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Cayman Islands

Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman - dream vacation

P.O. Box 32348 Seven Mile Beach, George Town

Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman
Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman - dream vacation

278 Crighton Drive , Crystal Harbour, Safehaven, Grand Cayman

Turtle Nest Inn
Turtle Nest Inn - dream vacation

166 Bodden Town Road, Bodden Town

The Cayman Islands are an island group in the Caribbean Sea, ninety miles south of Cuba. The outstanding coral reefs and outstandingly clear waters have made this island group a favorite destination of divers. Great beaches and fine restaurants and resorts make it an excellent tourist destination as well.

Regions

Cities

Other destinations

  • Hell- Small island community that is known for its eerie, red rock formations around back of the store that markets wares playing up its namesake, such as Hell t-shirts, postcards from Hell, etc. All island tours stop here.
  • Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman - a public beach in which many of the islands hotels and resorts overlook.
  • Pedro St. James national historic site in the eastern district of Savannah on Grand Cayman
  • Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park off of Frank Sound Road on the North Side of Grand Cayman
  • Rum Point on the North Side of Grand Cayman
  • Boatswain's Beach - Home of the Cayman Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman
  • Stingray City in the waters off Grand Cayman - A shallow dive that allows visitors to swim and pet hundreds of friendly stingrays, available since the mid 80's.

Understand

The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries. Administered by Jamaica from 1863, they remained a British dependency after 1962 when the former became independent. Although tourism is a major part of the economy (see below) it is a relatively recent development. Prior to the 1960s, mosquitoes made the island unattractive to visitors. A major effort in this area (including the creation of a research unit) allowed the development of the tourism industry.

In addition to banking (the islands have no direct taxation, making them a popular tax haven), tourism is a mainstay, aimed at the luxury market and catering mainly to visitors from North America. Total tourist arrivals exceeded 2.19 million in 2006, although the vast majority of visitors arrive for single day cruise ship visits (1.93 million). About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported. The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world. The Cayman Islands are one of the richest islands not only in the Caribbean but in the world.

In 2004, hurricane Ivan damaged or destroyed 95% of the buildings on the island. The island has completely rebuilt, and new developments are held to very strict building requirements.

Climate

Tropical marine. Warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, Great vacation spot, relatively dry winters (November to April). In 2004 the Cayman Islands, and especially Grand Cayman, were hit hard by Hurricane Ivan.

Landscape

Low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs. Highest point: The Bluff on Cayman Brac, at 43 meters (141 ft).

Get in

Visitors from any of the countries listed below do NOT require a visa to enter the Cayman Islands, as noted here:

By plane

  • Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) is near George Town on Grand Cayman and is the main airport. It is about a 70 minute flight from Miami, Florida. It is served by a number of international airlines, flying to destinations in the Caribbean, North America, Central America & Europe. [1]
    • Aerocaribbean provides Caribbean Services to Havana
    • Air Canada provides North American service to Toronto
    • American Airlines provides North American service to Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Miami, and seasonal service to Philadelphia
    • British Airways provides Caribbean Service to Nassau, The Bahamas and European Service to London (Heathrow)
    • Cayman Airways provides domestic service to Cayman Brac & Little Cayman, Caribbean Service to Havana, Kingston, and Montego Bay, year round North American service to Miami, Tampa Bay, Washington, New York (JFK) and seasonal North American service to Chicago & Orlando.
    • Delta Airlines provides North American service to Atlanta.
    • Islena Airlines / Atlantic Airlines provide a Central American service to the cities of La Ceiba, Roatan, Tegucigalpa, and San Pedro Sula in Honduras
    • Spirit Airlines provides North American service to Fort Lauderdale.
    • United Airlines provides North American service to Houston, Newark & Washington D.C.
  • Gerrard-Smith International Airport (CYB) is located at the western end of Cayman Brac.
  • Edward Bodden Airfield (LYB) is a small grass strip located on the southwestern coast of Little Cayman.
  • Providing air service between the three islands' airports is:
    • Cayman Airways, Phone: 345-949-2311,
  • Owen Roberts Airport has plenty of taxi availability. Neither of the smaller islands have airport taxi services, however hotels pick travelers up.
  • There's no ferry service from Grand Cayman to either of the sister islands, but private boat operators will shuttle you between Cayman Brac and Little Cayman for about US$20 (20 minutes).

By boat

George Town on Grand Cayman is a popular port for cruise ships.

Get around

  • Car rentals are readily available. You must be 21 years old to rent a car. Driving is on the left hand side of the road and seatbelt use is mandatory. Visitors must get a temporary driver's license from the police station or car rental agency. This is obtained by showing a valid drivers license from their home state, county or parish and paying a US $8.00 fee.
  • Mopeds and scooter rentals are available on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Helmet use is required. Usual daily rate is US $25 for helmet and permit.
  • Providing air service between the three islands' airports is:
    • Cayman Airways, Phone: 345-949-2311,

Talk

English is the official language and is spoken by virtually everyone. Native Caymanians have a pleasant and unique accent with many charming turns of phrase. For example, in Cayman rumours are not heard "through the grapevine", instead they're heard "along the marl road". Locals pronounce Cayman as Kay-MAN, and not KAY-min.

See

The main attraction in Cayman is the water. Snorkeling and diving draw many visitors each year. However, there are several attractions on land worth visiting. Most attractions can be reached by bus, however, a car is significantly more convenient.

Beach access is guaranteed by the Cayman constitution, so walking along the beach is permitted everywhere (all beaches are public), although getting to the beach is only allowed in certain areas.

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is approximately five miles of tourist hotels, with white sand beaches. It is a public beach and visitors can walk the entire stretch, no matter which hotel they are staying at.

On Seven Mile Beach, The Ritz has a walkway over the main road containing local artists' work. Finding it can be challenging, however, the staff are happy to point you in the right direction.

Pedro St. James national historic site is an attractive old house and grounds on the ocean. There is a multimedia show telling the history of the house, and an exhibit center with more Cayman historical displays.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a large botanical garden which includes color gardens with plants arranged by color, a large orchid garden, a gazebo on a lake, and many Iguanas, including the rare blue iguanas.

