9 Reasons Why You Should Have The Cayman Islands On Your Bucket List
With the Cayman Island boarders now open and ready to welcome travellers here are some of the reasons why the islands are the perfect destination for Canadians.
Just a four hour flight from Toronto this sun filled Caribbean getaway is much closer than you may think!
Experience Some Of The World’s Best Beaches
The Cayman Islands are consistently voted as having some of the world best beaches with the most famous being Seven Mile Beach. Contrary to its name this 6.3 mile stretch is completely idillic with white powder sand and clear warm turquoise waters. The beach is also dotted with someone of the worlds best hotels including The Ritz Carlton, The Kimpton, The Hilton and many more.
Taste The Offerings Of The Culinary Capital Of The Caribbean
Dubbed as the culinary capital of the Caribbean you can see why with Grand Cayman alone offering over 200 restaurants. The local cuisine is hailed for its variety of flavors, the freshest fish (the “sea-to-table” experience) and most flavourful produce (the farm-to-table experience), as well as a growing Slow Food movement. Restaurateurs take great pride in working with local fishermen and farmers to bring the very best ingredients to all customers.
Not only are there fantastic restaurants on offer there are also plenty of local farmers markets for travellers to get the freshest of produce!
World Class Diving
With 365 marked dive spots the Cayman Islands offer a different dive experience every single day of the year. Devilishly deep drop-offs, wicked wreck dives and some of the coolest coral in the Caribbean have made the Cayman Islands a world-class dive destination. Grand Cayman’s North Wall plunges deeper than 1800 metres/6000 feet and offers beautiful wall diving with opportunities to see spotted eagle rays and sea turtles. Grand Cayman also offers accessible shore diving on great coral reefs with little to no current. Cayman Brac offers a good mix of wall, wreck and reef diving for all experience levels.
With a spot named Lovers Wall the Cayman Islands is bound to be a romantic destination!
If you want to get away from it all and have the ultimate hideaway destination look no further than Little Cayman, spend your days on these secluded white sand beaches with your only interruption being a local turtle making his way back into the turquoise waters. End your day with a private beach dinner watching the sun set over the Caribbean Ocean.
Enjoy The Warm Waters With Watersports
From paddling to flyboarding, there’s no shortage of ways to have fun in the Cayman Islands’ warm, sparkling waters.
One of the most peaceful ways to explore the islands is with a kayak tour. Follow your guide as you weave among the mangroves and spot fauna like wild turtles, parrots, iguanas and plenty of fish.
Those visiting Little Cayman can reach Cayman’s unofficial fourth island, Owen Island, via kayak. It’s an easy paddle to one of the most serene places on Earth.
If you’ve dreamed of trying parasailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding or waterskiing, you’ll be able to do it in the Cayman Islands.
Take In The Adventures Of Brac
The Cayman Islands really does have something for everyone. For those who get itchy feet on vacation, they can find year-round activities on action-packed Cayman Brac.
Affectionately known as “The Brac,” this island boasts dramatic cliff faces and enticing caverns that can be explored alone or with the help of a guide. If you love bouldering and rock climbing, this is your chance to do it with a stunning Caribbean view.
Bike tours, scuba diving and hiking are all on the menu here, as well as some of the world’s most dramatic underwater forests and jaw-dropping shipwrecks.
Explore The Islands’ Nature Hideaways
Getting back into nature is easy in Cayman. Spy the rare blue iguana in Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park just behind Signature One, hit the Mastic Trail for a hike with a National Trust guide, paddle the mangroves or head out to sea to explore the stunning coral ecosystems.
Turtles are important to Caymanian culture and history, and you can learn all about their lives at the Cayman Turtle Centre.
If you’re there during the mating season (May to October), you can visit one of the centre’s hatcheries and watch adorable baby turtles make their way to the ocean for the very first time
Find A Moment Of Calm At The Spa
Wellness and relaxation are specialties of the Cayman Islands. From yoga classes(on a paddleboard, if you feel game), to luxurious spa treatments, gyms and more, there’s plenty on offer that’ll help you feel refreshed and revitalized.
There’s nothing like an island vacay and a little R&R to help you get your zen back.
Meet Some Friendly Stingrays & Explore Unique Caves
Head underground with expert guides at the Crystal Caves. These awe-inspiring caverns are a sight to behold with their glittering, multi-hued crystals formed from water and the passing of time.
A visit to the caves and the surrounding tropical forest will have you spellbound (and wondering why you don’t live in Cayman full time).
If you’re looking to get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s coolest creatures, Stingray City is a must-visit. Made up of a group of sandbars just off the shore of Grand Cayman, Stingray City is home to friendly rays that you can feed and swim within their natural environment.
For a truly unique experience, check out Bioluminescence Bay. You won’t soon forget the experience of seeing the ocean lit up by glowing sea creatures. It’s a magical experience.