The Cayman Islands is an island group made up of three islands. The
largest island is Grand Cayman, which is home to a majority of the
population. Cayman Brac is the most easterly of the islands, while
Little Cayman is the smallest and least developed of all three. It
is home to just over a 100 people. What makes vacationing in the Cayman
Islands so special is the incredible wealth of underwater treasures
found here. The snorkeling and diving in this part of the Caribbean
is truly superb with old shipwrecks, coral reefs and a wealth of marine
life to discover.
To enjoy the very best of the Cayman Islands, you need to spend
at least three weeks in this gorgeous island paradise. Located some
241 km south of Cuba and 290 km west of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands
are three low lying island masses in the Caribbean Sea. However,
what many people don’t know is that the Caymans are actually
the surface tips of massive underwater mountains that lie in the
deep Cayman Trench. This trench is home to some of the deepest waters
in the West Indies, which is why it is so abound with marine life.
Covering a total land area of just 100 sq miles, the Cayman Islands
are also famous for being one of the biggest banking centers in
the world. Unknown to most people and tourists, there are over 700
banks located on the Grand Cayman Island, most of which are hidden
and intensely secretive. The Cayman Islands is the fifth largest
financial center in the world after New York, Tokyo and Japan.
The capital of the Cayman Islands is George Town and is located on
the island of Grand Cayman. A cosmopolitan city, the interesting thing
about George Town is its compact size and wonderful traditional wooden
buildings. Here you can enjoy plenty of shopping as all of it is duty
free, making this city a must visit if you like to shop till you drop.
Cayman Brac is a wonderful ecotourist destination with lots of
lovely beaches, numerous hiking trails and plenty of quiet time.
Here you can find the National Trust Parrot Reserve.
Little Cayman is the smallest of the Cayman Islands and is home
to more iguanas than humans. This island offers some of the best
diving in the world with pristine water conditions.