The Cayman Islands are a group of three limestone land masses south of Cuba. The archipelago, comprised of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, has a total area of about 100 square miles and 99 miles of coastline.
By far the largest and most popular destination is Grand Cayman, home of the legendary Seven Mile Beach, which is considered to be one of the top beaches in the world. If necessary, widen your browser to view more of the map.
Grand Cayman offers a nice mixture of both indoor and outdoor attractions. Toward the eastern end of the island, guests can tour the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. This park offers walking trails that wind through wetlands, swamps, thickets, orchid collections and clusters of thick mahogany trees. Another excellent place for an afternoon hike is the Mastic Trail, located about an hour outside of George Town. A leisurely stroll down this path will enchant you as you walk through a woodland and swamp that are 2 million years old.
Check out the Pedro St. James National Historic Site, which is located in Savannah, on the southernmost coast of Grand Cayman. It showcases the local historical architecture, and other aspects of Cayman's heritage, including vintage furnishings and other interesting artifacts.
LIke most people traveling to the Caribbean, you'll likely want to spend some time by the water. Grand Cayman's most famous destination is Seven Mile Beach, stretched along the western coast. It's a resort district offering everything from luxurious resorts, to waterfront dining and equipment rentals for sporting activities, along a beautiful stretch of white sand. If you're looking for a more secluded experience, consider visiting the carefree beach at Rum Point on Grand Cayman's northern coast, or the popular natural fountain at Blowholes near Bodden Town. Alternatively, Cayman Kai on the north coast offers an experience similar to Seven Mile Beach, with smaller crowds.
Don't overlook the smaller Caymans; they also offer some excellent attractions. On the northeastern end of Cayman Brac, guests will find the Brac Parrot Reserve and the Eastern Bluff. Choose between casual paths or rugged trails as you explore the area, where you might catch a glimpse of the endangered Cayman Brac parrot. Bird watchers may also enjoy the Booby Pond Nature Reserve on the west end of Little Cayman, which presents visitors with insight to the island's indigenous creatures like the red-footed booby. Other attractions on Little Cayman include the picnicker's haven of Owen Island near South Town, and the popular day trip destination of Sandy Point beach on the eastern coast.
Those visiting the Cayman Islands typically flock to Grand Cayman, as it offers the most plentiful accommodations, restaurants and other facilities of interest to vacationers. The bulk of the activity is located along the western coast from George Town to West End. The areas of Seven Mile Beach and Cayman Kai offer luxurious resorts and large hotels, ideal for the tourist looking to indulge during their Caribbean getaway. More economically-minded travelers can find some guesthouses and more modest lodging nearby, including rental villas and condos. Grand Cayman offers visitors a diverse buffet of water-sports activities, engaging sight-seeing, shopping venues, fine dining and more.
If you're interested in staying on a smaller, less intensely developed island, consider Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. They both offer the perfect solution for travelers wanting to experience the beauty of the Cayman Islands beaches and natural environment, without the tourism-driven atmosphere found on the larger island. The lodging on Cayman Brac is comprised primarily of tranquil resorts and family-operated inns. Little Cayman offers smaller resort facilities and rental condos; it's particularly popular with divers, attracted to the area's outstanding underwater sightseeing.
There are airports on each of the Cayman Islands. The largest facility (by far) is Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) on Grand Cayman, just east of George Town, in the lower left part of the map. This airport offers inter-island service as well as flights to and from the United States, Canada, Europe and various destinations in the Caribbean. The other airports are Gerrard Smith Airport (CYB), located on the western end of Cayman Brac, and the Edward Bodden Airstrip (LYB) on Little Cayman.
Arriving to the Cayman Islands via cruise ship? These vessels generally dock at Grand Cayman's Tender Wharf. Located in George Town, this small port allows ships to anchor just off shore, and transports passengers to land by tenders. During times of rough seas, ships may also dock at the Spotts Bay Alternate Cruise Facility, which is located southeast of George Town.
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