How to get there
Although there is rudimentary bus service on Grand Cayman, a rental car is best for sightseeing. Andy's Rent-A-Car, a local business (www.andys.ky; 345-949-8111) with locations at the airport and Seven Mile Beach, offers comparatively low rates.
What to do
Cayman Turtle Farm Boatswain's Beach
Daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $7.50, children $4. New marine theme park, adults $60, children $25.
Cayman Islands Helicopters Owen Roberts International Airport
Outside George Town
Tours $65-$265; discount for advance booking online.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park Highway A4
Daily 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (last admission 4:30). Adults $7.50, children $5.
Cathy Church Underwater Photo Center & Gallery Sunset House Hotel
South Church Street
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 8:30-5. Free.
Red Sail Sports 877-733-7245, 345-945-5965
Equipment rental and excursions from a number of locations, including the Westin Casuarina. Kayak rental $20 an hour. Catamaran to Stingray City Sandbar, adults $50, children $25.
Where to stay
Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa
West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach
Luxury resort has big freshwater pool to augment its stretch of pristine sandy beach. Doubles $226-$628; ask about packages.
Where to eat
Casa Havana Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa
Elegant Nuevo Latino dining is complemented by first-class international wine list. Dinner nightly. Entrees $31-$41.
Calypso Grill Morgans Harbour, West Bay
Caribbean seafood with an Asian influence at this colorful dockside room completely rebuilt after Ivan. Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. Entrees $21-$40.
Chicken! Chicken! West Shore Centre, Seven Mile Beach
Healthy wood-grilled chicken and classic island sides served cafeteria style. Daily lunch and dinner. Chicken platters $7.80-$15.