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Stingray City

22 May, 2009

Swimming with the Stingrays at Stingray City

Stingray City

One of the most popular travel spots for tourists in the Grand Cayman’s, Stingray City is located in the North sound of the Cayman Islands. It is actually a grouping of several shallow sandbars. Tourist guilds tell of the many southern stingrays that are located here. There are so many stingrays in the city that visitors can pet, fee and otherwise interact with the beautiful creatures. No one knows for sure why the sea creatures began to congregate near Stingray City, but it is theorized that many years ago; fisherman used the area to clean their catch, tossing the leftover bits into the water.

The stingrays may have been attracted to the area for the easy feast that was available there. This eventually led to scuba divers realizing that the sting rays would eat right from their hands.

A trip to Stingray City may be the best snorkeling trip you can take; there are multiple companies that offer tour packages to the city. These packages typically include travel to the city, professional instructors to teach your and your party how to snorkel, stops to visit the stingrays and coral reefs and much more. Shopping around will help you find the best deal for you.

Some trips are just half day excursions, but other, more expensive options are offered. These packages offer unique opportunities to see the best that city has to offer. One of the best parts of these tours is feeding the stingrays. They will swim right up to you and eat right out of your hand. Be aware though, these are not penned up creatures and they are free to come and go as they please. Being able to swim with the stingrays is an experience that not many people are afforded. If you are in the Grand Cayman’s, a stop at Stingray City is almost a necessity.

Stingray City

Stingray City

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