Attractions in the Cayman Islands

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 discover an abundance of beaches to consider visiting in the area. Regardless of whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you should be able to find just the right beach. Click on the beach names to get additional information about that particular stretch of sand.

One beach that's good for snorkeling is Rum Point. On the north coast of Grand Cayman, facing Cuba, lies bustling Rum Point. Here, flat white sands backed by shade trees lead down to the calm blue sea.

A second place worth considering is The Blowholes. The blowholes is a thin stretch of beach on Grand Cayman's less popular south shore. If you're looking for a beach trip with a more culturally distinct island experience, head to the more urban beaches near George Town.

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.

The Cayman Islands has a wider range of beaches to choose from. To get more information on beaches available, check out this page.

Landmark Attractions

Cayman Islands National Museum

An interesting landmark worth visiting is National Trust House. It is located 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 popular destination is Cayman Islands National Museum. It is found 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.

These are just a few of the options that are available. To visit our full guide to other sites worth seeing in the Cayman Islands, go to this article.

Natural Attractions

Cayman Turtle Farm

Visitors who like the open air will probably enjoy visiting Dolphin Cove. <p>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.</p>

Salt Water Pond is a second attraction that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors. <p>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.</p>

These are just a sample of the options worth consideration Navigate here to see our page about natural attractions in the Cayman Islands.

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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