Destination Island: The Caymans

Cayman Islands, diver and a stingray

The Cayman Islands are a group of three islands located in the Caribbean Sea. Territories of the United Kingdom, these islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman – are both an international banking center and a hub for tourism. Their white, sandy beaches under a breezy tropical sun give way to exquisite coral reefs, making it a haven for snorkelers and divers. The islands boast an excellent tourism infrastructure, especially on the largest island, Grand Cayman. So whether your goal is to relax, swim with stingrays, conduct financial transactions or just enjoy the flavor of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands have it all.

For beach lovers, the renowned Seven Mile Beach is the central hub of sun worshiping on Grand Cayman. This majestic beach is home to many hotels and tourist spots and features azure blue waters and pristine sand. Stretching north from the capital, George Town, this stretch of perfectly maintained and shaded enclave lets you relax in peace and comfort as vendors are prohibited from it. Also, take in the full laid-back Caribbean culture by visiting some of the area’s famous restaurants and grills, such as the Cracked Conch for seafood lovers, or enjoy a waterfront drink at the classic beach bar, Calico Jack’s.

The scuba and snorkeling enthusiast will find themselves in heaven as the natural coral reefs are teeming with marine life and are but a short distance offshore. The Eden Rock Diving Center, located in George Town right along the shore, offers guided and solo excursions allowing you to experience the awe and wonder of the world underneath Grand Cayman. Stingrays, in particular, are a popular diving attraction, and no visitor would want to miss the opportunity to witness these creatures in their natural habitat.

Pedro St. James Castle is a historical marvel and is located right on Grand Cayman’s waterfront. This imposing 17th-century dwelling has in turn seen life as a jail to a parliament building and represents many of the historical treasures these islands have to offer. And a trip over to Cayman Brac has the full glory of nature on display with a trek along the Bluff, a footpath offering stunning vistas and panoramic views.

As the Cayman Islands feature a tropical climate, the best time to visit is in winter, November to April. This time period offers warm and mostly sunny weather, contrasting with the rainy season which lasts generally from May to October.

Take the opportunity to visit these majestic islands, and enjoy a little touch of Britain in the middle of the Caribbean. With relaxing beaches, friendly locals, stunning diving opportunities and warm, tropical days, a visit to the Cayman Islands is a destination truly worth remembering.