The Cayman Turtle Farm is a turtle farm where you can swim and pet turtles. A recent review of the farm indicated concerns for the animals, so this may be something some people want to research before visiting.

Stingray City in the waters off Grand Cayman is reached by several tour companies by boat. In the shallow water many stingrays gather, and you can interact with them. If you book on a sailing vessel, you then get to sail back to port. The stingrays have been gathering here since the mid 1980s when boaters would clean their fish near the port.

Do

Several activities are available for children and adults alike:

  • The Cayman Turtle farm is a fun place for kids to learn about wildlife preservation
  • Be sure to visit the Stingrays at the sandbars in the Cayman Islands. This is a popular tourist destination, and unlike swimming with dolphins in places such as Florida and the Bahamas, these stingrays are willfully living in the wild and can choose to leave at anytime. Several guided tours are available, in addition to packages that include this as well as snorkeling
  • Several beautiful reefs are a fantastic place for beginner snorkelers. More experienced venturers can visit the two smaller Islands, which are world renowned for their waters and reefs
  • On the East side of the Island lies the Queen's Botanical gardens, a beautiful place to get away from the crowds and beaches
  • The Tortuga rum factory shows how rum/rum cakes are made, and also provides opportunities to purchase Tortuga Rum and Rum Cakes
  • The Seven Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and most of the beach is public.

Buy

Money

The country's currency is the Caymanian dollar, denoted by the symbol "$" or "CI$" (ISO currency code: KYD) It is subdivided into 100 cents. Banknotes are issued in denominations of CI$1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100, and coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents.

US currency is accepted everywhere. Be careful and always know if you're paying in CI or US. The basic conversion is US $1.25 to CI$1 ($1=CI $0.80).

Costs

Almost everything must be imported and is subject to a 20% import tax (some time higher depending on the product). Food and other items are relatively expensive.

Shopping

Most shopping is in George Town and Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.

  • Caymanite is the Cayman Islands' own semi-precious stone.
  • Black Coral is often used in jewelry here.
  • Rum cake from Tortuga Rum Company is very popular with visitors to Grand Cayman.
  • There are many tourist shops where you can buy t-shirts, hats, postcards, and much more. Don't buy any seashells though; beachcombing is much more fun, and cheaper too.
  • Grand Cayman features duty free shopping, enabling visitors to buy many luxury items, duty free - including fine china, jewelry, electronics, and more shopping

Eat

The culinary influences of many regions are reflected in Cayman cuisine. Local specialties such as fish, turtle and conch are delicious and often less expensive as they don't need to be imported. With more than 150 restaurants, unwinding with a good meal in the Cayman Islands can include chic five-star dining as well as a more casual venue under the stars, or even a themed event. From traditional Caymanian seafood to Caribbean and Thai to Italian and New World cuisine, discerning diners are sure to find something to fit their taste. Other exciting options include dinner cruises on luxury catamarans and even an authentic tall ship. Meal prices range from $10 to well over $30 per person at high-end restaurants.

While in Cayman ask your taxi driver for their favourite local Jerk Stand (a MUST try) and also ask them the tourist spot they suggest.

Drink

Alcohol is very expensive on the islands, even from the liquor stores. You can expect to pay approximately twice as much in the liquor stores as you would at stores in the United States, however it is still the cheapest way to purchase alcohol.

Typical drink prices in bars and clubs range from CI$4–7.

Liquor stores typically close at 6PM or 7PM, all though some are open until 9PM or 10PM. All liquor stores are closed on Sundays.

Visitors flying into the Cayman Islands are able to bring either 1 bottle of duty free spirits, 4 bottles of wine or champagne, or one 12-pack of beer per person 18 years of age or older. Exceeding this duty allowance will result in substantial taxation to the excess items.

You will of course want to check out some of the local drinking establishments.

Sleep

Accommodations are ample but tend to be relatively expensive, even on the two smaller islands. There are several luxury resorts with all amenities, as well as other less expensive options. In addition, the cost of food and drink is high in Cayman, but many visitors stay in condominiums with kitchen facilities and take advantage of the first class supermarkets and cook and barbecue on the beach.

Cayman is not known for all inclusive resorts, but there are two smaller Caribbean style properties that do offer this option.

The majority of hotels and resorts are in Grand Cayman, where the main hotel "strip" is Seven Mile Beach, home to several major chain hotels and numerous condominiums.

Off Seven Mile Beach are several dive resorts and, in the Eastern Districts, numerous private homes and villas, as well as several resorts and attractions for those preferring a more tranquil vacation.

Little Cayman focuses on dive vacations and has a unique charm, as well as some of the best diving anywhere.

Camping is illegal on all three islands at all times. There are no campsites on any of the islands.

Work

Grand Cayman has growing offshore banking and tourism sectors. Tourism represents about 60% of the economy. About 30% of residents are expatriates working on "work permits" and unemployment is very low.

Stay safe

  • Hurricanes are possible from June through November.
  • Despite being more liberal than other Caribbean islanders, Caymanians are still relatively conservative. Public displays of affection (both Gay and Straight) are not usually acceptable. Acceptance of homosexual tourists is relatively new and visitors should refrain from any sort of public displays of affection. In past years Gay cruise ships have been barred from calling in the Cayman Islands, but recent policy is to remain non-discriminatory. Gay visitors can expect the same levels of hospitality and service as any other visitor, but should expect some hesitation from older Caymanians. Young Caymanians are very liberal and for the most part, won't care either way.
  • The Cayman Islands is a "relatively low-crime area, especially compared to other vacation destinations in the Caribbean".

"However, that being said, crime is on the rise on Grand Cayman. Walking or riding a bicycle at night along dark roads (for example, along Courts Road) puts one at risk for assault and/or robbery. Pedestrians also need to worry about being hit by cars along soft shouldered roads. Drunk driving/Hit and Run accidents have been a problem. The RCIPS regularly conducts roadblocks to deter and detect drunk driving, making numerous arrests most weekends. DWI/DUI is a serious offense in Cayman.

