The Cayman Islands Attractions

The natural variety of the Cayman Islands ensures that there are attractions suited to every visitor

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The Cayman Islands may be small, but they're a big hit with many different kinds of travelers.

Those who'd like a secluded, relaxing vacation experience will find the two smaller islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, to be a little piece of Caribbean paradise. On the other hand, those who like a bit more excitement can explore the larger Grand Cayman. Although each of the the islands has its own personality, all three feature stunning beaches and a unique variety of wildlife.

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is the busiest of the Cayman Islands, and there's no shortage of attractions for visitors. A number of historic landmarks are located throughout the island. These range from the picturesque castle of Pedro St. James, to Bodden Town on the southern coast, where pirates once frequently attacked. Nature is another big attraction here, and travelers will be delighted to discover that both the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the Cayman Turtle Farm offer a glimpse of the island's natural beauty. Beach-goers will find many excellent spots to enjoy the Caribbean waters, from world-famous Seven Mile Beach to the somewhat more private Smith's Cove.

Cayman Brac

If you'd prefer to get away from the bustle of city life, consider a trip to Cayman Brac. This medium-sized island is known for its rocky coastline, which presents a challenge for swimmers, but is a treat for snorkelers and divers. The rest of the island is incredibly lush, and many visitors rave about the area's natural vegetation. Both experienced bird-watchers and curious vacationers will find the Brac Parrot Reserve to be of interest and a great way to learn more about the island's wildlife.

Little Cayman

Just as its name implies, Little Cayman is the smallest island of the group. The attractions here tend to be based in nature and draw eco-tourists from around the world. This island is the home of the Red-Footed Booby Pond Nature Reserve, as well as several gorgeous beaches. Sandy Point, one of the island's finest, is secluded and quiet, making it a great place to unwind.

Beaches

Rum Point

You'll find a large selection of beaches to visit in the area. Regardless of whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you can find a beach that fits your preferences. Just click on the name of the beach to get additional information concerning that section of the coast.

A nice beach that's good for snorkeling is Rum Point. Rum Point is the northeastern tip of Grand Cayman and the access road is called Rum Point Drive. You should have no trouble finding somewhere to park so you can meander around this beach locale.

Another place to consider is The Blowholes. The beach is tan, with seaweed and vegetation sprawled out on the sand. There is no development here and there's likely to be no one around.

Sandy Point: On a clear day you can see the nearby island of Cayman Brac from this beach. If you like privacy and seclusion, this is a great beach for you.

These examples are just a few of the available choices. If interested, you can obtain more information by visiting this page.

Landmark Attractions

Cayman Islands National Museum

A landmark worth visiting is National Trust House. It is found in Blossom Village, the Cayman Islands. Also known as Mission House, the National Trust House brings visitors back to a much earlier time in island history by allowing them to explore a home that three prominent families were known to inhabit over the years.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Cayman Islands National Museum. It is located in downtown Georgetown. Cayman Island's National Museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

National Trust Visitor Center: The National Trust for the Cayman Islands works to share the history of the islands through the preservation of historic landmarks and natural sites. At the National Trust Visitors Centre, visitors will gleam first hand information on the importance of each site, and learn which are best for them to visit based upon their interests.

Of course, the area has a wide range of places to see. For more information on other interesting places to visit in the Cayman Islands, follow this link.

Natural Attractions

Cayman Turtle Farm

Dolphin Cove is one of the more popular natural attractions. Owned and operated by people who truly love and care for the dolphins that live there, Dolphin Cove invites guests to experience a day in the life of a dolphin up close and personal.

Salt Water Pond is a second local attraction worth a visit. Once designated as an Animal Sanctuary, Saltwater Pond was stripped of that recognition in 2012. Even so, it remains a tranquil spot to check out on your tour of Cayman Brac's south coast.

the Cayman Islands offers a wider range of choices too. For more in-depth coverage of natural attractions in this area, read this article.

History buffs and beach-combers alike will find a wealth of opportunities to explore in the Cayman Islands. Bring sunscreen, a beach towel, and your sense of adventure, and you're sure to enjoy every minute of your time in the islands.

 

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