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Family Fun in the Cayman Islands: Making Memories to Last a Lifetime

by Chantel DaCosta Feb 5, 2024

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Your family is your most cherished relationship; that bond between you, your partner, and your children is life-altering. You live in paradise, and your little ones are getting the best that the Caribbean has to offer.

Yello Cayman Islands wants to help you make the most of living here, so we are sharing our top picks of places that cater to families with children. These child-friendly activities, water parks, interactive museums, educational experiences, and safe beaches are where you can create memories to last a lifetime with your children.


Ms. Piper’s Kitchen and Garden

Ms.Piper’s is a hidden gem located on West Bay Road at the rear of the Hampton Inn. The garden setting, with its abundance of beautiful plants and landscaping, and the fabulous swimming pool, create an ‘away from it all’ experience for families. There is an eclectic combination of fresh, healthy, and homemade dishes on the lunch and dinner menus.

Tukka East

Tukka on the East End has a fantastic kids’ menu that includes children-approved favourites such as beef hotdogs, chicken tenders, burgers, fish and chips, and pasta. Plus, don’t forget if you are joining them for dinner, to feed the frigates, also known as man of war birds or pirate birds, at 5pm.


Your little pirates will love dining at Rackham’s which includes the nightly tarpon feeding at 7.30pm. Plus, they have meal options such as fish or shrimp and chips, linguine alfredo, chicken tenders, burgers, quesadillas, and hotdogs. 

Paradise Pizza

If your kids are asking for pizza and you would prefer a menu that offers more than just that, then head to Paradise Pizza & Shawarma on West Bay Road. Their friendly service and extensive menu of salads, pasta, pizza, shawarma, and desserts makes this a popular venue for families. There is a garden and patio, and a super fun atmosphere. Call ahead to make reservations for Mambo Italiano, every Saturday from 7pm, and ask about the karaoke and quiz nights.


National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands has a complete roster of family-friendly activities. You can book a guided family tour for $30 which includes activity sheets for the children. There’s also a weekly drop-in class for parents and pre-schoolers that involves story-time and arts and crafts activities for toddlers aged two to four years old.


Cayman Turtle Centre

The Cayman Turtle Centre is the largest land-based attraction in the Cayman Islands, and there’s plenty to see and do for your family. You can swim with the turtles in the lagoon. The Turtle Centre also hosts annual camps held during school holidays for children ages five to 12.

Cayman Parrot Sanctuary

At the Cayman Parrot Sanctuary, your children will enjoy educational and interactive tours and experience the wonder of native animals in their natural habitat. The Parrot Sanctuary is open from Wednesdays to Sundays.


Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

The Botanic Park has seven main attractions: the Visitor’s Centre, Floral Garden, Orchid Boardwalk Xerophytic Garden, Heritage Garden, Woodland Trail, and the Children’s Garden (still under development). In the colourful walk-through garden, you can sit down near the lake, and enjoy the home of the endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana. Plus, you are sure to enjoy the plumes of rare aquatic birds and animals.


Governors Beach

Governors Beach is part of Seven Mile Beach. It’s right next door to the Governor’s residence. It is perfect for your family, and you will find others strolling along the beach in the morning as well as kids playing in the sand in the afternoons. This shore sees all kinds of activity. It’s a wonderful place to snorkel, take a leisurely walk, or just hang out with your family and friends.

Smith Cove Beach

Smith Cove is one of the best photo ops in Grand Cayman and one of the best places to snorkel – It has all the great amenities you will need including public restrooms, picnic tables, and outdoor showers! You can swim freely and still be close to shore – perfect for kids and beginners who want to learn the ins and outs of snorkelling.

George Town Yacht Club

At George Town Yacht Club you have a choice as to how you wish to spend your day. Kick off with breakfast (pancakes and breakfast pizza sound good?) and a morning swim for the kids, followed by lunch on the terrace. Or head there for lunch followed by an afternoon spent lounging by the pool or join the kids for some fun in the water! This is a relaxing environment offering indoor and outdoor dining opportunities, with the best views from the back porch overlooking the harbour, benefitting from the breezes from the North Sound.

Grand Cayman welcomes families with open arms and sparkling water. From powdery-soft beaches and splashing adventures, to delicious bites and captivating wildlife encounters, the island whispers stories of adventure and shared laughter.

Whether building sandcastles on Seven Mile Beach, learning about sea turtles at the Cayman Turtle Centre, or devouring delicious meals at a waterfront restaurant, the memories you make in the Cayman Islands will last a lifetime.

Sources: Visit Cayman Islands, Tripadvisor, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park, and The Cayman Turtle Centre.