Carefree Corner Of The Caribbean
Posted on 10/17/2022 | About Cayman Islands
With 72,000 friendly locals to greet you, the Cayman Islands can be found in the most carefree corner of the Caribbean. All three of our islands have their own personality, reflected by the residents and unearthed in the landscape. From the barefoot elegance of Grand Cayman, to the adventurous spirit of Cayman Brac and the tranquillity of Little Cayman, warm smiles and lifelong memories are our major exports.
ATTRACTIONS, FOOD, NATURE & CULTURE
Living up to its name in every sense, Grand Cayman fuses arts with culture, and nature with wonder, to produce the perfect atmosphere. On the west side of the island is award-winning Seven Mile Beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of sand with infinite possibilities. Meanwhile, the North Sound is home to a neighbourhood of stingrays that’s so big, we call it a city. Come face to face with the inhabitants of Stingray City and you’ll leave grinning from ear to ear.
Off the beaches of Grand Cayman, you can lose yourself in the luxury of George Town, surrounded by traditional architecture and modern treats. Enjoy duty-free shopping or meet native vendors and craftsmen who are always happy to help you find that unique gift. Either way, this is the spot for both global and local treasures.
Across the island, the eastern districts of Grand Cayman feature outdoor delights like the rare Blue Iguanas found at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. And be sure to stop and taste the freshly caught fish at nearby restaurants when you’re out this way. After all, the flavours are second only to the tales told here.
And, of course, no trip to Grand Cayman is complete without a little expedition to these must-see favourites:
- Cayman Crystal Caves – Explore spectacular stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures.
- Cayman Islands National Museum - Immerse yourself in our natural and cultural history.
- Pedro St. James – The oldest building in Grand Cayman has the best view.
- Bodden Town – The first capital city in the Cayman Islands and home to the Mission House.
- The Turtle Centre – It’s easy to become fast friends with these slowpokes.
- The Mastic Trail – Take a hike back in time through this subtropical forest.
Where is Grand Cayman?
Nestled in the Caribbean Sea, Grand Cayman is the largest and westernmost of the three Cayman Islands. It offers a wealth of activities, accommodations and attractions. It is approximately 76 square miles, 22 miles long and home to over 65,000 residents.
FIND YOUR CAYMANKIND ACROSS WINDSWEPT CAYMAN BRAC
Named for its breathtaking bluff, Cayman Brac is off the beaten track but remains charming, allowing thrill-seekers and nature-lovers to get up close and personal with rare flora and fauna. The tiny towns here have names like West End, Watering Place, Cotton Tree Bay, Creek and Spot Bay. Meanwhile, our laidback accommodations/accommodation options are the ideal place to unwind after another day packed with adventures.
Limestone caves and sinkholes contrast waters containing awe-inspiring dives along seawalls and even a sunken ship, as adventurers of all ages can brave the elements in Cayman Brac.
Towering up above, the lush green forests throughout Cayman Brac are a birdwatcher’s dream – with endangered parrots, brown boobies and peregrine falcons perched in the canopy. On the ground, a crisscross of hiking trails will lead you to unusual flowers, reptilian habitats and historic sites of all kinds.
Just a 30-minute flight from Grand Cayman, “The Brac” holds untold stories.
These unique features and easy-going culture provide the perfect place for adventure retreats.
FIND YOUR CAYMANKIND AS DAWN BREAKS ON LITTLE CAYMAN
You know that remote island wonderland you always see in films and read about in books? It’s here. At only ten miles long and one mile wide, there may be more peace and quiet per-square-inch on Little Cayman than anywhere else. Bask on empty beaches with soft sand and only the sound of the breeze rustling the palm trees. Then, take a bike or a scooter up and down the shore.
Venture to South Hole Sound Lagoon for a private swim in water that is every shade of blue. Or row out to the unofficial fourth island in Cayman. Just a kayak away off the coast of Little Cayman, Owen Island offers seascapes in their purest form, making you feel as if you were the last person on the planet.
On land, peaceful Little Cayman offers a calm, serene landscape where the bustle of the birds at the Booby Pond Nature Reserve may be the loudest commotion on land. Perhaps Little Cayman is so calm because all the activity is set aside for the fish in the surrounding reefs. Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park is one of the most popular dives in existence, after all. With a dramatic drop-off over 5,000 feet, Bloody Bay Wall gives divers the opportunity to glimpse Cayman’s underwater life in a dramatic backdrop. Just 100 feet below the surface, the island’s native sharks, stingrays and turtles can be viewed against the stunning backdrop of Bloody Bay Wall.
Whatever the reason, you now have several to see Little Cayman for yourself.