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THINGS TO DO ON THE CAYMAN ISLANDS
By Jack Pot / 2013-02-20 07:35:12
Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands has a wealth of things to do to suit all tastes. From water sports, cultural activities, wonderful food and drink options and of course stunning Seven Mile Beach to explore, you will be spoilt for choice. Read on for our recommendations on the best things to do in Grand Cayman.
With some of the world’s best underwater visibility, healthiest reefs and incredible wall dives, getting to experience the underwater world in Cayman is a must. You can snorkel straight off the beach at www.caymancasita.com. Turtles, stingrays, conch and a wide variety of fish have been seen passing through looking for dinner. Other options include diving, if you‘re not fond of boat diving (like my wife) or don‘t want to have to wait for when the boat is leaving, there are excellent shore dive sites on island from Sunset House on South Sound right around to the top of West Bay at Macabuca. For those who don’t want to get wet, book a submarine tour or explore the depths with an underwater robot. Alternatively, take a kayak tour and explore the mangroves or experience the incredible bioluminescence in Bio Bay, which can only be experienced in ten other locations in the world!
Cultural Attractions on the Cayman Islands
Cayman’s heritage and culture can be viewed first hand by visiting Pedro St. James. Originally built in 1780, this recently renovated historical site sits on seven acres in Savannah and boasts fabulous views and a multimedia visitor centre, Pedro St. James is only located 10 minutes from Caymancasita. Other key heritage treasures are the Mission House in Bodden Town (just a short walk from Caymancasita), the National Museum in George Town and The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands which is home to the national art collection and hosts up to eight exhibitions a year. Alternatively, if you are pushed for time, you can visit the Turtle Farm in West Bay. This great family experience combines nature and heritage in one attraction. Transportation for all the above can be arranged at www.caymancasita.com
Cayman islands Nature
Heading east for only 10 minutes from Caymancasita, The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, is the number one place to visit if you want to experience some of Cayman’s indigenous plants and animals, including orchids and the endangered Blue Iguana. Allow at least a half day to explore the various trails, gardens and visitors centre. The more adventurous should hike the Mastic Trail (3-4 hours) and see some incredible wildlife. Both attractions are located in North Side. The National trust also hosts tours and monthly activities from Caymanian cooking to mangrove tours.
Seven Mile Beach
One of the most recognised beaches in the Caribbean attracts visitors from all over the world. The shimmering turquoise water is crystal clear and the sand is white and powdery. Just kick back on a sun lounger or sit in the sand and let the warm water gently lap around your toes. Alternatively, the more adventurous can grab some snorkel gear and admire the fish or enjoy the many water sports on offer. Meanwhile the kids will love to build sand castles, bury Dad, or frolic in the warm water! Hours of entertainment!
Stingray City and Sandbar
Possibly Cayman’s most famous attraction. You can interact with Cayman’s friendly stingrays by snorkelling or walking in waist high water, diving or just watching the fun from a boat. For years fishermen used to clean their catch just inside the reef in calm waters and the friendly stingrays enjoyed the scraps. Ever since, they have continued to entertain tourists ever hopeful for a little squid as a reward. To visit this world famous attraction, charter your private boat or take a tour. For boat charters on the Cayman Islands or tours see www.caymancasita.com
Shopping on the Cayman Islands
One of the many benefits of Cayman is its duty free shopping. Many luxury goods such as jewellery, watches, leather goods and cameras are both duty-free and free of sales tax. For the biggest selection head to downtown George Town and Camana Bay. Locally produced goods, from chocolates to hot sauce, make great gifts to take home and of course there is a wide range of island-style clothing and swimwear available so you can look chic on the beach or cut a dash in the evening! www.caymancasita.com can arrange a shopping tour.
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