We've had a lot of guests over the last 6 months and I love showing off our little island to visitors but many people perceive Grand Cayman to be an expensive place to visit, and in a lot of ways they'd be right, but there are plenty of things to do that are free and suitable for even the strictest holiday budgets.
There are too many options to mention here - enough in fact that I might do a separate post about them! From the beautiful coral and wrecks Downtown (seriously, jumping into the water in the port is well worth it!) to the idyllic and peaceful reef off the shore of Cemetery beach in West Bay, to swimming alongside turtles in Spotts. Not to mention exploring the famous Kittiwake shipwreck. Visit Don Fosters downtown or Divers Supply on Seven Mile Beach to rent or buy equipment if you haven't bought your own, and chat to some of the staff about their favorite spots.
2. Explore Camana Bay and see both sides of the island
Wander along the Paseo and climb the 75ft high observation tower for 360 views of the Grand Cayman. From here you can see both world famous seven mile beach, as well as the North Sound. On the way up marvel at the mosaic depicts the marine life you would see if you were 40ft deep in the ocean and keeps you entertained on the way up so you almost don't notice your legs working their way up the endless stairs! There is a lift for those who need it.
3. Road Trip!
Ok so you have to pay for the gas but if you have a rental car or can borrow someone's, it would be criminal not to take the journey around the island to East End, stopping for a compulsory selfie at Lovers Wall and getting soaked at the Blowholes. Over the Edge is a great spot for lunch, or pack a picnic and enjoy it in one of the shaded beach cabanas at Colliers Public Beach. Cool off in the crystal clear waters by jumping off the end of the dock before continuing your drive to Rum Point to spend the rest of the afternoon snoozing in a hammock.
4. Go for a beach walk..
Forget your worries, leave your troubles behind and take a stroll along one of Cayman's white sandy beaches. Seven Mile beach is an obvious choice and puts on a good show every sunset.
5. Hike the Mastic Trail.
Work up an appetite along this two-mile hike and check out some of Cayman's native wildlife on this moderately challenging trail. You can easily self-guide just make sure you take enough water and cell phone in case you get in trouble.
6. Get arty!
The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands was rehoused into a new building only a few years ago and now offers an interesting and contemporary tour through some of the caribbean's finest works of art. Check the website for details of the latest exhibitions.
What are your favorite things to do for free in Cayman?