The Cayman Islands, a British Territory in the western Caribbean, is comprised of a trio of tropical islands lined with clear water, coral reefs and picturesque shipwrecks. Made up of the following islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, the region boasts water sports, beachfront hotels, quality duty-free shopping, authentic cuisine and even chances to swim and interact with enormous sea turtles and stingrays. So, don’t worry about asking yourself what to do in the Cayman Islands?–there’s something for absolutely everyone.
The biggest of the three Cayman Islands is aptly named Grand Cayman. Featuring a lovely contrast between George Town (the scenic capital) and soft-sanded beaches, it’s almost impossible to run out of activities to do while visiting Grand Cayman. The booming tourism industry offers plenty of tours–underwater and on land–ranging from an Atlantis submarine tour at night to the Mastic Reserve, a subtropical dry forest with wild orchids, birds and wetlands.
If you prefer to interact with the wildlife, you may also want to visit the Cayman Turtle Farm, a breeding and research farm with touch tanks and wading pools where five different species of turtles live. Yet if a more relaxed vibe is more your scene, check out Camana Bay near Seven Mile Beach. Just minutes away from George Town, the town is completely walkable (founded on New Urbanism principles) and always has community events, like a farmers market, going on.
A quick flight from Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac features plenty of coastal scenery, incredible diving, lush forests and picturesque cliffs. Cave exploring is a must on Cayman Brac, where the caves are habitats for bat colonies, as is visiting the 42-foot Limestone bluff on the Eastern side. Additionally, Cayman Brac is home to some of the most relaxing and secluded beaches in the entire Caribbean.
Last but not least, Little Cayman is a haven for fishers and beachgoers. With shallow pools where tourists love to fish for bonefish and a Booby Pond Nature Reserve where visitors can see red-footed boobies and enjoy the popular museum, Little Cayman has no limits on things to do–even off the shore. Take a boat out fishing or head over to Owen Island, a deserted oasis a little less than 200 meters from the Caymanian shore, for a picnic.