The capital city of George Town is generally safe. Tourists should avoid certain areas (Rock Hole, Swamp, Jamaica Town/ Windsor Park, Courts Road, and Eastern Avenue) and this shouldn't be a problem as these areas are all well out of the way for most activities. In addition, George Town is virtually deserted at night as there are few centrally located restaurants, bars, or nightclubs.

One need not be overly concerned about miscellaneous belongings. While at the beach, no one will be stealing your lunch, towel or sneakers. Cayman thieves are not desperate individuals, and have no interest in normal personal effects or used snorkeling gear. Very likely the thieves are just local teens looking for items that they can sell to other local teens. Example: An average pair of sunglasses will not "grow legs"; But a flashy pair of Chanel knock-offs just might!

Special note to women: Women traveling alone should be especially careful at night, as sexual assaults do occasionally occur. Carry a cell phone capable of emergency calls to local 911. If you feel you are being followed or inappropriately watched, you should immediately call the police. The RCIPS is a very responsive and extremely professional organization. They will take your complaint seriously.

You can enjoy a relaxing and "incident-free" holiday if you take care to be aware of your surroundings and lock doors and windows when possible.

Stay healthy

  • Many locals won't eat barracuda because it is likely that it is poisonous. Be aware of that. Other reef fish (groupers, amberjack, red snappers, eel, sea bass, and Spanish mackerel) are not likely to cause ciguatera (fish-borne nerve poisoning).
  • No natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies are met by desalination plants and rainwater catchments.
  • Make sure you have sunscreen on if you plan on walking around town. It is sunny all year.

Respect

Caymanians are very respectful. Greetings and pleasantries are common and expected, even to shopkeepers when entering their stores. Most islanders use titles of respect, such as Mr. and Miss, followed with the given or first name, when addressing other islanders.

Connect

Hear about travel to the Cayman Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kendra Pierre-Louis from kendrawrites.com about her trip to this island paradise.

 

Drum roll – preferably the steel drum number from Under The Sea, if possible – please: Today, I’m proud to be making one of the biggest announcements of my blogging career. An announcement that’s been in the works for six months – or if you look at it another way, six years.

I’m a PADI AmbassaDiver for 2016.

Diving Self Portrait

I first heard the term “PADI,” the world’s leading scuba diver training organization, in 2009. I’d just arrived on Koh Tao and had a faint inkling that maybe, despite my fears and doubts, I needed to give this whole scuba diving thing a try. Six years, several certifications and hundreds of dives later, I’m back on Koh Tao again – a PADI Divemaster, a grant recipient from the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, and now, an ambassador for the PADI brand to boot. It’s hard not to feel like things have come full circle in the most perfect kind of way. I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, doing exactly what I’m supposed to do and writing exactly what I’m supposed to write.

Sail Rock, Gulf of Thailand

Some of you already know the whole story. Completing my PADI Open Water in Thailand was a turning point for me. The following summer, I completed my Advanced Open Water in the Cayman Islands while completing an apprenticeship that first introduced me to underwater videography. Upon my return to the US, I attended the Beneath The Sea dive show for the first time, learning about an organization called the Women Divers’ Hall of Fame.

Eventually, I fulfilled my dream of moving back to Thailand and begun working as an underwater videographer by day, and a travel blogger by night. Ever a student, I applied for the WDHOF’s continuing education grant and to my delight, I won! I used the grant to move to Indonesia to complete my PADI Divemaster training. By then, this blog was a full time job, and I was thrilled to have a platform from which to encourage others to join me underwater.

Diving in Isla de Coiba

Why I Love PADI

Ever since the first day of my Open Water course, PADI has represented excellence in standards, compassion in conservation, a way to make friends and see new places, and a certification card that is recognized around the world. Here’s a little more on why I’m so excited to partner with the biggest name in diving.

• Education: For this right brained creative, all the “science-y” stuff surrounding diving seemed overwhelming at first. I can’t explain the pride I felt acing the physics sections of my Divemaster training – my PADI education gave that to me.

Diving in Iceland

• Friendship: Diving has brought so many treasured relationships into my life – those with friends, mentors, and beyond – moreso than any other hobby or passion. The only way I can explain it is that diving is such a special experience, sharing it with someone creates a special bond.

Shore Diving Bonaire

• Wanderlust: PADI opened the world up for me. I want to dive it all. I want to do a liveaboard in Raja Ampat. I want to dive with whales off the coast of Domenica. I want to see the kelp forests in California, to swim with sharks in the Galapagos, and to submerge myself in the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve had a serious case of wanderlust since long before I know what size wetsuit I wore, but diving has given my travels direction and focus.

Diving in Guatemala

• Conservation: My zeal for diving ignited a second, perhaps more important passion for me – conservation. Coming face to face with the crises facing our reefs and oceans inspired me not just to make changes in my own life but also to share what I’d learned with others. That spark of awareness diving inspired in me prompted me to lead a more sustainable, contentious life – and that will stay with me forever.

Scuba Coiba Dive Trip

• Work opportunities: PADI’s slogan is, the way the world learns to dive. Over the years, I’ve had countless readers write to me asking for tips on how to work in the dive industry. Long before I had any affiliation with them, my response was set – if you’re planning to go pro, you’ve got to dive PADI. There’s simply no other certification that opens the door to as many dive jobs around the world. And while there’s no sugar coating the fact that it can be a tough one with long hours and low pay (tip your instructors, y’all), I think we can all agree you’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful office.

Diving Malta

What This Means For Us

I’ll be writing diving-specific content each month, some to be published here on Alex in Wanderland, and some to be published on the PADI website. Of course, those of you who have been around for a while know that as one of my fave topics, diving often comes up much more often than that. So basically, it will be business as usual. The main difference is you’ll probably notice me talking about PADI a bit more on social media, and hopefully working to arrange some fun giveaways and getaways for you.

For me, this means a huge professional milestone, a chance to further pursue my passions, and the opportunity to reach an even wider audience by writing for PADI.com.

