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All boats allowed back at Rum Point, Stingray City, Sandbar

Under the latest COVID-19 control regulations, certain restrictions, including a ban on privately-owned boats at Rum Point, Stingray City, the Sandbar and Starfish Point, are being lifted from 1 Aug.

Stingray City, Sandbar unlocked for tour operators

Commercial vessels with wildlife interaction zone (WIZ) licences for Stingray City and the Sandbar can now access the popular sites under specified conditions, according to new regulations released Friday evening.
Stingray sandbar

The boats are gone, but rays remain at Stingray City

Cayman’s iconic Stingray City is not believed to be at risk despite the closure of the site to tour boats.

Too many boats going to Stingray City

My family of five has booked its 11th trip to Grand Cayman this June. I often thought of taking the children back out to...

Stingray City freeze to run for 6 months

The Department of Environment has suspended issuing new Stingray City/Sandbar licences.
Tourists on Seven Mile Beach

How much tourism is too much for a small island?

Cayman's tourism industry is thriving. But amid the debate over if and how to develop the island's port facilities, some are wondering, if the growth in visitors is sustainable and what the impact of rising visitation might mean for the island over the coming decades.

Injured stingray treated at sandbar

A female stingray called Chae has been treated for injuries at the Stingray City Sandbar. After tour operators reported that the southern stingray was underweight...

Record stingray count at sandbar

A record 115 stingrays were counted in the biannual population survey at the Sandbar.

2 taken to hospital for jellyfish stings

Two people visiting Stingray City were taken to hospital Monday after they were stung by jellyfish.

Guy Harvey Cocktail Party

One only has to spend time in the company of fishing enthusiasts or anyone interested in marine conservation, and chances are they have heard of artist and conservationist Guy Harvey.

Elderly snorkeler’s inquest raises questions

The inquest into the death of an elderly snorkeler raised questions last week and even provided some possible answers when Queen’s Coroner Eileen Nervik and seven jurors heard evidence in the case of a cruise ship passenger who died after a self-booked excursion to Stingray City.

Travel guide highlights Cayman Islands

Camana Bay, pictured, gets a prominent mention in Travel + Leisure magazine’s latest online guide for Caribbean islands, which directs visitors to a variety of sights and attractions in the Cayman Islands.

Queen’s Baton arrives in Cayman on Friday

It’s been a trek four months in the making, but the Queen’s Baton, the Commonwealth’s equivalent to the Olympic flame, will land in Cayman on Friday as part of its 388-day journey leading up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

EDITORIAL – The unequal distribution of Cayman’s tourists

We (obviously) haven’t read the new five-year tourism plan being developed by Cayman Islands government consultants, but, as we reported in Monday’s newspaper, part of the report will examine ways to lure tourists away from the country’s three most popular attractions – Seven Mile Beach, Stingray City and the Cayman Turtle Centre – each of which draws more than 1 million visitors annually, and spread them out to other venues, such as Hell, Pedro St. James and the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park, each of which attracts some 20,000 visitors per year.

Wind and choppy seas change plans for tourism operators

Rough seas and 15 to 20 knot winds will likely continue in Cayman through the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service, forcing tourism operators to adapt their plans as the high season gets under way. Water-sports operators said Monday that most trips to the North Sound have been canceled.

Small craft warning issued for weekend

Weather forecasters say 15 to 20 knot winds and rough seas will continue through the weekend. Gusty winds will be coming from the east to northeast. Pirates Week organizers say they do not expect the weather to impact festivities on the George Town waterfront this weekend.

Boats abandoned at Crystal Harbour cause concern

Covered in graffiti, with shattered wine glasses still hanging in racks behind the weather-beaten bar, the Aqua, a luxury yacht once intended as a floating bar for Stingray City sits abandoned, loosely tied up in the mangroves near Crystal Harbour.

Numbers provide snapshot of tourism industry

An American male, professional, aged between 36 and 49, earning between $100,000 and $150,000 a year and a previous visitor to the Cayman Islands.

Former Pepsi CEO dies snorkeling near Stingray City

Tributes have been paid to an “incredible man” and a “great leader” after the death of former PepsiCo CEO Roger Enrico on a snorkeling trip near Stingray City.

Former Pepsi CEO dies snorkeling near Stingray City

The former CEO of Pepsi, Roger Enrico, died Wednesday after getting into difficulties snorkeling close to the Stingray City Sandbar in the North Sound.

The bump

Branson’s visit: three stitches and a stingray ‘bite’

While on island for just a couple of days for the Legends Tennis event and the Alternative Investment Summit, Sir Richard Branson managed to walk into a glass door, requiring three stitches on his forehead, and get “bitten” by a stingray while touring Stingray City with Guy Harvey.

Stingrays make Sandbar home base

A resident population of stingrays has made the North Sound Sandbar their long-term home, population data from the latest stingray census indicates. Volunteers and scientists...

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