Visit the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman
Seven Mile Beach – on the west shore of the island with palms trees, great reefs for snorkeling, resorts, beach bars and rental shops. It’s often considered one of the best beaches in the world. Stop at Calico Jack’s beach bar. There are other options for beaches on the island too – Rum Point Beach at Cayman Kai or Smith’s Cove for good snorkeling in South Sound. Catch a ferry between Seven Mile Beach and Rum Point.
Cayman Turtle Farm – green sea turtle breeding, plus a marine theme park also known as Boatswain’s Beach Adventure Park.
Visit the Cayman Islands – Hotels
Savor the Tastes of the Cayman Islands
- Jerk chicken
- Heavy Cake – varieties include cassava, yam, cornmeal, sweet potato and green papaya. It’s sweet.
- Tortuga Rum
- Stingray beer
- Rum cake
- Cayman Style fish
- Rundown – fish, coconut milk and breadfruit.
- Turtle steak, Conch fritters, Pepperpot stew
More Grand Cayman Sights
- View the undersea world and stay dry with Atlantis Submarines, Cayman Island Submarines or Nautilus.
- Mastic Trail – hike through the mangrove swamp and woodland on a tour with the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.
- Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park – See a blue iguana; a great place for birders too.
- Pedro St James – living heritage museum.
- Cayman Kayaks
- Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman and Dolphin Cove.
- Dive down to Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto, just south of Seven Mile Beach. Try Ambassador Divers. There are many dive sites in the islands. The Cali Schooner Shipwreck is just north of George Town and a few yards off shore. The Kittiwake was sunk off West Bay Public beach in 2011 and is open to the public.
- Hell – black limestone formations near West Bay, plus a colorful souvenir stop.
Cayman Islands Weather
The Cayman Islands are a popular tourist destination due to their mild Caribbean climate. They experience more rain in the summer months and slightly cooler, drier temperatures in the winter months from November to April. The Cayman Islands are in the path of the Atlantic hurricane season from June to November.
Visit the Cayman Islands – Transportation
George Town is the capital. It is on Grand Cayman very close to the international airport. There are non-stop flights to George Town from many major U.S. airports. George Town is also the cruise port for the Cayman Islands. It is often included as a port of call in Western Caribbean cruises.
Visit the Cayman Islands – Background
The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Western Caribbean. Unlike islands in the Eastern Caribbean, there are no other islands close by. Cuba is 225 miles to the north and Jamaica is 300 miles to the east. The islands were named the Tortugas by Columbus in 1503. The name Cayman later came into use in reference to caiman alligators, which were numerous at one time. The islands consist of the Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. The Grand Cayman is famous for off shore banking and supports about 600 banks. The Cayman Islands are coral formations surrounding peaks on the Cayman Ridge. The peaks are next to the Cayman Trough which is 20,000 ft deep.