This one’s for the kids! We know a lot of our visitors are families, and to round out our family member mini-series, we’d like to give you a few ideas for how to spend a day with the whole family! By land or sea, Grand Cayman offers a lot to explore – and we wouldn’t want you to miss a thing during your stay. So when your kids aren’t off having a grand adventure at our Westin Kids Club, these are the best ways to make some quality family memories:
Enjoy the wildlife: We’ve told you before how much we love dolphins (see post here). If you haven’t been yet, definitely add a visit to Dolphin Cove to your list. For the little-er kids, consider the Cayman Turtle Farm. There you can find green sea turtles, yearling turtles, and a variety of other sea dwellers. Hang by the Turtle Touch Tank or Lagoon to hold (or swim with) some friendly turtles, or, head to the breeding pond to learn about turtle biology and history – some species of turtle were alive when dinosaurs still walked the earth! If you’re feeling a little green, why not spend an afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Stroll through the flora and learn about the 28 different orchid species found on the Cayman Islands, as well as many other varieties of tropical flowers and iguanas.
Get your sea legs: If your little ones are too little for a whole day of snorkeling, or don’t like getting wet, think about taking a glass bottom boat tour or a submarine ride. Both are fascinating for kids, who will love to see all the fish below and around them, and still have the option to snorkel if they want to. And let’s be real – who hasn’t wondered what it would be like to go down in a submarine! Red Sail Sports offers glass bottom boat and catamaran tours, and can get you set up right from our beach. And by the way, don’t forget about the pool and beach here. There is something to be said for reclining in a lounge chair with a good read and cold drink watching the little ones splash around.
Tour the island: For those who love adventure, or have already experienced the typical island excursions, a helicopter tour is the perfect way to spend a few hours. The view is completely unique from above the clouds, and the memories you create during your journey will be unforgettable. Prefer to stay on the ground? Take a Cayman safari tour right from our hotel. Board one of the fleet’s open air Land Rovers for a trip through the east or west side of the island and learn about Caymanian wildlife, culture and history. Or, if you have older kids or teens, consider taking a drive (or a ferry ride) to Rum Point for the day. From there, take a kayak tour of the island’s nearby mangroves, or spend the day in the water with a paddle board.