How many folks out there would love an opportunity to swim with the stingrays? Yes, it can be done at the stunning and beautiful Cayman Islands. Part of the British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea, the archipelago is home to three islands in total - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The territory is primarily thought to be a prominent world offshore financial haven for numerous affluent folks.
It is no wonder Cayman Islands is a tourist favourite for the holiday destination is packed with stunning soft-sandy beaches, world-class diving and delicious cuisine. Kick-start the trip by heading over to the gorgeous Seven Mile Beach for it is one of the most popular stretches of sand in the Caribbean. Fringed with coconut palms and casuarinas, this breathtaking sprawl of powdery sand combined with shimmering turquoise waters is a magnificent sight to behold. The place is usually packed with huge resorts and wealthy homes that are lined up on its picturesque shores.
One of the most popular attractions in Cayman Islands is the Stingray City. It is one of the most popular show water snorkels and dives in the Caribbean and is one of Grand Cayman's leading tourist points. Head out on a custom-built boat to a shallow sand bar which is fringed by crystal clear waters where tourists can feed, kiss and cuddle these marine animals. George Town is the capital of Cayman's and is an offshore banking hub. Stroll around the colourful and vivacious gingerbread buildings that are lined in the harbour front. Be sure to visit the National Trust for Cayman Islands Visitor Centre for it is a fantastic place to educate oneself about the island's natural history. Some of the other notable highlights are the National Museum -historical and ecological exhibits, Fort George - remains of the portion of a wall and Elmslie Memorial Church.
There are several activities one can indulge in Cayman Islands to experience underwater life. One of them is riding on the Atlantis Submarines. It offers an opportunity to experience the underwater universe without getting wet. It takes visitors down to depths of 30 meters where they can catch a glimpse of tropical fishes, shallow reefs, underwater canyons and even shipwrecks from the submarine's huge viewing windows at the kaleidoscopic vistas. Divers will have a field day in this archipelago for it is surrounded by numerous reefs that are ideal for diving. Divers will get a chance to swim through these diverse coral formations, caverns, grottos, tunnels, wrecks and so forth.
Interested in turtles? Head over to Cayman Turtle Farm for it is a research and breeding farm which is home to two species of sea turtles: green sea turtles and a small amount of endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. It is a conservation facility which helps in releasing turtles into the wild. Touch tanks and wading pools offer a plethora of opportunities for animal lovers to interact with these adorable creatures.
Cayman Islands are made up of three islets - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. When in Cayman Brac, tourists can catch glimpses of breathtaking coastal scenery, and incredible dive sites. Some of the attractions include hikers having a fantastic scenic walk as they saunter around the National Trust Parrot Preserve, West End - a tiny resort originally set up in the 17th century and Spot Bay - Cayman Brac's biggest village with duty-free shopping. The smallest of the Cayman Islands is Little Cayman renowned for its exemplary fishing and diving. Bloody Bay Marine Reserve is one of the top diving sites, complete with wreck sites and the popular Bloody Bay Wall.
When it comes to shopping, be sure to be on the look-out for duty-free goods that can be procured from numerous boutiques in George Town. Local products such as jewellery made of Caymanite (the island's semi-precious stone), hand-woven baskets, hats, colourful paintings and the like. Head over to Camana Bay to purchase local foods, including tropical fruits at the Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Cayman Islands strives to be given the title of 'Culinary Capital of the Caribbean' due to its diversity in delicacies. Some of the specialities worth digging into are Jerk Chicken (chicken marinated in spices and barbecued) or Moros y cristianos (black beans and rice).
The stay options in Cayman Islands are abundant with the richie-rich having the choice to be put up at the best luxury hotels and swanky apartments. Similarly, backpackers and budget travellers can opt for cheap but comfortable accommodations.
Cayman Islands experiences tropical marine climate with a wet season of warm, rainy summers (May to October) and a dry season of comparatively hot winters (November to April). The best time to visit would be December though April as the temperature is balmy and relatively low on humidity.