Diving in Santorini

What’s Next

As always, I’ll be looking for diving opportunities everywhere I go – for my travels in 2016 this means potentially enrolling in some advanced tech courses here in Thailand, doing some fun diving along the coast of Brazil, and looking into some weekend liveaboards when I’m in California. I’m also excited about potentially attending my first DEMA (the largest diving conference in the world!) in Las Vegas in November. Who knows? I might even be able to sneak a dedicated Caribbean dive trip into my summer like I did last year.

For now, I’d love you hear from YOU. (Duh!) What diving topics do you want to hear about? If you’re a diver, what dive spot or certification course do you want to tackle next? If you’re not, what’s stopping you? Let’s blow some bubbles in the comments!

Resort Diving in Bonaire

3-devide-lines

This post is brought to you by PADI as part of the PADI AmbassaDiver initiative. 

In the Caribbean Sea, encircled by Mexico, Belize, Cuba, and Jamaica, are the Cayman Islands. Made up of three separate islands — Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman — it offers up land, water, and wildlife adventures unlike anywhere else in the world. But perhaps what it’s best at is nourishing your body, mind, and soul through amazing cuisine, relaxation therapies, and, of course, its stunning white sand beaches and turquoise waters. You can do nothing, or you can do it all. Your choice.

[Note: Meredith was a guest of Cayman Islands Tourism. All photos by Meredith Richardson and Cody Barnhill.]

Grand Cayman and Seven Mile Beach

Cayman Islands relax

Cayman Islands relax

Turquoise waters engulf the perimeter of Grand Cayman Island which quickly give way to deep blue ocean, exposing sheer drop-offs as deep as 5500m within the Cayman Trench. It all makes for dramatic views from land or sea. Washing up on the shores of this seven mile stretch of pristine beach are iconic symbols of the island: Seashells, like conch, serve as a home to local sea life while also making for delicious fare on local menus.

Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa

Cayman Islands relax

Cayman Islands relax

One of the newest resorts decorating Seven Mile Beach is the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa. The experience of both staying and dining at the resort should be classified as approachable luxury. Your experience here will leave you feeling like royalty without sacrificing the down to earth vibe you are greeted with upon arrival. The casual elegance of this place is exuded in its streamlined rooms whose doors open fully to reveal the ocean, with handwritten notes and prosecco left by their staff, or the 8500-square-foot spa that offers private saunas, steam baths, and a hot pool to all guests.

Check out the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa on travelstoke.

Eating locally and sustainably

Cayman Islands relax

Self-dubbed as the ‘culinary capital’ of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offer up nothing short of amazing cuisine. With a variety of cultures inhabiting the island, the influence this plays on the palette is obvious. This cultural melting pot not only dishes up a multitude of flavors but many restaurants source their food right from their own property or in the waters surrounding the island.

Cayman Islands relax

From left to right, Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar, The Brasserie, and Avecita are all must-dine places on Grand Cayman. Mizu prides itself on its sustainability practices and unconventional roll recipes; The Brasserie has its own half-acre organic garden where most of its fruits and veggies come from, as well as its own chicken coops; and at Avecita (in the Kimpton Seafire Resort) the chefs aim to use as many elements of the product foraged as possible, making the presentation of their dishes and drinks a true work of art.

Check them out on travelstoke: Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar, The Brasserie, Avecita

Exploring the Cayman Islands by water

Cayman Islands relax

After letting the abundance of local cuisine digest, indulge in the sapphire waters surrounding the island. With so many ways to enjoy the water you’ll be left trying to carve out time for your next dip.

Sailing

Cayman Islands relax

Probably one of the best vantage points you can get of the islands, catamaran sail trips are a popular means of getting offshore and onto the water. The islands’ surrounding waters are riddled with sail boats taking advantage of the reliable Caribbean trade winds that give sailors an advantage of getting places sans motor. Charter companies offer daily trips for those who can’t take the helm themselves and just want to relax and enjoy the ride. The magic hour on the water is right at sunset, where you can watch the sun dip below the horizon while sailing the warm waters surrounding the island.

Diving

Cayman Islands relax

Home to more than 300 dive sites in the string of islands, the Kittiwake Dive Site serves as an artificial reef to marine life offshore of Grand Cayman Island. Stripped of hazardous materials and sunk in 2011, the former navy vessel rests at a mere 20 meters in depth, making this an attraction for both novice and advanced divers. You can explore down to the depths of her five levels or all the way up to the bridge on the bow.

Check out Kittiwake Dive Site on travelstoke.

Snorkeling

Cayman Islands relax

There are many locations around the Cayman Islands where you’re sure to witness the amazing colors of the coral and other underwater life. Popular spots include Sting Ray City (below), Cemetery Beach, and Turtle Reef (shown above).

Sting Ray City

Cayman Islands relax

Cayman Islands relax

Protected within one of the island’s designated wildlife interaction zones, and nestled in a series of sandbars of Grand Cayman’s North Sound, is Sting Ray City. Visitors can book guided tours by boat, where they can not only swim the shallow waters these Southern Stingrays inhabit but even hold them with the assistance of a certified guide.

The North Side of Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands relax

Known as the ‘locals’ side of Grand Cayman Island and lending itself to an even more laid back mentality than the other sides of the island, the crew of Rum Point have perfected how to have a good time. Famous for their mudslides and lion fish sandos, the resort is a perfect place to find affordable but good eats, play volleyball in the sand or just pull up a lounge chair or hang in a hammock for the afternoon.

Check out Rum Point Beach on travelstoke.

Cayman Crystal Caves

Cayman Islands relax

Only six miles south of Rum Point and situated in the heart of the rainforest are the Cayman Crystal Caves. These limestone caves are some of the newest attractions open to the public on the island. Believed to be over a million years old and once submerged under the sea, stalactites and stalagmites line the ceilings and floors of these caverns where even at the shallowest of depths you can still find fresh water pools. Legend has it that pirates used the caves as hideouts or shelter during hurricanes and that they stored their treasures here, but nothing sparkly has surfaced besides the natural crystal formations to prove that this is true.

Cayman Islands relax

Massive tree roots decorate the entrance of the caves while varieties of woodpeckers make the overgrowth their home. You can find the Northern Flickers nesting in the hollows of the trunks, popping out occasionally to say hello.

