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Stingray City.

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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?

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Stingray 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

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The ‘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, however you will certainly feel it if stung!

How to Experience Stingray City?

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Stingray 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.

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Your Interaction with the Stingrays

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When 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!?

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There 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


C Handley
C Handley
23:45 15 Oct 19
We had the best time as Sheldon and Mikey gave us the tour of a lifetime. They were approachable and professional as they guided us to see the stingrays, eels and starfish. They made a special stop for us on Rum Point so that we could see a part of the island we had not experienced. Hats off to our friends at Crystal Charters. Thanks for a great day!read more
Michael Kirchner
Michael Kirchner
20:47 15 Oct 19
We had a great day on the 45 foot boat with Sheldon and Mikey. We didn’t think we needed to feed the stingrays, but we had a great time there. Mikey introduced us to a stingray that he has been friends with for many years. We went snorkeling in several locations and saw beautiful fish and a moray eel. They also took us to Rum Point and Starfish Beach. They were very relaxed and not concerned about time. Sheldon was an excellent captain as well. Crystal Charters was very easy to work with. We highly recommend them.read more
Colleen Lex
Colleen Lex
16:55 01 Oct 19
What an amazing experience Crystal Charters, Captain Sheldon and crew provided for our group of 14. We booked directly through them instead of an excursion through the Disney cruise and it did not disappoint. We visited Stingray City, Star Fish Beach, coral reefs and a great local lunch spot. Sheldon had the forethought and experience to order our lunch prior to arrival so we didn't have to wait when we got to the beach restaurant, allowing us more time for our snorkeling experience. We had 8 children with us ages 6-14 and I was incredibly impressed with the level of attention the crew paid to ensuring their safety as well as a memorable experience. The crew was mindful of the well being of the environment, sting rays, reef and starfish as well, reminding the kids not to take starfish out of the water etc.. We had plenty of room on the boat, cold bottled water was provided and their was a small store at the marina where we were able to purchase some snacks and adult beverages which we were invited to bring on board. The charter also provided squid to feed the stingray and showed us how to properly do so. They created a lifetime of wonderful memories for our families. I would recommend this charter for adult groups or families!read more
Kelly Lynch
Kelly Lynch
22:21 27 Aug 19
The 1st time we took this leg of the Disney Cruise 2 years ago, we opted to find our own charter options vs. going with the Disney Cruise excursion options. We were lucky enough to find Chrystal Charters and they did not disappoint! This 2nd time we of course went back to Crystal Charters and had another great time. Our guide Duncan and his 1st mate Cassie were AWESOME!!! We had a great time the the stingrays and starfish and they took us to a great local place for lunch. Thank you Crystal Charters for a great time in the Caymans! You're the BEST!read more
Lois Robbins
Lois Robbins
01:12 27 Aug 19
Crystal Charters is awesome!!! On a recent trip to Grand Cayman we booked a half day Excursion with Crystal Charters. The crew was amazing! There were 15 of us including children. They made sure all of us had everything we needed. They took us to Stingray city and then on to snorkel.. our day could not have been betterread more
Krystal Dry
Krystal Dry
18:42 24 Aug 19
We had a great 4 hour tour with Duncan and Cass that was fun for everyone in our group - from ages 3 to grandparents. First we went to Stingray City and played with the gentle giants, then we were off to a beautiful beach for lunch, then off to see and hold the starfish. Even though we didn’t have the best weather, we had a GREAT time, and highly recommend this company to anyone.read more

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