The Cayman Islands Travel Guide


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The Cayman Islands

 

Now an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea, approx. halfway between Cuba and Honduras and just less than 200 miles NW of Jamaica.

 

The Cayman Islands comprise 3 islands: Grand Cayman , Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Island. The islands were dependencies of Jamaica until 1959 when they became a territory of the Federation of the W. Indies. In 1962 the Federation was disbanded and the islands became a British dependency. The economy of the islands is driven by tourism and finance and the standard of living is high with an equally high ex-pat population.

 

The largest island, Grand Cayman , is approx. 8 x 20 miles long and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The main attraction is Seven Mile Beach . Goerge Town , the capital, is on the western shore of Grand Cayman. The Caymans have a great sunny climate and provides fantastic white sandy beaches and all the water activities you would expect. It is not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for and can expect value for your money. However, there are accommodations and eateries to suit any budget. The smaller islands are less touristy but can be pricier too.

 

To get around on the islands there are bus services and taxis, but renting a car is the best option. Motor cycles and scooters are also available on all the islands. Driving is on the left, and English is spoken. Horses can be rented for riding along the sandy beaches. Bicycles can also be rented and are a good way to get around. There are ferry services on Grand Cayman island, but the only way to get across to the smaller islands is by boat or air.

 

There is a huge variety of dining experiences to be explored. Among some of the traditional Caymanian dishes visitors might like to sample are turtle soup and conch fritters.

 

The Cayman Islands are world famous for wonderful scuba diving sites and snorkelling. For the less adventurous, the underwater world can be explored from the comfort of a submarine Also activities such as parasailing, windsurfing, kayaks and waverunners, to name just a few.

 

The islands have no rivers and yet there is abundant flora. The coastlines are largely protected by the reefs that lie offshore and there are marine reserves. It is an interesting destination for nature lovers, with the mangrove swamps that lie inland and also forests and varieties of fruit trees such as mango, avocado and papaya. The green turtle can be found in the surrounding sea. The indigenous and endangered blue iguana can be seen at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park . It is also a haven for bird-watchers with many unusual species to be seen.

 

Other attractions include museums, art galleries, duty free shops, a Green Sea Turtle farm, plantation house and botanic gardens. You can enjoy a round of golf. Night life is varied, including good restaurants, music events and steel bands. One plus is that you will not be bothered by people trying to sell you souvenirs on the streets or on the beaches as this is not allowed.

 

 



 

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