Check out the Cayman Crystal Caves on travelstoke.

Cayman Brac

Cayman Islands relax

Only 90 some odd miles northeast of Grand Cayman Island is Cayman Brac. Smaller than Grand Cayman, and only 1.2 miles wide on average, if you are lucky enough to get a window seat on the flight there then you are likely to catch the entire island in one glance. Set at an even slower ‘island time’ pace than its big sister island, Cayman Brac is the spot to be if you are in need of some serious rest and relaxation. Wanting to disconnect, escape the crowds, or simply take in the view while listening to the waves lap the shore? Welcome to Nirvana.

Cayman Islands relax

Cayman Islands relax

The landscape scales in size surrounding the island as picturesque sandy white beaches eventually become breath taking cliffs jutting out into the ocean.

Le Soleil d’Or

Cayman Islands relax

Offering a variety of organic fare fresh from their orchards and gardens situated above the resort grounds, Le Soleil d’Or is one of the leading farm to table restaurants and resorts in all of the Cayman Islands.

Cayman Islands relax

House chefs not only offer up cooking classes to guests, but develop new menus daily based on what has been caught in local waters and what is being harvested that morning from the farm.

Cayman Islands relax

With everything from upscale lodge rooms to quaint villas to large guest houses that stretch the length of their private beaches, the resort’s beach spa is a perfect place for that oceanside massage you’ve always dreamed about.

Check out Le Soleil d’Or on travelstoke.

Cayman Islands relax

Serving as a place for both fun and extreme relaxation, the Cayman Islands fulfilled whatever desire we had to simply kick back, relax and allow ourselves to indulge in the great things that island life has to offer.

A cruise is one of the most cost-effective ways to travel the world. If you wish to set off on a cruise right away, you can find a last minute cruise deal to take you to your dream destination.

Here are some of the best cruise options that you can consider:

1. Panama Canal

It is this ship canal that connects the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. An engineering marvel, cruising over the canal is a great experience.

2. Aruba

It is a beautiful Caribbean island that is definitely worth a visit. The scenic beauty, the lovely ambience, the helpful people and the party loving atmosphere makes it one of the go-to spots for cruise lovers.

3. Hong Kong

A former British colony, the country draws worldwide cruise tourists every day. The land is an exciting blend of the modern western and the eastern culture. It is considered Asia’s cruise hub and is home to the wondrous Victoria Harbour.

4. Norway

Norway is home to some of the most beautiful fjords and steep rocks. The unique topography of the region makes it a wonderful place to visit.

5. Cayman Island

Apart from its charming beauty, Cayman Island is also known for its ship wrecks, underwater reefs and soft white sands; everything you need for a great cruise holiday. Regarded as a paradise on earth, travellers must definitely try the sunset cruise when here.

6. New Zealand

Till even a few years ago, New Zealand was not a very popular destination with cruisers. However, in recent times, several cruise lines have added some scenic spots of the country to their itineraries which has made it a great place for cruisers. Complete with glorious beaches, glaciers and a host of other natural and man-made wonders, this is one place you would love to cruise to.

7. Alaska

It is one of the most breath-taking destinations on the planet. If you love the mountains and enjoy basking in natural settings, this is one place that you must visit.

8. French Riviera

The Mediterranean has plenty to offer and it is impossible to narrow down to any one place to visit. However, the French Riviera is one place that stands out due to its awe-inspiring beauty. A cruise along the place is an incredible experience.

9. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands is one of the most widely popular cruise destinations thanks to its pristine charm and beauty. Located amidst natural surroundings, the place is a popular spot with cruisers.

10. Barbados

With plenty on offer, Barbados is one beautiful island country worth a visit. The clear waters, warm sands, pleasant weather and some historic sites make it the perfect choice for a cruise holiday.

These are just some of the best destinations around the globe that travellers can explore by ship. With cruises catering to all kinds of budgets and destination choices, tourists have plenty to choose from.

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I’VE wanted to visit Ireland ever since I missed an opportunity on a 2006 backpacking trip. So when I had the chance to go – during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival no less – I was stoked is an understatement. I spent five incredible days in and around Dublin visiting some of the popular, and off the beaten path sites. Here are ten experiences which I highly recommend checking out.

[Note: Monica was a guest of Tourism Ireland.]

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Walk around the Cliffs of Moher

Along the Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s pride and joy and some of nature’s finest work: The Cliffs of Moher. With over a million visitors a year, the cliffs are Ireland’s number one natural attraction. They drop off up to 700 feet at their tallest point. Standing on top, watching the waves crash, feeling the rush of wind, is an experience unlike any other.

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Go to St. Patrick's Cathedeal

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the National Church of Ireland and dates back to 1191. This is also where the expression “chancing your arm” (meaning to take a risk) comes from - when the Earl of Kildare cut a hole in the door and thrust his arm in to shake for a truce in the Butler-Fitzgerald Dispute of 1492. Both the tallest and largest church in Ireland, the view of this building at sunset is breathtaking.

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Tour the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness is the world’s #1 stout and the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s biggest attraction for many reasons. The interactive tour starts at the beginning of the brewing process and continues up seven floors to finish off with a complimentary stout at Gravity Bar. Besides learning about Guinness fascinating history, you can also enjoy delicious small plates at 1837 Bar and Brasserie, take in 360 views of the city, and learn how to create your own perfect pour.

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Explore the Wild Atlantic Way

This 1600 mile coastal route along Ireland’s west coast is unlike any other ocean drive. It begins in Northern Ireland at the Inishowen Peninsula and finishes in Kinsale, County Cork. It is one of the longest coastal routes in the world and has over 157 points of interest and over 1,000 attractions along the way. It truly encapsulates Ireland’s beauty at it’s most rugged finest. Day tours leave from Dublin and are a great way to experience the countryside.

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Explore the city by foot

There are many ways to explore Dublin, from bus tours to public transportation to self-guided walking tours. One of my favorite things to do in a new place is going for a wander to see what I can find. Ireland, in general, has a relatively low crime rate and every corner I turned seemed to reveal something new and beautiful. And if you're anything like me and get lost, the Irish people are some of the kindest people in the world and always seemed happy to help. One young man walked with me for about a mile to make sure I made it to the restaurant I was trying to find and shared a lot of Dublin history with me along the way.

