While the Grand Cayman island is only 22 miles long, there is so much to do! To help you plan your trip, we've created this guide to the Grand Cayman (see the links to the various pages above). Since Sunrise Villa is located in the middle of the island, you are a short drive to so much! The main road that runs the entire length of the island goes by the Villa. So you can turn either left or right as you leave the villa and find plenty to see and do! Go to our Location, Maps and Weather page for maps.
The great beach on the east end
Turn Right: The Eastern Loop Tour
To explore the quiet side of Grand Cayman, we have mapped out a very scenic 43-mile loop to drive. Here is the tour with approximate mile and kilometer markers.
Mile 0.0/Kilometer 0.0: Turn right onto Bodden Town Road in front of Sunrise Villa
Mile 0.2/Kilometer 0.3: The Pirate's Caves: Explore underground caves where pirates hid their treasure. It's family fun with a walk through tropical plants, trees and a mini-zoo. Across the road is a oceanside cemetery with some pirate graves!
Mile 7.3/Kilometer 11.7: Enjoy watching the waves crash into Heritiage Bluff. Walk down on the rocky shore.
Mile 8.8/Kilometer 14.2: Just past a beige church on the left, look for a small picnic area on the left and broken up steps leading to the beach on the right. Park here and take the steps to the rocky shore to watch the ocean waves shoot up through one of the few remaining blow holes. Hurricane Ivan destroyed some of the blow holes (and the steps/signage too).
Mile 11.7/Kilometer 18.8: Vivine's Kitchen: A great lunch stop with real home cooking - in a home! Limited menu changes daily.
Mile 12.4/Kilometer 20: Portifino's: This is one of our picks for dinner in our Restaurant Guide.
Mile 13.2/Kilometer 21.3: Beach access and a small oceanside picnic area.
Mile 14.3/Kilometer 23: The Reef Resort: Park on the road here and walk down to a beautiful beach. It's a great place to enjoy the sand, sun, water, and a few drinks from their oceanside bar. (See photo of this east end beach at top.)
Mile 19.9/Kilometer 32: At the stop sign, turn right toward Rum Point.
Plenty of water activities await at Rum Point
Enjoy a drink at the Wreck Bar at Rum Point
The beautiful turquoise waters of Rum Point
Relax on a Rum Point hammock
Mile 27/Kilometer 43.5: The road ends at Rum Point (named after barrels of rum washed ashore after a shipwreck many years ago) with a nice stretch of beach with lots of chairs and a few hammocks for premium relaxation. Get a drink at the Wreck Bar or order lunch from one of the picnic tables. Swim in the shallow and safe water. There is a large variety of rentals for water activities. After your time at Rum Point, head back in the opposite direction on the same road.
Mile 34/Kilometer 55: In Northside, continue on Frank Sound Drive (do not turn left and return via Queens Highway).
Mile 36.4/Kilometer 58.5: Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a lush tropical oasis, spread out over 65 acres. It is filled with an impressive array of plants native to Cayman, the region, and tropical regions from around the world. It is also home to a number of the island's endangered Blue Iguanas. Go to their web site.
Mile 38.5/Kilometer 62: Turn Right at end of Frank Sound Drive
Mile 43.5/Kilometer 70: Return to Sunrise Villa on the left (immediately past post office on right)
Turn Left: George Town and Seven Mile Beach
Turn left from the Sunrise Villa and drive about 10 miles to downtown George Town. Take a map so you can navigate the roads with ease. Try to avoid the morning and afternoon rush hours, since traffic often backs up a bit. Shopping in George Town on Grand Cayman is not only fun, but it can save you lots of money. In addition to local arts and crafts, there are world-class stores selling fine jewelry and brand name merchandise duty-free. In general, you can save 10 to 20% on watches and jewelry in the Cayman Islands, compared to the United States. Don't miss the glass blowing demonstrations at Island Glassblowing Studio, next to Burger King on North Church Street. There are plenty of restaurants to visit. See our Restaurant Guide for our recommendations. The Butterfly Farm is one of our Top 10 attractions. See a PDF map of George Town.
Public Beach on 7-Mile Beach
Continue past George Town to reach the popular (and touristy) Seven Mile Beach, lined with hotels, restaurants, and shopping. See our Beaches Guide to discover the best places to stop to enjoy the beach. Also see a Seven Mile Beach map.
Just past Seven Mile Beach, you will reach West Bay. Be careful, because you may wind up going to Hell! In fact, many folks do. Read about this fun stop in our Top 10 Things To Do. See a West Bay map.
Other great stops include the Turtle Farm (another Top 10 featured place) and a visit to Stingray City.
Located 480 miles south of Miami in the quiet western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travelers, honeymooners and families. World renowned for its beaches and diving spots, and ranked as the world's fifth largest financial center, the Cayman Islands offer exciting recreational opportunities along with friendly, high quality, modern service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, visit www.caymanislands.ky or www.divecayman.ky.
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