How Stingray City Started

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How it all started

Contrary to popular belief, stingrays are not the dangerous animals that they have been portrayed as being. Here at Stingray City, the stingrays have become accustomed to human interaction over many years of being near fishermen. They came to associate the sound of approaching boats with being fed, as fishermen used to dump their unused conch and squid meat onto a local sandbar. Later, in the 1980s, divers continued the tradition of friendly association with the stingrays by feeding them similar foods, but this time in the water right alongside the now docile southern stingrays. This has allowed for many years of human interaction leaving the stingrays unafraid of humans and more than willing to socialize. The historic sandbar where fishermen first started unintentionally feeding these underwater creatures has become home to an estimated 50 southern stingrays, some of which can grow to be over 5 feet wide and 150 pounds.


These gentle giants, once feared by many, have become known for their beauty, kind nature, and awe that they inspire in anyone who lays eyes on them. The sandbar was coined "Stingray City" after the dense population of stingrays, calling it home. Stingray City in the Cayman Islands is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Caribbean, where families have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim alongside these majestic, undersea animals in their own environment. If swimming isn't for you, no problem, you can wade along the sandbar interacting with and observing the stingrays as they playfully swim and enjoy their peaceful lives under the surface. For the more daring, our charters offer free fish treats for you to feed the stingrays right out of your hands! More than 1,500 people visit Stingray City every day during high season, which makes human contact a habitual pleasure, as the stingrays love to play and be fed. There are countless stories of people returning again and again to witness the majesty and mystery of the stingrays' underwater life.

Some even call the experience "life-changing".


Stingray City is located just off Rum Point on the northwest corner of the North Sound on Grand Cayman Island. Grand Cayman, the largest of the three British ruled Islands, is 76 square miles of Caribbean paradise; its award-winning beaches and snorkeling excursions, the white sand, and crystal clear water will make you never want to leave. The water stays warm 70 degrees year-round and the sunny Caribbean days make for a perfect morning or afternoon spent in the water making some stingray friends.


The Cayman Islands are located 480 miles south of the Florida Coast and 170 miles northwest of Jamaica. Stingray City is featured on Trip Advisor as well as Lonely Planet as it has been listed among the top attractions in all of the Caribbean and is a highly sought-after destination. Check out the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism for details on how to book your perfect getaway.


Charter Trips, Snorkeling Safety, and only a quick twenty-minutes boat ride from the shore, Stingray City is not only a perfect daytime adventure for those staying on Grand Cayman, but it is also great for people who would like to book a quick excursion while their cruise ship is in port. Our exceptional tour guides will provide all necessary snorkel equipment as well as fish treats to feed the stingrays on most charters. And for those who have never snorkeled before, you will be given a tutorial on how to stay safe and get the most out of your first snorkeling experience. Take note that all tours are scheduled according to the number of passengers on board. At Stingray City, your safety is our number one priority. You will be given safety instructions by our highly trained, experienced crew, on how to appropriately interact and feed the stingrays, as well as other necessary information that you will need. The government of the Cayman Islands has set up strict guidelines for the conservation of stingrays, therefor there are strictly enforced rules that must be followed. Our knowledgeable crew will guide you through everything you need to know to have an awesome experience and to make sure that everyone stays safe and within the government's guidelines. From everyone here at Stingray City, we hope to see you soon! for more information relating to your next planned trip to the Cayman Islands.

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