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Cayman Islands, Caribbean: where they are, when to go and what to see


If your dream is to immerse yourself in postcard tropical atmospheres and travel to places never seen before, the Cayman Islands can be a great arrival point for these holidays. But traveling to the other side of the world isn't always easy. Here are some info and tips to make yours vacation in the Cayman unforgettable by making the right choices.

Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where are
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to go to?
  5. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  6. What to do in the Cayman Islands: excursions and tours
  7. How much does a Cayman vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 60.413
  • Capital: George Town
  • Languages: English
  • Local currency: Caymanian dollar (€ 1,00 = $ 0,95)
  • Time zone: - 6 hours compared to Italy, - 7 when daylight saving time is in force in Italy
  • Weather: Tropical, warm all year round
  • vaccinations: No vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: A passport with a residual validity of at least 6 months is required, an entry visa is not mandatory for up to 90 days of stay.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where are


    The Cayman Islands archipelago is located in the Caribbean Sea and is made up of three islands located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. All three islands (Grand Cayman, seat of the capital George Town, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac) are included in the United Nations list of non-autonomous territories and that is under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.





    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: there are no direct flights, resulting in a stopover in a European capital and a second stopover at the airport of Nassau, the Bahamas or the airport of Miami, USA.
      Compare flights from Rome or Milan - from € 530,00
    • From the main European capitals: from London with British Airways you can only make one stopover.
      Compare flights to the Caymans - from € 616,00

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: The tropical climate allows you to visit the Caymans all year round wearing light clothing and only in some cases a sweatshirt or a windbreaker. The sea, however, is always warm and makes it possible to swim almost every day of the year.
    • Best time: The best time to visit the Caymans is from late November to mid-April, coinciding with a less sultry and less rainy climate.
    • Period to avoid: Contrary to popular belief, the tropical climate is at its worst in summer. We do not recommend visiting the Islands from June to November, especially between August and October as there is a good chance of encountering some hurricane.
    • Advice: Pack light clothing, but don't forget to bring a raincoat in case you run into a storm.

    Which island to go to?

    The three main islands are:



    1. Grand Cayman: The largest of the three islands, it hosts the largest number of services and inhabitants, being the seat of the capital of the archipelago. The total absence of fresh water on the surface of the island and the consequent lack of rivers that flow into the sea gives the waters of the island a clear and transparent color that characterizes the natural landscapes and especially the beaches, which are the main attraction for the tourists.
    2. Little Cayman: The smallest of the islands, on the other hand, has a population of just over 100 people concentrated mainly in the center of Blossom Village. The island, however, is mainly popular for its suggestive scuba diving, in particular the areas of Bloody Bay and Jackson's Bight. It is possible to reach the island by plane thanks to the Edward Bodden Airfild airport, served by the airline Cayman Airways.
    3. Cayman Brac: Also on this island the main resource is tourism. In addition to the possibility of snorkeling and scuba diving sessions, the island offers climbing enthusiasts to try their hand on steep rocky walls that directly overlook the sea and which host numerous caves that can be visited.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Seven Mile Beach: stretch of beach on the island of Grand Cayman that is absolutely worth visiting. The name suggests its size, it is completely devoid of corals on the bottom, so as to make it welcoming and enjoyable to relax between a bath and a tan.
    2. Little Cayman Nature Reserve: allows its visitors to visit the largest colony in the western hemisphere of the red-footed booby, a large bird typical of these areas.
    3. Cayman Turtle Farm: a breeding center where about 11.000 green sea turtles live. Here it is possible, among other things, to snorkel among turtles and have fun in the water park.
    4. Meander Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park: located in the center of Grand Cayman, here the recovery program of the Blue Iguana is underway, a species of native iguana so called for its particular color. Recommended for those who love nature and reptiles.
    5. USS Kittiwake: The Cayman Islands have more than 300 dive sites among the best in the world. To see the reef up close, there's nothing better than diving into one of them. The USS Kittiwake dive center takes its name from the ship that sank 62 feet below the surface of the water and can be visited entirely here.
    6. Stingray City and Stingray Sandbar: if you feel like trying snorkeling, but are a beginner, these are the best places to start. In addition to being shallow, they allow you to swim alongside 90 species of southern rays that consider these places their home.
    7. George Town: Visiting the capital of the Cayman Islands can be a very distant experience from what a capital visitor is used to. The maritime atmosphere and the many natural activities it offers make it unique in its kind.
    8. Crystal Caves: spectacular underground caves that can be visited entirely with the accompaniment of a guide, where the erosion of crystalline water has caused the formation of stalactites and other suggestive rock formations over time.
    9. Dolphin Discovery: a water park that offers visitors the unique experience of swimming with dolphins, with the possibility of taking home a nice souvenir photo. Especially recommended for family travelers.
    10. Owen Island: near Little Cayman there is an islet easily accessible by kayak where you can spend a day in total relaxation feeling a bit "castaway". Owen Island is the perfect place for anyone who just wants to relax on a real paradise on earth.

    What to do in the Cayman Islands: excursions and tours

    How much does a Cayman vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice

    It is no mystery that those who decide to visit the Caribbean must resign themselves to the idea that experiences and memories are worth more than money. Witness the fact that on average, a tourist's expense for a Cayman vacation ranges from € 2.000 to € 5.000 with an overnight stay of about € 300,00 per night and a return trip totaling about € 1.000
    However, there are some convenient holiday packages that will save you money without giving up the pleasures that await you upon your arrival.



    • Hotels, b & b and resorts starting from € 250,00 per room -
    • starting from € 530,00 -
    • a week in a 3-4 star resort from € 1982,00 per person -

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