Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands are an island group in the Caribbean Sea, ninety miles south of Cuba. The outstanding coral reefs and outstandingly clear waters have made this island group a favorite destination of divers. Great beaches and fine restaurants and resorts make it an excellent tourist destination as well.

Population: 53,737 people
Area: 264 km2
Highest point: 43 m
Coastline: 160 km
Life expectancy: 80.91 years
GDP per capita: $43,800
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About Cayman Islands

Climate

Tropical marine. Warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, Great vacation spot, relatively dry winters (November to April). In 2004 the Cayman Islands, and especially Grand Cayman, were hit hard by Hurricane Ivan.

Activities

Several activities are available for children and adults alike:

  • The Cayman Turtle farm is a fun place for kids to learn about wildlife preservation
  • Be sure to visit the Stingrays at the sandbars in the Cayman Islands. This is a popular tourist destination, and unlike swimming with dolphins in places such as Florida and the Bahamas, these stingrays are willfully living in the wild and can choose to leave at anytime. Several guided tours are available, in addition to packages that include this as well as snorkeling
  • Several beautiful reefs are a fantastic place for beginner snorkelers. More experienced venturers can visit the two smaller Islands, which are world renowned for their waters and reefs
  • On the East side of the Island lies the Queen's Botanical gardens, a beautiful place to get away from the crowds and beaches
  • The Tortuga rum factory shows how rum/rum cakes are made, and also provides opportunities to purchase Tortuga Rum and Rum Cakes
  • The Seven Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and most of the beach is public.

Food

The culinary influences of many regions are reflected in Cayman cuisine. Local specialties such as fish, turtle and conch are delicious and often less expensive as they don't need to be imported. With more than 150 restaurants, unwinding with a good meal in the Cayman Islands can include chic five-star dining as well as a more casual venue under the stars, or even a themed event. From traditional Caymanian seafood to Caribbean and Thai to Italian and New World cuisine, discerning diners are sure to find something to fit their taste. Other exciting options include dinner cruises on luxury catamarans and even an authentic tall ship. Meal prices range from $10 to well over $30 per person at high-end restaurants.

While in Cayman ask your taxi driver for their favourite local Jerk Stand (a MUST try) and also ask them the tourist spot they suggest.

Budget

  • Sunshine Grill, Sunshine Suites (West Bay Road). The Sunshine Grill serves some of the best tacos on the island. Two dishes have been voted best of Cayman. Tacos are CI$11 for three.
  • Eats Cafe provides a wide assortment of foods at a low cost
  • Wreck Bar & Grill, wide variety of food and drink, in a relaxed beach setting.

Mid-range

  • Edoardo's, Coconut Place, West Bay Road (Seven Mile Beach),  345-945-4408. Edoardo's is a great Italian restaurant serving fresh pasta, pizza and seafood. The gnocchi is popular and you may find they've run out if you arrive late! Expect to pay about CI$50 per person for appetizer, entrée, house wine and espresso.

Splurge

  • Blue by Eric Ripert (Blue), Ritz-Carlton (West Bay Road),  345-943-9000. 6PM-10PM daily. Blue by Eric Ripert is one of the better restaurants in town. They serve local seafood, three- and six-course prix fixe menus and an extensive wine cellar. Expect to pay over CI$50 per person.
  • Osetra Bay (Osetra Bay) (Morgan\'s Harbour, West Bay),  345-623-5100. 6PM-10:30PM Mon-Sat. Osetra Bay is trying to earn a Michelin star, and it shows. Exceptional food and service in a unique atmosphere on the water. Expect to pay over CI$50 per person.

Drinks

Alcohol is very expensive on the islands, even from the liquor stores. You can expect to pay approximately twice as much in the liquor stores as you would at stores in the United States, however it is still the cheapest way to purchase alcohol.

Typical drink prices in bars and clubs range from $4-$7 CI ($5-$8.75 US).

Liquor stores typically close at 6PM or 7PM, all though some are open until 9PM or 10PM. All liqour stores are closed on Sundays.

Visitors flying into the Cayman Islands are able to bring either 1 bottle of duty free spirits, 4 bottles of wine or champagne, or 1 12 pack of beer per person 18 years of age or older. Exceeding this duty allowance will result in substantial taxation to the excess items.

You will of course want to check out some of the local drinking establishments.

