Beaches, natural environment, diving and local cuisine are excellent reasons for visiting this Caribbean destination.
An ideal getaway for travelers to Miami (it’s an hour’s flight from there) and those seeking a new destination with beaches, clear, calm and transparent waters. Cayman Islands is just the place to be to enjoy this type of holidays. Located south of Cuba and west of Jamaica, there are three islands that shape this British overseas territory: the main one Gran Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Here are some things that you shouldn’t miss on your visit there.
Diving at George Town, Cayman Islands
The best beach
The beaches are, of course, its greatest appeal. In Grand Cayman there is Seven Mile, a beach of 9 kilometers. It is near George Town, the capital of the island, and it is famous for its turquoise waters and an extremely white sand. It is one of the top 5 beaches in the Caribbean. You can have fun at the area both by day and night, as it offers bars, restaurants, several hotels and nightclubs.
Seven Mile beach
Swimming with stingrays
One of the most popular tours is Stingray City, a sandbar in the middle of the sea in which visitors are invited to get off the boat, swim between stingrays, feed them and pet them. A piece of advice: it is best to go very early in the morning.
History of turtles
The Turtle Farm is an ideal family outing. This marine theme park not only has a turtle hatchery, but also an aquarium with sharks, an aviary and an enclosure with iguanas. The turtle is intimately linked to the islands as when Columbus discovered them on his fourth voyage to America, dubbed as Turtle Islands because of the large number of specimens of this species. It is said that in 1586, Francis Drake was the one to rename them as Cayman Islands.
The stars of Turtle Farm
The Cayman Islands are a Mecca for divers. There is a great variety of scenarios for them, from shallow reefs with shoals of fish, to sheer walls and wrecks. Only in Grand Cayman, there are 159 points from where you can set off your diving. Keep in mind that the Little Cayman island has the Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park, known for its submarine slopes and steps that make it one of the best places in the world to dive.
Swimthrough at Bloody Bay Wall
Cayman Islands photos by: Pal Lendvai, elena.medeiros, rich, marco mariano, Erwin Poliakoff
By +Nikos Kontorigas