If you’ve ever wanted to get up close & personal with stingrays or sea turtles, Grand Cayman Island is the place for you! Home of the Cayman Turtle Farm and Stingray City, Grand Cayman Island offers one-of-a-kind animal encounters.
Cayman Turtle Farm
The turtle farm is home to over 11,000 Green Sea Turtles, ranging in size from six ounces to six hundred pounds. Visitors walk around pools of water where different sea turtles are housed. It’s interesting to see these animals up close and watch them swim in the water. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not an underwater kind of girl, so I welcomed the chance to see sea creatures without having to actually swim with them.
Even better, we got to hold them! They are stronger than I expected and a little more wiggly than I would have liked. But it was amazing just to hold one for a minute. Then I was happy to put him back in his pool and watch him swim away.
I didn’t even attempt this encounter. Stingrays are one of those creatures that give me the creeps. I’ve seen them from the side of a boat and that was enough for me. I skipped this ship excursion and let my husband and kids enjoy their stingray experience without me.
What’s nice about Stingray City is that the animals are not enclosed. This area is their natural habitat and the stingrays swim freely. It worried my daughter a little as she gingerly waded through the water. She’d been instructed not to step on any because that’s when you’re likely to get stung. I give her a lot of credit — hearing of this possibility would have been my cue to get out of the water completely. But she hung in there, a little frightened, but brave. Afterward, she told me she felt stingrays swim between her legs. I almost fainted.
Because it’s a huge tourist attraction, you also have the opportunity to have your picture taken with a stingray. Who knew the stingray would smile, too? 🙂
Can you imagine yourself interacting with stingrays or turtles?