Over the years, Stingray City has been covered by National Geographic (as well as many other international magazines), and has become a major attraction for Island visitors.
If you are interested in diving and seeing the gorgeous coral reefs while swimming with the rays in 20ft deep water, Stingray City is the best place to visit.
For an up-close-and-personal encounter where you can walk in waist deep water with the southern stingrays, you may want to choose The Sandbar. The rays are completely safe, nearly four feet in diameter, and will brush against you with their soft underbellies looking for squid, their favourite food, which you feed them by hand. Do not lift them from the water, step on them, or torment them.
Just to the left, past Rum Point Club and off of Sand Point Road is the Mini Sandbar. This is a popular stop either for a boat trip, or if you’re exploring by car, for a shallow swim.
Please note that wearing flippers is not wise as you may disturb or anger the rays. The sandbar is usually quite busy as it is extremely popular, however, if you are going with a boat operator, they will usually find a good spot to anchor and a staff member may help you hold a stingray.
Refer to the Tours & Private Boat Charters page for local boat operators.
For even more information, specific tour details and money saving deals visit the Stingray City page on our sister website, Explore Cayman.