If you’re looking for a private, luxurious getaway, consider the Cayman Islands. What you’ll find here are breathtaking aqua-blue waters and more than seven miles of beaches. If you’re into all-inclusive resorts, you’ll find that on Grand Cayman, and the less traveled Little Cayman and Cayman Brac offer more adventurous pursuits, which makes this trio of islands a breath of fresh air in the heart of the Caribbean Sea.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Flight time: 4 hours from New York City; 1.5 hours from Miami; 8 hours from LA; 6 hours from Chicago; 6 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Taxi and rental car (keep left!)
When to Go: The Cayman Islands at their best
Best weather: The Cayman Islands have an average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. March and April are driest; the rainy season (including hurricanes) is from mid-May to November.
Best prices: Mid-April to mid-December; exact dates vary by hotel
What to Do
Grand Cayman: The largest of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman boasts many options for vacationers, from five-star resorts on the powdery, seven-mile beach to little bed-and-breakfasts along the way. Don’t miss shopping in historic Georgetown, where you’ll find high-end retailers, like Cartier and Tiffany & Co., right alongside Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. If you’d rather get up close with creatures of the deep, Sting Ray City is just a 10-minute boat ride away, or you may be able to snorkel in live reefs just a short swim from your hotel. If lounging around with a frozen drink in hand is more your style, don’t leave without ordering a mudslide at beachside Rum Point.
Cayman Brac: Adventurous couples will want to check out Cayman Brac, a 40-minute plane ride from Grand Cayman. These rugged 14 square miles feature a dramatic 140-foot bluff that’s home to dozens of caves worth exploring, alongside underwater shipwrecks and exotic woodlands teeming with tropical birds.
Little Cayman: The Cayman Islands are renowned for their diving opportunities, which become even more outstanding on Little Cayman. Just a 20-minute plane ride from Grand Cayman, this 10-mile long island is home to 50 dive sites, including Bloody Bay Wall with its sheer coral wall. If you don’t want to dive, you’ll have no problem finding a quiet respite here. Since the island has just 170 residents, romance abounds on uninhabited beaches and the almost-private South Hole Lagoon.
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