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Family Fun

Grand Cayman has all the elements necessary to have an unforgettable vacation with your family. The youngest ones can learn about the wonders of sea life and fascinating creatures at the Ambassadors of the Environment or splash around Starfish Cay, the only water park in Grand Cayman. The island has no shortage of delicious food, from kid-friendly, wood-fired pizza restaurants to grills that prepare the exceptional local seafood to perfection. And for less-active days, there’s always the option to relax on the beach — The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is on the most prime strip of Seven Mile Beach.

Day

1

MORNING
  • Deep Dive.

    Once used to recover items from the Challenger Space Shuttle, the sunken Kittiwake vessel is now one of the most well-known underwater shipwrecks for divers. It’s conveniently near Seven Mile Beach and is a haven for creatures, including sea urchin and colorful tropical fish.

MIDDAY
  • Reefs Up Close.

    See more wonders of the sea on one of Atlantis Submarines’ tours. Their watercraft safely descend 100 feet so your children, ages 4 or older, can get an intimate view of the reefs and marine life from a dry, air-conditioned environment. 

AFTERNOON
  • Enjoy an Afternoon at the Park.

    One of the largest public parks in Grand Cayman, Dart Family Park has an oceanfront playground, a small beach and tables that are perfect for a relaxed afternoon picnic.

EVENING
  • I Scream, You Scream.

    The popular Gelato and Co. Cremeria Italiana serves a rotating selection of almost 30 types of gelato and sorbet, including Key lime pie, pistachio and salted caramel. Top your selection with specialty sauces like melted Nutella or amaretti cookies.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Take Advantage of the Pristine Beaches.

    Every morning at 10:30, snorkeling lessons commence. Reserve a spot in the class or take advantage of other resort fun: swing in a hammock, take a ride in a catamaran or rent a paddleboard or water tricycle from the beach staff.

MIDDAY
  • Tour a Cave Full of Beautiful Crystals.

    Formed over millions of years, Crystal Caves is covered in an otherworldly series of crystalline stalagmites and stalactite structures. A number of wildlife creatures, including bats and parrots, can be spotted on a tour.

AFTERNOON
  • Pet and Feed Stingrays in the Ocean.

    Have the concierge book a boat tour of Stingray City, a small patch of shallow sandbars on the North Sound of the island where large but friendly stingrays gather and await visitors. Stand in the 3-feet-deep water with food and they’ll glide over to eat it, allowing you to pet their soft skin.

EVENING
  • Dine on Sophisticated but Kid-Friendly Fare.

    The casual Andiamo at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman welcomes families for alfresco dinners of freshly made pastas, risotto with lobster, pizzas with Caribbean flair like the jerk chicken, and lime-cilantro cream pie.

Day

3

MORNING
  • Flora and Fauna.

    At the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park, a variety of plants and animals are on display. Stroll through the shaded paths to learn about the fascinating blue iguana, beautiful varieties of orchids and dozens of rare birds, including the West Indies whistling duck.

MIDDAY
  • Enjoy Lunch on the Beach.

    Have a casual lunch on the shores of Seven Mile Beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s Bar Jack. The outdoor grill serves something for everyone: fish tacos made with local catches, tomato mozzarella salads and the best (dairy-free) Piña Colada on the island. Don’t miss the list of refreshing cocktails.

AFTERNOON
  • Visit an Amusement Park.

    Locked Inn is a bit like a live-action arcade. Your group works together to solve a puzzle in an altered-reality simulation room. Sign up for the “Pirate’s Cellar” sequence to go on a family hunt for Blackbeard’s hidden treasure.

EVENING
  • Plan a Magical Nighttime Adventure.

    On this guided tour by Cayman Kayaks, your family will board electric catamarans and be led by a passionate expert to bioluminescent plankton that sparkle in the water at night. Panels in the boat even detach so you can interact with the microorganisms.

Day

4

MORNING
  • Observe Starfish in Their Natural Habitat.

    At Starfish Point, a shallow, crystal-clear corner of beach on the north end of Grand Cayman, bright red starfish move along the floor of the ocean. Set in just foot-deep waters, the area is suitable for young children.

MIDDAY
  • Ride a Horse in the Water.

    Grand Cayman’s Pampered Ponies gives children and adults the rare opportunity to mount a horse on a quiet beach, ride along on the sand and then wade into the ocean. Their horses are gentle, excellent swimmers.

AFTERNOON
  • Drop the Kids Off and Take a Break.

    Bring your children to Ambassadors of the Environment or to Wave Game room for an afternoon of play while the adults escape to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s la prairie spa, the Swiss luxury wellness spa, or to the resort’s nine-hole, Greg Norman-designed golf course.

EVENING
  • Pizza Party.

    At the retro-feeling Brooklyn restaurant, bubbly crusted pizzas are prepared in a wood-fired oven. The menu has a mix of classics, like margherita and pepperoni, and some creative options, too, like the lamb-bacon-topped Midnight Express and the Orchard with pears and truffle honey.

Day

5

MORNING
  • Explore the Great Outdoors.

    On Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment eco-tours, your family will develop a greater appreciation for nature. Sign up for activities that uncover the mysteries of turtles, coral reefs and other environmental wonders.

MIDDAY
  • Get a Better View of the Island.

    One of Grand Cayman’s tallest structures, the 75-foot observation tower provides a panoramic view of the island’s beauty. Take an elevator to the top or ascend a double-helix staircase that leads past a colorful mosaic of Cayman’s coral reefs.

AFTERNOON
  • Experience the Art Scene.

    The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands promotes the area’s most talented and visionary artists. In addition to a permanent collection, the 9,000-square-foot museum features six rotating exhibits at a time that highlight local talent.

EVENING
  • Enjoy a Decadent Seafood Feast.

    Catch serves seafood every which way. Located over the water in Morgan’s Harbour, you’ll find exquisite locally caught seafood dishes such as wahoo or tuna carpaccio, hearty meat creations, tangy ceviche made with local fish and creatively crafted cocktails.