A territory of the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands is the richest of all Caribbean islands based on its status as an offshore banking center. Most of the banking work is done remotely, however, so the main island of Grand Cayman still has mostly a tropical resort feel, with an English colonial twist.
The primary tourist area is Seven Mile Beach along the west coast, which is where you’ll find most of the resort hotels and restaurants. There’s also rather good nightlife on Grand Cayman, which is unusual for the Caribbean.
The diving and snorkeling are very popular here, especially with a few notable shipwrecks not far off shore. There’s also horseback riding and a few notable museums and parks, so it’s more than just lying on the beach here.
The Cayman Islands are generally quite expensive, with a high concentration of top-end resorts, but a few mid-range options do exist.
Where to stay
Grand Cayman only has a few dozen hotels and resorts, with the greatest concentration along Seven Mile Beach on the west coast. Most are quite expensive, as is the island in general, but a few moderately priced hotels are available as well.
Unless you are a cruise passenger exploring the western Caribbean, you’ll be landing at Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman Island. It’s a fairly large facility capable of landing wide-body jets from North America and Europe.
Nonstop flights from:
Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York-JFK, Newark, Detroit, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, Toronto, London