Stingray City Grand Cayman
We’re so excited you’ve decided to visit Grand Cayman on your next vacation! It’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning what to do once you’re here so we’d like to help you out as you set your itinerary. At the top of our list is a visit to Stingray City and The Sandbar in the North Sound. This once-in-a-lifetime unique experience is a MUST DO while you’re here. We’re locals, trust us. You want to do this. Not to brag, but this is the only location in the whole wide world where you can swim and feed the stingrays in their natural habitat.
How Stingray City Began
Back in the day, fishermen would stop in these calm waters and clean their catch after a long day on the water. The nearby stingrays would eat the excess thrown overboard. After a few years, the stingrays began to associate the sound of the boats with food and these smarties kept coming back to get fed. In the 1980’s, some fishermen decided to try to hand feed them and were pleasantly surprised at how gentle and docile they were. It took off from there and Stingray City was ‘born’. Today, there are anywhere from 90 to 130 stingrays at any given time.
Something for Everyone
Although they are often lumped in together, Stingray City is actually two locations, Stingray City and The Sandbar. A visit to Stingray City Grand Cayman is perfect for both the adventurous people in your group and the more timid among them, no matter their age.
Stingray City lies in 12 feet of water and is known as the ‘world’s greatest 12-foot dive”. Here you can dive and explore the nearby coral reefs and swim with the abundant tropical fish and marine life, as well as the stingrays.
The shallow strand of sandbars, called The Sandbar, is about 2-4 feet deep and is ideal for swimming and snorkeling with the stingrays. You can feed them, play with them, swim with them and sometimes even hold them!
These friendly sea creatures are soft and gentle, they love to be petted and will even eat from your hands. But be aware as they use a vacuum-like motion to grab food – you should keep your thumbs tucked in while doing it or it can be a bit unsettling. They won’t hurt you, but they have been known to give quite the hickey if you’re not careful. We told you they were friendly!
Ready to Have A Five Star Day at Stingray City?
Our experienced crew knows everything there is to know about Stingray City and The Sandbar and they will ensure you have a truly once-in-a-lifetime day with these amazing creatures. Choose from a half-day, full day or custom length packages. Experience Grand Cayman your way aboard an exclusive private boat charter with Five Star Charters.