Pros and Cons of Visiting and Living in the Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands are located fairly close to the United States, which makes this destination a prime spot for many American tourists. The Cayman Islands are small and known primarily for their scuba diving and offshore banking. Is a vacation or relocating there for you?

Cayman Islands on the map:

Here are the basic the pros and cons that work both for visiting and living in the Cayman Islands:


  • Safe
  • Friendly
  • English-speaking
  • Good choice of accommodation
  • Clean
  • Perfect for swimming/diving/snorkeling
  • Crystal clear water
  • Beautiful beaches, nature
  • Easy flights
  • Restaurants


  • Expensive
  • Overcrowded on popular spots
  • Not much of a night life
  • You need a car

In details:

Pro: The Cayman Islands has amazing scuba diving.

If you enjoy scuba diving, then visiting Grand Cayman is a must. There is so much to explore in the beautiful waters of this Caribbean island. Of course, if you are not a scuba diver, like myself, then this doesn’t mean much to you.

Con: If you don’t enjoy scuba diving, there isn’t much to do.

While scuba divers may love an extended stay in Grand Cayman, those that are not into it may find themselves scratching their heads for what to do after a few days. Besides seeing turtles and sting rays, there isn’t much else to do in Grand Cayman. The turtles are fun and all, but they in themselves aren’t going to get you to shell out money for that plane flight.

Pro: The beaches are beautiful.

Of course, so are all Caribbean beaches.

Con: A trip is expensive

Visiting Grand Cayman can be quite costly. Not only is the plane flight to this nation expensive, the hotels tend to be quite expensive too. The food is fairly expensive and not that great, basically typical of a tourist trap.



This one is tricky. Some people say, it’s too much americanized, especially Grand Cayman. Which is good for those, who doesn’t like changes but wants to try something else, other than Florida. And it is not for you if you are looking for an interesting experience.

7 mile beach

It’s beautiful and a great place for a perfect vacation. But overcrowded. There are beaches that are same attractive but with less people on it. If you want to enjoy a calm holiday, better look for some other place.

visiting with kids

If your kids love swimming, snorkeling and diving – this is a paradise for them. So well known Stingray city – kids want to come back there again and again. Diving options let kids start with basics and learn all about diving. But, if the ocean and water is not for kids, they will get bored quick…

Some tips

Visiting or relocating for living, retiring there anyway? The basic tips below will help you:

  • Plan your budget
  • Look for accommodation in advance
  • Take with you only the things for basic needs
  • Get used to Skype
  • You will need a driving license
  • Get a mosquito spray
  • Join a club to socialize

What about your pros and cons? 

If you think different or have something to add, please do it in comments. Thank you!

5 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Visiting and Living in the Cayman Islands”

  1. The best Caribbean islands are all expensive. Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos are my favorite. Others are not safe. Where else to go for a retired couple?

    • Try Turkey and Greece. They are cheap, have a paradise like Mediterranean sea and great sea food and wine. You may read in some sources that Turkey is dangerous, but it is not in touristic places and Aegean side of it is absolutely safe. If you decide to go with Turkey – check out Marmaris, Bodrum, Izmir towns. They are really close to Greece and you can always switch both countries or enjoy Greek Islands.


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