- Cayman Islands
All three of the Cayman Islands promise visitors a colourful range of Caribbean experiences above and below the crystal blue waters.
The largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman, offers quality accommodation ranging from private villas and condos to luxury hotels. Superb restaurants serving local and international cuisine are found across the island, which is regarded as one of the safest and most welcoming of all Caribbean destinations, and perfect to explore by car.
Among the many attractions in Grand Cayman, naturalists will love the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park where the rare blue iguana can be seen roaming freely, thanks to the successful Blue Iguana Recovery Programme.
For relaxation, swimming and sunbathing, Seven Mile Beach, a seemingly endless stretch of pristine white sand, and Rum Point are ideal for lazing in hammocks and generally soaking up the Caribbean lifestyle.
The sister islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are just forty minutes away by plane. On untouched Cayman Brac, visitors can explore eight miles of nature trails, with educational information on flora and fauna displayed on plaques along the way. Little Cayman, the smallest of the three islands, has a population of just under 200, and much more in the way of rare bird life. This is the perfect place to step away from the world and relax in shady hammocks or under palms trees. There are several simple but stylish resorts on Little Cayman where traffic is minimal and the iguana is given right of way.
Below the surface of Cayman’s clear waters lies an extraordinary marine world where turtles and eagle rays share pristine coral reefs with fabulously colourful fish. There are hundreds of dive and snorkel sites, suitable for every level from novice upwards, many just a small swim away from the shore. Some of the better known include the Bloody Bay Wall, frequently listed amongst the best wall dives in the world, and Stingray City, a unique site where friendly stingrays congregate around a shallow sand bar in open waters and happily interact with their two legged admirers. Divers and marine life alike are drawn by the numerous wrecks including a 330 foot Russian Frigate, the Captain Keith Tibbetts. Those wishing to enjoy the underwater spectacle but stay dry can do so in the Atlantis Submarine which dives to a depth of around 100 feet and offers fantastic views of the reef and all its inhabitants.
The Cayman Islands can be reached either via the direct British Airways service from London Heathrow four days per week, or by same-day connections through Miami International Airport.
Whether drawn by its history and heritage, wildlife or marine world, sandy bays and beach bars or the fabulous resorts and restaurants, visitors discover that the Cayman Islands bring more than a splash of colour to even the most seasoned traveller.
For further information of the sights and attractions of the Cayman Islands please visit www.caymanislands.co.uk