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A holiday to The Cayman Islands is as laid back as it gets. This Caribbean paradise is all white sands and rum cocktails, and has some of the best coral reef systems in the Caribbean. The capital of Grand Cayman island, George Town, is where you’ll start. This exotic and friendly town is home to a number of lively bars and restaurants and the famous George Town Port. Visit the Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery to try the island’s homemade rum then pick up some souvenirs in the quirky Pure Art gift shop. Finish with dinner at Paradise Restaurant where you’ll get incredible views of the port and its many cruise ships.
You’re spoilt for choice on beaches but the world-famous Seven Mile Beach is among the best. Head here for swimming and sunning on soft white sands and crystal clear waves. Despite it not being a hotspot for snorkelling, you’ll still catch glimpses of the island’s colourful sea life. The Cayman Islands are one of the world’s top destinations for snorkelling and scuba diving. The coral reef systems here are teeming with rainbow coloured fish and all manner of marine life. You can swim with turtles, stingrays and even sharks, or go down deeper to discover sunken shipwrecks. Above the water you’ve got numerous incredible boat tours where you can go dolphin and whale watching, fishing, or just relax on board with a cocktail and admire the incredible views across the Caribbean.
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For more adventurous types, you’ve got an abundance of water sports, from jet skiing to kayaking, kiteboarding and parasailing – enough to keep even the most dedicated sportsman busy. In terms of culture, The Caymans have got plenty of museums like the popular Cayman Motor Museum located near the Cayman Turtle Farm. George Town is also home to The National Museum which showcases Caribbean natural history and culture.
Over in Bodden Town you’ve got Mission House which teaches tourists about the early settlers of the Cayman Islands. And if that’s not enough, pop to The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands to see gorgeous art from local artists. If you’re after luxury, Camana Bay is the spot for award-winning restaurants, upmarket boutiques, bustling markets and regular festive events. A holiday to the Cayman Islands is like a tasty rum punch – start with gorgeous Caribbean beaches, add plenty of water sports and a dash of colonial charm and you’ve got yourself one unforgettable combination.
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Meet the sea creatures
Get up close and personal with the marine life of Grand Cayman at Stingray City. You’ll need to catch a boat out to the middle of the ocean where you can stand on the sand reef and meet dozens of friendly stingrays. Touch and feed them and even give one a kiss for good luck!
Explore the national park
Spend the day exploring the lush nature of The National Trust for the Cayman Islands which preserves cultural and architectural sites as well as local wildlife. Visit the East End Light House Park, Fort George and Walter Cemetery, and keep an eye out for iguanas!
Dive in with scuba or snorkelling
Cayman Islands is one of the best places for scuba diving and snorkeling and you’ll be hard pushed to find a better place than off the shores of Grand Cayman. Swim out to see turtles, eels, and even a reef shark or two swim through the colourful coral of the Caribbean.
Try some new water sports
If you’re up for some adrenaline buzzing fun, there’s plenty of water sports available all over Grand Cayman including paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing and kiteboarding. The water is warm and inviting and the sports are available here all year-round.
Tour the rum distillery
Take a tour of the Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery to learn about the island’s favourite tipple. See the rum being made and even try a few types at the end. Try the Cayman’s Vaportini or Seven Fathoms Rum which is aged in the ocean, then wash it all down with a Cayman special homemade hot sauce.
10 facts about the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands sit 180 miles west of Jamaica and 150 miles south of Cuba in the middle of the Caribbean.
One of the most popular Grand Cayman attractions is Pedro St. James, the oldest building on the islands. It was built in 1780.
The biggest of the three Cayman Islands is Grand Cayman at approximately 22 miles long by 8 miles wide. The others are Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
There are almost 600 banks on Grand Cayman, including 43 of the 50 biggest banks in the world. You’ll find plenty of luxury amenities on this financial hub.
The geological formation, Hell, in the West Bay is a bizarre crop of black, limestone formations which cover around half a football field.
The Cayman Islands sit on the edge of the Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea. At 4 miles deep no wonder the marine life is so abundant!
The Cayman Island Turtle Farm is home to more than 16,000 sea turtles. The farm releases over 30,000 into the wild every year.
The beautiful Seven Mile Beach was named "The Caribbean's Best Beach" by Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine – we second that!
The lush Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is home to several threatened bird species as well as providing the main habitat for the blue iguana population.
The Cayman Islands are hottest from May to September at a toasty average of 32° but it’s not much cooler in the “winter” months at around 28°.