Best family-friendly activities in the Cayman Islands
By Hannah Barnard on 6th June, 2018
Cayman is an incredibly child-friendly place – it’s safe and secure and the beaches are mostly perfect for kids, with gently sloping sands and crystal clear waters. There is also a treasure trove of activities to keep big kids and little ones amused all vacation long. We’ve rounded up some of the best family-friendly activities on the Cayman Islands…
Best family-friendly activities in the Cayman Islands – beach days
Seven Mile Beach is THE place to go with kids. If you are staying in a hotel or condo you will most likely have your own select section of this wondrous, award-winning beach on which to play. But not to worry if you are staying inland or away from Seven Mile as there is still plenty of public access to this beach all along its length and there are also various public beaches all around the island, from West Bay to East End, all worth a visit.
Rum Point in North Side is a particularly idyllic spot for youngsters with its shallow waters just ripe for a splash about! Kids can go snorkeling in and around the waters and there are some great beach toys for hire for older kids, such as stand up paddleboards, kayaks and more.
Best family-friendly activities in the Cayman Islands – kids snorkelling at Turtle Centre
Camana Bay is a popular spot for families for so many reasons, especially for youngsters who love nothing more than to splash about in the many water fountains dotted around this great location. Place a kid in a swimming costume, give them a few toys to play with and squirt water at them and they will amuse themselves for hours!
Starfish Village is a unique child enrichment centre in Camana Bay which offers cool respite from the heat for youngsters. Parents can leave their children in supervised play or stay with them to enjoy some one-to-one time with their children.
Good old fashioned fun
There are a number of parks dotted all around the island, in West Bay, South Sound, East End, North Side and Bodden Town. Look for shady picnic areas, nature trails, sanded playgrounds filled with swings, slides, climbing frames and more. There’s even an open-air amphitheatre overlooking the water at the Dart Family Park in South Sound.
For the active kid
Located just east of the capital, there’s a myriad of activities at King’s Sports Centre that will keep young people entertained, including ten pin bowling, an indoor skating rink and rock wall climbing.
Best family-friendly activities on the Cayman Islands – Waterslide fun at the Turtle Centre
The Cayman Turtle Centre
The Cayman Turtle Centre offers families a full day of fun. Start your day with a tour viewing these majestic creatures at various stages of their life, then visit the touch tanks and actually hold a turtle for yourself! Check out Smiley’s Saltwater Lagoon, complete with its very own crocodile named, you guessed… Smiley! Cool off in the huge Breaker’s Lagoon swimming pool, complete with the Turtle Twister water slide. A large and breezy restaurant is a great pit stop when tummies are rumbling.
Water park day out
At the Harbour Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, kids can have a fantastic time playing in their StarFish Cay waterpark. It’s fun for all ages and day passes are available. You don’t have to be a guest at the resort to enjoy this brilliant amenity and it’s especially fun for birthdays.
Best family-friendly activities on the Cayman Islands – a day at Dolphin Discovery
Swim with dolphins
Getting up close with nature is a huge experience for kids and dolphins are among some of the friendliest and most intelligent creatures known to man. Luckily, Grand Cayman has two dolphin parks – Dolphin Discovery and Dolphin Cove, each with the dolphins’ welfare at the heart of what they do. Swimming with dolphins is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will stay with you and your family forever. Each dolphin experience is extremely well supervised and there are lots of photo opportunities to ensure you keep those special memories of your dolphin adventure forever.
Visitors can choose from four exciting activities. There’s no need to be a great swimmer or have any special skills; everyone can enjoy swimming with dolphins.
Both dolphinariums are certified by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums for exceeding the international standards of animal welfare. Interactive programmes with dolphins emphasise environmental education, thereby developing the ecological education of our guests by means of interaction with marine mammals.
Inflatable playground & obstacle course
One of Cayman’s newest fun activities is Oasis Aqua Park. This inflatable park has created huge excitement among Cayman’s younger generation and is a big draw for our visitors as well. This brilliantly designed activity will keep youngsters (and mums and dads!) amused for ages. Compete against each other to see who can complete the entire course in the quickest time!
I scream for ice cream!
Grand Cayman has a plentiful supply of ice cream shops selling sweet treats for all the family, some that will be household names and some that may be unique to Cayman that you really should try! Gelato & Co is one such café that your kids will ask to come back to, time and time again, because their delicious gelatos and sorbets are so tempting. Made from fresh, natural ingredients that are often sourced on-island, their frozen treats are packed with flavour. Find Gelato & Co in Camana Bay and also in the heart of George Town on Cardinall Avenue among the fantastic shops downtown. Bacio is this writer’s favourite.
Starfish Point sits at Water Cay just a little further on from the excellent Kaibo resort in North Side. This is quite a magical place where people often spot an abundance of starfish nestled in shallow waters that are clear enough for great viewing and photos, but please don’t take the starfish out of the water.
Dart Family Park
The Dart Family Park in South Sound is the perfect stop for youngsters who want to let off a bit of steam outdoors under a canopy of cool trees, with swings and climbing frames and all the usual apparatus necessary to have fun! As the park is located next to the headquarters of the National Trust, it gives visitors the chance to also explore the National Trust’s fun gift shop. Families can find out about the great work the National Trust does for the Islands.
For more vacation inspiration and family-friendly activities in the Cayman Islands check out this post on the best family-friendly places to eat!