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.