There’s so much more to Cayman than Seven Mile – from hiking trails to secluded coves to historic houses – and a road trip is one of the best ways to explore the island’s hidden gems.

We’re lucky to have flat, straight, coast-hugging roads that circle nearly the whole of Grand Cayman. There are miles of open highway, lesser-known beauty spots and laid-back fish shacks to entice the explorer in you. What’s more, the island’s size means you can tick off several sights at a leisurely pace and still be home in time for dinner. Time to fuel up and put your foot to the floor.

Getting around

To make your road trip even more of a memorable adventure, why not rent a shiny new set of wheels? Maybe a sleek convertible, so you can cruise along with the wind in your hair, or go for true island explorer-style in a Jeep.

Browse the options at Alamo Rent A Car, Avis Cico or Economy & Discount Cars. For something a little different, unleash your inner Hell’s Angel by taking Cayman Custom Cycles’ daily Harley Davidson tour. Leathers optional.

If you don’t fancy getting behind the wheel yourself, take an island tour with a local guide. Hop in a Land Rover with Cayman Safari Adventures for an intrepid open-air experience, focusing on the unspoilt eastern and western extremities of the island. Thanks to the 4X4 vehicles and smaller group sizes, you can head off the beaten track unlike typical tourist buses. We also rate the National Trust’s 3.5-hour “Paradise Discovered” tour, which delves into cultural sights like the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and Mission House.

Grand Cayman’s public bus system operates several routes, connecting all the districts. You can hop on and off for as little as $2 and flag down a passing mini-bus at any point. For more details on routes and schedules contact 945-5100.

East End Adventures versus The Wild, Wild West (Bay)

From the pastel-hued houses of Boggy Sand Road to the black limestone of Hell in West Bay, there are photo-ops aplenty when you follow West Bay’s latticework of tree-lined lanes. Pause to watch fishermen hauling in their catch at Batabano and kite surfers at Barkers. Over in the Eastern Districts, meanwhile, natural wonders like the Crystal Caves and the Mastic Trail provide the perfect escape from your day-to-day bubble. Colorful fish or jerk shacks and roadside coconut stalls offer sustenance along the way.

Circumnavigate Cayman Brac

Hidden caves, nature trails and world-renowned bird-watching await on rugged Cayman Brac. Every visitor should take advantage of Nature Cayman’s free guided road tour (naturecayman.com); three to four hours is enough to cover all the major land-based attractions. Or go freestyle by renting your own wheels from B&S Motoring Ventures or CB Rent-a-Car. Be sure to pull over at one of the hiking routes, clearly marked by ceramic signs at the roadside, as the island has some eight miles of public trails to pound.

Scoot or cycle on Little Cayman

Almost no traffic and a speed limit of just 25 mph makes Little Cayman a breeze to travel around on two wheels.

Most hotels here have free bicycles to borrow. Or you can rent scooters from Scooten! Scooters!, which brings its fuel-efficient Yamaha models direct to your door with a full tank of gas. Look out for road signs proclaiming: “Iguanas have the right of way.”