The Grand Cayman is not a cheap island. In fact, I would say it is quite the opposite. However if you are stratigic it is possible to do the island for relatively inexpensive. Here are a few suggestions for doing Grand Cayman on a budget.
Choose some budget activities:
Like snorkeling. Snorkeling is one of the cheapest activities in the Cayman Islands and there is quite a bit you can see only a short swim from the shore. I suggest asking around for tips on the best places to go but I can reccomend these three from personal experience: the Marriott, Eden Rock, the Wreck of the Cali (I wrote a bit more about my snorkeling experiences here).
Or laying on the beach. All beaches in Grand Cayman are public beaches, while you may not be able to lay in the chairs at each resort you can pretty much set up a towel anywhere. While I didn't stay at the Marriot I did chill in their fun floaties. Plus you can probably sneak into the lounge chairs at the various resorts... everyone seems super chill.
Use budget friendly transportation:
Take the bus. This is by far the cheapest way to get around the island; for only $2CI you can pretty much get anywhere on the island. Most hotels will suggest that you use taxis but I for sure recommend the bus if you are looking to save on cost. Just flag them down, tell them "one stop" when you are ready to get off, and pay your $2CI as you exit. Easy enough. I do suggest downloading a map to your phone so that you know when to get off the bus. There are also different lines, but if you are on 7 mile road you can pretty much just point in the right direction and you will be dropped off close.)
Eat budget friendly food:
Like Chicken! Chicken! For around $10CI you can get a large plate of chicken (jerk or wood roasted) and two sides of your choosing. It is tasty and significantly filling, a good choice if you are looking for a less expensive meal. Here is a coupon for 10% off.
Or Cimboco. Cimboco's jerk chicken sandwich is around $10CI and is delicious. The hotel I stayed at had breakfast included (The Comfort Suites) but I heard they do breakfast at Cimboco for only $5CI and that it is delicious and filling. Here is a coupon for 10% off.
Also get Tortuga Rum Cakes. This is honestly the most delicious dessert. You can get a Tortuga Rum Cake at any of their locations for only $.99CI or at most gas stations for not much more. And if you want to save even more money on these already cheap treats here is a coupon for 10% off.
Drink some budget friendly(ish) drinks:
Like from Tortuga Rum Distillery. This is the tiniest of distilleries (located in a liquor store in the "Seven Mile Shops" near Margaritaville). However, they have tastings...aka free rum! While you will only get a tiny taste it's still free...and you can learn a little bit about distilling too while you're there...aka a free class :) And you can use this coupon for 10% off if you decide to buy anything.
Or from Cayman Spirits Co. The tour is moderately pricy, $15 per person. However, I found a 2 for 1 coupon (I'm not sure if it will still be available but you can check). Even at $15 you for sure get your moneys worth in drinks (in my experience it was limitless drinks). We started with samples before the tour (we literally sampled everything) and after the tour they tell you to have as much of anything as you want. Definitely a lot of alcohol for the price tag.
Or during Happy hour at the Marriott. This is still a bit expensive but you can get a craft cocktail during their 5-7pm happy hour for $8CI which is significantly cheaper than their typical cost ($12-14CI). They really do cocktails well and the bartenders definitely are willing to explain their process and teach you about the spirits. I think it is for sure worth the expense. If you are interested in reading more about cocktails in Grand Cayman check out this post!
Or stick to coffee and get a coffee at South West Collective. Their food is delicious as is their coffee; one of my favorite coffee shops so far this year.
I hope this helps you find some ways to save money in Grand Cayman!
And if you’re wondering what exactly what you should expect to spend in Grand Cayman you can check out this post
If you have other suggestions for cutting costs in Grand Cayman let me know in the comments section!