Whether you want non-stop action or a quiet palm tree under which to read, Plantana Condos on Seven Mile Beach has something for everyone. With our centralized location on Seven Mile Beach, you are never far from exploring Cayman beaches, Cayman restaurants, or Cayman water sports. Take a moment to look at what Grand Cayman Island has to offer and then plan your own things to do in Grand Cayman.
We look forward to helping you discover your dream Cayman vacation.
Grand Cayman Island Beach & Watersport Activities
Seven Mile Beach, routinely listed as one of Travel Advisor’s Top Destinations in the Caribbean, is known for its white powder sand beaches, calm, clear water, and year-round sunshine. Unlike many other Caribbean destinations, beaches on Grand Cayman Island are extremely safe, with no beachside vendors or peddlers. Many first-time visitors to Plantana Condos on Seven Mile Beach are pleased to learn that they can leave their things on the beach, go for a walk and come back to all of their belongings just as they left them.
From snorkeling to stand-up paddle boarding, nearly every water sport you can imagine is available on Seven Mile Beach. Get the whole family excited to try a new adventure. Even hard-to-please teenagers will be wowed with the adventure that awaits them on Grand Cayman Island. With crystal-clear waters that stay warm year round, it is easy to enjoy the tropical waters of the Caribbean any time you come to visit Plantana.
Adventure-Driven Cayman Beach & Waterfront Activities:
Paddle-boarding: Get a good core workout while seeing Cayman marine life up-close and personal. The thick boards and height-adjusted paddles are easy to maneuver after a few minutes of practice and give you a new way to view the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
Ocean Kayaking: Glide through the water, watching colorful fish swim by or sign up for a guided tour to learn more about Cayman marine life and conservation.
Skim-Boarding: For thrill seekers, skim boards offer a rush as you glide over the shore break and catch air.
Banana Boat Rides: Hold on tight as you and your family are pulled behind a high-powered ski-boat, giving riders an exhilarating view of Seven Mile Beach.
Parasailing: Soar above Seven Mile Beach in a parasail. This bird’s eye view opens up Grand Cayman Island in a way that allows you to see George Town, Seven Mile Beach, and West Bay from 400 feet above the beach. Most companies give you the choice to stay dry or be dipped in the warm Caribbean Sea; there is no age limit, so you can even bring the kids.
Water-propelled Jetpacks: Join the newest craze where water-propelled jetpacks let you fly above the sea. It is the ultimate watersports adventure, giving you a thrill as you hover above the water.
Local Cayman companies pride themselves on offering the best equipment, with safety and fun in mind. Many of the water activities that you can enjoy on Grand Cayman are available with just a short walk down the beach from Plantana Condos on Seven Mile Beach, making it even easier to enjoy the natural beauty of island living from your own private beachfront condo.
Classic Cayman Beach & Waterfront Activities:
Snorkeling: With a quick walk from your beachfront condo, you can enjoy the expansive natural beauty of Grand Cayman waters in no time. Plantana Condos on Seven Mile Beach have one of the best locations on Seven Mile Beach, with easy water access to countless snorkeling sites, including the Kittiwake Shipwreck and Artificial Reef, Cemetery Beach, and Governor’s Beach. The Kittiwake is especially interesting for divers and snorkelers, as it allows visitors to witness history. One of the most recent developments to the Cayman waterfront, this World War II era Submarine Rescue Vessel now serves as an artificial reef for sea life. Snorkeling the area offers visitors beautiful underwater vistas with the ease of an above-water vantage point. To experience an expansive coral reef eco-system, go boating and visit the Coral Gardens of the North Sound, a snorkeling stop usually included in Stingray City excursions. For those who want to stay close to shore, there are small fish to see right off the Plantana property. Anyone, no matter your skill level, can enjoy snorkeling. No experience is necessary. We can help you rent fins and snorkeling equipment, or recommend snorkeling adventures at sites around the island.
Scuba Diving: Click here to learn more about Cayman Island dive sites and Grand Cayman scuba diving tours. Discover why the Cayman Islands are considered to be among the best places in the world to dive, and learn about world-class scuba diving sites and tours on Grand Cayman.
