Spotlight On: The Cayman Islands
The great majority of visitors to the Caymans only get a quick glimpse of this paradise on a day trip from their cruise ship. If you’re lucky enough to explore these tropical islands for longer you’ll discover so much more than just pretty beaches.
The Cayman Islands consists of three islands - Grand Cayman (the largest one), Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Each one has its own unique atmosphere and plenty of things to see and do.
Under the water, you’ll find graceful stingrays and historic shipwrecks. Along the coastline, you can discover mysterious caves and beaches with powdery-soft sand. Spend some time in Bodden Town, Cayman Brac and East End and you’ll ease into the laid back friendly vibe. You’ll find delicious local restaurants and vibrant bars where you can mix and mingle in the warm Caribbean air.
At the end of the day, head to Seven Mile Beach to watch the sunset with a cold beer in hand. As the glowing red orb dips into the sparkling sea, you’ll feel grateful for another day in such a beautiful place.
Best Time to Go
Ideally, you should book your trip to the Cayman Islands between March and June. This is when the weather is still warm but the prices are low and the crowds are comparatively small. In contrast, December to February is the high season and it is the most expensive and crowded time to plan your trip.
If you visit between May and October you’ll experience the rainy season, but it isn’t as bad as it sounds. There will be daily showers, but they won’t last more than a couple of hours. (Plus, the rain makes the vegetation more lush and green.)
Good news - you don’t have to worry about hurricane season as much in the Cayman Islands. The islands are located in the western part of the Caribbean, so they are shielded from being hit too hard by the annual hurricanes.
Top Cayman Islands Attractions
Seven Mile Beach
This is the most beautiful stretch of beach on the entire island of Grand Cayman - and perhaps one of the prettiest in the Caribbean. It’s the best place to swim, as there are no coral or rocks to hurt your feet. Bring a good book to read, stretch out on the sand and enjoy the gently lapping turquoise waves.
The Crystal Caves are a fascinating underground cave system that has just opened up for visitors. These unique subterranean caves were privately owned for years before they were opened to the public, so they are in excellent condition. They are filled with thousands of glittering stalactites and stalagmites and can be visited on a guided tour.
Yes, we are telling you to go to Hell. But we mean it in the nicest way possible! Hell is a strange, otherworldly rock formation made up of eroded limestone eaten away by algae and natural elements. It’s an interesting sight to behold - and you can also visit the gift shop and pick up some souvenirs to prove you’ve been to hell and back.
Things to Do in the Cayman Islands
Snorkel at Stingray City
Stingray learned to flock to this area to dine on scraps that were thrown overboard by fishermen, creating a unique natural attraction. You can snorkel with the stingray and watch these graceful creatures up close as they glide through the water. (Be sure to shuffle your feet as you walk through the water, so you don’t accidentally step on one.)
Rent a Bike
The island of Grand Cayman is not too big, so it’s easy to explore it on a bike. Whether you rent a bicycle, a scooter or a moped, you’ll be able to travel around at your own pace. Give yourself plenty of time to stop off at the many beautiful viewpoints along the way.
Diving is one of the most popular reasons visitors come to the Cayman Islands. There are over 300 dive sites here, offering everything from shallow reefs to more advanced deep-water walls and shipwrecks. The water is crystal clear, the currents are calm and there are several excellent diving schools around the islands.
What to Eat and Drink in the Cayman Islands
Known as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean,” Grand Cayman is a superb spot for finding the best seafood. There are a number of excellent waterfront restaurants where you can enjoy the catch of the day - freshly prepared with creativity and passion.
You’ll see a lot of dishes here cooked with spicy jerk seasoning - a nod to the historic ties with Jamaica. It’s a rich, flavourful, spicy and irresistible spice that goes with almost anything - from seafood to meat and more!
Cassava Cake (aka Cassava Pone)
This delicious dessert is made with coconut milk, sugar and spices and has a dense, sweet flavor. The simplicity comes from a time when the lack of resources on the islands forced the locals to be creative in the kitchen. It’s amazing that something so simple can taste so indulgent.
More Tips for Visiting the Cayman Islands
Always wear reef-safe sunscreen when you are snorkeling. The chemicals in ordinary sunscreen can kill the coral reef.
Every Wednesday from 12 pm to 7 pm you can check out the Farmers and Artisans Market in Camana Bay. Local merchants will set up along the palm-lined walking street and showcase their handcrafted wares.
If you see a starfish underwater (and you probably will if you swim at Starfish Point), don't lift them out of the water or they will suffocate. You can handle them gently, but them below the water.
You can enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the island from the Camana Bay Observation Tower - the highest point on the island.
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