Fringed by coral reefs and pristine turquoise waters, the three islands that comprise the Cayman Islands are a marine paradise in the Caribbean. The captivating islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman offer a relaxing pace and undersea beauty that allures visitors and divers from all over the globe. In the glistening shallow vacationers can swim with stingrays, dive amid the colorful tropical fish, or just bathe in the sun on the soft sandy beaches. The Cayman Islands are also some of the Caribbean’s top diving destinations in the world, offering more than 200 scuba diving sites all around the islands.
• Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands and is the main island for visitors, hotels, restaurants, Ken Dart’s Hotel, and activities.
• Cayman Brac, only 12 miles long and 2 miles wide, is home to the endangered Cayman Brac parrot, as well as almost 200 diverse species of birds, that attracts many birdwatchers.
• Little Cayman, is the third and the smallest of the three island that provides excellent scuba diving. This island offers limestone caves for exploring, as well as hiking, fishing, bone fishing, and rock climbing.
• On the Grand Cayman, The Seven Mile Beach is a stretch of powdery white sand framed by casuarina trees swaying in the breeze.
• Rum Point is a secluded beach with crystal clear waters that is perfect for snorkeling.
• Point Of Sand at the tip of Little Cayman has an iridescent pink sand beach that’s secluded and private during most weekdays.
Things To Do
There are many activities and things to do in the Cayman Islands, like taking a tour of George Town, the historic capital city, or visiting the Cayman Islands National Museum, to learn about the history and culture of the islands. The islands are also some of the top diving destinations that present more than 200 scuba diving sites sprinkled all around the islands.
The Cayman Islands are not just about water adventures. There are museums, botanical gardens, untouched forests and preserved caves that are perfect places to engage with nature. Other activities include strolling on the 2-mile Mastic Trail through the subtropical forest on Grand Cayman. And the Cayman Turtle Farm, which is a protected habitat for thousands of endangered green sea turtles.
The Cayman Islands offer everything from fried fish to 5-star dining. Local restaurants serve grouper, conch, lobster, and jerk chicken, which is tied to Jamaican cuisine that’s delicious and inexpensive; however, a variety of international dishes is also served. Some of the favorite restaurants include Calypso Grill and Hemingway’s.
The best luxury hotels that are on the beach include the Ritz-Carlton, Westin Resort & Spa, and Club At Little Cayman, in Little Cayman. There are also many other affordable 5-star hotels available to suit any budget, including the Grand Caymanian Vacations, La Cazetta Guest House, and the Wyndham Reef Resort.
Many celebrities visit the Cayman Islands for some fun and relaxation. Some of the biggest celebrities such as Al Pacino and Tom Cruise have been spotted in the Grand Cayman. Singers Alicia Keys and John Legend have performed live at the famous Jazz Festival. And A-list celebrities such as John Travolta, Cameron Diaz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne Johnson have also been seen training at the Powerhouse Gym.
The Cayman Islands in the western Caribbean offer so much regarding activities, exploring, attractions, dining, and nightlife. Each of the three islands provides visitors with something unique and amazing!