Columbus sighted the island in 1503 when he was blown o course on his way to Hispaniola. A century later, Grand Cayman and sister islands Cayman
Brac and Little Cayman counted buccaneers, beachcombers and shipwrecked sailors among the rst settlers of the British Crown Colony that would come to be known as the Cayman Islands.
One of Grand Cayman’s most famous attractions is Seven Mile Beach. The water around Grand Cayman is almost always calm and is warm enough year-round to dive without a wet suit.
Stingray City is one of the most popular diving and snorkeling sites on the island. The stingrays, which may be as wide as six feet, look like stealth bombers hugging the sandy bottom. They are so accustomed to divers feeding them that they will come right up and eat out of your hand.
Grand Cayman also is noted for its breathtaking wall dives. It is surrounded by four steep walls that are covered with healthy coral, where you can view schools of sh including tarpon, yellow frogfish and orange sea horses. Wall diving in crystal-clear water gives you the feeling of oating in a balloon above an endless wall of color that disappears into an inky black abyss.
In the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, a 65-acre showcase with orchids, mahogany, white birch and ironwood trees, you can also see the rare Grand Cayman blue iguana and parrot.
The island’s specialty is freshly caught sh, including snapper, mahimahi, tuna and wahoo.