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.
|Currency||Cayman Islands Dollar|
|Airports||Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM)|
|Local Breakfast||Most hotels offer breakfast as part of your stay but if you choose to venture outside you'll be greeted with coffee, juice and pastries of all kinds.||$3.50 - $8.00|
|Local Lunch||Whether you choose to eat on the beach or in a restaurant you'll find lots of fish choices as well as salads and pastas.||$9.00 - $15.00|
|Local Dinner||Seafood, burgers, salads, pastas and pizza can be found at most restaurants with prices jumping around a bit.||$8.00 - $25.00|
|Beer||Both bars (in or out of restaurants) and small clubs serve both domestic and imported beers.||$3.50 - $6.00|
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Just south of Cuba lies the Cayman islands. Grand Cayman, it’s most visited, is a renown international island destination due to a few reasons: its clear waters, sunny days and mild temperatures.
There are basically two different seasons in the Cayman islands, one being ‘winter’ and the other ‘summer’. Though the difference between the two isn’t much, winter does carry stronger winds while summer brings the rain. In fact, summer is also hurricane season.
During April and May, with the winds starting to calm down and the summer rains still held at bay, you’ll find those are the two best months to snorkel and dive.
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.
Visitors flock to the island during the entire year with most visitors vacationing during winter and spring break. Summer sees less visitors and lower prices, making it the perfect time to visit for those looking for a less expensive vacation.
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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