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Our second family-friendly stop during our Cayman Islands press trip was a visit to the Cayman Turtle Farm. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it ended up being one of our favorite activities on the island. On our family’s second trip to Grand Cayman, we made sure to stop by – especially for my turtle-obsessed son. If you are cruising to Grand Cayman, the Cayman Turtle Farm can also be booked as a cruise excursion.
Review of the Cayman Turtle Farm
The Grand Cayman Turtle Farm offers a swimming lagoon, a snorkeling area, a restaurant, a turtle breeding pond, and turtle touch tanks. We started out with a visit to the restaurant, where turtle soup, burgers, and steak were on the menu (I went with the delicious jerk chicken instead). The restaurant overlooks the snorkeling area, and the kids enjoyed watching the fish and turtles in the pond.
From there, we got a tour of the breeding pond and the touch tanks. The larger turtles (think Crush from Finding Nemo) have some huge teeth and aren’t incredibly friendly, but the younger ones are adorable. My daughter happily jumped in one of the touch tanks, while I decided to hold the turtle on dry land.
It was difficult getting the kids out of the touch tank, because they couldn’t get enough of the turtles. But, with promises of some swimming, they finally put the turtles down and moved on to the lagoon. It features a zero-entry entrance, a waterfall, and a water slide. The kids had a wonderful time, and I really wish I’d brought along a bathing suit. Bring along your own towels, however, because none are provided.
We didn’t get a chance to visit the snorkeling pond the first time, but did on the second visit. This was my son’s favorite spot. It’s a great option for families with younger kids who aren’t as familiar with snorkeling, because the water is so calm. Snorkeling equipment, as well as the required life vests, are provided.
Overall, I was so pleasantly surprised with how much there is to do at the Cayman Turtle Farm, and I definitely recommend a visit. You can learn more on their website.