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If you go to Grand Cayman

The view is closeup and personal in Stingray City off Grand Cayman Island.David Arnold for The Boston Globe

Where to eat

Grand Old House

648 South Church St., George Town


This beautiful old plantation home serves delicious and creative food and drinks, and offers indoor dining and amazing sunsets from the deck tables.


898 Queens Highways, East End Grand Cayman


Try the crab and croc fritters, or the Walk-About soup, or any of the tasty concoctions of Australian chef-owner Ron Hargrave.

Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort

1149 Seven Mile Beach


The resort has a few top-notch restaurants. For more casual dining, try the Beach House, which has small and large plates, scrumptious desserts, and fun drinks.


What to do

Go to Hell

Hell Post Office, Hell Road, West Bay

This speck on the map includes a post office and souvenir shop, the better to buy and mail postcards with a Hell postmark. On summer days, it is hot as, well, hell.

Seven Mile Beach

This is the sandiest expanse on the island. Take your towel and find a spot. No beach is private, even at resorts such as the Westin and the Ritz-Carlton. Snorkeling is good at Cemetery Beach on the north end.

Stingray City

Find a local charter to take you to the Stingray City sandbar, where you can mingle with the tame rays, who will even eat out of your hand. We took a catamaran with Red Sail Sports on Seven Mile Beach, which made a snorkeling stop first, then on to the stingrays. Prices vary among operators. We paid $40 each — a steep discount since our daughter is “local.”

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

East End


This beautiful park includes woodland trails, an orchid boardwalk, hundreds of palm species, a “colour garden” and lily pad ponds, and is the habitat of the highly endangered blue iguana. Admission $10.


Seven Fathoms Rum Distillery


Call and they will direct you to their hard-to-find George Town distillery. Tours are $15 a person and include generous sips of their various rums.