Cayman Islands bring to mind crystal clear water and sandy, sunny beaches. Three islands make up the perfect getaways are Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Grand Cayman is the largest of the three and is home to many resorts and attractions. Cayman Brac is the launch point for deep-sea fishing. Little Cayman is the smallest island and is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
Of the many amazing attractions, Stingray City is one that no one misses when visiting the Cayman Islands. Located on the northwest corner of Grand Cayman’s North Sound, it is a gathering place for the Southern Atlantic Stingray. It is believed these stingrays started gathering here when the fishermen from the island would clean and gut their daily catch, throwing the entrails in the water. Today, people gather on the sandbar and shallow waters to interact with the amazing creatures. They can be hand fed and petted even though they are in the wild. It is an intimidating and breath-taking experience. This spot has a 12 foot dive site the ranks among the best in the world.
On February 8, 1794, a convoy of British ships wrecked on the reef surrounding Grand Cayman. Nearby residents came and helped the crew and passengers to shore. Eight still died despite their efforts. Legend says that is why the Cayman Islands has its tax breaks. Rumor says one of the passengers was a the son of King George III and he decreed the Cayman Islands would be free from war conscription and taxes as a reward for their bravery. Today, you can pay your respects to the eight who lost their lives on that fateful night by visiting Wreck of Ten Sails Park.
Be sure to add The Cayman Turtle Farm to your list of “must see” locations. It is the only commercial Green Sea Turtle farm in the world. The main goal of the farm is to educate the public on the benefits of a proactive conservation program for sea turtles. They have a 1.3 million gallon snorkel lagoon where you can swim with the turtles and other marine life. There is also an Aviary and Iguana Sanctuary, a nature trail and the “Blue Hole” sunken cave. The most recent addition to The Turtle farm is Boatswains Beach, a 30 acre marine theme park.
And when you’re in the Cayman Islands, who can forget the beaches. The most popular beach is Seven Mile Beach. Hitting the beach bars while surrounded by coral sand and luxury resorts make you feel like you are truly in paradise.
Whether you are seeking fun in the sun or communing with nature. The Cayman Islands are paradise on Earth. It is no wonder the pirates took a liking to it. You will find it hard to tear yourself away and head back to real life.