High­lights of the Cay­man Is­lands

Your Guide to the Caribbean - - Steps Ahead -

1 Un­wind in par­adise

With white sandy beaches, crys­tal-clear wa­ters and gen­tly sway­ing ham­mocks, the Cay­man Is­lands are a nat­u­ral back­drop for some R&R. As well as the peace and seren­ity of the is­lands, there are sev­eral spa and fit­ness op­tions. Whether it’s SUP yoga on the serene sea, a re­viv­ing massage to help with jet­lag or a body scrub us­ing nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, it’s the per­fect place to detox­ify mind, body and soul.

2 Dive the deep

A mecca for divers and snorkellers, there are 365 dive sites in the Cay­man Is­lands and count­less snorkelling spots suit­able for all skill lev­els. Some of the bet­ter­known sites in­clude the Bloody Bay Wall (Lit­tle Cay­man), fre­quently listed as one of the best wall dives in the world, and St­ingray City (Grand Cay­man), a unique site where wild stingrays con­gre­gate in clear shal­low wa­ters.

3 Made for two

With sun-drenched beaches, pris­tine blue oceans and ham­mocks wide enough for two to en­joy an evening un­der the stars, the Cay­man Is­lands pro­vides an is­land ex­pe­ri­ence just made for shar­ing. Cou­ples look­ing to tie the knot in par­adise or those re­cently mar­ried and look­ing to get away from it all will fall in love with the Cay­man Is­lands’ se­cluded beauty.

4 Pi­rates Week fun

The Cay­man Is­lands’ an­nual Pi­rates Week is one of many fes­ti­vals in Cay­man and a riot of singing, swash­buck­ling and sea shanties. Tak­ing place each Novem­ber, vis­i­tors can ex­pect a fun-filled week of mu­sic, street dances, games, won­der­ful lo­cal food and drink, and even a mock pi­rate in­va­sion! Great for fam­i­lies and those seek­ing a help­ing of lo­cal cul­ture.

5 Nat­u­ral won­ders

Na­ture-based ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy in­clude bird watch­ing at the is­lands’ sanc­tu­ar­ies and kayak­ing through man­groves to learn about dif­fer­ent flora and fauna. Nat­u­ral­ists will love the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Botanic Park where the rare, na­tive Blue Iguana roams, and marvel at the spec­tac­u­lar Crys­tal Caves. And of course, there’s an­other world ripe for ex­plo­ration un­der the sea…

6 Food and drink

Dubbed the culi­nary cap­i­tal of the Caribbean, the Cay­man Is­lands is a haven for food­ies. Fresh seafood and a farm/sea-totable ethos make the food of­fer­ing di­verse and de­li­cious; rang­ing from fish shacks serv­ing the day’s catch, to high-end din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences by world-fa­mous chefs. Two ma­jor food fes­ti­vals, Cay­man Cook­out and Taste of Cay­man, both take place in Jan­uary.

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