How Stingray City Started
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How it all started
Stingrays, contrary to popular assumption, are not the dangerous animals that have been depicted.
Over many years of living near fisherman, the stingrays at Stingray City have grown acclimated to human interaction.
Fishermen used to dump their unused conch and squid meat onto a nearby sandbar, so they came to associate the sound of incoming boats with being fed. Divers continued the history of pleasant interaction with the stingrays in the 1980s by giving them comparable meals in the water alongside the now docile southern stingrays.
As a result of the many years of human engagement, the stingrays are no longer fearful of humans and are more than happy to socialize. Southern stingrays, some of which may grow to be over 5 feet wide and 150 pounds, have taken up residence on the historic sandbar where fisherman initially began unwittingly feeding these underwater creatures.
These gentle giants, formerly feared by many, have gained a reputation for their beauty, kindness, and amazement that they create in all who sees them.
The sandbar was dubbed "Stingray City" because of the large number of stingrays that call it home.
The Cayman Islands' Stingray City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, offering families the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with these gorgeous, underwater animals in their natural habitat.
If swimming isn't your thing, you can still wade down the sandbar and interact with and observe the stingrays as they playfully swim and enjoy their quiet existence beneath the surface.
For the brave, our charters provide complimentary fish treats to feed the stingrays directly out of your hands. During peak season, over 1,500 people visit Stingray City every day, making human contact a daily pleasure, as the stingrays like playing and being fed.There are several accounts of visitors returning time after time to observe the magnificence and mystery of the stingrays' underwater world.
Some have even described the event as "life-changing."
Stingray City is located off the coast of Grand Cayman, near Rum Point in the northwest corner of the North Sound.
The largest of the three British-ruled islands, Grand Cayman, is a 76-square-mile Caribbean paradise with award-winning beaches and snorkeling trips, white sand, and crystal clear water that will make you never want to leave.
The water is warm all year, at 70 degrees, and the sunny Caribbean days are ideal for spending a morning or afternoon in the ocean making stingray friends.
The Cayman Islands are about 170 miles northwest of Jamaica and 480 miles south of the Florida coast.
Stingray City has been rated as one of the top attractions in the Caribbean by Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet, and it is a highly sought-after vacation.
For more information on how to schedule your ideal vacation, visit the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism or stingraycitycaymanislands.com to book a tour to the park.
Charter trips only a twenty-minute 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 want to book a quick excursion while their cruise ship is in port.
On most charters, our excellent tour guides will offer all essential snorkeling equipment as well as fish treats to feed the stingrays.
For those who have never snorkeled before, a tutorial on how to be safe and make the most of your first snorkeling experience will be provided. Keep in mind that all tours are scheduled according on the amount of people on board and weather conditions.
Your safety is our top priority at Stingray City.
Our highly trained, experienced team will provide you with safety guidelines on how to interact with and feed the stingrays, as well as any other information you may require.
The Cayman Islands government has established strict guidelines for the conservation of stingrays, and as a result, there are strict laws that must be followed.
Our knowledgeable staff will walk you through all you need to know to have an amazing time while remaining safe and compliant with government regulations.
We hope to see you soon, from everyone at Stingray City!
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