access the island by tender boat.
The island is home to tropical Caribbean attractions such as caves, forests, pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue ocean waters, and world-famous dive sites. All these fascinating features provide a host of activities for cruise guests to engage in on their port day. A few of the top options:
Seven Mile Beach
One of Grand Cayman’s best beaches is Seven Mile Beach (which is only about 6.5 miles long). On its sandy white stretches, you’ll find nearly everything you’ll need for a perfect beach day.
A shallow dropoff along the beach is great for swimming and floating, though if you want to snorkel, some spots are better than others. Head to the smaller Cemetery Beach or Governors Beach (both smaller beaches within Seven Mile Beach) to find the best coral reefs for fish and marine life.
Maximize your chances of a fantastic wildlife encounter by heading to Stingray City. The sandy cove is only a few minutes offshore and home to dozens of stingrays. The clear, warm water is no more than waist-deep, and the wild stingrays will swim around your feet and legs as they’re used to being around people.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
If water sports aren’t your thing, head instead to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. The lush park has several gardens with endemic flora, plus a healthy population of iguanas, as it’s home to a green iguana breeding program.
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