Cayman Islands Travel Guide

Imagine yourself in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean where you can relax in the peaceful British Cayman Islands. Three glorious islands just 480 miles south of Miami await you. Soak up the perfect weather with your choice of Cayman Islands vacation rentals. Bask in the warm sun as you sink your toes into soft sand and let the stresses of your daily life melt away.

Visitors can expect to find the perfect accommodation to suit both their unique lifestyle and budget requirements. On the Grand Cayman Island, you'll find condominiums, guesthouses, villas and cottages with a large selection of amenities to make this the best vacation ever.

So grab your passport and start planning what's sure to be the first of many Cayman Islands vacations. You'll want to spend time on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman because each island gives visitors a unique taste of paradise. Whether you prefer a modern and well-equipped guesthouse or a condominium that puts you in the lap of luxury, Cayman Islands vacation rentals have unparalleled choices for your next escape.

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Take A Plunge into Adventure

As the birthplace of recreational diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands serves up a variety of diving experiences. Cayman is one of the world's best diving destinations, with over 40 dive operations from which to choose  and over 200 dive sites. You'll find the calm, warm water has over 100 feet visibility and unique, colorful marine life. Underwater photography enthusiasts will find legendary walls of breathtaking marine life that have drawn visitors for decades.

Whether you are diving for the first time or an expert diver, you're sure to find just the right trip. If you're looking for solitude, glistening sandy beaches and an isolated tropical wilderness, Little Cayman will get you back to nature. This island is only 10 miles long and a mile wide, but this tiny dynamo offers shy iguanas, rare birds and the Bloody Bay Marine Park. Your diving trip will take you past a sheer coral wall that plunges to 6,000 feet.

You'll discover steep, deep walls adorned with colorful sponges and corals, schools of fish found in shallow reefs, lost shipwrecks and the World's Best 12 Foot Dive at the unique Stingray City. Don't forget to rent an underwater camera and get instructions on underwater photography for the ultimate undersea pictures. You won't want to leave without documenting your dive adventures on any of the three islands.

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Sailing, Boating and Fishing

There is a rich sailing heritage in the Cayman Islands with a strong recreational sailing community. The Cayman Islands Sailing Club is affiliated with the ISAF, the Olympic movement, and a National Authority for sailing in the Cayman Islands. You and your family can take a Saturday sailing class for adults and children. Take a day sail, wait for the sunset or climb aboard for a romantic dinner cruise. Many charter operators in Cayman offer a variety of sailing pleasures from private charters to regularly scheduled services for visitors. Don't miss your opportunity to experience sailing and the dramatic Cayman sunsets.

Fishing has often been called the unofficial national sport in the Cayman Islands. You can reel in game fish like tuna, wahoo, blue marlin, tuna, and mahi-mahi year-round. As close to a quarter mile offshore, you'll find a thrilling catch from all three islands. Experienced sports fishing charter boats will gladly help visiting anglers catch the best of the sea. Whether you're skilled or a novice, the charter captains will locate, land and most times, release the catch.

If you're looking to send a line off the shore, the steady, crystal-clear water offers abundant marine life. Rocky shorelines and flats make all three of the islands a shore fisherman's dream come true. You must follow the Marine Park's laws, prohibiting fishing or taking of any kind of marine life in specific protected areas but you'll find very few restrictions as you enjoy your day of fishing. Anglers can look forward to snagging tasty barracuda, bonefish, tarpon, permit, and pompano.

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Nightlife in the Cayman Islands

Nothing is hotter than the nightlife in the Cayman Islands, which kicks into gear after the sun goes down and the stars come out to play. This is truly the chance for the islands to shine. Get caught up in the music as you dance to the beautiful music of island bands. Listen to a great variety of music like jazz, folk, rock and roll, reggae and calypso. Sip wine, mixed cocktails or a unique drink at the martini bar.

Get tickets for a live play or concert after you dine in an open-air restaurant, caressed by the gentle Caribbean breezes. Then stroll with that special someone on the Seven Mile Beach of soft white sand under a full moon. Catch the important sports games via satellite on a big screen at one of the many sports bars. Hang out and play a game of pool or sit back to watch the waves come in while enjoying one of many signature rum drinks.

Dining in the Islands

If you're looking for the Island's most decadent pleasure in fine cuisine, you must make reservations at the Brasserie. This fine restaurant has set the bar very high for food, service and style. Nestled within natural surroundings, this restaurant is just far enough from the heart of the capital to lure you into the "Island night-out" mode. When you cross the threshold of the Brasserie, you will fall in love with the elegant yet eclectic décor. Enjoy your meal while sitting on Indonesian furniture set on authentic Mexican terracotta tiles. There is an extensive wine list to accompany the highest quality dinners prepared from just-caught fish and garden-fresh veggies delivered daily to the kitchen.

Want a less formal dining adventure? You'll never go hungry with the excellent cuisine of café's, coffee shops, or local restaurants, some with live entertainment in the evening. Every favorite dish, whether you enjoy pasta, seafood or steak, can be found in the Cayman Islands. Not sure what you want to eat? Relax, there are easy-to-use dining lists with details on how to contact all the restaurants. Handy reviews, how to make reservations, maps, photos, menus with prices and Island specials are included.

Cayman Islands Weather

The weather in the Cayman Islands is warm and balmy all year with trade winds ensuring visitors stay cool under the palm trees. When there is rain during the wet season, there are quick, heavy showers that only temporarily block the sun. Any time is a great time to visit the Cayman Islands and relax in the near-perfect weather. The water temperature in the Cayman Islands only varies annually by eight to 10 degrees. The weather is perfect all year for water sports, fishing, sailing and swimming.

Tips for Accessing Money and Using Your Credit Cards

The Cayman Islands has its own currency, but the U.S. dollar is accepted throughout the islands. Major credit cards (with the exception of the Discover Card) and traveler’s checks are widely accepted. The Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) accept VISA and MasterCard with Cirrus affiliation, making your sudden desire to go sports fishing easy to fund. Discover why so many people choose Cayman Island vacations when they're ready for both fun outdoor activities and peaceful relaxation.

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Pick Your Accommodations

Families of all sizes take Cayman Islands vacations, and there's a rental that's perfect for your family, no matter the size. Want to have your wedding on the island? Need to find affordable rooms for your wedding party? You'll find the right amenities with Cayman Islands vacation rentals.

Choose a gourmet kitchen in your Cayman Islands home, then take a trip to the supermarket and buy some local produce. When it's time to hit the beach, you'll find that most Cayman Islands vacation rentals have nearly all the beach essentials you could need, making them a smarter choice than hotels. The dress code will fit the adventure and that means you should pack a mix of casual and dressy clothes. You'll go from the sand at the beach, to fine dining, and then clubbing at night—so bring a change of clothes to fit the fun!

The Cayman Islands are the perfect destination for a long weekend with the girls in a cottage by the sea. Catch up on the latest gossip, try some water sports or lay by the water on sand that feels like powdered sugar. After a quick shower and changing into your party clothes, check out the sizzling nightlife and live music.

Having a family reunion and need multiple bedrooms with condos close together on the beach? Get all that and more to make this the best vacation ever for your family. You'll even discover kid's clubs, activities and swim school that will excite and delight your children.

Looking for a romantic couple's getaway? Get a cozy bungalow with a Jacuzzi and private patio to share your intimate moments in the Cayman Islands. Join in the nightlife at clubs, bars and restaurants after dark.