Boating in the Cayman Islands has never been easier!
Whether you rent your own boat from Cayman Islands Boat Rentals for a half-day or a full day, your time on the water will go faster than you think.
Make the most of it by checking out our series of sample itineraries, which suggests several stops to make while exploring Grand Cayman’s waterways on your own terms.
For our first post in the series, we’ll explore some of the hot spots on The North Sound. Popular for very good reason, the ‘Sound’ (as locals affectionately call it) is not only calm and shallow thanks to the protective embrace of the barrier reef, its also home to some of the Cayman’s most stunning natural beauty and eco-diversity.
Remember: you don’t have to have to be a boating expert (or a boating license) to rent one of our boats, but you do need to have someone in your group who has boating experience and feels comfortable at the controls.
Now, on to the good stuff!
Start at the North Sound/Barcadere pick-up location at your reserved time, where the boat will be either waiting for you or on its way. From there, just step into the boat and take off. It’s really that easy!
Once you’re out on the clear, clam North Sound, it’s time to enjoy.
Hit up the below must-dos in chronological order, pick and choose a couple to leisurely explore, or ignore our suggestions altogether.
That’s the beauty of renting your own boat—the choice is yours!
This top Cayman attraction, not far from your launching-off point, puts you right in the sea with stingrays, who gather here on a sandbar with clock-like regularity. You have fishermen from decades ago to thank for this treat: they first cleaned their fish on this sandbar, and the stingrays have been coming back for free fish guts ever since.
As naturally curious creatures, the stingrays will bump against your hands to feel you out, and gracefully glide right beside you.
Getting to Stingray City earlier in the day helps you avoid the inevitable cruise ship crowds. The waters here are shallow (3 feet), which makes it easy to anchor and explore… and they’re great for snorkeling, too!
Kaibo Restaurant, Yacht Club & Marina
After snorkeling and playing with the stingrays, you might be getting hungry for lunch. If so, head to Kaibo Marina for wood-fired pizzas at KAIBO Beach Bar & Grill—best enjoyed under the thatched protection of an oceanfront cabana.
Don’t worry, docking at Kaibo is a breeze, too. You don’t have to be a boating pro to do it!
After lunch, consider heading to Starfish Point, a gorgeous beach at the tip of Cayman Kai. Here, you’ll be introduced to another of our aquatic neighbors—the brilliant red-orange starfish. Often, they will congregate at the shallow, sandy shoreline, so no snorkel is required to spot them. This picturesque beach also makes for a great place to lie out on the sun-warmed sand to digest your lunch or take the mandatory “foot selfie” with your toes against the azure sea and sky.
Once again, it’s super-easy to dock: just drop anchor in the shallow waters and walk ashore.
Duck Pond/Water Adventures
For the last part of your day, head to Duck Pond. This calm, lovely inlet is away from the North Sound boat traffic, which makes it a great spot for waterskiing, wakeboarding and tubing (talk to us about renting these toys as add-ons). The lush mangroves are home to some wildlife, too, so keep an eye out while you play!
Wherever you end up going, Cayman Islands Boat Rentals gives you a map for painless navigation. Rather go out with an experienced captain? No problem. We offer boat charters, too!
Get in touch with us today to reserve your boat and your unforgettable day on the water!