Grand Cay­man

Diver’s De­light

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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.

Taste of

Grand Cay­man

The is­land’s spe­cialty is freshly caught sh, in­clud­ing snap­per, mahimahi, tuna and wa­hoo.

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