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Wide, powder-soft beaches and unparalleled snorkelling and diving
The three islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac offer holidaymakers a range of memorable Caribbean experiences above and below their crystal blue waters. The largest, Grand Cayman, is home to the elegant capital, where visitors can pick up duty free bargains and learn about the islands' culture, and the famous Seven Mile Beach, a seemingly endless stretch of immaculate white sand.
Despite its reputation as a global financial centre and being one of the wealthiest corners of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands retain a laid back feel, boast some of the region's best beaches and diving, and are also noted for their sophisticated culinary and entertainment scene. The chances of finding nothing to do in this glorious British crown colony are slim, unless of course doing nothing is what you crave.
The largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman is a cosmopolitan destination that boasts a vibrant nightlife, welcoming resorts and a plethora of blissful snow-white beaches from which you can experience an amazing underwater world. The most famous of Grand Cayman’s beaches is Seven Mile Beach, a five and a half mile crescent of sand on the island’s west coast. Regularly featuring in Caribbean’s best beaches lists the bay, also known as West Bay Beach, is home to both our hand-picked Cayman Island resorts.
At hundreds of dive and snorkel sites, many just a short swim from the shore, turtles and eagle rays share pristine coral reefs and the wreckages of ill-fated ships with hundreds of species of vibrant and inquisitive fish. The unique Stingray City is an unmissable Cayman Island experience where visitors can come face-to-face with wild, yet friendly stingrays on a sandbar located at entrance to the 40 square mile North Sound. Snorkel, dive or take a glass bottom boat trip to view life below the ocean waves and feed these sociable (and hungry) creatures which have long associated the sound of boat engines with food.
On Cayman Brac, the eastern-most Cayman Island dominated by the dramatic limestone formation ‘The Bluff’, miles of trails are lined with educational information on local flora and fauna and numerous local heritage sites. Some of the Cayman’s premium dive sites can be found off the delighful shores of Little Cayman including the diving meccas of Bloody Bay and Jackson’s Reef.