Genteel British culture and laid-back Caribbean attitude combine on Grand Cayman to make an unforgettable vacation destination for guests of Royal Holiday Cruises. While the windswept island itself is flat and scrubby, Royal Holiday Cruises visitors will soon discover that the island’s real treasures lie in the easy-going island culture as well as beneath the turquoise waters, where exotic fish swim among spectacular corals.
Seven Mile Beach
Perhaps Grand Cayman’s most famous attraction, Seven Mile Beach draws tourists from all over the world to experience is powdery white sand, fantastic snorkeling, and exciting beach culture. Most of Grand Cayman’s resort entertainment is concentrated along this long stretch of beautiful sand, surf, and sun.
A network of shallow sandbars in Grand Cayman’s North Sound, Stingray City is a place where thousands of southern stingrays congregate in the warm waters. Here, Royal Holiday Cruises members can float among the gentle creatures, and even feed them by hand.
Pedro St. James Castle
Located on a scenic sea cliff, Pedro St. James Castle was built in 1780 and is Grand Cayman’s oldest existing structure. Formerly a residence and then a jail, Pedro St. James has been faithfully restored, including mahogany flooring, grand verandas, and period fixtures. The building has a gorgeous vista over the Caribbean, and sits on eight acres of beautiful native plant gardens.
Elegantly designed and beautifully situated, the upscale Cracked Conch restaurant serves innovative seafood dishes with a delicious Caribbean flair. With its views from the multi-tiered patio and tiki bar, this popular establishment is a true Caribbean treat for Royal Holiday Cruises guests.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
Host to a number of different display gardens, wilderness preservation areas, trails, and other features, the 65-acre Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park showcases native flowers, plants, and fauna. Walking along the Woodland Trail, Royal Holiday Cruises visitors will see species from every type of environment on Grand Cayman, including protected blue iguanas, which are unique to the island.
As a major forum for artistic interaction and dialog on Grand Cayman, the National Gallery focuses on highlighting traditional crafts of the islands, as well as the works of Caymanian artists. The National Gallery also often hosts international exhibits, extensive public outreach programs, and high-profile multimedia shows every year, thus making it a true cultural epicenter of the Cayman Islands.
Camana Bay Observation Tower
A double-spiral staircase winds elegantly to the top of the 75-foot Camana Bay Observation Tower, where Royal Holiday Cruises visitors can take in a panoramic view of the Grand Cayman island. Its gorgeous, aquatic-themed mosaics make this tower a truly unique Cayman sight.
Cayman Turtle Farm
Hosting over half a million visitors annually, the Cayman Turtle Farm is one of the island’s biggest attractions. The Farm serves as a major conservation project for green sea turtles, a nature park, and a producer of commercial turtle products.
Cayman Islands National Museum
The clapboard building that today houses the National Museum once served as a residence, dance hall, and jail. Today, the lower floor of the Museum hosts an overview of the ecologies of Grand Cayman, while the upper floor showcases cultural and historical exhibits.
Kitschy yet beautiful, surreal Hell is a place where visitors can view weird, shard-like geological formations amid a carnival of vendors and souvenir shops. The free admission and mystifying view from the observation deck make this favorite stop for Royal Holiday Cruises tourists.