Grand Cayman is, by far, the largest and the most visited of the three Cayman Islands, and a port-of-call included in a large majority of Caribbean cruises.
The west coast of Grand Cayman features the Seven Mile Beach (the most famous beach of the archipelago) and some of the best snorkeling spots of the Island. The Wreck of the Cali, Cemetery Reef (at the north end of Seven Mile Beach), and Coconut Harbor (just north of George Town) are among the best options.
But for the original Cayman Islands attraction, book a snorkeling tour to Stingray City, a sandbar found in the North Sound (a large saltwater lagoon) of the island. Here, southern stingrays are found in abundance, and visitors are allowed to pet them, in less than 4 feet of water.
The other two islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, often called the Sister Islands, are other delightful islands. Head to Buccaneer”s Beach and the Wreck of Captain Keith Tibbetts (in Cayman Brac) or to South Hole Sound Lagoon and Point of Sand (on Little Cayman) for the best snorkeling experiences.
If you are planning a snorkeling trip to the Cayman Islands or anywhere else in the Caribbean, we recommend the excellent Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas (also available in ebook), the reference guide to ID the fish you will encounter snorkeling the islands.
There are two main seasons in the Cayman Islands. The dry season, from December to April, is the warmest and sunniest season (with an average of 81°F/27°C, July and August being the warmest months).
In the rainy season, from late May to late November, the weather is wetter and more changeable (intermittent tropical rains and sunny spells), and the air is cooler (an average of 72°F/22°C).
Snorkelers should avoid visiting the islands in August and September when tropical storms can churn the waters.
Nevertheless, the islands location in the western part of the Caribbean shields them from being hit too hard by hurricanes.”‘
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Unmissable on the shallow sandbank of Stingray City; frequent sightings at the Coral Garden
Common throughout the islands; often seen in large schools over the reef
Unmissable at Starfish Point; common throughout the islands in sandy and grassy areas
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Shallow sandbank with stingrays
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