Cayman Islands

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Population: 56,230 citizens

Size: 102 square miles

Language: English

 

Destination

The Cayman Islands is made up of 3 tiny islands located in the western Caribbean. This trio of islands is famous for its stunning beaches and amazing scuba diving. With shipwrecks, caves, and wall dives it is really the scuba divers' paradise. The Cayman Islands is also the host to many other unique experiences like visiting Stingray City, going to Hell, and checking out the turtles at the Turtle Farm. The Cayman Islands is a great destination for a family vacation but not a good choice if you are trying to save money, there are not many bargains here. Of the three islands, Little Cayman is the smallest and most laid back of the islands, few residents live here and it can be very tranquil. Yet, the largest island, Grand Cayman is home to much of the commercialism and many attractions.

 

When To Go

The best time to visit the Cayman Islands is from December to April, where the temperature is a very pleasant 75 degrees and humidity is at its lowest. July and August can be very uncomfortably hot. Rainfall is the highest from May-October but usually an afternoon of rain will clear out as quickly as it arrived.

 

Sun, Sand, Sea and Shopping

With spectacular beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, and many other watersports you will not run out of activities on this vacation. George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands, is a busy place all year round. The streets are lined with duty-free shopping and restaurants and are perfect for a casual stroll. Seven miles north of George Town is a famous attraction called Hell. Hell is a site featuring 1.5 million year old jagged shards of jet-black ironshore. This place was named after an official proclaimed "this is what hell must look like!" Now, it is a great tourist attraction with a hell theme.

Another attraction famous for its Atlantic southern stingrays is Stingray City. Stingray City is a 12 foot dive site perfect for snorklers and divers where you can touch, swim with, and hand feed wild stingrays. This is an experience you will not want to miss.

Seven Mile Beach, a 7 mile stretch of powdery white-sand beach is the location for many of the island's restaurants, shops, and bars. Parasails and kayaks display bright colors along the coastline. The best snorkeling is found at either end of the 7 mile stretch. Hiking, fishing, bird watching, golf and horse-riding are also all available on or near this stretch.

 

Dining and Nightlife

The Cayman Islands is internationally recognized in the culinary world. From fast food to waterfront fine dining, the Cayman Islands is very diverse and can suit any taste and budget. With over 200 dining establishments just in Grand Cayman there are many to choose from. Many chefs at these restaurants are well-known and have prepared their food for various celebrities and royalty. Fresh fish and seafood is a popular menu item, along with authentic Cayman Island cuisine which is derived from West Indian and Jamaican cuisine.

Most of the nightlife in the Cayman Islands takes place on Grand Cayman, the largest island. There are a variety of clubs and bars that attract a lot of tourists and these can be rather expensive. The places where the locals spend time are much more reasonable if this is what you are looking for. Relaxing on the beach or lounging at a bar is another great way to enjoy the night. In addition, there are many activities set up for kids to keep the whole family entertained.