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Cayman Overview

With cliffs primed for hiking, caves begging to be explored and waters ideal for scuba diving, Cayman Islands were made for the adventurer. Each island creates a unique experience that will thrill adrenaline junkies. But that doesn’t mean you need to relish in adventure to have a good time. The Cayman Islands have plenty more to offer. You’ll find the hub of tourism on Grand Cayman, with the majority of luxurious resorts, restaurants and shops here. For a more rugged experience, spend a day visiting Cayman Brac where you can go fishing, cave exploring or hiking. And for the ultimate scuba experience, check out Little Cayman for one of the world’s best diving site, Bloody Bay Wall. Each of the islands is guaranteed to impress, enchant and delight.

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Grand Cayman is the largest of the 3 islands, and the center of tourist activity.  Most of the resorts, restaurants and shops are along the Seven Mile Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean. If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, then Cayman Brac’s laid-back vibe offers intimate and family-run resorts and inns, attracting repeat visitors every season. If you’re a serious scuba diver, then you’ll already know about Little Cayman. The smallest of the islands in the Caymans is known as one of the best scuba islands in the world. Each island has a treat for you!

Perfect Piece of Paradise

It’s one of the prettiest beaches in Grand Cayman and home to many of the island’s resorts, restaurants and shops. Even though it's the hub of island activity, Seven Mile Beach never seems overly crowded.  The water is so calm on the western side of the island that it looks like glass. It's the perfect ocean spot if you have small children because you and the kids can swim, play and snorkel very easily! The waters are so clear and the corals are distinct.

 

Plus, Seven Mile Beach is located in the capitol city George Town, where you can find plenty of restaurants to try out or souvenirs to take home. After you spend some time lounging by the beach, you can stroll along the shores and discover new beachside restaurants, as well as some local island shopping. 

 

Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands
Cayman Brac on the Cayman Islands

Thrill Seekers

When you’re ready for a little rugged adventure, check out Cayman Brac, or “Brac” as the locals call it. Located just a short distance from Grand Cayman, the towering limestone bluff attracts vacationers seeking to hike, rock climb or scuba dive. Definitely for the more daring, but if it's something you'd like to try, then there is no better place than in this Caribbean paradise.

 

And, if you want to visit Brac, but don't exactly want to repel off mountains, then check out the caves on the island. The caves are full of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, with a few friendly bats hanging around. There are several great caves to choose from, but the Great Cave is a popular spot. You'll also find several local restaurants and shops to discover when you spend your day here.

 

 

Plunge Into The Sea

Little Cayman is one of the best places to scuba dive in the world.  Bloody Bay Wall plunges 18 to 6,000 feet with a series of equally dramatic drop offs that will impress the most experienced diver. If you're a diver, then exploring the stunning marine life will be a world class experience!

 

You can also find some secluded beaches without the crowds of people, like Point of Sand on the eastern tip. The shopping is light, but you can stop off at Village Square if you need some last minute necessities. The laid-back charm in Little Cayman offers some local restaurants, beach bars and warm, welcoming locals to help you see all that you need to see on the island.

 

 

Bloody Bay Wall in the Cayman Islands
Check out the farmer's market at The Grounds on Grand Cayman.

Shopping Local

The Cayman’s version of a farmer’s market comes alive Saturday mornings at “The Grounds”. The farmers market is where you’ll find fresh fruits, vegetables and a variety of Cayman cuisine to sample.  And, the market is just 10 miles from George Town.

 

Everything is 100% locally grown, so you'll get to sample some of the most authentic and possibly the best Caribbean cuisine on the island. The lively market also has several vendors with handmade crafts, sea-salt products and unique souvenirs. You'll also find activities for the kids and live music. And, it's one of the best places to chat with locals on the island.

 

 

 

Cayman Quick Facts

 

Language

English

 

Currency

Cayman Dollar is the official dollar, but the US Dollar is widely accepted

 

Electricity

110v - If your hotel does't have it set up with converters, you'll want to bring one

 

Passport/Immigration 

All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Grand Cayman.

 

Time zone

Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)

 

Drinking water

The water in the Cayman Islands is, for the most part, safe to drink. Check to make sure it is desalinated and if it's not, then stick to bottled water.

Peak season

Mid-December – mid-April

 

 

Climate

High* Low* Precip.*
January 86°F 74°F 2 in.
February 87°F 76°F 1.9 in.
March 88°F 76°F 1.4 in.
April 86°F 78°F 1.7 in.
May 88°F 80°F 5.5 in.
June 91°F 80°F 5.7 in.
July 91°F 75°F 5.8 in.
August 87°F 80°F 3.92 in.
September 87°F 78°F 2.57 in.
October 91°F 81°F 2.38 in.
November 86°F 79°F 0.73 in.
December 86°F 80°F 1.67 in.

*Historical averages.