Stingray City (Grand Cayman)
- Type: Tours, Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Located in the North Sound area of Grand Cayman, Stingray City is the most popular attraction on any of the three Cayman Islands. Travelers insist it's a tourist trap -- but perhaps a tourist trap that's worth it.
The "city" is really a shallow sandbar where you can interact with and feed the Atlantic Southern stingrays that live in those waters. Previous visitors reveled in the opportunity to get so close to the creatures, and insist that it's not dangerous, as long as you follow the guidelines of the instructors. Still, travel guides like Frommer's write, "Stingray City is a phenomenon unique to the Cayman Islands, but don't expect to find us there."
You can explore Stingray City on a snorkeling trip, on a scuba trip (without fins to protect the stingrays) or in a glass bottom boat. Several dive companies sponsor trips to the area, including Moby Dick Tours, Absolute Divers and Stingray City Trips. Prices vary depending on the tour company you choose.