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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


Stanton Ingram
Stanton Ingram
13:10 07 Jun 19
My family rented a Sea Ray for 4 hours one afternoon, and we had a great time. Alex and Ricky from Crystal Charters were very professional, kind, and fun. The booking process was also very easy. I would strongly recommend renting a boat in Grand Cayman with Crystal Charters!read more
Lisa Gentry
Lisa Gentry
21:19 05 Jun 19
Ricky and Alex were amazing guides and made the trip so much fun! We learned all about the Stingrays and were amazed at how much info they had to share. Stingray City is a must do for anyone visiting Grand Cayman. We also went to two snorkeling spots where we saw beautiful fish and more stingrays. We ended the trip at Starfish Point and again had tons of fun learning and playing. Alex and Ricky were great with my two kids (my 6 year old son has Cerebral Palsy)! We would defiantly recommend to anyone!read more
Chadwick Brackett
Chadwick Brackett
23:56 25 May 19
Had a great day on the water with our crew Slim & Val. They did a amazing job talking about the stingrays and there culture here on the island. I would highly recommended using them to anyone that wants to spend a great day on the water! Kristi that helped me book the trip was awesome too!read more
Grace Van de Camp
Grace Van de Camp
17:49 24 May 19
Wonderful experience on a great boat in the beautiful crystal clear waters of Cayman! Booked a private 4 hour charter for 5 people to see the mangroves, swim with the stingrays, snorkel at coral gardens and swim in the bio bay. Our captain and guide (Verne and Ricky) were super easy going, friendly and very knowledgeable. The whole experience was very relaxing and fun. We were even able to squeeze in an extra snorkel stop while waiting for the sun to set so our bio bay experience could be enjoyed to the fullest in the dark. Fresh water and extra towels were provided with the boat as well. Kristie in the office made booking and payment super easy. Would highly recommend booking your excursions with Crystal Charters.read more
Jason Wilde
Jason Wilde
14:14 20 May 19
These guys were absolutely amazing! They let us take as much time as we wanted at each stop and made it a really customized trip for whatever we wanted to do. Liz and Alex were very knowledgeable and made us feel like we were family! Definitely coming back to Crystal Charters!!read more
Parker_ o7
Parker_ o7
01:23 12 May 19
Amazing experience from Alex and Courtney. They really know the stingrays and gave us so much info. It wasn’t just a stop for us, we learned a lot about the stingrays and Grand Cayman too. The other boats just parked and the people swam around. Our guides were so knowledgeable! Highly recommend! Thanks Crystal Charters!!!read more

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