Grand Cayman - Caribbean Island Home of Stingrays, Turtles, and Hell

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    Grand Cayman - Tiki Beach

    Grand Cayman - Tiki Beach
    Things to Do on Grand Cayman Island in the Western Caribbean Grand Cayman - Tiki Beach. Grand Cayman (c) Linda Garrison

    Western Caribbean Island Is More than Just Fantastic Shopping

    Grand Cayman Island is a low, sandy island in the western Caribbean. Grand Cayman is very popular with cruise ships because the island has some of the best shopping in the Caribbean, but it also has beautiful beaches, an interesting turtle farm, and famous "stingray city".

    Cruise passengers touring Grand Cayman can spend their day shopping in town, enjoying the crystal-clear water, or visiting the village of Hell. This small tourist-trap will let you mail some postcards back home or buy a "I've been to Hell" t-shirt or other tacky souvenir. Hell takes its name from the hellacious rock formations on the site. (Of course, naming the village Hell brings in more tourists)!

    Let's take a pictorial tour of some of the highlights you can find on the island of Grand Cayman.

    More information and photos from Grand Cayman Island in the western Caribbean:

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    Cruise Ships Anchored at Grand Cayman Island

    Cruise Ships Anchored at Grand Cayman Island
    Dozens of Cruise Ships Visit Grand Cayman Each Week Cruise Ships Anchored at Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman (c) Linda Garrison

    Grand Cayman does not have a cruise ship dock, so the ships have to anchor in the harbor and use the island's tenders to go ashore.

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    Grand Cayman Island Beach Cabana

    Grand Cayman Island Beach Cabana
    Things to Do on Grand Cayman Island in the Western Caribbean Grand Cayman Island Beach Cabana. Grand Cayman (c) Linda Garrison
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    View of Grand Cayman Island from Cruise Ship

    View of Grand Caymand Island from Cruise Ship
    View of Grand Cayman Island from Cruise Ship. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Grand Cayman has no mountains (or even hills) to give it definition. The low, flat island is popular for its shopping, beach activities, and turtle farm.

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    Cruise Ships at Anchor Off Grand Cayman Island

    Cruise Ships at Anchor Off Grand Cayman Island
    Cruise Ships at Anchor Off Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Cruise ships must tender passengers into shore on Grand Cayman Island. It is not unusual to see several ships in port on Grand Cayman each day.

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    Hell on Grand Cayman Island

    Hell on Grand Cayman Island
    Hell on Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The village of Hell on Grand Cayman Island has a post office, three tourist shops, and an interesting rock formation from which Hell took its name.

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    Hell Rock Formation on Grand Cayman Island

    Hell Rock Formation on Grand Cayman Island
    Village of Hell Takes Name from Rock Outcropping Hell Rock Formation on Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    When in the village of Hell on Grand Cayman, be sure to take time to go behind the shops to see the interesting rock outcropping that gave Hell its name.

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    Hell Post Office on Grand Cayman Island

    Hell Post Office on Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Your friends back home will be thrilled to receive a post card from Hell, a small village on Grand Cayman Island.

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    Shopping in Hell on Grand Cayman Island

    Shopping in Hell on Grand Cayman Island
    Shopping in Hell on Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Grand Cayman's village of Hell consists of three souvenir shops and a post office. Anyone who visits Hell (and lives to tell about it) needs a "Hell" t-shirt!

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    Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman Island

    Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman Island
    Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The turtle farm on Grand Cayman is a great place to see sea turtles of all shapes and sizes. Kids (and adults) love to see the turtles up close.

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    Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman Island

    Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman Island
    Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Seeing the tanks filled with turtles at the turtle farm on Grand Cayman Island is a little creepy, but fascinating!

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    Grand Cayman Island Turtle Farm

    Grand Cayman Island Turtle Farm
    Grand Cayman Island Turtle Farm. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Visitors to the turtle farm on Grand Cayman can pick up some of the turtles or get one of the workers to hold one up so they can see the turtle's underside.

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    Celebrity Solstice Anchored at Grand Cayman Island in the Western Caribbean

    Celebrity Solstice Anchored at Grand Cayman Island in the Western Caribbean
    Dozens of Cruise Ships Visit Grand Cayman Each Week Celebrity Solstice Anchored at Grand Cayman Island in the Western Caribbean. Grand Cayman (c) Linda Garrison

    More than one cruise ship is often anchored off Grand Cayman. I have seen up to six ships there.

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    Boat for Stingray City Tour on Grand Cayman Island

    Boat for Stingray City Tour on Grand Cayman Island
    Boat for Stingray City Tour on Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Snorkeling with the stingrays at Grand Cayman is a great shore excursion, but if the water is too rough, a glass bottom boat will give you a great look at the stingrays and you can stay dry!

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    Grand Cayman Tender to Celebrity Solstice

    Grand Cayman Tender to Celebrity Solstice
    Cruise Ships Use Tenders to Transfer Passengers to Grand Cayman Island Grand Cayman Tender to Celebrity Solstice. Grand Cayman (c) Linda Garrison
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    Stingray City on Grand Cayman Island

    Stingray City on Grand Cayman Island
    Stingray City on Grand Cayman Island.

    Divers feeding the stingrays at Stingray City on Grand Cayman Island

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    Grand Cayman Island's Stingray City

    Grand Cayman Island's Stingray City
    Grand Cayman Island's Stingray City. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Stingray City on Grand Cayman Island

    Stingray City on Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Grand Cayman Island Beach

    Grand Cayman Island Beach
    Things to Do on Grand Cayman Island in the Western Caribbean Grand Cayman Island Beach. Grand Cayman (c) Linda Garrison