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The infamous Stingray City is a must do for anyone visiting the Cayman Islands and there’s no better way of experiencing
this once-in-a-lifetime adventure than on your own private boat charter and at your own pace!

What Is Stingray City?

Best Stingray City ToursStingray City is one of Grand Cayman’s most popular attractions. It is located on a
shallow sand bar in the North Sound and can only be accessed by taking a charter boat. The water here is only 3ft – 4ft deep, allowing non-swimmers and kids to easily stand whilst interacting with and feeding these beautiful and friendly stingrays. Stingray City is home to approximately 90 wild Southern Stingrays that roam freely in the North Sound and visit this site on a daily basis.

This incredible experience allows adventurers to get up close and personal with some of the most majestic animals in the world. Our crew will help you get those memorable photos as you swim with, feed and even kiss the stingrays!

Where Is Stingray City?

Stingray City Sand Bar is located about 2 miles West of Rum Point on the North side of Cayman. It sits just inside the coral reef, which makes for a great second stop on your boat charter. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Stingray City Sand Bar from the West side of Cayman or if you decide to take one of the faster private charter boats, it’ll take roughly 20 minutes to get there.

About Southern Stingrays

Stingray City TripsThe ‘Southern Stingray’ can weigh up to 180 lbs and have a wingspan that can reach 5 ½ ft wide. The males are much smaller than females and reach a maximum wingspan of 2 ½ ft. Their wings are soft and silky to the touch. With a little imagination, they feel like a giant breathing wet Portobello mushroom with two eyes on top!

These beautiful creatures are found throughout the warm tropical waters of the Western Atlantic from New Jersey to Brazil. Southern stingrays are nocturnal predators, who disturb the sandy bottom using their mouth to expose hidden prey such as small fishes, worms and crustaceans.

They have a venom barb that lays on top of their tail which they use to defend themselves. This venom is very mild and is not dangerous to humans.

How to Experience Stingray City?

Stingray City TripsStingray City can be done two ways, in a mixed group tour or by private boat charter. We only provide private charters as it allows us to really customize your experience. There’s nothing more irritating than having a time constriction when experiencing something as unique as Stingray City.

Although Stingray City is an amazing experience on its own, there are a lot of other great activities and locations to experience which you just can’t have the flexibility to explore in a mixed group. It may cost a little more to go on your own private charter boat, but the difference in the experience you’ll have makes it well worth it.

Your Interaction with the Stingrays

Best Stingray City TripsWhen you reach Stingray City your crew will teach you everything about the rays and how to properly interact with them. The rays love to be petted, cuddled and especially fed! We’ll find the friendliest ray in the area and give you the opportunity to hold one of these amazing rays yourself.

Once everyone is comfortable with the rays, that’s when we bring the food out. The second they get a whiff of the food we have, they’ll come swarming our way for a bite! It can be a little intimidating at first, but you’ll get accustomed to them quickly and realize they’re just like cats rubbing up against you affectionately. Within 10 minutes, you’ll fall in love with these amazing animals and won’t ever want to leave the water!

There’s another Stingray City!?

Stingray City Trips - Cayman Islands Boat CharterThere is in fact a second site where the rays like to hang out. This other site is called ‘Stingray City Deep’ and it lies in about 12 feet of water. This site is ideal for divers, who can sit on the bottom as they feed the stingrays. It is considered to be one of the best dive sites in the world under 20ft. This is a great alternative for those who have already experienced Stingray City Sand Bar and want to experience the stingrays in a different way and without any of the crowds.

 

Are the Stingrays Dangerous at Stingray City?

A common question we get from guests is just how dangerous are the rays? We feel that stingrays have a bit of a bad rep around the world. Having the word ‘sting’ in your name doesn’t exactly make you sound cute and cuddly!

In the wild, stingrays only use their venom barb when they are threatened, usually by sharks. They only get one barb which breaks off easily when used, so therefore they only use it in life or death situations. The likelihood of them stinging you whilst hanging out with friendly humans feeding them lunch is highly unlikely. It’s not to say that you cannot be stung however, particularly if you accidently hit the barb yourself. The important thing is to listen to your guides and follow their safety instructions.

Adventures


Shane Myers
Shane Myers
13:29 24 Aug 22
We were on a 7-day cruise and this excursion was the highlight of our entire trip. Can't quite put into words the experience but will say it was AMAZING!!! Swimming with wild sting rays, snorkeling... the reef, walking around Star Fish Point, all in 3 hours, was the perfect day and memories. DO NOT take the tour boats that pack in tons of people. This is well worth the extra money to have your own personal experience and you get to take in so much more of what Capt Vernon has to share with you. He was so knowledgeable about the sting rays and was able to find all kinds of sea creatures while snorkeling. Can't say enough good things about this trip.On a side note, I'm sometimes a little nervous on some of these islands and not knowing what you're getting into but I felt safe and secure which really makes it more enjoyable. It was just my daughter and me so I did appreciate the professionalism, safety and quality of the Captain and the boat.read more
David Begley
David Begley
18:15 02 Aug 22
Great experience with captain Vernon. He snorkeled with our 8 year old at the barrier reef and made her feel really safe. Even got to see a sea turtle for good measure. Really good value if you want... a private charter but don’t want to spend a ton of money.read more
lc reece
lc reece
02:19 26 Jun 22
Our trip was postponed in March 2020 so this day was a long time coming! We loved our boat, our crew and our whole experience. We didn’t estimate our arrival time correctly due the difference in... ship time vs local time but our crew came a half hour early to accommodate us so we didn’t have to wait too long. Oz and Joseph were both personable and fun. We had three generations with us and they were great at connecting with both our young adult kids as well as our parents. Our daughter was hesitant to get near the stingray but ended up kissing and holding her! Oz used the perfect amount of encouragement and persistence in getting her to do it. And she was so pleased that she did! Loved seeing the mangroves, snorkeling and the beach bar. Beach bar was great! The bartenders were personable and the beach beautiful! Not the best time to fish but we managed to catch a couple which was great fun for our older daughter! Starfish point was wonderful and we were treated to some delicious wings. Then to top it off, our younger daughter got to be the captain for a part of the ride back! She LOVED it! As we got close to the dock Oz called for our taxi and entertained us by driving amongst the beautiful homes so we didn’t have to wait on the hot dock. This was a very memorable day for our whole family. We appreciate the professionalism and the fun! Fantastic!read more
Yvonne Cumpian
Yvonne Cumpian
15:35 06 Aug 20
My husband and I, along with another couple used Crystal Charters highly recommended by my brother!! This was the best private charter and the captain we had was Canyon; he and his partner were... amazing!!read more
Crystal Lynch
Crystal Lynch
00:59 28 Apr 20
From our initial phone call inquiring about services to coordinate with our cruise ship arrival to our actual boating day, Crystal Charters provided all around top notch service. Alex and Ricky made... our 4 hour outing one to remember. Our family of 3, including our young daughter, were made to feel in good hands especially in the middle of a sudden rain storm on our way to Sting Ray Point. We realized once at Sting Ray Point that we had a special crew when they would find sting rays and bring them to us to enjoy and hold. Other charter groups were left on their own and it was clear while a fun experience for those groups, our experience was a bit more special.Thank you Crystal Charters! We are counting the days until our return to Grand Cayman and another Crystal Charters outing.read more
Kin Lee
Kin Lee
10:17 18 Mar 20
The best way to angle. Our Captain Michael was pleasant and the most supportive chief. He is the best.!!! The Get Hooked Characters is the best approach! Much obliged to you Captain Michael .

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