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Cruise Ships
Cruise Ships in Grand Cayman Harbour

Glas Bottom Boat
Glass Bottom Boat

Sting Ray City
Sting Ray City

Luxury Hotel
Luxury Hotel on the Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach
Luxury Hotel on the Seven Mile Beach
Personal Impressions
The Cayman Islands are mainly known as an offshore tax haven, and people at home might think you are going there to hide your money. Is it worth to go there for holidays? The beaches are nice, but nothing special, and budget accommodation is not available. Sometimes more than nine mega ships are docked in the harbour at the same time. About 25,000 cruise ship passangers visit Grand Cayman every day. If you visit Grand Cayman on a  cruise ship, take a tour to Stingray City.

I do recommend the Cayman Islands as a good holiday destination only for scuba divers. Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are the exposed top of an underwater mountain. Wall diving provides something extraordinary for scuba divers. The variety of fish, corals, sponges and caves on the wall is truly amazing. The Cayman Islands are an ideal destination for scuba divers of all experience and skill levels. Scuba diving can be done by boat, or at many dive sites, directly from shore. 

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Overview

Grand Cayman
Cosmopolitan Grand Cayman is the largest and most developed of the three Cayman Islands. It is the location of the nation's capital, George Town, and of the Owen Roberts International AirportGrand Cayman is known for its reputation as a leading international offshore banking centre with about six hunded banks and trust companies. There are lots of fast food restaurants, night clubs, and resorts on the western side of the island down to George Town.

Cayman Brac
"Brac" (pronounced Brack) is the middle sister of the three Cayman Islands and offers miles of uncrowded beaches. It is a coral island surrounded by reef with a population of about 1,200 residents. The island is named for the "brac", Gaelic for bluff, which "soars" 140 feet up from the sea on the island's east end. Cayman Brac offers eco-tourism for divers and nature-lovers. The promotion text sounds great: No Pollution, No Traffic, No Crime, No Taxis.

Little Cayman
The smallest and least developed of the three Cayman Islands is so flat that bicycling is effortless. It is dotted with pristine lagoons, mangrove forests, orchid strewn swamps, and salt ponds. With a population of less than 100, visitors will find total relaxation and privacy along the island's quiet, romantic shores. 


Attractions

Cayman Islands National Museum
The Old Courts Building contains many historical and natural artefacts of Caymanian life. The Museum can trace its roots to the 1930's when Mister Ira Thompson began collecting Caymanian artefacts as a hobby.
The Museum building is the oldest public building in the Cayman Islands. It was used as a jail, courthouse, dancehall, and postal office. It is located on the waterfront in Georgetown. 

The National Gallery
Located at Grand Cayman's Harbour Place, the National Gallery is dedicated to the preservation, research and display of all aspects of Caymanian heritage. It houses over 8,000 items and artefacts of Caymanian artwork as well as more than a half-dozen local and international exhibits each year.

Seven Mile Beach
With sand stretching as far as the eyes can see, the Seven Mile Beach is the most well-known beach on the islands. Located on the western shore of Grand Cayman, it has the largest concentration of visitors and tourists on the island. Along the beach you will find the majority of the islands luxury resorts and hotels.

Stingray City
The Grand Cayman sandbank, dubbed Stingray City, is a natural attraction off the North coast. First fisherman an later divers started feeding squid to the stingrays, who forgot their normally shy dispositions and began to associate the sound of a motor boat with food. 

Today hordes of tourists come to snorkel with the huge stingrays. Sometimes twenty boats and more than three hundred visitors appear simultaneously at the small spot. Standing in only one meter (3 feet) of water you will be surrounded by more than two dozen handsome stingrays. It would be an awesome experience, but there are too many visitors. 

A new study has revealed that the stingrays are suffering from contact with tourists, study finds Blood tests show that the stingrays have weaker immune systems and are in poorer health than those left undisturbed.

Turtle Farm
Established more than 40 years ago, this marine park offers an array of attractions devoted to the Caymans' marine and terrestrial wildlife. The farm became successful in breeding and researching the Green Sea Turtle and also of the Kemp's ridley sea turtle. The current park in West Bay still has turtle exhibits but as well a cultural district, touch tanks, an aviary, a Predator Reef filled with sharks, a pair of swimming lagoons, groupers and eels, a nature trail, and a restaurant and bar. The government-run turtle farm is home to over 16,000 sea turtles. The farm is one of the most successful tourist attractions in the Caymans. More than half a million people come every year.  

Recently, the Cayman Turtle Farm has come under attack for poor water quality, overcrowding, unsupervised human handling, heightened levels of disease and congenital defects amongst the captive bred creatures. 

The Turtle Farm sells farmed turtle meat to the public and local restaurants. Scientists say, the captive farming of turtles arguably increases the threat to health, in particular from bacteria, due to the practice of housing many turtles in a relatively confined space and under intensive conditions.

Blowholes 
A blowhole is a cavity formed in the ground at the inland end of a sea cave. Blowholes are created by the water moving through natural tunnels cut in the rock by the coast. As the tunnels get closer to the coast, they turn upwards, creating a fountain. This can create quite a spectacular show when the weather conditions are right. In Grand Cayman the Blow holes are located on Frank Sound Road on your way to the Eastern Districts. In Cayman Brac you can find them scattered Island wide. Depending on the weather, the blow holes blast huge torrents of water high into the air. The best time to watch them is during a storm from the north-west in the winter months.
 
Pedro St. James Historic Site
This is the restored centre-piece of a national historic site overlooking the Caribbean Sea with the best view in Grand Cayman. Visitors can stroll through the edifice built along the lines of the Caribbean plantation Great Houses containing antique furniture and interesting artefacts from that long-lost time. Visit the gift shop and don't miss the site's multimedia show (it runs every hour).  Rated the best in the Caribbean, it's an experience you will long remember!

