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Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The largest, Grand Cayman has a cosmopolitan vibe, gourmet restaurants, world-class diving and the famous Seven Mile Beach. Cayman Brac is a nature lover's heaven of stunning diving and breathtaking walks along the rocky bluff. The smallest island, Little Cayman is home to just 150 people. Visitors enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and diving, especially Bloody Bay Wall, considered one of the world's best wall dives.

All things to do » Things to do

Nearby recommended attractions:

Stingray City
Stingray City(Grand Cayman)
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach(Seven Mile Beach)
Attraction type: Beaches
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Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef
Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef(West Bay)
Owner description: The ex-USS Kittiwake is an Ex-US Navy Submarine Rescue Vessel. She was sunk on January 5th, 2011 in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands to create an artificial reef and shipwreck... more Owner description: The ex-USS Kittiwake is an Ex-US Navy Submarine Rescue Vessel. She was sunk on January 5th, 2011 in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands to create an artificial reef and shipwreck attraction for scuba divers and snorkelers to visit and enjoy.The attraction is operated by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. Please use a licensed operator and all visitors are required to pay a user fee. less
Attraction type: Ships; Reefs
Cayman Crystal Caves
Cayman Crystal Caves(Grand Cayman)
Owner description: Cayman Crystal Caves is a fascinating nature attraction located in Northside, Grand Cayman, and Cayman's newest tourist attraction. When you visit Cayman Crystal Caves, you will... more Owner description: Cayman Crystal Caves is a fascinating nature attraction located in Northside, Grand Cayman, and Cayman's newest tourist attraction. When you visit Cayman Crystal Caves, you will be escorted with a knowledgeable Tour Guide, and join us on an adventure exploration of "Cayman Down Under". You will venture into amazing caves where you'll see stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and otherworldly formations, formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Tour through the unique rainforest nature, under which the caves formed. Amongst the forest and caves is plenty of plant and animal life including strangler fig trees, air plants, parrots, and bats.... History Cayman Crystal Caves have formed over millions of years. Fossilized shells and animal life in the caves show us that at one time, the mass now containing the caves was all located under the sea. Over time, as sea levels changed and land began to rise, rooms began to form through water erosion, making caves. Within these rooms spectacular stalagmite and stalagtite crystal structures began to form, as rain water dripping through the limestone ceiling of the caves left calcium deposits behind. The caves are still today continuing to evolve. The process of stalagmite and stalagtite formation occurs as rain water becomes slightly acidic when it first travels through surrounding plants, earth and other organic matter. This acidic water disolves part of the limestone as it seeps through the earth, and re-deposits microscopic calcium layers, as the water drips from the cave celings. Over time these deposits collectively form the crystal structures. Hundreds of years ago, Pirates used these caves as hideouts, and also as shelters from the elements, including hurricanes. As the Cayman Islands became populated, locals used the surrounding lush lands as farmlands, and mined the caves for rich fertilizer produced by bat guana, as some of the caves are inhabited by bats. In the last half century farming stopped, as the population switched to more lucrative jobs within the tourism and financial sectors. In the early 1990s, Christian and Ole Sorensen undertook an in depth search and exploration of all caves in the Cayman Islands, and began talks with the Cayman Islands government on developing a cave attraction based on the experience from the family's development of the very successful Harrison's caves in Barbados. After a few years, it was realized that the crystal caves of Old Man Bay were extremely unique and stood above any other caves in the Cayman Islands, and for that matter, most of the world. It took almost another two decades to purchase the various parcels which encompasses the caves and surrounding rain forest, as well as devise a route to the landlocked site from the main road. In the last few years of planning the attraction, Ergun Berksoy and the Berksoy family, who have vast experience in the tourism sector, joined the Sorensen family in this venture and together they have seen Cayman's newest and very exciting tourist attraction to completion. less
Attraction type: Caverns & Caves
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Smith Cove
Smith Cove(Grand Cayman)
Located on the southwest part of Grand Cayman, this is a good bathing spot.
Attraction type: Beaches; Reefs
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Kaibo - Upstairs Restaurant
Kaibo - Upstairs Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in North Side
Price: US$9 - US$47
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Contemporary
Good for: View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Czech Inn
Czech Inn
Ranked #1 of 11 Restaurants in Bodden Town
Cuisines: Czech, European
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Bombay Chopsticks
Bombay Chopsticks
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in East End
Price: US$5 - US$30
Cuisines: Chinese, Indian, Asian, Fusion
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Big Tree Bbq
Big Tree Bbq
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Gun Bay
Cuisines: Caribbean, Barbecue
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
VIVO
VIVO
Ranked #1 of 21 Restaurants in West Bay
Price: US$7 - US$29
Cuisines: Healthy, Caribbean
Good for: View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Compass Point Dive Resort
3.5 of 5
Compass Point Dive Resort
US$184 - US$272
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in East End
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Turtle Nest Inn
Turtle Nest Inn
US$99 - US$299
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bodden Town
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Little Cayman Beach Resort
3.0 of 5
Little Cayman Beach Resort
US$150 - US$276
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman

All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Southern Cross Club
Southern Cross Club
US$290 - US$500
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman
Pirates Point Resort
Pirates Point Resort
US$235 - US$299
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman
Christopher Columbus Condos
Christopher Columbus Condos
US$265 - US$565

All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Caribbean Club
5.0 of 5
Caribbean Club
US$803 - US$3,142
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Seven Mile Beach
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Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
5.0 of 5
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
US$396 - US$1,173
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Seven Mile Beach
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The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
5.0 of 5
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
US$483 - US$1,740
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Seven Mile Beach
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.