Where do locals go to have fun in the Cayman Islands?

At Rum Point Club, we specialize in offering an escape from the hordes of tourists on Seven Mile Beach, and we welcome both locals and the more discerning tourists. Here, we have put together our guide to top local leisure time pursuits on Grand Cayman.

Locals will often be willing to share their own favorite spots, so do get chatting when exploring any of these ideas below. You may be lucky enough to be invited to a traditional Cayman Sunday brunch!

For more expert local advice on how to make the most of your Cayman vacation, get in touch with us at Rum Point Club. 

Colorful buildings on the shore of a body of water.

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1. Enjoy a latte in a trendy George Town cafe

Breeze past the duty-frees and follow the locals towards the best coffee on the island. Choose from a wide range of flavors in George Town’s vibrant cafes, including hazelnut and white chocolate. 

Speaking of which, don’t miss the chance to sample George Town’s array of vegan cakes and pastries. Look out for local specialties like black bean brownies and vegan banana cake. For non-vegans, look out for top-quality waffles served with seasonal Caribbean fruit.

A glass of iced coffee topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, and coffee beans, paired with two heart-shaped waffles.

2. Stroll around the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Popular with locals and those tourists who manage to leave the beach, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park provides acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands. Check out the orchid trail, the serene lake, and the blue iguana reserve.

The orchid trail includes both native and exotic species. Few know that natural vanilla flavoring actually comes from the vanilla orchid, which grows on the islands and holds the precious vanilla bean pods.

The blue iguana is critically endangered but conservation efforts have boosted the population from just a handful of individuals. You can learn about these efforts at the reserve. They are one of the largest species of iguanas in the world, with males reaching up to 1.5m.

3. Relax on Water Cay Public Beach and visit Starfish Point

If you drive south from Rum Point Club on Water Cay Road for exactly one mile the road will bend to the right. Go past the Kaibo yacht club and then after another ½ mile you will reach a dead end (an old roundabout). You’ll know it when you see it — it’s a fenced-off prote cochere for an abandoned condo development. Off to the left, however, is Water Cay Public Beach, home to Starfish Point. Given its location, this stretch of powdery white sand is a wonderful escape for peace and serenity. You can park under the casuarina trees. There are also public restrooms and freshwater showers

Surrounded by stunning Caribbean scenery, wade out into the knee-high crystal-clear water and look out for the flame-hued starfish that call this corner of Grand Cayman home!

Water Cay Public Beach is a charming spot to relax and soak in the tranquil Rum Point atmosphere. And when you’re ready for a tasty meal or refreshing drink, Rum Point Club is only a short distance back up the road!

An orange starfish floats in the shallow water in Grand Cayman

4. Cook up a BBQ on Colliers Public Beach

This is a favorite beach with Cayman locals, featuring grills and picnic benches that make it the perfect spot for a barbecue. Pick up supplies from the local convenience store a mile down the road and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere on Grand Cayman’s ever-stunning sands.

So what do Cayman locals cook on their barbecues? The starting point has to be the Jamaican classic of jerk chicken, served with slaw and cornbread. Make your own jerk spice rub in advance with scallion, scotch bonnet peppers, garlic, lime, sugar, thyme, and allspice.

Other grilling classics include mahi-mahi, ribs, corn, and the highly nutritious breadfruit, which can be grilled as you would a potato. Pick up some saltfish fritters on your way to heat up quickly as a starter. 

A man grilling chicken on a grill.

5. Scuba-dive Cayman’s East End

The eastern side of the island is a less touristy option for diving and is a great place to go to chat about the best diving spots of the season. Popular local dive sites include the East Wall and the shallow reefs around Morritt’s Tortuga Resort. 

Check out Tortuga Divers 2-Tank Cayman Wall Dive, or try the remarkable Cayman East End Night Dive to check out the spectacle of bioluminescence and the species that only come out at night, including octopus, nurse sharks, and the intricate basket stars. 

4 divers with sharks

6. Head out into Grand Cayman nightlife

Grand Cayman has nightlife to suit all tastes, but what’s on offer will depend on where you’re staying. If you’re in the East End or North Side, you can enjoy cocktails and more at Rum Point Club. We’ve got everything from locally inspired recipes to international classics. Quintessential Caribbean ingredients include creole shrub, pepper-flake-infused tequila blanco, vanilla vodka, and our signature Mudslide.

We also host local acts playing live music, showcasing the best of our island’s talent. From local bands to DJ sets, we can help you get the party started!

If you’re staying in the Seven Mile Beach area and love to go clubbing, head to West Bay Road for local and international DJs and a wide range of influences reflected in music, drinks, and cuisine. Double-check the dress codes for clubs before you attend (Grand Cayman’s nightlife is a little upmarket).

DJs to look out for include Eden Rox, who accompanies his DJ sets with bongos, DJ Natural — especially his video DJing — and DJ Lin, who has graced the Cayman music scene since the ‘90s.

Full moons are celebrated with special events, offers, full moon parties, and boogie nights, so check your moon calendar before planning your Cayman nights out! 

A dj is mixing music at a nightclub.

7. Enjoy a Cayman Sunday brunch

Sunday brunch is a Grand Cayman event. If you’re lucky enough to get an invite from a local friend, say yes! Otherwise, a typical Cayman Sunday brunch can be enjoyed across the island’s restaurant scene, but take a good check for opening hours.

Due to Cayman’s diverse cultures, there is not really any such thing as a ‘typical’ or ‘classic’ brunch, so the best thing is to go with your own tastes and head to a place that prioritizes local ingredients and recipes.

To help you identify local ingredients, you can usually trust that anything made with conch, coconut, plantain, cassava, yams, tuna, snapper, mangos, and mahi-mahi will be locally sourced! But many restaurants have links to local agribusiness which may also include rarer products like dragonfruit.

A group of people sitting at tables in a restaurant.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Rum Point Club!

So, now you know where locals go to have fun in the Cayman Islands, it’s time to plan your visit to Rum Point Club. Check out our menus before you arrive, and please get in touch if you have any questions.

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