It’s no secret – Grand Cayman is one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean above and below water. From our white, sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters to the rainbow of flora and fauna you will find onshore, we are spoilt here on our little piece of paradise.
Once you visit Plantana, you will want to show off your amazing beach home away from home to all your friends on social media. However, with beauty surrounding you everywhere you look, you may not know where to point your lens first.
To help you choose, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite, picture-worthy places.
George Town Waterfront
Walking through George Town is like taking a tour of Cayman’s history. Many of the buildings have held multiple purposes throughout their time and serve as a reminder of the importance of remembering our past while moving towards our future. There are multiple delicately crafted monuments and statues paying tribute to those who helped create the island we now know.
Be sure to look out for Elmslie Church, whose roof was designed by Capt. Rayal Bodden to mimic the hull of a ship turned upside down; Celebration Park and Quincentennial Square, featuring several homages to Cayman’s history and national heroes; as well as Fort George, an 18th century fort which helped defend Grand Cayman from attacks by Spanish marauders and pirates.
Pedro St. James
Speaking of historic buildings, Pedro St. James has been home to many important parts of Cayman’s story. First constructed in the 18th century, the building was restored back to its former glory in the 1990s, featuring wrap-around porches, exposed stonework and handmade staircases.
Not only is the structure itself a stunning piece of architecture, the views surrounding the property are equally breath taking. We recommend visiting around sunset for the best photo opportunities.
If nature speaks to you like it is your first language, you are going to want to charge your camera battery and schedule a few hours at the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park. Both the Floral and Heritage Gardens will introduce you to the rainbow of indigenous plants found in Cayman, including our national tree, the Silver Thatch Palm, and national flower, the Banana Orchid. You might also be lucky enough to meet one of the endangered blue iguanas, who reside in the garden.
Take this as a sign that you need to visit this beach front restaurant and bar. While it can be easy to be distracted by the beautiful dock, rainbow of picnic benches and forest of palm trees, what you will need to keep your eye out for is their hilarious signage. Their most iconic sign, the ‘Questions not to ask…’ board, will certainly have you laughing out loud.
You’ll never be more grateful for the water visibility in Cayman than when you visit Starfish Point, in North Side. Here you can get up close and personal with these sea stars. Just be sure to leave them in the water as you snap your photos as they do need the water to breathe.
Lover’s Wall & the Blowholes
In the eastern part of the island you will find numerous spots to stop and snap shots of the coastline, including Lover’s Wall on the Queen’s Highway. Capture the wooden sign affixed to the stone wall along with a stunning backdrop – dark rocky ironshore and deep blue ocean crashing against the shore. A little further ahead you will also encounter the Blowholes, which make for great photo ops particularly when the waters are choppy. Who doesn’t love the geyser-like effect of salt water bursting towards the heavens?!
This waterfront town has worked hard to ensure its architecture doesn’t fight with the natural beauty surrounding it but rather compliments and highlights it. The design of Camana Bay has been crafted to lead you directly to the Crescent, the central hub featuring a multitude of restaurants as well as views of the water and boat dock. Several larger-than-life murals have also popped up thanks to Kaaboo Cayman. Keep an eye out for them, they won’t be hard to miss.
And of course…Seven Mile Beach!
It has been voted one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, year after year, for a reason. The white sand and turquoise waters provide the perfect backdrop for that vacation selfie. And our private slice of Seven Mile Beach will help ensure you remain the one and only focus of the picture.
Make sure you tag us in all your pictures @plantanacayman and use the hashtag #plantanamemories.