Grand Cayman: where to stay, eat, and things to do

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hey friends! I had so many questions about where we stayed on our trip to Grand Cayman so I've compiled a post all about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while vacationing in the Cayman Islands. [pictures are from multiple different trips to GC]

Where to stay:

I have been to Grand Cayman probably 6 or 7 times and we always stay at the same place. We rent a condo at Coral Stone Club every time we go. It is prime location, right in the middle of 7 mile beach and within walking distance of numerous restaurants. My family always goes together so renting a condo works better than multiple hotel rooms. The condos at Coral Stone Club are 3 bedrooms with a large living room and kitchen area. It is right across the street from the grocery store and liquor store which is super convenient so that we can cook meals at the condo.

Coral Stone only has 37 units total so it is pretty small which is great. It is never crowded and you don't have to fight for a beach chair. It has a pool and 2 hot tubs which is perfect, especially if you are taking kids. The only downside is that since it isn't a resort, there are obviously no restaurants in the building.

The only other place I could recommend is the Ritz-Carlton. While we have never stayed there, it is right beside Coral Stone so we walk over daily for drinks at their pool bar, eat in the restaurants, etc. This is a totally different experience than staying at Coral Stone because obviously it is a resort so much more crowded. There are typically rows and rows of beach chairs and have to wake up early to reserve a spot. A very nice resort though with top notch service.

Where to eat:

+ Our favorite dinner spot is Deckers. Within walking distance from where we stay, it is our go-to dinner restaurant. They have live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and most of the seating is outside. The food and cocktails are great and the atmosphere is even better. Bonus: they have all you can eat lobster on Tuesdays and Saturdays!

Calypso Grill is another delicious dinner spot with fresh, local seafood.

+ Reef Grill is our favorite lunch spot. Throw on your coverup and walk about 1 mile down the beach to have the best bbq chicken pizza of your life. Super casual with tables right on the beach. Also, you must get the coronita with your meal!

+ Calico Jacks is a "hole in the wall" place that is always filled with locals. About a mile walk on the beach from Coral Stone, it is the perfect place to grab a burger and a Cay Brew in your bathing suit and coverup.

Catch is a delicious dinner spot that is a more upscale. I wouldn't recommend taking the kids to this restaurant, as it is a little fancier.

The Wharf is another great dinner spot right on the water. And you can feed the tarpon after your meal!

+ The Ritz is a great spot for lunch or dinner. Even if you aren't staying there, walk over in your bathing suit and sit by the pool for a delicious fish sandwich or wrap. And you cannot beat their Pina coladas! Expensive but SO worth it!!!

What to do:

Stingray City is an absolute MUST if you have never done it before. The craziest experience ever! Slightly terrifying but so cool. These stingrays are so used to people swimming with them and feeding them that they are basically tame. They are huge and feel like portobello mushrooms.

Rum Point. I have always gone by boat but you can also drive. The best rum punch ever! You can walk along the beach and dig for starfish, have a delicious fish sandwich and enjoy the views.

+ Snorkel. It doesn't matter where, but don't pass up the opportunity to look at all the colorful fish in the crystal blue waters. Added bonus if you can get to the coral reef for snorkeling! 

Planning a trip to Grand Cayman? Email me at and I'd love to help you plan!


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  1. I have never been to cayman but it's on my list! Saving this for future reference!

  2. I wish I was sitting by that water right now! It's been years since I've been to the Caymans, so bookmarking Coral Stone for future trips!

  3. Those drinks look totally delicious!!! It makes sense to grab a condo next to the resort and not fight for space!! Ahhh I would love to be sitting on that beach right now...

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