A trip to the Cayman Islands has all the elements for a perfect holiday that will rejuvenate your soul. If you are still wondering whether you should head to this tropical paradise for your holiday, here are 10 reasons why the Cayman Islands should be your next vacation spot.
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Caribbean is the warm, sandy beaches that stretch for miles. And that is exactly what Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands offers.
Seven Mile Beach has long been known as one of the best beaches in the world, making it a popular place for tours in Grand Cayman. The beach is the perfect place to unwind with a leisurely stroll or, if you prefer, to go for a swim or scuba dive in the clear, warm water. Bars, restaurants and resorts line much of the beach, so if you want to stop for refreshments, there are plenty of options. Finally, don't miss one of the things Seven Mile Beach is most famous for: the best view as the sun seems to melt into the sea at sunset.
Among the myriad of things to do in the Cayman Islands, exploring the exquisite marine life ranks at the top. The best news is that you don't have to be a diver or a snorkeler to experience it. You can tour some of the popular shipwreck sites when you embark on a submarine tour adventure in the Cayman Islands.
As you descend in the comfort of an air-conditioned submarine, you will see huge barrel sponges, colourful coral reefs, snapper, grouper and, occasionally, turtles or stingrays. An informative guide will entertain you throughout the tour, making it one of the most fun things to do in the Cayman Islands.
The legendary Rum Point Mudslide combines Kahlua liqueur, vodka and Bailey’s Irish Cream, garnished with cinnamon, a cherry and a shot of Kahlua down the straw. This sweet, cold cocktail, which was invented in the Cayman Islands more than 40 years ago, is a favourite on island. It is said that at least 30,000 Mudslides a year are sold at Rum Point.
If you are looking for some of the freshest Cayman Islands produce, then the Camana Bay Farmers & Artisans Market is the right place. The weekly market, not far from Seven Mile Beach, offers products grown and made in Cayman, including specialty foods, skin care products, jewellery, seasonings, crafts, teas and more. From 3 p.m., the market features live music and other entertainment, as well as cultural demonstrations. Many artists demonstrate their craft, such as thatch weaving or rope making. Don’t leave without trying the pepper jelly!
Another of the popular activities in Grand Cayman is an excursion to Crystal Caves. Inside these caves, which were formed millions of years ago, you will see stalagmite and stalactite crystal structures and other formations. It is believed that the caves were once hideouts for pirates.
You can spend your morning riding a horse along the beach for a picturesque experience straight out of the movies. If you are willing to go into the sea on horseback, then go for it because the horses will start swimming. It is a thrilling experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.
On your tours in Grand Cayman, you may have the opportunity to interact with stingrays, turtles, starfish or dolphins in their natural habitat. Stingray City, Starfish Point, Dolphin Discovery and the Cayman Turtle Centre are some of the options for exploring marine life, any of which will ensure hours of fun.
The Cayman Islands are also known worldwide as a great diving destination. There are superb shipwreck sites and coral reefs right off the coast, and adventurous night dives are an exciting option. There is no better place than Cayman when it comes to strapping on a tank and diving in.
The Cayman Islands are known for this local specialty: Tortuga Rum Cake. You will come across these rich cakes in the majority of restaurants and stores in Grand Cayman. Whether you prefer the original flavour or the ones infused with banana, pineapple, coconut or other flavours, you will want to sample them all and take some home for family and friends.
The Cayman Islands have been voted as the top culinary destination in the Caribbean. One of the reasons for that is the seafood. Shrimp, spiny lobster, snapper, grouper and more are caught fresh every day. Pair your seafood dinner or appetizer with a cocktail at a restaurant with a view of the water for a meal to remember.