The Cayman Islands are dotted with deal-cutting characters with briefcases and mobile phones, scuba divers in wetsuits and English folk checking the cricket scores. The islands are colourful: coral reefs, bright orange frogfish, sociable stingrays and reggae boats on the street. As a result of the islands’ mellow charms, resorts and condos have sprung up all over. But if you want to get away from it all there are lots of places to escape satellite dishes and slickness, not least of them underwater.
Best time to visit
June to October to avoid the peak season
Diving famous dive spots such as the Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson Point on the northwestern coast of Little Cayman.
Strolling the mile-long trail that winds through the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park – lush terrain, orchids, iguanas and parrots.
Treasure-hunting on Cayman Brac – spelunkers can go caving along the northern shore, where legend has it pirates used to stow away their loot
Meandering through Mastic Trail – the old-growth forest that once supplied early settlers with timber
Sightseeing on Cayman Brac, which is covered in fruit trees, orchids and cacti and surrounded by good beaches.
Food and Drink
Local specialties at the annual cooking festival, known simply as The Cook Off, in May, or the Taste of Cayman festival in June.
Cold beer after a day’s diving, or sip on a gin and tonic.
The Booby Pond Nature Reserve is home to one of the hemisphere’s largest breeding populations of red-footed boobies. Cayman Turtle Farm is the only one of its kind in the world. This government-run operation raises green turtles to increase their population in the wild and – slightly more disturbing – sell their meat and shells.
Experiences at Great Cayman
• Full day island tour
• Sightseeing shopping
• North Sound Snorkel Adventure
• Stingray Sandbar snorkel
• West bay highlights tour