If you ever wanted to get away from the hectic urban life and embark on a life-defining tropical adventure, the Cayman Islands are the perfect place for you. This country consists of three islands in the Caribbean Sea, previously known as West Indies, and it is a “member” of an extensive archipelago that boasts some of the most iconic vacationing locations in the world. If you ever take a chance to visit this particular island group, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with some of the basics, so read on for your ultimate Cayman Islands guide.
Location and other basics
The group consists of three islands ‒ Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Grand Cayman is the largest and the most populous island in the group and it’s also home to the Cayman Islands capital, George Town. Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are small islands that are grouped more tightly together and are a bit separated from Grand Cayman. They are northeast of Grand Cayman.
George Town is usually the first location each tourist has a chance to see. It is a relatively small city of 28,000 citizens. If you travel by sea, you will arrive in North Sound on Grand Cayman or if you travel by plane, you will land at Owen Roberts Airport.
The islands have a typical tropical rainforest climate. Summers are very warm and rainy and they last from May to October. Winters are cool and relatively dry and they take up the other half of the year – November to April. Any distinctive periods that resemble spring and autumn are virtually non-existent.
Apart from that, tropical cyclones are a natural hazard that is known to occur in the period between July and November, which is also known as Atlantic hurricane season. So, try to avoid visiting during these months. In April, May and June, the weather is perfect as temperatures are high but bearable for tourists. Except hurricanes, there is no other excuse not to embark on a journey to the Caymans since there are a lot of reasons to visit this wonderful destination.
Grand Cayman covers the area of 196 square kilometers and has a population of about 53,000 people. Since it is the biggest island in the group, it offers a lot of unique experiences and activities. George Town is home to nearly half of that population. It is located in the southwest corner of the North Sound area.
Seven Mile Beach that spreads northward to the urban area known as West End is one of the most iconic beaches on the Caymans. Savannah and Bodden Town spread to the east. Each mentioned town, and every town on the Cayman Islands for that matter, offers a safe and relaxed environment. Police officers are attentive and medical care is top-notch.
You’ll have to get through West End to arrive in Conch Point where you can visit Cayman Turtle Farm and Stingray City. Seeing these majestic creatures up close is an experience of its own, and if you want to get even closer, a guided Grand Cayman diving experience will give you an adventure of a lifetime.
Likewise, Stingray City is home to surprisingly tame stingrays. Throughout history, fishermen have been throwing scraps of cleaned fish into the ocean, which attracted stingrays from the surrounding area. They got used to people, so you can safely pet them.
Cayman Brac is the bigger of two sister islands. It also has a small airport with frequent flights from Grand Cayman. Little Cayman is the smallest of the bunch and it is a perfect getaway for tourists who want a relaxing vacation away from the urban bustle. Both islands are known for shipwreck diving spots, which are becoming increasingly popular. Shipwreck diving, as an activity, is gaining a lot of attention lately, due to awe-inspiring underwater landscapes of sunken ships that are brimming with maritime life. In fact, Little Cayman is one of the top diving destinations in the world. It boasts over 50 dive sites.
If you are in the mood for breathtaking underwater adventures, exciting encounters with maritime life or walks along the white sand beaches, the Cayman Islands are a perfect place for you. Whether you are traveling alone or with your family, you are bound to have unforgettable adventures at every step and return home thirsty for more.