No matter where you choose to stay in Grand Cayman, you’ll find a beautiful and friendly island ready to welcome you to a true Caribbean experience. That being said, everyone has varying criteria for their trip and are looking to experience something different. To help navigate the accommodations options in Cayman, we have assembled a comprehensive guide with recommendations for what areas to stay in and picks for the best places to stay in Grand Cayman by budget.
What Area Should I Stay In?
Below are a few recommendations on what neighborhoods to stay in while visiting Grand Cayman:
- For Foodies: Seven Mile Beach
With over 50 restaurants in the area and nearby proximity to George Town, Camana Bay, and West Bay, Seven Mile Beach is the perfect jumping off place to explore the cuisine of Grand Cayman.
- For an Authentic Caribbean Experience: East End
East End represents the slower pace of Grand Cayman, a place where development and economic prosperity has lagged behind the western half of the island. Beautiful beaches, no hustle and bustle, and no traffic make East End an idyllic vacation spot for many.
- For First Timers: Seven Mile Beach
The combination of beach quality, proximity to other popular districts and Camana Bay, quantity and variety of restaurants, and sheer amount of things to do make Seven Mile Beach the best area for first timers.
- For Diving: West Bay, George Town, and East End
If you're looking for a true dive resort experience, with backyard shore diving an all, look to Cobalt Coast or Lighthouse Point in West Bay, Sunset House in George Town, or Compass Point in East End.
- For Families with Young Children: Seven Mile Beach
Camana Bay (where kids can run around and play in the water fountains), generally better beach and ocean conditions, more sidewalks and paved space to walk with strollers, and access to a variety of kid-friendly restaurants make Seven Mile Beach the best area for families with young children and infants.
- For a Private Vacation Home Rental: Cayman Kai and Rum Point
When it comes to renting a vacation home in Grand Cayman, the neighborhoods of Cayman Kai and Rum Point are the best place to be. Upscale and spacious homes that are loaded with the top amenities, located directly on the beach, and within walking distance to Rum Point and Kaibo are easy to come by. Check out Sun Serenity or visit Cayman Villas and Grand Cayman Villas to browse inventory.
- For Shoppers: Seven Mile Beach
Whether you need nearby access to the necessities or you're looking to indulge in some retail therapy, Seven Mile Beach offers just about everything and the neighboring areas of Camana Bay and George Town only add to the options.
- For Making it All Happen/Splitting the Difference: Bodden Town
For the adventurer who wants to take it all in, having home base in the middle of the island where everything is within a 20-30 minute drive is advantageous. Check out the Sea Palm Villas or Turtle Nest Inn for lodging. Downside is limited things to do and few dining options nearby.
By Budget: $
- Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman Inexpensive resort with nice restaurant, located on the North Sound side of the Seven Mile Beach area
- Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach Affordable, no-frills accommodations on Seven Mile Beach with a minimal walk to the beach
- Turtle Nest Inn Boutique hotel located on the beach in Bodden Town
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- Sunshine Suites Resort Charming SMB boutique resort located across the street from the beach. Home to The Sunshine Grill, one of Grand Cayman's most popular casual eateries, $35 USD daily resort fee
- Wyndham Reef Resort Quiet resort in East with all inclusive options available, $30 USD daily resort fee
- Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman Rebranded resort with updated guest rooms, nice location in central Seven Mile Beach, $35 USD daily resort fee
- Sea Palm Villas Small beachfront hotel in Bodden Town offering modern and upscale rooms with private oceanfront balconies
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- Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa Grand Cayman's newest accommodation option is a stunning, contemporary resort that quickly gained AAA Five Diamond rating and accolades from Travel+Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, $60 USD daily resort fee
- The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa Gorgeous beachfront resort on great stretch of Seven Mile Beach, recently completed a $50 million renovation property-wide, $65 USD daily resort fee
- Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort Updated resort on Seven Mile Beach, beach has artificial reef with good snorkeling, $50 USD daily resort fee
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- The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman Sprawling luxury resort offering world-class amenities and outlets, five restaurants on-site, La Prairie Spa, Greg Norman designed nine-hole golf course, kid-friendly with Ambassadors to the Environment program, tennis and basketball courts, and Starfish Cay waterpark, $75 USD daily resort fee
- Caribbean Club Luxury beachfront boutique hotel on Seven Mile Beach offering spacious 1-3 bedroom suites and villas
- Compass Point Dive Resort Comfy dive resort in East End, home to the one-of-a-kind dive shop, Ocean Frontiers
- Lighthouse Point Dive Resort Eco-friendly condo resort, home to world-class dive shop, Divetech, and VIVO restaurant, top shore diving in Grand Cayman
- Cobalt Coast Quiet dive resort in West Bay offering 'valet diving' with Reef Divers, access to great shore diving when conditions allow
- Sunset House Legendary dive resort located in George Town, home to Sunset Divers, on-site access to shore diving, the outdoor and very popular MyBar is a hit with local and tourists