Cayman Island Holidays
Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean. Comprising of 3 islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman and are the peaks of a substantial underwater ridge, called the Cayman Ridge (or Cayman Rise). Located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica.
The Cayman Islands have a tropical climate, with a wet season of warm, rainy summers (May to October) and a dry season of fairly cool winters (November to April). Hurricane season s from June to November.
Grand Cayman is the largest of the islands. One of its main attractions is Seven Mile Beach, on the western shore, where a number of the island’s hotels and resorts are located. It is a public beach and you can walk the full length of the beach, past the hotels and beach bars. Visit are the Observation Tower, in Camana Bay for a wonderful panoramic 360 degree view. Another top attraction is Stingray City which initially began in the 1980s, when divers started feeding squid to the stingrays, who then associated the sound of the boat with food, and began to visit this area year round. Other attractions to visit are the Ironshore landscape of Hell, a group of short, black, limestone formations, approximately the size of half a football pitch. Visitors are not allowed to walk on the formations but there are viewing. There is a red hell themed post office from which you can send a “postcard from hell”. Then there is the marine theme park, Boatswain’s Beach, the Cayman Turtle Farm and the Mastic Trail, a hiking trail through the forests at the eastern end of the North Side of Grand Cayman. The National Trust for the Cayman Islands provides weekly guided tours of the trail.
Cayman Brac is named after the ‘brac’ or ‘bluff’ that makes up much of this wedge shape of an island, the most easterly of the Cayman Islands it is quite different from the other 2 Caymen Islands as the majority of locals do not work in the tourist industry and so life here goes on just as it always has. Situated 90 miles north-east of Grand Cayman and 5 miles east of Little Cayman. It is approx. 12 miles long, and 1.2 miles across. For divers there is a Russian Koni class frigate,It is one of only a few sunken Soviet naval vessels in the Western Hemisphere, and the only one that is easily dived. Caves are found around the island, giving you a glimpse of delicate underground formations. Steps and, in some cases, ladders have been built to allow entry to some of the more remote caves. Cayman Brac is known for its world class climbing. You must however be experienced to climb here as the territory is steep. Walking and hiking trails have been opened by the Nature Tourism Programme which allows you to explore the island’s dense Karst forestation. Cayman Brac’s waters are very good for big game fishing.
Little Cayman is 60 miles northeast of Grand Cayman and five miles west of Cayman Brac. Almost all of the island is at sea level. The highest point is about 12 metres, it is the smallest, most tranquil of the 3 Cayman Islands. Little Cayman is known for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching, its unspoiled wildlife and laid back atmosphere. The most popular dive sites are, Bloody Bay and Jackson’s Bight, both found on the north side of the island. Bloody Bay is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top dive sites. Many dive companies claim the late Philippe Cousteau declared its wall to be one of the 3 best dives in the world. The wall is famous mostly because parts of it are so sheer as to be practically vertical. Little Cayman’s reefs are very healthy for such a regularly dived area and populated by a full range of Caribbean reef life, from pipehorses to sharks, and including a noted population of sea turtles. Little Cayman’s Booby Pond Nature Reserve is home to the largest red footed booby population in the Caribbean and is a Wetland of international importance. Little Cayman has lots of rocky beaches suitable for walking or for use as entry points for diving and snorkeling. There is only one truly good swimming beach with a stretch of sand. Southern Cross Club, Sunset Cove and Little Cayman Beach Resort provide kayaks for guest and they do usually rent them to non-guests if they are not too busy. Kite-Surfing is available at Southern Cross Club. Walk or rent a bike to get around the 10 mile long island.
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