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Three Islands – Each One Unique

Help your clients expand their Cayman experience

“We’re very lucky to have three distinct destinations in one,” says Raymond Mathias, Business Development Manager, Canada, for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.

“We have Grand Cayman, a larger, more cosmopolitan destination with great shopping, dining, nightlife and very fine accommodations. We have Cayman Brac, where visitors are invited to slow down and enjoy some soft adventure. And we have Little Cayman, the ultimate escape from the fast pace of modern life.”

Here’s a quick snapshot of the major attractions and activities on each of the three Cayman Islands.

Seven Mile Beach

Grand Cayman

Seven Mile Beach – Located on the western shore of Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach is the most well-known beach on the islands and often cited as one of the world’s best strands of sand. The beach serves as the home to many of the finest accommodations on the Cayman Islands, including luxury resorts, hotels, condos and villas. The beach area is expertly maintained and many of your clients will be pleased to know there are no beach vendors.

Stingray City – One of the top attractions on the island, this is a place where visitors can watch and touch southern stingrays while standing in just a few feet of water. The stingrays began gathering in the area decades ago when fisherman used to clean fish on the shallow sand bars, now it is tourists who feed squid to the unusual creatures.

George Town – For a break from the beach, a visit to George Town is in order. The city has a population of around 30,000 and it’s a place where colourful traditional Caribbean buildings contrast with the modern headquarters of high finance. George Town is where hundreds of cruise passengers come ashore for duty-free shopping, beach trips, the National Museum, Atlantis submarine tours and more.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park – An important home for many native plant species, this park filled with walking trails is also home to beautiful orchids and many species of birds. It’s also a safe home for the endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana.

Camana Bay

Camana Bay: A 600-acre new upscale multi-purpose development on the North Sound side of Seven Mile Beach. Camana Bay features upscale shops, some of the island’s finest restaurants and bars, the only cinema on Grand Cayman, beautiful gardens and water features, a weekly farmers market and a free 75-foot observation tower.

Cayman Turtle Farm: The only one of its kind in the world, the Grand Cayman Turtle Farm is home to over 11,000 Green Sea Turtles, ranging in size from six ounces to six hundred pounds each. Visitors can tour an actual working farm, which is both educational and entertaining. A great place to spend an afternoon, the farm features a freshwater tidal lagoon where visitors can take a cool dip and a 1.3 million gallon saltwater lagoon where they can swim and snorkel with fish and other marine life.

Rum Point: On the picturesque north side of Grand Cayman is this quiet beach that draws fans from all over the island and all over the world. There are trails to explore, lots of room to relax and swim – and don’t miss the famous Mudslide cocktail at the fun-filled Wreck Bar.

“From land attractions to water-based activities, quiet beaches to pulsing nightclubs,” Grand Cayman has something for everyone,” says Mathias. “It’s walkable, easy to meet local people and overall it’s just a very comfortable place to be.”

Cayman Brac

A 30-minute plane ride from Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac is named after the 140-foot ‘brac’ or ‘bluff’ that makes up much of this most easterly of the Cayman Islands. The destination offers a host of soft adventure activities including hiking, bird-watching, caving, snorkelling and diving.

The population is less than 1,800, and accommodations come in the form of small, laid-back hotels and resorts. It is an ideal get-away-from-it-all honeymoon destination.

For your clients who like to spend as much of their vacation as possible underwater, the crystal-clear warm waters off Cayman Brac offer awe inspiring wall dives, shallow diving and wreck diving at all levels of experience.

“It’s a perfect escape, and a couple of nights on Cayman Brac will really give visitors a different perspective,” says Mathias.

Little Cayman

It’s called Little Cayman for a reason, and the fact that there are more resident iguanas than humans says a lot. Most of the 10-mile long, 1-mile wide island is uninhabited, and the total year-round population is only about 170. Like Cayman Brac, Little Cayman is a 35-minute air hop from Grand Cayman.

“There’s a great relaxed vibe, empty beaches and fantastic diving and snorkelling, including the famous Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park,” says Mathias. It’s also a great place for bird-watchers --Little Cayman is home to the largest colony of Red-Footed Boobies in the western hemisphere

Visitors can rent a bike or scooter and take off in search of the ultimate tropical dream – a beach all to themselves.

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