George Town is the capital of Cayman Islands, a city situated on Grand Cayman island of the Cayman Islands. George Town’s city limits extend from the east at the edge of the South Shore District, north just beyond Owen Roberts International Airport, south to Hog Sty Bay and west to Seven Mile Beach and the West Bay District. George Town’s famous Seven Mile Beach is a long crescent of coral-sand beach extending up to the West Bay region of Grand Cayman and is the most popular and populated area for tourists on the island.
Best Time to Visit
April is the best month, weather-wise, to visit the Cayman Islands.
Top Places to Visit in George Town
1. Camana Bay
A few minute’s drive north of George Town, Camana Bay is a new pedestrian-friendly waterfront development with restaurants, shops, a cinema, interactive fountains, and an Observation Tower. Visitors can enjoy 360-degree views across Seven Mile Beach, George Town, and the North Sound from the top of the tower, and the development’s Town Square hosts community events as well as a popular farmers’ market.
2. East End
Far from the cruise ship crowds of George Town, the East End offers a slower-paced alternative to the popular attractions on the island’s west coast. This side of the island also offers superb snorkeling, authentic island food, blowholes, secluded beaches, and excellent dive sites. Only fifteen minutes from the East End on the island’s northern tip lies Rum Point, a peaceful pine-fringed cove slung with hammocks and volleyball nets.
3. Pedro St. James National Historic Site
About 20 minutes drive east of George Town, the Pedro St. James National Historic Site is home to a restored 18 th century plantation house known as Pedro’s Castle. One of the oldest buildings on the island, this elaborate three-story stone structure is known as the “Birthplace of Democracy in the Cayman Islands”. It was here in 1831 that the decision was made to form the nation’s first elected parliament. Today visitors can tour the restored house and learn about its history during a 3D multi-media presentation in the theater. Also on the grounds, the Hurricane Ivan Memorial tells the tragic story of the 2004 natural disaster. After touring the house, visitors can explore the surrounding woodland and admire the bluff top views.
4. Atlantis Submarines
Atlantis Submarines offer visitors a chance to experience the underwater world without getting wet. This 48-passenger submarine takes tourists down to depths of 30 meters where they can peer through the submarine’s large viewing windows at the kaleidoscopic vistas. Tropical fish, shallow reefs, underwater canyons, and even shipwrecks are just some of the sights to enjoy. The company also offers night submarine tours and shallow-water excursions in their Seaworld Observatory.
5. Fort George
Fort George is a colonial era fortification located on Grand Cayman. Located in George Town, Grand Cayman, the structure stands on the corner of Harbour Drive and Fort Street. Although in present day there is very little remaining of the original structure, its remains have been donated to the National Trust for the Cayman Islands in perpetuity. Fort George was one of the first fortifications built on the Cayman Islands during the early colonial period.
6. Cayman Turtle Farm
Cayman Turtle Farm is a research and breeding farm housing two species of sea turtles: green sea turtles and a small number of endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. It raises turtles for local consumption to counteract poaching in local waters, and is also a conservation facility, releasing turtles into the wild. Touch tanks and wading pools provide plenty of opportunities for animal lovers to commune with these gentle creatures. For an upgrade in the admission price visitors can enjoy the attractions at the adjoining marine park, including an aviary full of tropical birds, a fish-filled snorkeling lagoon, swimming pools, and a replica of a typical Cayman street lined with gingerbread houses.