The Cayman Islands, with a population of just 40,000 residents, are a British Overseas territory in the Western Caribbean, West of Florida en route to Mexico. A major financial centre with a very low crime rate, there are three islands in total - Grand Cayman (the largest island) and the smaller neighbouring islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Tourism is big business on the islands with over 2 million visitors per year (very high for a relatively small set of islands). Cruise ships often bring in excess of 20,000 visitors per day. The vast majority of tourists stay in a hotel on Grand Cayman, while just a small percentage choose the more secluded resorts on Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. Most visitors stay on Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman - a long, well developed beach regarded by many as one of the worlds most beautiful. There's world renowned scuba diving in addition to the world famous beaches and resorts. The Cayman Islands are one of the Caribbean's more expensive and upmarket vacation destinations.
Best Beaches & Where to Stay?
On Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach has wonderful sand and sea and is backed by a multitude of busy bars, vacation resorts and hotels. Although it's full of large resorts, timeshare properties and beachfront condos, overcrowding is rarely a problem on Seven Mile Beach as there is plenty of space. For something more tranquil and secluded, consider Rum Point Beach, which is about 25 miles North of George Town. There's plenty of other secluded coves on Grand Cayman for those who want some time out from the busier Seven Mile Beach vacation brigade.
On Little Cayman, the pink coloured, empty sands of Point of Sand, on the South East of the island, offer great snorkelling. Little Cayman is a particularly chilled out little island and ideal for a relaxed holiday. On Cayman Brac, there is a series of equally tranquil lovely beaches on the South West coast, but most of the island is rather lacking in beaches.
When to Visit
The weather is sunny year round, though there is always the chance of a brief shower. The rainy season runs from May until November - showers are more frequent, but normally come in short, sharp bursts.