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Three islands make up the British overseas territory of the Cayman Islands. A popular cruise-ship destination, the Cayman Islands is home to some great beaches and offers plenty of water-sports activities. Even though most of the population consists of expats, you can still experience a rich local cultural scene.
Out of the three islands, Grand Cayman is the main one and it is home to the capital, George Town. Apart from tax-free shopping and a few historic sites, the city draws visitors with its top-class restaurants and pleasant atmosphere. George Town also makes the perfect base for exploring the island. In the outskirts of the city lies the most popular destination in the Caymans – Seven Mile Beach. From sunbathing to diving and snorkeling, this white-sand beach has it all. Lined with beach bars, resorts and restaurants, the unbroken beach is, however, only five and a half miles long. Spotts Beach, on the road to Bodden Town, is another white-sand beach on the island, which offers excellent snorkeling opportunities with sea turtles. The nearby 18th-century former plantation house, Pedro St James is the oldest building in Grand Cayman, where you can learn about the island’s tragic slave history. Located off the north-west coast of Grand Cayman, the wreck of the deliberately sunk US Navy submarine rescue ship, USS Kittiwake is one of the best diving spots in the Cayman Islands. Divers can explore many rooms or peek through windows. The north coast’s Starfish Point is the best location to spot starfish, that too without the need of any snorkeling gear.
Apart from Grand Cayman, the other two islands that make up the territory are Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Known for diverse bird and marine life, Little Cayman is the opposite of Grand Cayman. With a small local population, the laid-back vibe of this tiny island draws visitors seeking solitude. The Cayman Islands’ easternmost island – Cayman Brac – boasts a rocky terrain with caves offering exciting hiking opportunities. Similar to Little Cayman, this island also has a decent amount of birdlife and good diving.
With three islands, each different from the others, the Cayman Islands offers a unique Caribbean experience.
The Seven Mile Beach is the most popular destination in the Cayman Islands.