Located in the Caribbean the Cayman Islands consist of 3 islands southwest of Jamaica. Grand Cayman is the largest of 3 of the Cayman Islands which also include Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
Batabanom, a traditional Caribbean carnival, takes place in early May every year. It features colorful costumes, music, parades and, of course, tasty treats.
The Cayman Islands are the location of the annual Pirates Week Festival in early to mid-November. Activities include a pirate invasion in which the Governor is captured, Heritage Days, a bonfire, barbecues and fireworks. Some of the residents go all out with really authentic pirate costumes.
Places to stay include The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Little Cayman Beach Resort and The Alexander Hotel in Cayman Brac.
Major attractions include the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park, the Cayman Turtle Farm and Cayman Islands National Museum. Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach is the perfect place to relax or enjoy watersports such as snorkeling, parasailing and scuba diving. At Stingray City and the Sandbar visitors can play with stingrays in the water.
In George Town, candy colored buildings, reminiscent of those to be found in Bermuda, house shoppes where visitors can browse for crafts, local art, jewelry, crystal, china and luxury brands like Tiffany, Gucci and Versace.
Cayman Brac is a rugged 14-square-mile island with sinkholes and limestone caves including Bat Cave, Peter’s Cave and the Halfway Ground Cave to explore. Major attractions include the Cayman Brac Museum. Hiking, diving and bird watching are popular activities. In fact, there is a 180-acre parrot reserve.
With a population of just 170, Little Cayman is ideal for groups in search of a secluded get-a-way. Most of the island is uninhabited so visitors will have no problem finding secluded beaches Bird watches will be please that Little Cayman has the largest concentration of Red-Footed Boobies in the Western hemisphere.
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