Shopping

Most shopping is in George Town and Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.

  • Caymanite is the Cayman Islands' own semi-precious stone.
  • Black Coral is often used in jewelry here.
  • Rum cake from Tortuga Rum Company is very popular with visitors to Grand Cayman.
  • There are many tourist shops where you can buy t-shirts, hats, postcards, and much more. Don't buy any seashells though; beachcombing is much more fun, and cheaper too.
  • Grand Cayman features duty free shopping, enabling visitors to buy many luxury items, duty free - including fine china, jewelry, electronics, and more shopping

Costs

  • Almost everything must be imported and is subject to a 20% import tax (some time higher depending on the product), food and other items are relatively expensive. *US currency is accepted everywhere. Be careful and always know if you're paying in CI or US. The basic conversion is US$1.25 to CI$1 ($1=CI $0.80).

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Cayman Islands on Wikivoyage.

Cities in Cayman Islands

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Interesting places:

  • Dolphin Discovery
  • Boatswain\'s Beach
  • National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
  • Dolphin Cove
  • Galleria Plaza
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Interesting places:

  • Georgetown Museum
  • Port of Georgetown
  • Fort George
  • Peace Memorial and Clock Tower
  • Cayman Turtle Farm
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Interesting places:

  • Rum Point
  • Starfish Beach
  • Mastic Trail North Trailhead
  • Babylon (Dive Site)
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  • Hell
  • Stingray City
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Interesting places:

  • Reef Divers Resort
  • Charlie\'s Reef
  • Rebecca\'s Cave
  • Conch Rock
  • MV Captain Keith Tibbetts Shipwreck
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  • Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
  • East End Lighthouse
  • Grand Cayman Blow Holes
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Little Cayman is the smallest and least developed of the three Cayman Islands. Just 10 miles long and 1 mile wide (16.1km by 1.6km), it is one of the premier diving locations on the planet with over 50 dive sites, including the world-famous Bloody Bay Wall. Little Cayman has a population of less than 170 and ... (read more)

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Points of Interest in Cayman Islands

The main attraction in Cayman is the water. Snorkeling and diving draw many visitors each year. However, there are several attractions on land worth visiting. Most attractions can be reached by bus, however, a car is significantly more convenient.

Beach access is guaranteed by the Cayman constitution, so walking along the beach is permitted everywhere (all beaches are public), although getting to the beach is only allowed in certain areas.

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is approximately five miles of tourist hotels, with white sand beaches. It is a public beach and visitors can walk the entire stretch, no matter which hotel they are staying at.[6]

On Seven Mile Beach, The Ritz has a walkway over the main road containing local artists' work. Finding it can be challenging, however, the staff are happy to point you in the right direction.

Pedro St. James national historic site is an attractive old house and grounds on the ocean. There is a multimedia show telling the history of the house, and an exhibit center with more Cayman historical displays.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a large botanical garden which includes color gardens with plants arranged by color, a large orchid garden, a gazebo on a lake, and many Iguanas, including the rare blue iguanas.

The Cayman Turtle Farm is a turtle farm where you can swim and pet turtles.[7] A recent review of the farm indicated concerns for the animals, so this may be something some people want to research before visiting.

Stingray City in the waters off Grand Cayman is reached by several tour companies by boat. In the shallow water many stingrays gather, and you can interact with them. If you book on a sailing vessel, you then get to sail back to port. The stingrays have been gathering here since the mid 1980's when boaters would clean their fish near the port.[8]

Georgetown Museum - George Town

Dolphin Discovery - Seven Mile Beach

Rum Point - North Side

Hell - West Bay

Little Cayman Beach - Little Cayman

Reef Divers Resort - West End

Peter\'s Cave - Spot Bay

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park - East End

Mastic Trail South Trailhead - Bodden Town

Port of Georgetown - George Town

Fort George - George Town

Peace Memorial and Clock Tower - George Town

Cayman Turtle Farm - George Town

Boatswain\'s Beach - Seven Mile Beach

Cayman Maritime Treasure Museum - George Town

Cayman Karting - George Town

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands - Seven Mile Beach

Dolphin Cove - Seven Mile Beach

Galleria Plaza - Seven Mile Beach

Cayman Crazy Golfing Mini Golf - Seven Mile Beach

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