Stingray City

One of my most memorable port excursions was to Stingray City.  Stingray city is outside of Grand Cayman in a natural channel through the barrier reef.  It has shallow waters consisting of a string of sandbars.

For many years, fisherman returning from fishing for the day would sail between the reefs to the calm water of the sandbars.  Here they would clean their fish.  They would throw the fish guts overboard and the stingrays would congregate there to feast.

Over time, the stingrays associated the sound of the boat engines with food, so they would meet the fisherman at the end of the day.  The fishermen learned that they could touch and hand feed the stingrays.

It Can Be Crowded

Now the cruise ship excursions take you to these sandbars where you can interact with the stingrays.  The water is shallow (adult waist deep), calm, and warm.

The Stingrays are very friendly.

The Rays like to be touched and stroked.   They come up to you and rub against you, like a happy puppy.

Stingrays also love men’s hairy chests.  They would rub themselves on all the men’s chests.

We were able to feed the stingrays, which was a scary experience.  Your whole hand goes into their mouth.

Finally the Kiss!

At the end of our time, we were able to kiss a stingray farewell.

If you are ever in Grand Cayman, go to stingray city.  Love on and kiss the stingrays.  You will not regret it.

Post a comment below if you have done this excursion.

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I am Wease, and my traveling days started early with a father that loved to travel. As a family, a large one, we always traveled and always by car. No matter how far we went, we made the famous road trip. My father’s mantra on these trips was “we are making memories”. No matter what happened on those trips, whether good or bad, we always made memories. These memories are very precious to me. My husband and I have continued this tradition in our family, with our children, of traveling and making memories. I have learned some valuable lessons and tricks and I plan to share these with you here. Here is what I live by: “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we have been, and the memories we have made along the way”. Anonymous

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