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Visit a castle

In a country with over 30,000 castles and ruins, this is not a difficult task. From the well-known Bunratty and Blarney Castles to random tower ruins seen from the road, castles are everywhere in Ireland. I headed west to Limerick to experience another Irish city and checked out King John's Castle. This 13th century castle is located right on the river Shannon and is one of the most well-preserved castles in Europe.

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Go to The Cobblestone for authentic Irish music

Travel tip: always ask the residents. After spending days searching for traditional Irish music I asked a local and was directed off the beaten path to The Cobblestone. It’s located in Smithfield about a 15-minute walk from downtown Dublin and was my favorite place in the city. Musicians bring their own instruments and jam with one another to create true Irish music. It's a wonderfully intimate setting with no stage or microphones.

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Visit Portmarnock Beach

About 20 minutes northeast of Dublin is the beautiful Portmarnock Beach. With views of Lambay Island and Ireland's Eye, it’s a wonderful spot for a morning stroll. And if you enjoy golf, the course at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links is so stunning it almost made me want to give it a go.

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Take in an Irish festival

With festivals all year round, Dublin is a great city to take in some cultural celebrations, their most popular being St. Patrick’s Day with over half a million attendees. This national holiday is celebrated in more countries worldwide than any other. Experiencing it for myself and seeing the Irish pride on full display was something I will never forget.

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Eat at The Brazen Head

Total tourist trap, and you'll be lucky to find any Irish people in there who aren't working, but it's still worth the visit. Ireland's oldest pub dates back to 1198. The Brazen Head also features live music every night and Irish folklore and storytelling. I almost skipped this because of the hype but the fish and chips alone made it worthwhile stop.

THE RUGGED landscapes of Northern Ireland are so inspiring and beautiful that 70% of Game of Thrones (GoT) filming locations were chosen to take place there. The great beauty of the area seemed almost surreal to me. I was captivated by Belfast’s rich culture and the area’s seemingly endless options for outdoor adventure. An abundance of birdlife, local festivals, and a large number of sporting events make a trip to Northern Ireland a rich and intriguing experience. [Note: Guilherme was a guest of Tourism Ireland.]

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Coastal views

The coastline at Belfast and beyond in Northern Ireland is one of the world’s best road trips, a vibrant mix of greens and blues as well as castles, cliffs, and mysterious forests. You'll want to stop and let yourself soak up the beauty.

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Portstewart Strand

Portstewart Strand is one of the top 10 visitor attractions in Northern Ireland. You're allowed to drive vehicles and park on the beach, which has been a tradition for decades. Despite this, it's rated as a Blue Flag beach, meaning it meets strict guidelines concerning "standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information."

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Harry's Shack

One of the Northern Ireland’s most buzz-worthy restaurants is on the beach at Portstewart Strand. This place used to be a National Trust Information Centre, but it was transformed into a must-eat-here restaurant that serves fresh seafood and offers brunch, lunch, coffee, and dinner. All the fruits, vegetables and herbs come from Harry's Shack's own organic farm. The lemon tart with raspberry ice cream was one of the best desserts I’ve ever tried.

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Castle Ward (aka Winterfell)

The towers and grounds of Castle Ward in Northern Ireland is the set of Winterfell in Game of Thrones. Here you can get the full GoT experience: wear the clothes of your favorite characters from the series, try archery, and even have an authentic medieval banquet.

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Game of Thrones brought to real life

The crows, the atmosphere, the ruins…the whole scene. The guy with the cape in the background makes you feel that you are living in the Seven Kingdoms.

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A real-world movie set

After looking at my photos at home on my computer, I found many of them looked exactly like real scenes from the GoT series.

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Sheep Island

It’s located off the north coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. This small, exposed island with steep cliffs and rocky shore is filled with the vivid greens of the Irish countryside.

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The Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular attractions. Near-perfect hexagonal black basalt columns are stacked next to each other almost like puzzle pieces. There are two theories as to how this place came to be, one mythical and one scientific. Legend has it that a giant (named Finn) grabbed chunks of the Antrim coast and threw them into the sea; if you go with science, the Causeway is the aftermath of a volcanic explosion and cooling.

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Old castle tower

As you continue along the coast, you come across many more beautiful old monuments. I imagined this scene 500 years ago with archers on the top and huge feasts inside.

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The Dark Hedges

This road was made famous by appearing on a 16-second shot in Game of Thrones. I wish it didn’t so I could have had it for myself; it’s amazing. After a big storm fell some of the trees, Northern Ireland tourism and HBO carved 10 intricately designed pub doors with the wood of these trees, each one telling the story of an episode of the GoT season 6. The doors are displayed in different pubs and cafés across Northern Ireland and are situated near iconic filming locations.

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Mystical forests

The grandeur of these trees and the surroundings explains why they shot so many scenes of GoT in this place. The first episode was filmed here. You can feel for yourself the “winds” of the North and wonder when winter is coming.

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City Hall

Planning for City Hall started in 1888 but it wasn't until 1898 that construction began. It ended in 1906. Renovation in 2009 added floodlights to the exterior to light up the building in different colors and combinations. On special days like St. Patrick's Day, International Women's Day, and Belfast Pride it will glow in green, purple, and rainbow respectively.

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Belfast's architecture

Like many European cities, Belfast's architecture is a mixture of old and new. Buildings date back to the Georgian period in the 1700s, the Victorian era of the 1800s, and into the Edwardian to modern day. As you walk the city's streets, you can really appreciate the scale of time.

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A vast portion of Madagascar’s fabled coast is accessible only by boat. I embarked on a ten-day expedition (organized by ALEFA) throughout the northwestern part of the island. I visited remote communities, beautiful empty beaches, had encounters with some of the rarest animals in the world, and a chance to see places few travelers ever have. Each day was different. I foraged, spear-fished and/or traded food with local fishermen. I found fresh water to bathe in and amazing snorkeling and hiking. Exploring the coast of the Grand Terre — the Great Land — as the Sakhalave people of the region call it, was unforgettable. 1

A fisherman spends an afternoon on a pristine white sand beach and repairs his nets by hand.

