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

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Grand Cayman - Tiki Beach

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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

Grand Cayman Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Grand Cayman Island Beach

Grand Cayman Island Beach
Grand Cayman (c) Linda Garrison
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