Grand Cayman | Stingray City Tour

Starfish Point Grand Cayman

Our first morning at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman was spent aboard a boat touring some of the island’s most popular ocean attractions. At 9AM we hopped on a speedboat docked right at the hotel (we booked our excursion directly through the Ritz) and headed to Stingray City, Rum Point and Starfish Point. Luckily we took a lot of photos because I still can’t believe I actually swam with a stingray!

Stingray City Grand Cayman

Me and Sophie the Stingray! (Yes, they have names.)

Starfish Point Grand Cayman

Starfish Point Grand Cayman

The clearest water I’ve ever seen!

Starfish Point Grand Cayman

Starfish Point

Stingray City Grand Cayman

The saying goes… If you a kiss a stingray on the nose you get 7 years of good luck (I kissed her!)

Starfish Point Grand Cayman

Pre-snorkel sesh at Rum Point

Grand Cayman Boat Tour

Grand Cayman Boat Tour

This bikini was such a good decision.

Starfish Point Grand Cayman

Stingray City Grand Cayman

NBD just having the time of my life!

I was wearing… Triangl bikini c/o | mirrored sunglasses

Stingray City

This truly was like a dream. There weren’t any cruise ships in town the day of our tour so we lucked out and avoided the tourist crowds. Located just 15 minutes from the Ritz-Carlton within the barrier reef surrounding the island, Stingray City is a sandbar inhabited by — you guessed it — lots and lots of stingrays. I was so nervous at first, but these gentle giants are incredibly friendly! The rays are so used to humans that they allow people to feed, pet and swim with them. They literally will just lay in your arms! You also won’t believe how soft they are — their bellies feel like velvet!

Rum Point

There are gorgeous reefs all around the island but the one we stopped at was a short distance from Stingray City off of Rum Point. If I regret anything about our trip, it’s not bringing a GoPro or some type of waterproof camera. The reefs and tropical fish were nothing short of stunning — basically I felt like I was in “Finding Nemo.”

Starfish Point

Our last stop was Starfish Point where we docked directly on a beach. The water was about waist high, crystal clear and filled with starfish aka the perfect location for photos. I’d only ever touched a starfish at an aquarium (probably when I was 5) so seeing them in the wild was really special.

You know that feeling after experiencing something new where you are totally content with the fact you probably won’t ever do it again? Well, that couldn’t be farther from the truth for me. Literally I could hop on a plane tomorrow and do it all again. This was by far one of the most memorable things Nick and I have ever done together and I know I looked like a total little kid bopping around getting all giddy when a stingray would come to me. We’ve already decided that one day we’re bringing our kids back for a swim! 😛

What’s the most memorable thing you’ve done on a vacation? Have you ever swam with a stingray? 

12 Comments | in Travel

12 Responses to Grand Cayman | Stingray City Tour

  1. Natali says:

    Oh wow!! This looks like so much fun! I would love to do the same someday!

  2. Kristyn says:

    How cool is that?! I’ve always wanted to swim with stingrays or dolphins. Love the swimsuit too!


    Primp and Proper

  3. Gloria says:

    It looks like you guys had a wonderful, fantastic adventure. How very special it must have been to want
    to go back so soon. Love all the photos.

  4. Kelly L says:

    This is SO COOL! I’d love to try this sometime!! Loving this suit, too!

    Kelly | Kelly in the City

  5. Lizzy Myers says:

    Looks like you had a great time! I went to Stingray City last month with my boyfriend and it was amazing. For anyone reading this who is thinking of going too, you must go on a day when there are no cruise ships in. It is 10x better when you have all the stingrays to yourself. We went with a company called George’s Watersports which was really fun. There were only 9 people in our group and we went to Starfish Point, Rum Point, Barrier Reed (snorkeling) and the Mangroves all in one tour.

  6. Kelly says:

    Who did you book your tour through? We are staying at the Ritz this summer for our honeymoon and I am wondering if we should book things before we go or when we get there!

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