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We departed Nosy Be, in the northwest of Madagascar, taking with us some fruit and putting out beef to dry as we sailed. We later ate the beef barbecued, with local rice, for snacks.

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Every day, we would stop to barter, buy or fish for food- but more often than not, our skilled crew would spearfish on the reef.

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We couldn't resist beautiful sandy beaches. Every day, we would sail and decide where we would go. Behind this beach, a gorgeous warm freshwater stream allowed us to wash off the salt of our travels.

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The huge dhow was made by hand and required six to eight men to hoist up the sail.

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Local children were a delight to meet and play with.

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Camping on remote beaches was one of the best parts of the trip.

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Our dhow was called Mahatsara, “the beautiful one,” and was custom-built by the owner. Dhows have been used by traders on these coasts for hundreds of years.

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Gorgeous turquoise waters and white sandy beaches to explore.

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In the remote Ramada archipelago, our search for the extremely rare blue-eyed lemur took us through dense mangrove forests.

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The blue-eyed lemur is one of the rarest mammals in the world. It lives only in a tiny section of remote Madagascar. The male is black with blue eyes and the female reddish blonde with the same bright eyes. Being able to see these animals was one of the high spots of our unique trip.

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Local boys pose on a beautiful day on the beach.

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Sometimes we camped on remote beaches; other times we anchored, then stayed in small villages, in which the incredibly friendly locals were a delight.

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Fish are dried to save for future meals.

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A little boy plays with a toy boat made from raffia wood and cloth.

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A fisherman fixes his net at the beach.

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A Malagasy beauty queen. On this coast, the animist religion means that each region has its own royalty. They are crucial in the everyday hierarchy of the community.

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A fisherman checks out the cargo inside a trading ship. before he heads out to fish at sunset.

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Zebu pull a cart used to load up boats that will bring cargo from surrounding villages and take away coconuts and precious minerals.

Fodor's In Focus Cayman Islands (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Travel Guides

Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years. Famous for their ravishing coral reefs, safety, and hospitality, the Cayman Islands are a favorite destination for families, couples, and scuba divers. Fodor's In Focus Cayman Islands has detailed coverage of Grand Cayman but also in-depth information on the sister islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, two Caribbean islands that remain relatively undiscovered, yet are famous for great diving and casual, comfortable resort accommodations.This travel guide includes:· Dozens of full-color maps · An 8-page color insert with a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Cayman Islands· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path· Major sights such as Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Garden, Stingray City, and Owen Island· Coverage of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman

Fodor's In Focus Cayman Islands (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's

One of the most popular destinations for Americans in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands lie between the sun-kissed beaches of Cancún and the western tip of Jamaica. Famous for their ravishing coral reefs, safety, and hospitality, the Cayman Islands are a favorite destination for families, couples, and scuba divers. InFocus Cayman Islands has detailed coverage of Grand Cayman but also in-depth information on the sister islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, two Caribbean islands that remain relatively undiscovered, yet are famous for great diving and casual, comfortable resort accommodations.   Competitive Advantage:  With comprehensive coverage and dozens of color photos, this guide is the best choice for travelers who want a comprehensive overview of what the Cayman Islands have to offer. Compact Format: Fodor's InFocus Guides are packed with the same coverage of a full-size guidebook in a smaller, more convenient format that is easier to carry on a trip. New Coverage: New Cayman Island restaurants, hotels, shops, nightlife options, and sports outfitters have been added throughout the guide. Illustrated Features: The best each island has to offer is highlighted. Great Itineraries help travelers plan the perfect day or night. Vibrant color photos capture the beauty of all three Cayman islands. Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: A planner gives useful, practical overviews of important information. A wide-ranging feature on the top experiences in the Cayman Islands helps travelers plan the perfect vacation. Discerning Recommendations:  Fodor’s InFocus Cayman Islands offers savvy advice and recommendations from expert writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.

The Cayman Islands: Island Portrait

Jenny, M.D. Driver

Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman - the three pristine coral land masses which comprise the Cayman Islands - total just 1000 square miles. Yet this British Crown Colony, 480 miles south of Miami, is a leading offshore financial centre as well as a major tourist destination. Home of the green turtle (the national symbol), Cayman is perhaps best known for its diving and underwater attractions. The waters around the islands are exceptionally clear, making this one of the world's great dive sites. But, of course, there is more to see and discover. In this island portrait, containing over 140 colour photographs, Jenny Driver takes the reader on an in-depth tour of all three islands, highlighting not only the major tourist and underwater delights but also revealing their cultural, historical and artistic heritage. Above all, she provides an intimate portrait of the islanders themselves - close up - leading their everyday lives.

Frommer's Portable Cayman Islands

Darwin Porter

Insightful commentary on the best places to stay, dine, and enjoy the outdoors on Grand CaymanLittle Cayman, and Cayman Brac. Up-to-the-minute coverage of the hottest shopping and nightlife on all three islands. Reviews of our favorite Cayman Islands experiences, from exploring the coast in a submarine to swimming with stingrays to visiting the world's only green sea turtle farm. Insider tips on the best deals, the most overlooked--and the most overrated--attractions, and the best places to get away from the crowds.

Island People: The Caribbean and the World

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

A masterwork of travel literature and of history: voyaging from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados, and islands in between, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of each society, its culture and politics, connecting this region’s common heritage to its fierce grip on the world’s imagination. From the moment Columbus gazed out from the Santa María's deck in 1492 at what he mistook for an island off Asia, the Caribbean has been subjected to the misunderstandings and fantasies of outsiders. Running roughshod over the place,  they have viewed these islands and their inhabitants as exotic allure to be consumed or conquered. The Caribbean stood at the center of the transatlantic slave trade for more than three hundred years, with societies shaped by mass migrations and forced labor.  But its people, scattered across a vast archipelago and separated by the languages of their colonizers, have nonetheless together helped make the modern world—its politics, religion, economics, music, and culture. Jelly-Schapiro gives a sweeping account of how these islands’ inhabitants have searched and fought for better lives. With wit and erudition, he chronicles this “place where globalization began,” and introduces us to its forty million people who continue to decisively shape our world.

