The Cayman Islands are a series of three islands that’s about 150 kilometres to the south of Cuba. The largest of the archipelago is called Grand Cayman, which gets more visitors compared to the smaller Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. You can find some of the best beachfront villas in the Caribbean in this destination. Most visitors come as part of a cruise and spend just a few hours here. Others come for a week to enjoy their time relaxing in paradise. This article describes how you can get the most out of your trip to the Cayman Islands.
How Much Does it Cost to Visit:
Most people know that this is a place where tax laws are more flexible compared to most parts of the world. This, in turn, brings with it wealth that invested into the country making the Cayman Islands a very expensive part of the Caribbean. Travelling here is a luxurious experience that can only be thoroughly savoured if you have money to burn.
There are some of the most beautiful hotels and resorts in the world lining the beaches on these islands and you can expect to get top class treatment. But, this doesn’t mean that it’s about sitting under the palm trees or getting that spa treatment you deserve. You can find a lot of unique and adventurous things to do here too, which are described later in the article.
The Best Time to Visit:
The climate in the Cayman Islands is warm and tropical throughout the year. The rainy season corresponds with the North American summer and you can expect it to be wet between May and October. September and October are the wettest months and it’s best to avoid during this time of the year. You should also remember that hurricanes can and do happen between July and November.
The most popular time to visit is during the winter months where the weather is sunny for the most day with the temperatures hovering around 28°C. This makes the weather perfect for relaxing on the beach and exploring the islands. It will come as no surprise that the majority of the islands 2 million visitors come at this time of the year.
Essential Experiences in the Cayman Islands:
The most popular attraction is Stingray City. This is an area in a sandbar with a large number of stingrays coming in to search for food from humans. At one point, the fishermen started to toss their unwanted bits from the days fishing back into the water. The stingrays came to eat this food and over time got more accustomed to seeing people. You can visit this area and feed them as part of a day tour or a wider package around the area.
Another unique experience is to take a submarine tour of the surrounding waters. In the past, a number of ships from the colonial days sank out in these waters. A tour will take you around to see these as well as a plethora of marine life. But, don’t expect this tour to be cheap. In my opinion, it’s worth the cost as you can’t take a submarine tour every day.
A Diver’s Paradise:
One of the major attractions that lure people to these tropical islands is a large coral reef that just off the coast of Grand Cayman. You can get to this place with a short ten to fifteen-minute boat ride and don’t worry if you don’t hold a diving certificate. Some tours will take tourists out to see the coral reef or to snorkel on the surface of the crystal clear water. There is an estimated 365 dive sites in the Cayman Islands, one for each day of the year that makes this a very popular destination for diving enthusiasts.
Other Things to Do:
You can find lots of beaches to visit in the Cayman Islands and the hotels and resorts have snapped up the prime stretches. But, you can find signs that will point you in the right direction to find a public beach. If you do plan to go swimming or take part in water sports, don’t expect to see any lifeguards. The public amenities such as changing rooms and picnic areas vary between the different stretches of beach too. The most famous of all is the Seven Mile Beach, which is a long white beach that’s just to the south of the capital Georgetown.
You can also go hiking in some of the other parts of the islands despite the highest point being just 43 metres on Cayman Brac. But don’t let this deter you from exploring the island on foot. Water sports and kayaking are popular activities too and you can find a place to rent equipment along most beaches. You should also take the time to visit some of the museums and get a glimpse into the culture and heritage of this island nation. And don’t forget to check out Batabano, the Caymans Carnival in late April or early May or the Pirates Week Festival in November if you’re here when they take place.
The Bottom Line:
Vacationing in the Cayman Islands will be a rewarding and luxurious experience. You can see stingrays and the large coral reef. It’s also possible to do some unique activities such as taking a submarine to witness the shipwrecks of a bygone era. One thing’s for certain, this will be a trip that you won’t forget anytime soon.