The pearl of the Caribbean Sea, the Cayman Islands are a mouthwatering holiday treat for lovers of exotic getaways, sunshine, and water fun. A place where tropical scents fill the air and ocean breezes softly caress palm tree leaves, the Cayman Islands have everything it takes to make a wanderlust-plagued traveler fall in love with the Caribbean at first sight. If you’re set on visiting the Cayman Islands any time soon, here are the top five things you shouldn’t miss out on during your stay there.
A LEISURELY STROLL DOWN SEVEN MILE BEACH
To the north of George Town, Seven Mile Beach is a public stretch of white sand in the western part of the island which is embraced by crystal-clear turquoise sea on one side and fringed by casuarinas and coconut palms on the other. Praised as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Seven Mile Beach is home to Grand Cayman’s top-rated resorts, restaurants, and bars. A perfect spot to go snorkeling for first-hand encounters with colorful fish and amazing corals, Seven Mile is pet-friendly so you can bring along your canine and let it roam across silky sands as you soak in the sun sipping a refreshing cocktail.
A BRIEF TRIP TO STINGRAY CITY AND SANDBAR
If you feel like giving water sports a go during your visit to the Caribbean, head to Stingray City. A shallow sandbar in the north part of Grand Cayman, Stingray City is the best place to face your phobias and fears starring Atlantic Southern stingray sharks: here, tourists can cuddle, feed, and kiss the tame sea predators and play with them for hours. During the Stingray City tour, you can also go snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming for as long as you don’t disturb the sensitive sea dwellers.
MEET SEA TURTLES AT THE TURTLE FARM
A must-see for a Grand Cayman first-timer, the Cayman Turtle Farm records over 500,000 visits annually, which makes it one of the island’s biggest tourist attractions. Home to a range of turtle species, the Turtle Farm is a spot where you can swim with sea turtles in the lagoon and see many other marine creatures that inhabit the Caribbean, such as nurse sharks, sandbar sharks, tarpon, and barracuda. The farm is also home to a nature trail, butterfly garden, restaurant, and the Budgie’s Snack Shack, so you can dry your fins off after you’ve had your snorkeling fun and seen baby turtles play in wading pools and touch tanks.
TAKE A WILD DIVE INTO THE CARIBBEAN
There’s no better way to take in all the underwater glory of the Caribbean than to join a guided tour of the region’s finest diving spots. Divers worldwide are fond of the Cayman Islands due to its impressive coral formations, reefs, caverns, grottos, tunnels, wrecks, and steep walls. If you want to take in all the marine wonders the Caribbean have to offer, you should make at least a few Grand Cayman diving trips during your stay in the area. If you’re a first-timer in the Cayman Islands, be sure to check out the convoy wreck near Gun Bay, Kittiwake Shipwreck and Artificial Reef off the north end of Seven Mile Beach, Bloody Bay Marine Park, Cayman Brac, and Devil’s Grotto.
WELCOME TO HELL, CARIBBEAN EDITION
As scary as it may sound, the Caribbean version of Hell is a true sight for sore eyes. An attraction visited by thousands of cruise ship tourists every season, Hell features an awe-inspiring sight of black limestone clusters which gave the site its sinister name. While you’re in town, you can take a few minutes to visit the Post Office and send a bunch of postcards to your friends and family. After all, you only get to go to Hell once in a lifetime – unless you’re fond of return visits, that is.
The Cayman Islands are a magical place where nature and man coexist peacefully side by side. A gem of the Caribbean Sea that will leave you hungry for more aquatic fun and exotic natural beauty, the Cayman Islands deserve a place on every avid traveler’s bucket list, so if you haven’t been there yet, now’s the best moment to change that. Bon voyage!
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By We Are Travel Girls Contributor Marie Nieves of HighStyLife.com
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