The Cayman Islands are located in the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea about
150 miles south of Cuba. The Cayman Islands are made up of three main
islands. The largest and most developed, Grand Cayman, has a population of
about 35,000 and is 76 square miles or 22 miles long and 8 miles at its
widest point. Grand Cayman stands 90 miles away from Cayman Brac and Little
Cayman, which are separated by only 5 miles.
Brac is the next largest island, with 1600 inhabitants on 14 square miles or
12 miles long and 1 mile at its widest spot. Cayman Brac has the highest
point in all of the Islands with the impressive "Bluff" that rises
140 feet out of the sea. The smallest island is appropriately named, Little
Cayman. This islands' 10 square miles of land is home to a population
enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the West Indies. Most
residents are Protestants of British or African descent and many are of
mixed racial ethnicity. The islands' main industries are tourism and
offshore banking, thanks to the absence of direct taxes.
Cayman Islands are located about 20 degrees north of the Equator. This
results in nice temperatures year-round. The coldest month in the Islands is
February, with the warmest month being in July.
Cayman Islands are known throughout the world for their famous white sand
beaches.It is here where you
will find the famous and popular 7 Mile Beach along with nearly a dozen
other amazing beaches where you can swim, snorkel, scuba, or simply lay in
the sun and soak up some rays.
of the great things about the beaches in the Cayman Islands is that they are
all public up to the high water mark, which means that you can experience
and enjoy any one of them on your visit.
we have listed the beaches in the Cayman Islands, while the most popular and
visited are on Grand Cayman, you will find them spread across the all three
islands including Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
Seven Mile Beach - Grand Cayman
Smith Cove - Grand Cayman
West Bay Public Beach
East End Public Beach
Cayman Kai - Grand Cayman
Sandy Point - Little Cayman
Island - Little Cayman
the most part Thongs are acceptable in the Cayman Islands, Some resorts
restrict them so check first, as for topless, the same rule applies topless
is acceptable on the beaches as long as you don't flaunt it, if it becomes
offensive or bothersome, you will be asked to cover up.
interest to scuba divers is a 330-foot (100-m) Russian Frigate ship built in
the Soviet Union in 1984 for the Cuban Navy. It was purchased and sunk by
the Cayman Islands government in September 1996. Originally designated 356,
the frigate was rechristened the M/V Captain Keith Tibbetts, after a
well-known Cayman Brac politician. The wreck originally sat upright in
approximately 90 feet (27 m) with the deck at 60 feet (18 m), until wave
action generated by a winter Norwester storm (Dec 1998-Jan 1999) which
nearly tore the ship in two. The result was that the fore section tipped to
about a 45 degree angle in relation to the remainder of the still-upright
aft portion, and the midships became a debris field. The wreck's stern area
was essentially unaffected. The frigate is located in a sandy area with
generally good visibility, approximately 650 feet (200 m) offshore (a fairly
long swim) from 'Buccaneer', on the island's north side, near the western
tip of the island. There are numerous openings in the upper portion of the
ship for non-wreck certified divers. Many more openings are available since
the ship broke in half and the site also serves as an artificial reef.
Teignmouth Electron, the boat in which Donald Crowhurst attempted to sail
round the world single-handed in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, has
been left to decay by the beach on Cayman Brac. The Electron has been
beached since at least 1989, after Hurricane Gilbert.
Brac also appeals to adventurers of many persuasions besides diving. Caves
are found around the island, offering even the fledgling spelunker a glimpse
of delicate underground formations, steps and ladders, have also been
constructed to allow visitor access to more remote caves. One cave,
Rebecca's Cave, contains the grave of a young girl lost in a struggle
against the ravages of the great '32 Hurricane and it is now a Cayman
National Heritage Site.
climbing was developed beginning in 1992 and the island is now known as a
world-class climbing destination. One must be somewhat experienced to climb
here as the terrain is steep, many times over-vertical.
and hiking trails have been opened by the Nature Tourism Program which allow
exploration of the island's dense Karst forestation. Unique flora and fauna
thrive here and can be observed 'in the wild'.
