Any true Caribbean fan has to pay a visit to the Cayman Islands sooner or later. Whether you’re headed for [...]
Cayman Islands Travel Guide
Located south of Cuba and north of Jamaica, you’ll find a beautiful trio of islands that have grown incredibly popular within the realm of travel and tourism. These three islands are known as Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Together, as you’d suspect, they comprise the Cayman Islands—part of the Greater Antilles. These beautiful islands lie in the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea, and boast something for everyone—from families to couples seeking quiet, romantic getaways. The Cayman Islands are well known for hospitality, as well as beautiful, beachfront hotels, all-inclusive resorts and of course, Stingray City.
While many visitors focus their Cayman Islands vacation on Grand Cayman, there are air travel options to all three islands, including Island Air, a commercial service specializing in local Cayman travel.
Holidays in Cayman Islands
Are you hoping to do a lot, or a lot of nothing during your Cayman Islands vacation’ You’ll find both options readily available. If you plan to be active, and visit all of the islands, you’ll want to ensure that your Cayman Island holiday becomes a true vacation. You will want to vacate the things you know, and the responsibilities you own at work, school or home, and really take in some of the great things the islands have to offer.
Snorkeling, SCUBA and Swimming with the Stingrays
Rays are truly beautiful, and mysterious creatures. They are gentle by nature, and rarely do they put their sting on display. Stingray City, Grand Cayman, is world famous for its population of Stingrays, and the capability to interact with such incredible creatures. Snorkelers and SCUBA divers can put their skills to use in order to swim with the rays, or individuals and groups can take chartered trips into the Caribbean to explore nearby shipwrecks and other aquatic life and formations.
Seven Mile Beach
For those who love beaches, is there anything as perfect or inviting as something named Seven Mile Beach’ Located on Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach is a stretch of oceanfront playground, populated with impressive hotels and resorts. This is a perfect place to stay and play if you desire the best of both worlds: Adventure and premier rest and relaxation.
Cayman Island Hotels
Most visitors to the Cayman Islands choose Grand Cayman as their destination. There are several resort style hotels, boutique hotels and even contemporary bed and breakfasts to choose from within this popular destination. For couples, and groups that are desirous of a little more seclusion and self-started adventure, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac also serve as excellent destinations possessing varied hotel accommodations.
The Cayman Islands: A Brief History
The Cayman Islands were once the stomping and sailing grounds of the legendary pirates of the Caribbean. While such personalities may not have been as lovable as the Disney movies suggest, the relics they left behind can be found on display throughout the islands. The Cayman Islands were originally named Tortuga by Christopher Columbus. Columbus sailed to the islands as part of his final journey to the New World in 1503. The name Tortuga was in reference to the impressive amounts of sea turtles Columbus encountered in the area. The name Cayman was derived from Sir Francis Drake’s naming of the island, caiman, the Caribbean Neo-Taino word for alligator. The British influence remains strong in the Cayman Islands—another example of a Caribbean, British Overseas Territory.