Grand Cayman Meeting Planning Overview
Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands Columbus dubbed "Las Tortugas" when his ship ran aground in 1523, en route to Hispaniola. Home to Caymans' capital of George Town, Grand Cayman boasts a generous menu of fine and casual dining, duty-free shopping and gracious accommodations well-suited for leisure and corporate events. Grand Cayman meeting venues take pride in high-end service, which makes the island an excellent choice for clients who desire an upscale, relaxed atmosphere with British flair.
Travel to the Cayman Islands is just an hour's flight from Miami. Scheduled flights on Cayman Airways are supplemented by a host of U.S., Canadian and UK carriers and charters.
While there are no large convention venues in Grand Cayman, a bevy of branded and independent hotels and resorts, all located on world-famous Seven Mile Beach, offer ideal space for corporate meetings and events. The largest hotel venues in Grand Cayman are the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, which has 13,000 square feet of meeting space (including a 9,000-square-foot ballroom, the island's largest); the popular Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, which offers seven breakout areas in a total of 9,000 square feet of meeting space; and Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, with 6,000 square feet of event space (including three oceanview breakout rooms). The intimate Grand Cayman Beach Suites (formerly the Hyatt) features a 1,225-square-foot ballroom.
In addition to the ever-popular Stingray City and Cayman Turtle Farm, and a plethora of watersports options along sugar-sand beaches, there's golf at the Ritz-Carlton's Blue Tip (a 9-hole "Caribbean Monster" designed by Greg Norman), Britannia Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus' masterful 9-hole course), and the widely held North Sound Golf Club. Meetings held on Grand Cayman are also complemented by excursions to the unspoiled natural attractions and seafaring heritage found on nearby Cayman Brac and her sister island – a favorite of photographers – Little Cayman. All three islands are world acclaimed for diving and snorkeling.
Dining offers plenty of choice: There are more than 200 restaurants in the Cayman Islands, from Caribbean budget-conscious street cafes with local favorites, such as stewed conch (pronounced "conk") and baked fish; to romantic Italian and French bistros and elegant dining rooms with sweeping ocean views. Grand Cayman favorites include Eats – with its large portions and great value; Calypso Grill in Morgan's Harbour for great seafood; the most popular Grand Old House; and Reef Grill.