Just 90 miles south of Cuba, these islands are surrounded by spectacularly clear waters and abundant coral reefs, making them very popular with divers. The Cayman Islands also boast great beaches, luxurious resorts and fine restaurants. Although they were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries, the Cayman Islands have more of an American feeling to them, resembling a quieter version of South Florida.
Cruise Port: Yes. Some of the Cruise lines that stop here include Disney Fantasy, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Regent.
Nearest Airport: The main airport is Owen Roberts International Airport near George Town on Grand Cayman. There are direct flights from a number of North American cities including Toronto, Miami, Dallas, New York, Chicago, Detroit and Boston.
- Seven Mile Beach - Considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.
- Stingray City - Go snorkeling with these amazing creatures.
- Captain Keith Tibbetts Wreck - A 330 foot long Russian frigate that was sunk deliberately to create a reef for divers to explore.
- Hell - Yes, there is actually a town called Hell on Grand Cayman. It’s surrounded by strange and fascinating black limestone rock formations.
- Camana Bay - A stylish and luxurious town offering great shopping and dining.
- Rum Point - Sip a cool drink in a hammock at this laid back and quiet beach.
- Cayman Turtle Farm - A turtle sanctuary that is home to more than 7,000 green sea turtles.
- Butterfly Farm - Step into a lush tropical garden filled with these colorful winged creatures.
- Brac Parrot Reserve - Take a hike around the nature trail and see how many colorful birds you can spot.
History and Culture
- Cayman Brac Museum - Located in a beautiful white and blue painted colonial house, this museum tells the story of the lives of the early settlers on the island.
- Pedro St. James Castle - The oldest building on the islands and one of the most popular Grand Cayman attractions, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
- Watler Cemetery - This historic cemetery in Prospect, Grand Cayman is known for its beautiful and unique grave markers.
Cuisine (Dining Choices)
- Sunshine Grill (Cuban) - A friendly spot with welcoming staff and wonderfully affordable and delicious dishes.
- The Brasserie (Seafood) - This restaurant has two fishermen on the payroll to ensure that you will enjoy the best catch of the day.
- Vivine’s Kitchen (Caymanian) - This restaurant is actually located in local culinary legend Vivine Walter’s home, and offers a great opportunity to try authentic local cooking.
Who is it for:
- Nature Lovers - There are so many amazing creatures to be seen, from parrots to colorful fish to stingrays.
- Families - You’ll find plenty of kid-friendly attractions and a laid back vibe.
Best Time to Visit Cayman Island: December - March
Cheapest Time to Visit Cayman Island: April - November
Health and Safety Information:
- Most reef fish such as red snappers, sea bass and groupers are safe, but avoid the barracuda, which may be tainted.
- The sun is very strong here so make sure to wear sunscreen during the day.
- Islanders are quite conservative and public displays of affection are frowned upon.
- Language: The official language is English.
- Currency: The Cayman Islands Dollar
- Electricity and outlets: 110 volts, the same as the USA and Canada
- Passport and Immigration: Visitors from Canada and the USA do not require a visa to enter the Cayman Islands.
- Drinking Water: The water comes from the desalination plant and is safe to drink.
- Time zone: Eastern Standard Time - Same as New York
- The national flower of the Cayman Islands is the Banana Orchid.
- Contrary to the name, Seven Mile Beach is actually only 5.5 miles long.
- The name “Cayman” comes from the Carib word for crocodile.