of Cayman Brac's unique geographic location, the pristine waters around the
island are especially coveted for both surf fishing and the pursuit of big
local economy tends to be concentrated in three areas which are probably
typical for many Caribbean locales: tourism, municipal government, and local
enterprises. The majority of the tourism sector is concentrated on scuba
diving, although this is in recent decline in the hospitality sector, with
one of the two local hotels closing operations in 2006.
local enterprise that is nearly unique to Cayman Brac are its artists who
work in a local stone known as Caymanite, typically making jewelry or small
stone carvings. Two of these artists have been Eddie Scott and Tenson Scott,
whose works have won National contests, as well as being the official gift
to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew during the 1994 State Visit. Many of
the families originating from Cayman Brac, including the Waltons, Scotts,
Kirkconnells, and Fosters have become significantly wealthy in Grand Cayman
through property and business ownership.
Cayman, (pronounced K-mun) the largest of the Cayman islands, has become a
premier tourist destination in recent years. With more than 500 banks, its
capital, George Town, is the offshore banking center of the Caribbean.
Retirees are drawn to the peace and tranquility of this British Crown
Colony, site of a major condominium development.
Caribbean climate is pleasantly constant. The average year round
temperatures for the region are 78°F-88°F. Island life focuses on the sea.
Snorkelers will find a paradise; beach lovers will marvel at the powdery
sands of Seven Mile Beach Downtown shopping areas will of course be
uncomfortably hot at midday at any time of the year, but air-conditioning
provides welcome relief. Visitors travel to the Caymans to slow down and
relax in a setting of comfort and beauty. The best strategy seems to be to
stay near the beaches most of the day, where water and trade winds provide
just the right temperature for enjoyment. Shopping is recommended for early
or late in the day.
the rains cooperate in maintaining the atmosphere of perfectly designed
weather. The rainy season consists mostly of brief showers interspersed with
sunshine. You can watch the clouds come over, feel the rain, and have the
sun to dry you off, all while remaining in your lounge chair.
British colony consists of Grand Cayman, smaller Cayman Brac, and Little
Cayman, but almost all of the Cayman Islands' population of 32,000 live on
Grand Cayman. The Caymans are located 180 miles northwest of Jamaica and 480
miles due south of Miami. Cayman's beaches are considered to be among the
best in the world. The favorite is Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. The
abundance of fish, marine life and spectacular coral reefs which can be
found in the surrounding waters make the Cayman Islands ideal for diving
gingerbread-style buildings lining George Town's harbor front are prime
examples of traditional island architecture. Grand Cayman is only 22 miles
long and 8 miles across at its widest point.
any point in the resort area of Grand Cayman, it is easy to walk or bike to
the shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment spots along West Bay
Road. George Town is small enough to see on foot. If you are exploring Grand
Cayman by car, there is a well-maintained road that circles the island. To
get around Cayman Brac or Little Cayman, it is best to rent a car or a
moped. Many resorts rent bicycles for local sightseeing.
Brac, northeast of Grand Cayman, is about 12 miles long and 1 mile wide.
This area is dotted with fascinating caves and dozens of wrecks for divers
to explore. It provided the basis for Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel
miles southeast of Cayman Brac, the tiny island of Little Cayman is best
known as a sanctuary for wild birds and iguanas. It is also the primary site
for bone fishing.
is the official language of the islands, although it often sounds as though
the speaker is combining an American southern drawl with a lilting Welsh
Cayman Turtle Farm, one of Grand Cayman's main tourist attractions, sets an
example for environmental conservation and preservation of the species. The
65-acre Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a national treasure. The National
Trust's Mastic Trail is a 2 mile footpath through unspoiled woodlands on the
Cayman Islands have a number of nightclubs, which sometimes feature
international entertainment. Succulent seafood specialties abound in the
natural beauty, a wealth of activities and points of interest, and all the
modern conveniences to make your stay as comfortable as possible can be
found on Grand Cayman. For the best in Caribbean water sports, sightseeing,
dancing and shopping, Grand Cayman is the place to start.