Deep Sea Fishing: For those who prefer to stay above the water, there are several local companies that offer big game fishing charter boats. There are shore fishing sites, as well as offshore sites. While the biggest fish are often found in open waters, many first time visitors to the Cayman Islands are surprised to learn how close to shore you can be to catch big fish, such as marlin or mahi-mahi. Charter boat rentals vary, but are approximately $800 US for a half a day and $1200 US for a full day. With a 41-foot boat, Jack’s Hatt, Captain Mark Ebanks Charters is one of the most popular on Grand Cayman.
Fly Fishing: The flats that surround Grand Cayman Island provide a wonderful opportunity to catch bonefish, or head to the backcountry and saltwater creeks to test your fly fishing skills on the tarpon.
Grand Cayman Island Shopping, Dining and Spas
Shopping: With several shopping areas to choose from, Grand Cayman Island offers the best in jewelry, clothing and other duty-free items. Camana Bay’s 500-acre Town Centre provides numerous shopping and dining options, from a specialty foods grocery store to designer clothing. Camana Bay is a short drive from Plantana Condos on Seven Mile Beach and is easily accessible by taxi service. There are also a number of shops along Seven Mile Beach and in downtown George Town.
Grand Cayman Restaurants: While each Plantana Condo on Seven Mile Beach offers guests a full-kitchen, there are plenty of delicious restaurants close by. From Calico Jacks, a nearby beachfront bar, to Blue by Eric Ripert, a world-class restaurant at the luxurious Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman Island offers something for every palette. Or, if you decide to stay and eat dinner on your private patio, Foster’s Food Fair and Cost-U-Less are close by and offer a variety of local and international products.
Spa: After a long day diving, what could be better than a relaxing massage? There are numerous spas and yoga studios on Grand Cayman Island, including the Hibiscus Spa at the nearby Westin resort.
Other Things to Do on Grand Cayman Island
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park: Home to the Cayman Island’s famous native blue iguanas, a tranquil lake, wooded trails and numerous flowers, including the famous park orchids, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park was opened by her Majesty in 1994. An hour drive from Seven Mile Beach, the park has grown into one of the most enjoyable tourist attractions on Grand Cayman.
Cayman Turtle Farm: Visit the Cayman Island’s largest tourist attraction, which draws more than a half of million annual visitors. Focusing on conservation efforts, education and new discovery, the Cayman Turtle Farm provides a fun opportunity for children and their parents to learn about the endangered and internationally protected Green Sea Turtle, one of the Cayman Island’s National Symbols and a significant aspect of the Islands heritage.
The Cayman Motor Museum: Just a short drive north from Plantana Condos on Seven Mile Beach, enjoy looking at more than 80 cars on display, including the first automobile produced, an 1886 Benz, as well as an exact model of the first vehicle ever driven in the Cayman Islands, a 1906 Cadillac. From the original Batmobile that appeared in the 1960s television show to show-worthy Ferraris, Jaguars, Rolls-Royces and Maseratis, there is something for everyone in the family to see.
Movie Theatres at Camana Bay: Take a break from the sun and sand at Hollywood Theaters at Camana Bay, a six-screen, state-of-the-art theatre. For show times visit, www.gohollywood.com.
Hot Air Balloon, Helicopter, and Submarine Rides: Get above or beneath it all with a hot air balloon, helicopter, or submarine ride while staying in Cayman. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences gives you a chance to see all that the island has to offer, from a different vantage point.
Grand Cayman Cultural Experiences: Join locals for a parade and the annual Pirates Week in November or for the Batabano Carnival, which occurs in May. Pirates Week is a fun filled celebration of Cayman’s early days; Botabano, modeled after Mardi Gras and the Brazilian Carnaval, is more family-friendly and has events and activities for the entire family.
Some other popular local events, include Cayfest (April/May), a showcase of local Cayman artists and their work, Gimistory (November), the international storytelling festival, and Cayman Cookout (January), the acclaimed culinary event that draws chefs and foodies from around the globe.
Take a day to visit the Cayman Islands National Gallery, the Cayman Islands National Museum and the cultural treasures of Miss Lassie's House with her renowned intuitive art, now a World Monument site. Or, take a drive to the historical landmark, Pedro St. James Historic Site.
There’s more to Grand Cayman Island than the beach.