Three years in a row, we have traveled to the island of Grand Cayman for our annual family vacation.
Pier at Rum Point
Grand Cayman is a fabulous island for kids for the following reasons:
For us, Grand Cayman is a direct flight from Newark, NJ. (Kids are much less cranky if they don’t have to wait around in airports.)
Huge Variety of Condos:
Although there are plenty of beautiful resorts on Grand Cayman, we love the large selection of condos to rent. Most of them are located right on Seven Mile Beach where you are just steps away from the water. As a family of four, we love having the extra space…and you can’t beat the location!
And you can’t beat the convenience of your own refrigerator and freezer…
Seven Mile Beach:
Need I say more? Each year, Seven Mile Beach is recognized one the best beaches in the world. Over the years, my husband and I have traveled all over the Caribbean and this beach is one of our favorites!
View from the 3rd Floor at the Avalon.
View from the 2nd Floor at the Avalon.
Not only does the island have a huge selection of great restaurants but most are kid friendly. Each year, our kids love eating at the Wharf where they can take part in fish feedings and other entertainment.
Of course, if you go to Coconut Joe’s, you may have to put up with the occasional chicken at lunch! My kids loved this…(I did not).
The kids loved the parrots in some of the restaurants.
Our annual drive to Rum Point on the other side of the island promises an enjoyable day filled with water sports, lunch and laying on the hammocks!
Kid Friendly Attractions:
Of course, there is the famous Stingray City which is pretty amazing! We haven’t taken the kids there yet but my husband and I visited several years ago. Close to the Seven Mile Beach area, you will find the famous town of “Hell”. Known for some interesting rock formations, it’s basically a little tourist trap of a gift shop with a funny guy dressed like the devil. Though, it’s still worth visiting once!
My kids love the Turtle Farm the most though!
(This place has gotten a bit overpriced and needs to be taken care of a little better…but the kids love it!)
Another family favorite is the Bodden Town Pirates Caves…
Of course, the kids loved climbing around in the caves. Although I think they were most amused when a parrot pooped on my husband’s head!
This picture was taken at the now closed Butterfly Farm but apparently the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a wonderful place to visit and they have a Blue Iguana!
Atlantis Submarines provides real submarine rides and glass bottom boat tours. We chose the glass bottom boat tour which was cheaper, less scary and safer (according to me). Somehow, we ended up being the only family so we had our own private tour!
Grand Cayman has “real” hospitals, doctors, etc – unlike some of the other islands where you might expect a witch doctor to ride up on a donkey…(Just great for a hypochondriac like myself ). Seriously, things do cross my mind like what would happen if one of us came down with appendicitis or something?!
Low Crime Rate:
As a parent, safety is always a concern for me. Since my husband likes to get the ground floor unit so we can walk out to the sand, it’s nice to feel safe.
View from a ground floor unit at The Avalon.
If you are looking for a place to take the kids in the Caribbean, definitely consider Grand Cayman!
What are your favorite places to take your family?