Just a tax haven?
There’s more to these triplets than just finance (although being duty free means lots of good bargains!).
No, the beauty of the Caymans is their sheer flexibility, abundance in natural beauty and wildlife, and arguably the best diving in the Caribbean, if not, the world.
These islands have a sleeker, sophisticated feel to their fellow Caribbean neighbours; a high standard of living, diverse mix of cultures and languages, and a great place to let the kids roam as it is a really safe nation.
Seven Mile Beach
It’s most likely you’ll spot this five and a half mile strip of pearly-white sandy beach, a sight to behold that busts every cliché in the beachy cliché book. No trip would be complete without a walk along it, the velvet-like sand between your toes as you gaze out to the shimmering sky blue bay. Accommodation along this prestigious beachfront is easy to find, and in most cases, it’s merely a few yards to be right on the beach or watching the quintessentially Caribbean sunsets dipping below the western shore with a cocktail to hand.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
The park is a sanctuary for some of the Cayman’s most endemic flora and fauna and some of the rarest in the world. Situated on Grand Cayman’s least-developed East End, this is the best place to find the Blue Iguana and Ghost Orchid that are found nowhere else on earth. The tropical gardens sprawl across 65 acres, housing rare and endemic Cockspur trees, Bull Thatch palms, West Indian Whistling Duck and peculiarly-looking Central American agouti. The park is also home to 10 of the 26 orchid species recorded on the islands with 3, including the Wild Banana Orchid, found nowhere else alongside over 50 species of butterfly, with 5 of those unique to the islands.
Fancy swimming with stingrays? With the unique position that this sandbar in the northern reaches of Grand Cayman holds, it’s hard to say no! They may be wild but, since the Eighties when Caymanian fishermen first started taking visitors out, the fish know that they may get the odd squid lunch if they hang around the boats, and now they happily swim up to you, with no fear of humans at all. It’s a real special interaction as they glide over to let you pet them. Also, this particular area is a great place to spot Starfish and possibly more. The water is crystal clear; it’s like a totally different world.
The Caymans are known the world over for diving. The islands feature over 360 different dive sites, with just about every site under 15 minutes from the coast and with no rivers to cause silt, visibility ranges from 30 to 45 metres in bathtub temperatures of 26 to 30°C. With a marine ecosystem that’s envied around the world, it's worth taking advantage of wall diving, reefs to snorkel, wrecks and shallow coral dives. Swim with stingrays in Grand Cayman, glide with groupers, eagle rays and barracudas in Little Cayman and uncover the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts shipwreck off the coast of Cayman Brac. Whether you’re a hardcore diver or up for a bit of casual snorkelling, there’s so much to see in the Caymanian waters.
Anything is possible here. If you want to get married anywhere on the islands, you can do it. You can marry on a long stretch of untouched beach, in a quaint chapel, in an intimate torch-lit beach sermon, a majestic church, a meticulous luxury resort, on a boat, or even underwater! The food is as great and diverse as the people, and the weather is perfect so who could resist? Unlike any other Caribbean wedding, the Cayman resorts strictly stick to a “one wedding a day” policy to ensure the bride and groom have a stress-free and personal experience and, with that in hand, there are no end of options for honeymooners! Take a helicopter ride over the islands, a picnic to the deserted Owen Island off Little Cayman or hike Cayman Brac’s windswept bluff; the choice is entirely yours.
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