Shopping, beach and wildlife
Christopher Columbus called the Cayman Islands, with their tranquil blue waters, "Las Tortugas" for its numerous turtles. Located between Cuba and Jamaica, the Cayman Islands encompasses three Caribbean islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Beautiful landscapes, bountiful wildlife and colorful streets embody this British Overseas Territory, with George Town, its capital, located on Grand Cayman, the largest and most populous island.
Arriving in George Town on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise, you’ll discover that wildlife conservation is at the core of Grand Cayman’s offerings. For a chance of a lifetime to swim, feed and interact with stingrays, book an MSC excursion to Stingray City, where you’ll get an up-close experience with Cayman’s most graceful marine creatures. On another MSC excursion to the Cayman Turtle Centre, encounter the green turtles that every year return to lay their eggs on one of the beaches, visit the turtle hatchery, snorkel alongside yearlings in the Turtle Lagoon and meet the islands’ endangered blue iguanas.
For something special, ride horses bareback into the Caribbean at Barker’s National Park, followed by lunch at Vivo café, a spot beloved for its mostly vegan cuisine, with organic ingredients sourced straight from local farms.
To learn about Cayman’s past and culture, explore Cayman Heritage House and visit the sumptuous Government House, the governor's residence built in 1964 located in front of Seven Mile Beach, one of the most prestigious beaches of Grand Cayman, in the heart of West Bay.
Shopoholics will also delight in this destination. The Cayman Islands are entirely duty free. You just have to choose what catches your fancy among the myriad of watches, liqueurs, jewelry and porcelain on offer.