Cayman Travel Guide

Located in the Western Caribbean Sea just 400 miles south of Miami lay the Cayman Islands. These three islands are known around the world for both their natural beauty and financial importance. But what really makes the Cayman standout is their quiet charm and warm hospitality.

Grand Cayman is the largest of the islands and its capital Georgetown has an abundance of shops and restaurants. Each day the locals are more than happy to offer a huge variety of their souvenirs to the scores of docking tourists. But the key to understanding what the kingdoms are all about is to explore the rest of what the islands have to offer.

A few miles north of Georgetown, you will find Seven Mile Beach which is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This tranquil coast is ideal for playing, relaxing, and even snorkeling from shore. It’s here that Grand Cayman has the greatest concentration of resorts and hotels.

For a slightly quieter beach, take a trip to Rum Point on the north side of the island where Lazydays line on the sand is stretched out in a hammock are all that is on the agenda. With plenty of things to do and see, Grand Cayman is certainly not a place to be bored. Spend your afternoon feeding stingrays in Stingray City, get up close and personal with some young turtles at Boson Beach, learn about the endangered Blue Iguana at the botanical garden, or take an island hike on the unspoiled mastic trail.

If you want to escape the crowds and commercialism of Grand Cayman, take a trip to one of the sister islands where you will find a vast world of natural beauty both above and below water. The steep limestone bluff that rises steadily along the coast is Cayman Brac’s most notable feature. Get an exhilarating view from the beach or take a walk along the lighthouse trail running atop its high edge.

Just west of Cayman Brac is Little Cayman. At only one mile wide, this sliver of land is known for its world-class diving. Three Fathom Wall on the northwest side has a vertical drop off starting at 18 feet straight down to 1,000 feet, making it one of the few walls as easily accessible to both divers and snorkelers.

The island is also home to the Booby Pond Nature Reserve which protects the largest colony of red-footed boobies in the Western Hemisphere. With only 170 permanent human inhabitants, there are more Iguanas here than there are people, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Whether it’s shopping, plane diving, or exploring, you will find more than you ever expected on these quaint Caribbean island jewels.

Cartagena, Spain Travel Guide

Cartagena is one of the oldest cities in the world. With over 3,000 years of history to its name, the city boasts an abundance of important historical sites and ancient treasures. One of Spain’s lesser-known destinations, Cartagena has been regenerated in recent years to help attract more visitors. By tastefully modernizing parts of the city including its ancient attractions, Cartagena has become a really pleasant place to explore with plenty to discover.

Housed inside a contemporary building are the remains of the ancient Punic War. Here an exhibition explains why the wall was once so important to Cartagena as it was built to defend the city back in the 3rd century BC.

Also, combining the ancient and modern is the castle of the conception which can be accessed by taking a ride in the vast panoramic elevator – a striking landmark in itself. With the castle being so high up, the views over the city and out to sea stretch for miles. Keep an eye out for the remarkable Roman theatre that laid buried beneath the city until a chance discovery in the 1980s. After years of restoration, the theatre only recently opened to the public and is now one of the city’s most impressive landmarks.

 

Once you have explored all of Cartagena’s ancient sites, a stroll along its pleasant promenade is a must. Stretching alongside the harbor, the promenade is where you will find the world’s first submarine which was launched here in 1888.

Whilst Cartagena is a fascinating city to explore it also provides the gateway to one of Spain’s prettiest cities, Murcia. With its bustling squares and narrow streets, this typically Spanish city is a lovely place to explore on foot. Murcia’s centerpiece is the magnificent Barak Cathedral which you will find in the heart of the Old Quarter. Located just outside the city is the sanctuary of the French center. A gorgeous whitewashed Church that overlooks Murcia from high on a hillside. Up here the setting is serene, the air is fresh, and the far-reaching views are simply stunning.

For something a little different, the world heritage site of Elche is a unique place to visit. Located just over an hour away from Cartagena, Elche is home to the largest palm tree forest in Europe. With thousands of trees, tranquil ponds, and an abundance of pretty plant life, Elche is a popular option for those who want to see a little more of scenic Spain.

Cape Town, South Africa Travel Guide

Cape Town is an incredible coastal city with everything from stunning mountains and beaches to beautiful streets that are full of life culture and music. There are so many things to explore here but one of Cape Town’s biggest benefits is the nature that surrounds it.

Table Mountain

Climb up Table Mountain for a jaw-dropping view of the city. They also have a cable car if hiking isn’t for you. Up here you can see the iconic layer of clouds that covers the mountain’s peak. This natural occurrence is known as Tablecloth. Another great hike is Lion’s Head Mountain. If you time it just right, the sun will set as you reach the peak. Just make sure you take a torch for the dark trail back down.

 

Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap is a colorful neighborhood where every house features a different color – this is a photographer’s dream. You can head over here and explore on your own or locals give free walking tours where you can learn more about the neighborhood as you go.

Day Trip to the Cape of Good Hope

If you are looking for a great day trip, there’s so much to see along this route and it’s one of the most stunning drives you can experience. Take the Chapman’s peak routes, your first stop should be Hout Bay. There’s a lookout point here where you can see the entire Bay. Further down the route, you’ll reach Noordhoek beach – a huge beach with incredibly white suns. It will be super windy here but it’s definitely a good place to stop for a nice view and some great pictures.

Wine Tour Stellenbosch

For a more laid-back day out you should definitely check out Stellenbosch. It’s one of the world’s most famous wine territories, not only will you see the beautiful local vineyards but you can even book a wine tasting tour where you’ll spend the whole day sampling wines from around the region.

Kirstenbosch Gardens

If you don’t have time for a full-day trip out of the city, check out Kirstenbosch Gardens. It’s regarded as one of the best botanical gardens in the world and sits right on the slopes of Table Mountain. Walk along the overhead canopy walkway for the best experience with stunning views all around.

Kayaking With Dolphins

Another great experience you can have is kayaking with dolphins. You leave from the Victoria and Albert waterfront for this epic adventure. Whilst there’s obviously no guarantee you’ll see dolphins, the trip itself is worth it alone for the amazing views of Cape Town and the rare opportunity to kayak in the ocean which if you have never done it before is a real treat.

Open Door Helicopter Ride

If you really want to see this city at its finest, there’s no better option than a helicopter ride. Now, this is one of the pricier attractions but you can find some pretty good deals online and there’s nothing like seeing Cape Town from above with its incredible beaches, rugged mountains, and clear blue waters. You won’t be disappointed with this once-in-a-lifetime experience.