Grand Cayman: The Perfect Retreat

A great egret sits on the shore. One of the many beautiful views of Seven Mile Beach.

A great egret sits on the shore. One of the many beautiful views of Seven Mile Beach.

As Road Warriors (the best travel adapter!), we love to travel off the beaten path.

But this may be our most boring post ever! This is the second time we’ve visited Grand Cayman and the second time that we’ve really not done much while visiting this pristine island. Although we stayed away from the tourist circuit while visiting the Caymans, we also didn’t really do much travel (other than under water to see some of the amazing aquatic life!) while we were here. We couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous sand and sea, so we ended up being quite sedentary!

(So, if you’re looking for things to do on the island such as reviews of the amazing attractions such as Sting Ray City, Turtle Farm, or the Submarine, unfortunately this particular post won’t be very helpful!).

We were here in Grand Cayman in search of warm sands and a peaceful retreat, to escape from the cold weather that has overcome most of North America! Grand Cayman, just a hop, skip and jump plane ride from the southern tip of Florida, is one of the best places in which to seek this type of solace. It has beautiful pristine white beaches, perfect warm weather and a very modern and strong economy that supports tourism with all the amenities. If you’re looking for a place to just relax, with very high standards, you have found your destination!

Map of Cayman Islands, from the Lonely Planet website

Map of Cayman Islands, from the Lonely Planet website

The Cayman Islands are a series of three islands located in the Caribbean Sea, directly south of Miami and beyond the island of Cuba. The largest of the three islands is Grand Cayman, which is home to the capital of George Town. The other two islands are smaller — about 75 miles (12o kilometres) north east of Grand Cayman is Little Cayman (a short 30 minute island hopper away) and another 15 miles (or 22 kilometres) further is Cayman Brac.

Sunset on the Cayman Islands

Sunset on the Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman makes up over three quarters of the territory’s entire land mass and this main island is approximately 22 miles (35 km) long with its widest point being 8 miles (13 km) wide. It’s a flat island (unlike some of the more picturesque volcanic islands located in the more southern parts of the Caribbean). The main beach – Seven Mile Beach – is located on the west side of the island where most of the tourist accommodations are found.

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

If you are planning on visiting one of the smaller islands, there are daily flights available on various island hoppers. The local airline, Cayman Airways, offers daily flights to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac from the main island of Grand Cayman. Here, there are some fantastic opportunities for scuba divers and snorkelers alike to experience some of the more untouched reefs around this part of the Caribbean. Here, the islands characteristics differ from that of the white, soft, flour-like sand found on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman — it’s a little bit rockier making it perfect for coral and sea life. The waters are equally as turquoise blue and clear (and the highlights of the white sand below make it look so incredibly spectacular!!). And there are less tourists than on the main island which sees several cruise ships dock every day.

Sunset on the Cayman Islands

Sunset on the Cayman Islands

Beyond the amazing beaches, which truly are some of the best in the Caribbean (and we’ve seen 17 of the islands in the Caribbean in our travels!), the island is full of some amazing wildlife. The reefs located on the south west side of the main island are teeming with aquatic wildlife. On daily snorkels, we saw many turtles, octopus, schools of squid, flute fish and many other beautifully colored fish! Equally as impressive are the diving sites, some of the best in the region!

An iguana climbs a palm tree - Grand Cayman

An iguana climbs a palm tree – Grand Cayman

If you live in the north eastern part of North America and are looking for a retreat to relax and unwind, this is a perfect destination for you, given its close proximity! Until the next time, the Road Warrior — the best travel adapter — wishes you relaxing, warm, sunny, safe and Happy Travels!

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