Stingray City - Grand Cayman Island

Stingray City is in the shallow waters of the northwest corner of Grand Cayman's North Sound. It is just inside a natural channel that passes through the barrier reef and consists of a string of sandbars crossing the North Sound from Morgan Harbour to Rum Point. This area is suitable for wading and snorkeling in the typically crystal clear shallow water.

The first Stingray City tours were inadvertently conducted by Cayman fishermen during the early 1950s. Upon returning from a day of fishing, the fisherman would clean their catch in the calm shallow waters near the north sound, which would later become known as Stingray City.

Throwing their unused bait and catch cleaning overboard, Cayman's early fisherman unknowingly sponsored a free smorgasbord of delights to the stingrays below. There are several species of stingrays in the Cayman Islands but Stingray City are primarily populated with Cayman’s Southern Stingray.

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