Whether you only have a day to spend as a port of call on a cruise or a week or longer where you can really kick back and enjoy, the Cayman Islands are a great vacation destination. With a population of about 55,000, the islands are often regarded as the safest islands to visit and its people the friendliest in the Caribbean. The people of the Cayman Islands speak English (British English) but with their own Caymanian flair. Each island and its residents take on their own personality and will make your visits to any of the three islands a unique experience.
Known for being outgoing, Caymanians love to strike up a conversation and direct you with some local knowledge about the best spots on the island. A devout church-going people, Caymans emphasize kindness, community, and hospitality, solidifying its place as one of the top Caribbean destinations for families and adventurers alike. Flights from Salt Lake City to Grand Cayman are long, but I think you’d find it worth it.
On Grand Cayman you will find some of the most popular Caribbean activities and attractions including the Cayman Islands National Museum, Rum Point, Pedro St. James, Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park, Cayman Turtle Farm, Stingray City and the National’s Trusts Mastic Trail, a two mile traditional footpath through unspoiled woodlands.
On the west side of Grand Cayman you will find the famous Seven Mile Beach, the crescent-shaped natural wonder with hotels and resorts that offer everything you need for an amazing vacation. With sand stretching as far as the eye can see, Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach is often rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in all the Caribbean--and the least populated.
When you’re looking to get off the beach, you can visit George Town, where colorful traditional Caribbean-style buildings meet high finance corporations. Enjoy duty-free shopping on signature brands such as Versace, Tiffany, Gucci, and more.
On my last cruise with my kids and grandkids, we visited the Cayman Turtle Farm, where my grandkids were able to hold many different sizes of turtles from very small to the largest they could pick up. We all loved watching the huge sea turtles swimming around. We then took a boat out to Stingray City, one of the things Grand Cayman is famous for—and rightfully so. We were all pretty hesitant to touch the stingrays at first but with the help and guidance of the boat crew, we eventually felt more comfortable touching them. It’s an experience we still talk about.
Named for its breathtaking 140-foot bluff, the “Brac” is a rugged and charming 14-square miles and provides adventure seekers and nature lovers with the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the islands’ most dramatic scenery. So you’re on the Brac and you want to know what to do. That’s easy--just ask someone. They will probably start by showing you the Bluff and telling you about the breathtaking view from the lighthouse located on there. They will certainly recommend that you explore their limestone caves and sinkholes, high above water.
And for scuba divers, Cayman Brac’s crystal clear, warm waters provide awe inspiring wall dives, shallow diving and wreck diving at all levels and interest, making for a dream dive vacation. All ages can enjoy some of the most popular Caribbean diving locations on Cayman Brac.
The least developed and the smallest and most tranquil of the three Cayman Islands, Little Cayman epitomizes the definition of “an island getaway.” This beautiful island offers seclusion and striking scenery everywhere you look, making it the perfect honeymoon island and a top Caribbean destination.
With a population of less than 170, most of Little Cayman remains uninhabited. Only 10 miles long and one mile wide, this island getaway offers you a rare combination of sun drenched solitude, glistening beaches, and miles of untouched tropical wilderness. No matter which Cayman Island you choose to visit, it will be a vacation you’ll never forget.