Cayman Craft Market
Located within walking distance of the Grand Cayman cruise ship dock in central George Town this market place offers locally made wood & leathering products, thatch and straw work and local visual arts. Find yourself immersed in a unique Caymanian atmosphere where you can purchase a real part of Cayman whilst learning about our past and one of a kind culture. 

Hell
Just outside of West Bay, on the North-West tip of Seven Mile Beach, lies the community of Hell. Hell is host to one of the most colourfully-named post offices in the world. Many visitors stop by in order to send a postcard, franked "Hell, Grand Cayman". They have been to Hell. 

The creepy, 1.5 million years old limestone formations gave this West Bay town its name. A souvenir and gift shop called the Devil's Hang-Out is owned by Ivan Farrington, who will greet you in a devil's costume and regale you with jokes.

Rum Point Beach
On the scenic North coast of Grand Cayman lies the beautiful Rum Point Beach. It is a lively beach with white sand shaded by palm trees and a popular spot for volleyball, windsurfing, parasailing and water sports. 
The Wreck Bar is one of the most famous beach bars in the Cayman Islands, in part because it's the place where the frozen mudslide was invented. 

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
This botanical garden features 40 acres of local flora and fauna, including the rare blue iguana. Attractions include flower and native gardens, a woodland trail, orchid exhibit, a picturesque lakeside gazebo, and dozens of species of birds and butterflies. Located on the North Side of Grand Cayman the Visitors Centre, Heritage Garden and Floral Garden are spectacular additions.

Camana Bay Observation Tower
The centerpiece of Grand Cayman's new Camana Bay development is a 75-foot observation tower that visitors can climb (for free) to enjoy 360-degree views of Seven Mile Beach, George Town, and the North Sound. As you climb the double-helix staircase you can check out the details on a huge mosaic depicting Cayman reefs and marine life: the artwork includes more than 3 million tiles. Cool off afterwards with a drink at one of Camana Bay's new bars and restaurants or check out the local entertainment and shopping options, including a cinema and live music performances.


Activities

Scuba Diving
With over two hundred and fifty dive sites to choose from, Grand Cayman offers some of the greatest underwater diversity anywhere in the Caribbean. Grand Cayman offers more than one hundred and sixty of the best Caribbean diving sites. The reefs offer a variety of marine life encounters. There are steep, deep walls adorned with sponges and corals, shallow reefs filled with small fish and invertebrates, and photogenic old wrecks. 

Cayman Brac offers more than fifty dive sites, 11 sites can be reached by shore. Its legendary walls and breath-taking marine life have thrilled many of the world's most famous underwater photographers for decades.
 
Little Cayman has a vast underwater world. The most famous dive site areas, Bloody Bay and Jackson's Bight, are both located on the north side of the island. Bloody Bay is consistently ranked as one of the world's top wall dives with the ocean floor, which was purportedly based on a claim made by the late Philipe Cousteau. Colourful coral gardens, wavering sea plumes and exotic tropical fish thrive among more than fifty unique dive sites.

Birding
The Cayman Islands are home to fifty resident species of birds, including colonies of the native brown booby, red-footed booby, least tern, and white-tailed tropicbird The West Indian woodpecker and stripe-headed tanager can also be seen in Cayman. Cayman Brac's most famous resident is the Brac Parrot (Amazona leucocephala hesterna) a small shy bird with brilliant green, red and black plumage.

Grand Cayman has seven protected bird sanctuaries, including the QE II Botanic Park, Colliers Pond, Salina Reserve, and the Majestic Reserve. Cayman Brac is home to a 180-acre parrot reserve, while Little Cayman's Booby Pond Reserve protects the habitat of the brown and red-footed boobies.

Hiking in Cayman Brac 
In Cayman Brac well-marked trails lacing the island range from easy strolls to a series of caves on the southern shoreline to two miles of nature trails through a reserve set aside for the rare Cayman parrot on the island's bluff. The reserve is also home to some 150 other bird species. You need sturdy hiking boots, because the limestone on the bluff is rugged ' and the panoramic views of the sea from the edge of the bluff, which reaches an elevation of 140 feet, is well worth a little exercise

Orchids and parrots burst with colour, doves and woodpeckers hover overhead, snakes and lizards wander the footpaths. Grand Cayman's Mastic Trail serves up all this wildlife, plus a lush forest of cedar, mahogany, and palms, along with lowlands dense with mangrove. Of course, much of the Caribbean once looked like this, but colonisation and the subsequent clearing wiped out much of the native habitat. Even on Grand Cayman, which is a low, coral-formed island, nature once displayed astounding diversity. Now, through the efforts of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, the Mastic Reserve has been established in the steamy interior of the island, featuring trails through portions of the original dry, subtropical forests.

If you like caves there are lots to explore on Cayman Brac. Some are not marked on the map and can only be found by climbing the bluff. Once inside, many may seem small but have tiny openings that you have to crawl into to explore.

Over the past 200 years the residents of Cayman Brac have sought shelter in these caves through some rare but severe storms that have crossed the islands. The caves also serve as home to a unique group of plant and animal inhabitants including small bats that feed on the insects.

Peter's Cave offers a spectacular view overlooking the South Side bluffs. The Great Cave is an amazing formation of stalagmites and stalactites near the old Light house. The Bat's Cave, which is a well-lit, large cave where you may see some small bats "hanging out" in plain view. The best is Nani Cave, opposite the Mosquito Research Centre. Don't forget to take a torch!
Bank in George Town
CIBC Bank in George Town

Fountain in Gerorge Town
Paradise Island Bridge

Downtown George Town
Downtown George Town

Luxury Resort
Luxury Resort

Seven Mile Beach
Luxury Resort on the Seven Mile Beach