Come home from vacation with more than just a tan and some souvenirs when you participate in the environmentally friendly activities at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

As a partner of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, the award-winning resort in the Caribbean pairs its luxury offerings with the opportunity to explore the natural wonders and cultural traditions of the Cayman Islands. Whether you’re trekking through native forests on an interactive eco-tour, snorkeling through a shipwreck, or kayaking through the mangroves, the islands’ environment and ecological resources will provide lessons you’ll never forget.

The idea behind the program is to give you a deeper appreciation of the nature that makes up the scenic island destination, as well as an understanding of how to live more environmentally responsible in your everyday life at home. All of the activities are led by expert naturalists and designed to be entertaining and engaging while educating on the local habitat and its connection to the larger global system. 

The excitement isn’t limited to adults. The resort hosts daily morning and afternoon activities for children ages 4 and up, offering everything from snorkeling 101 and Blue Iguana Recovery Program field trips to stingray scavenger hunts and local delicacy cooking classes. Best of all, kids will have so much fun that they won’t realize it’s educational. 

In addition to the Ambassadors of the Environment program, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman stands out as being the only luxury resort on the island — and it’s the largest, too. Spanning 144 acres from Seven Mile Beach to the North Sound, the tropical paradise creates an upscale playground for beach bums and adventure seekers alike. Whether embarking on a private snorkel cruise, learning sailing basics from a pro, or making a splash at the water playground, you’ll find endless ways to make memories under the sun. The resort also features an impressive golf course — designed by Greg Norman — and both clay and grass tennis courts, allowing you to perfect your swing and backhand against breathtaking scenery.

Prefer to do absolutely nothing on your vacation? There’s no shame. For the ultimate uninterrupted relaxation, reserve one of the private beachfront cabanas in advance, or prepare for an afternoon of pampering at La Prairie Spa. Inspired by Switzerland’s forward-thinking skin science, the full-service spa provides a series of specialized treatments designed to help you embrace the island’s tranquil and serene spirit.  

When it’s time to indulge, take your taste buds on a vacation of their own when you make a reservation for one of the resort’s five authentic dining outlets. Blue by Eric Ripert is the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant, featuring distinctive six- and seven-course seafood tasting menus paired with innovative cocktails and an elaborate collection of fine wines. Gourmet sushi, Italian and steak eateries are also on site, allowing every member of the family to feast on their favorite dishes. For a more casual scene just steps from the sand, head to Bar Jack for beachside fare and Grand Cayman’s creamiest piña colada, then wind down in the evening with an island-inspired cocktail and Cuban cigar while enjoying live entertainment at Silver Palm.

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