Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands, a top Caribbean destination also known as tropical paradise, are a part of the underwater mountain range running between Cuba and Belize. The Cayman Islands consists of three islands, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and also Cayman Brac. They are coral protrusions surrounded by coral reefs and remarkable walls close to the shore. These are ideal settings for scuba diving and snorkelling. The Cayman Islands is also a major financial centre with hundreds of banks and more registered business than people.

Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands. Generally it is bustling with activities when cruise ships are docked at the harbour. Grand Cayman has many interesting places to visit. Seven Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole Caribbean. It is a serene, crescent shaped beach with sand stretching as far as one can see. Stingray City is another not-to-be-missed Grand Cayman attraction. It is a home to the Southern Stingrays. They tranquilly pass by you or surround you, when you are in the water. You can also explore fascinating wild life by diving underwater. Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park is a 65 acre wilderness preserve. It is divided into different sections including Heritage Garden with crops that might have planted centuries ago, Floral Colour Garden with flowers arranged according to colours, two acre lake with lily ponds and wetlands that are breeding grounds for a variety of birds. A mile long encompasses all the sections of the park having different landscapes and flora and fauna.

Cayman Brac with its rugged landscape and dramatic scenery and exotic flora and fauna is a favourite spot for adventure lovers. It is populated with warm and welcoming community who love to share the history of the island with the tourists. Limestone caves and sinkholes are some places worth visiting. Lush green forests are bird watchers delight. They are home to more than 200 species of exotic birds. 180 acre parrot reserve is home to endangered Bac parrots. While hiking on crisscross hiking trails you come across some exotic plants and flowers or may end up at reptile habitats. You can also visit some of the popular diving spots for wall diving, shallow diving or wreck diving.

Little Cayman is the smallest, least populated and most tranquil island with striking scenery among the three islands. It is a perfect place for honeymoon couples. Here, you can bask on the beaches for hours or rent a bicycle or scooter and explore the island. Ambitious swimmers can swim 200 yards and visit Owen Island. It can be reached by row boats or kayak, also. It is an excellent spot for snorkelling or diving. Point of Sand is another secluded beach with options of shell collecting, snorkelling and wading. During Mardi Gras celebration, the Little Cayman comes alive on the beats of reggae, soca and drums. The Booby Pond Nature Reserve can be viewed from the telescopes placed at the Little Cayman National Trust. With the help of telescopes, you can watch red footed boobies, frigate birds, egrets etc. at National Trust; you can also buy exquisite jewellery, driftwood carvings, spider crab shells, books about ornithology and geology etc.

The Cayman Islands is a duty free shopping destination. You can buy authentic treasure coin jewellery, fine jewellery, watches, perfumes, china, liquor and many more luxury items. You can save as much as 30 % in prices. You can also indulge in buying chic European fashion or local art and crafts. There are a number of boutiques, malls, specialty stores, shopping plazas and art and craft galleries. You must visit art and craft galleries to browse through the amazing Caribbean art, collectibles and local items.

The Cayman Islands with its splendid beauty and elegance is one of the top 20 wedding destinations in the world. Pristine beaches with crystal clear azure waters and plenty of attractive sites Cayman Islands is a popular destination for a dream wedding. You can get married on a beach, boat, in a park, or underwater. Cayman Islands have developed an industry around weddings. Here you will find wedding consultants, who can help you with deciding location, invitations, flower arrangements, ceremony, legal requirements and smallest details related to the wedding. You can opt for a grand church ceremony or a simple beachfront ceremony. Warm and friendly atmosphere of Cayman Islands can make your wedding experience larger than life. Some uniquely Cayman wedding destinations are the Rum Point, The Bluff, Boatswains Beach, Camana Bay, QE II Botanical Park, Cayman Luxury Charters etc.

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Mikael Bishop is part of the Real Travel Mag Writing Team. He has a lot of experiences in writing about all varieties, facets and colors of life. Every article was written with joy.

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