Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands of the British Crown Colony. It lies in the Caribbean Sea and its warm tropical ambiance draws tourists to its shores. In recent years, Grand Cayman has made its mark not only as a top tourist destination, but as an important financial center. Its capital city of George Town is home base for more than 500 banks, and a leader in offshore banking. With the proliferation of condominium development in Grand Cayman, a lot of retirees are now enjoying their retirement days in the island.
Geography and Climate
The Cayman Islands is comprised of Grand Cayman, the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. However, almost all of the 32,000 residents of the group of islands live in Grand Cayman. Located some 480 miles south of Miami and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica, the Caymans enjoy a constant pleasant climate with a temperature range of 78°F-88°F. The rainy season is but a burst of showers punctuated with sunshine. It is normal for a brief rain shower to drench beach revelers and after a while have the warm sun dry them off all the while glued to their lounge chairs by the pool or beach. The heat is oftentimes harsh but if one is by the beach, the sea water and trade winds offset the heat and provide the perfect temperature for relaxation and enjoyment.
Life in the Island
Life in the island is focused on the sea. The powdery sand of the famous Seven Mile Beach beckons tourists. There is no denying that the beaches in Cayman Islands are considered to be world class. The abundant marine life makes the waters of Cayman Islands perfect for new and seasoned snorkelers and scuba divers.
George Town harbor is peppered with quaint gingerbread-style buildings that are the essence of the island’s traditional architecture. Though only about 22 miles long and 8 miles across at its broadest point, the island is highly evolved. There are nightclubs that feature international personalities, Michelin restaurants and luxurious accommodations for guests across the globe.
The downtown area offers the best restaurants, bars and shopping. All establishments are air-conditioned for customers’ comfort. Walking and biking are the major mode in traversing the length of West Bay Road and whole of George Town itself. For those who would like to tour the island by car, a well-maintained road circles the island.
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman
Northeast of Grand Cayman is Cayman Brac, a 12-mile long and 1-mile wide island. Peppered with intriguing caves and wrecks for divers to explore, Cayman Brac is the basis of the famous novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Just 7 miles off Cayman Brac southeast is the island of Little Cayman. The tiny island is the prime spot for bone fishing and is considered sanctuary for iguanas and wild birds. A rented car or moped is the best mode of transportation to tour Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Other Points of Interest
One of the many tourist attractions in Grand Cayman is the Turtle Farm. It is place for the environmental conservation and preservation of species in the island. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park is considered a national gem while the National Trust’s Mastic Trail boasts of a 2-mile footpath through virgin woodlands.
Grand Cayman, with its natural beauty, spectacular views and class A hospitality services is the place to be for a perfect vacation.