Grand Cayman Travel Guide
The 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 favourite
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 enthusiasts.
buildings lining George Town's harbour front are prime examples of traditional
island architecture. Grand Cayman is only 22 miles long and 8 miles across at
its widest point.
From any point
in the resort area of Grand Cayman, it is easy enough for most to walk or bike
to the shopping centres, restaurants, and entertainment spots along West Bay
Road. George Town is small enough to explore on foot. If you plan to explore
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.
Most resorts rent bicycles for local sightseeing.
Cayman 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 reputedly
provided the basis for Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel Treasure Island.
Seven 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 one of the Cayman Islands prime game
fishing locations and one of the Caribbean’s prime sites for bone fishing.
English 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 accent.
The 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 North Side.
The Cayman Islands
does not have a reputation for wild and raucous nightlife but does have a number
of well patronised bars and nightclubs, which sometimes feature international
entertainment. Succulent seafood specialties abound in the local restaurants.
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