When was the last time you got in the car and did a road trip around the island? Just because you drive back and forth to work or school doesn’t mean you’re drinking in the sights as you go. Plan a day out where you make stops in every district. You’d be surprised what adventure, culture and history there is to discover.
The coastal drive in West Bay is one of the prettiest in Grand Cayman because in the early stages you get a view of Seven Mile Beach and George Town Harbour from a completely different vantage point.
Make your towards North West Point where the Turtle Farm, complete with fun park activities for the whole family, is offering specials for residents over the summer; the Cayman Motor Museum waits with its gleaming collection of vintage automobiles, and you can stop for a bite to eat and a beverage at Cracked Conch.
The district of West Bay is also home to Hell, Calypso Grill and Morgan’s Harbour. It’s an excellent place to start your journey.
The Islands’ capital, formally known as Hog Sty Bay, is home to a number of historical buildings and monuments.
Stop by the National Gallery to wander through the latest fascinating exhibit, and then move to the heart of the town where you can visit the National Museum to learn about the interesting artifacts on display.
Did you know that the Elmslie Memorial United Church was designed by Captain Rayal Bodden, with its roof made to look like the hull of a ship turned upside down? You can also see his hand in the George Town Post Office and the Public Library. These strong buildings have stood the test of time and are great examples of early local architecture influenced by the Islands’ maritime history.
If the craft market on South Church Street is open, it is definitely worth a look.
You’ll want to take your time driving to Savannah, which means you can drive along the coast from George Town through picturesque South Sound before hitting Shamrock Road heading east.
The Cayman Islands Brewery is on the way, creator of local Caybrew beers. You don’t want to drink and drive, but you could pick up a six-pack to enjoy later.
When you get to Savannah, take a right at the road leading to Pedro St. James, otherwise known as Pedro Castle. The castle has been restored and offers the Pedro Theatre with a 3D multi-sensory presentation.
This district was the original capital of the Cayman Islands, and therefore has a treasure trove of historical locations to see, including Guard House Hill, Gun Square, The Mission House and the Slave Wall.
Children will be sure to enjoy the Pirate Caves, so take some time to visit them as well.
There are great views of the sea from the road that goes through this lovely little part of the island, with many more shades of blue running through the water than off the Seven Mile coast.
When you go through Breakers on the way to East End, you might want to have a bite to eat and a beverage at The Lighthouse Restaurant if you’re in the area around its opening hours. It has a fabulous deck that stretches out over the water offering unparalleled views of the open sea.
Feeling energetic? Consider walking the Mastic Trail through the National Trust’s Reserve which starts in Breakers and goes two miles into the wildlife of the island. It takes the average person three hours to complete, but the memory of it will last much longer.
Once you reach the easternmost district, keep your eyes peeled for the Wreck of the Ten Sails best seen from the veranda of Tukka Restaurant or maybe take a dive with Ocean Frontiers. Some of Grand Cayman’s most pristine dive sites are located in East End.
East End is populated with many multi-coloured Caribbean-style homes and has a nice, laid back atmosphere.
Once you’ve gone through East End you’ll find yourself on the northeast coast, a largely undeveloped area of green land with the odd residence popping up from time to time.
As you make your way to the Cayman Kai area it becomes more developed, approaching the famous Rum Point where the original mudslide is said to have been created.
This is a great spot to hang out on the beach and have a burger and a beverage, or drive on to Kaibo Yacht Club with beach seating and an award-winning restaurant upstairs.
You can take the kids for a walk along the beach and maybe you’ll see some starfish. This area is known for them.
Instead of retracing your steps all the way, take the route down the centre of the island and pull in at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Beyond the amazing grounds, flowers and birds, you’ll witness one of the Islands’ most incredible indigenous creatures – the Blue Iguana.
It’s a wonderful way to end your road trip day as you head back west towards the sunset.