The Cayman Islands Travel Guide: An Introduction to the Most Recognized Caribbean Destination

Purdy Good Books

This book on the Cayman Islands provides an overview of need-to-know information about this well-known destination. Known as a top global financial center, as well as a fantastic tourist destination, the Caymans provide the visitor with a diverse and vibrant place to spend time.This book packs a lot of information into a small and inexpensive book using a tight and concise writing style that gives you the information you need in short order. The book covers topics ranging from a brief history of the islands, the weather, places to go, experiences you must have and safety issues to be aware of.

The Cayman Islands Travel Journal

Younghusband World Travel Journals

"I don't always design travel journals, but when I do they are the kind of travel journals that people throw parades for." - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

THE CAYMAN ISLANDS TRAVEL JOURNAL has been carefully crafted by the legendary nomad Cormac Younghusband to help make your trip unforgettable, fun and organized—with plenty of room to help spur spontaneity and document new discoveries.

This journal can help you plan, live out and record every stage of your journey to Cayman Islands—from pre-trip, to getting there, to being there, to getting home, and afterwards.

"Cayman Islands food is among the world's finest. They do this thing with the thing!" - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

The first part of the journal is for PRE-TRIP PLANNING and contains sections for important information, a page to write about what inspired you to make the trip, a page to write about the who, where, what, when, how of the journey, a page to make note of your travel companions, a number of pages to organize your travel research.* Plus, you will find sections for drafting an itinerary and keeping a journey to-do checklist.

The second part of the journal deals with GETTING THERE, containing sections to describe getting there and arriving.

The third part of the journal is all about BEING THERE. There are sections for: tracking the stuff you buy and for your daily adventures there are 50 two-page daily records to keep notes on: day #, date, weather, places visited, what happened today + thoughts on what happened, the highlight of the day and extensive notes (with a handy reminder list of things to write about). Because there are about 52,560 people in Cayman Islands, there's also a section to record the names and contact info of the people you meet along the way.

The fourth part of the journal is for GETTING HOME, that fateful day you depart and the days that follow. There are sections for describing your departure, for making your own top 10 highlights lists, a country radar to help you create a signature review of the country, and an afterwards where you can sum up the meaning of your trip.

When a trip is over, Cormac Younghusband recommends you start planning your NEXT TRIP. To help, there is a section where you can make a travel wish list.

Also included is a COUNTRY BRIEF to give you important info on the destination and a MAP to give you an idea of the lay of the land. Plus, at the back of the book there are sections for: generic packing ideas, measures and conversions, and pages for notes, sketches, maps and such

"Find a place in the world you haven't been, and go there. Keep on trucking, my friends" - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

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"Why visit Cayman Islands? Because, it's there." - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

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WHEREVER YOU'RE GOING, YOUNGHUSBAND WORLD TRAVEL JOURNALS HAS THE PERFECT JOURNAL FOR YOU.

CAYMAN ISLANDS Country Studies: A brief, comprehensive study of Cayman Islands

CIA

A brief yet detailed report on the country of the Cayman Islands with updated information on the map, flag, history, people, economics, political conditions in government, foreign affairs, and U.S. relations.

Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Crime

Incidents of robbery and assault, including sexual assault, occasionally occur. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Do not bring personal belongings to the beach. Avoid solo trips to deserted beaches or poorly lit areas after dark.

Spiked foods and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum, or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as they may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Road travel

Road conditions may be poor.

Safe public minibuses run on the main roads.

Taxis, mopeds, scooters and rental cars are widely available. Some rental agencies’ insurance may not cover drivers under the age of 25.

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Emergency services

Dial 911 to reach police, fire fighters and medical assistance.

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
 

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives, or with weakened immune systems. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should consider getting vaccinated.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in the Caribbean, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Caribbean. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!


Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Caribbean, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, malaria and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Dengue fever
  • Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.  
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue bite during the daytime. They breed in standing water and are often found in urban areas.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine available for dengue fever.

Malaria

Malaria

There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in the Caribbean, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.

HIV

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

Practise safe sex while travelling, and don’t share needles, razors, or other objects which could transmit infection.

Remember that HIV can also be spread through the use of unsterile medical equipment during medical and dental procedures, tattooing, body piercing or acupuncture. Diseases can also be spread though blood transfusions and organ transplantation if the blood or organs are not screened for HIV or other blood-borne pathogens.


Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities and services are generally good. Severe conditions may require medical evacuation to the United States. Some clinics and hospitals may expect immediate cash payment for medical services.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.

Canada and United Kingdom are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in United Kingdom to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and British authorities.

Illegal drugs

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

Driving laws

Traffic drives on the left.

You must be over 21 years of age to drive in the Cayman Islands, and possess either an International Driving Permit or a visitor’s driving permit. You can obtain a visitor’s driving permit from the driver’s licence department in Cayman, located beside the central police station. You will need to present a valid Canadian passport and a valid Canadian driver’s licence.

Imports and exports

Local customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning the temporary import or export of items such as firearms, spear guns, medications, agricultural products, and animals (including sea turtle products). Note that anything delivering a projectile is considered a firearm; special permits may be required prior to arrival. Contact the British High Commission in Ottawa for specific information regarding customs requirements.

Marriages

If you are planning to marry in the Cayman Islands, ensure that you meet all requirements and have all necessary documents before leaving Canada. Most countries require a certificate stating that there are no Canadian impediments to your marriage.

Money

The currency is the Cayman Islands dollar (KYD). U.S. dollars and traveller’s cheques are widely accepted.

Investments

If you are interested in purchasing property or making other investments in the Cayman Islands, seek legal advice from appropriate professionals in Canada and in the Cayman Islands before making commitments. Disputes arising from such activities could be prolonged and costly to resolve.

Climate

The hurricane season extends from June to the end of November. The National Hurricane Center provides additional information on weather conditions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.