The trio of Grand Cayman (76 sq miles), Cayman Brac (14 sq miles), and Little Cayman (10 sq miles) makes the Cayman Islands. While a steady stream of vacation seekers visit the island for their bejeweled waters and beautiful beaches, it one of the most un-British like islands in the Caribbean. Originally known as Las Tortugas or The Turtles, a name given by discoverer Columbus, the word Cayman is a derivation of the Carib word 'caymanas' or water crocodile, indicating that there was once a large population of these reptiles here.
The Cayman Islands spell luxury, richness, and sophistication and that can be seen on the biggest as well as the smallest islands. And for the new generation tourist, the sweeping beaches, lapping limpid waters brimming with marine creatures in all colors and sizes, and coral reefs are the main attractions. The relatively new Camana Bay – a 75foot high observation tower – is a hit with young visitors and gives them the unique opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of Seven Mile Beach, George Town and North Sound. The Bay also has bars, restaurants, shopping and entertainment options like live music performances.
The capital of Cayman Islands is George Town. It has attractions like the Cayman Turtle Farm or the Boatswain's Beach, a facility dedicated to raising green sea turtles, and the Mastic Trail – a hiking trail through the unspoilt forested center of the island. From Grand Cayman's most beautiful beach - the Seven Mile Beach - with its pristine white stretches and azure waters, surfing, diving, and other water sports, glitzy hotels, modern restaurants, and laidback beach bars, to Little Cayman's Sandy Point on the east coast, or the Point of Sand beach on the south-east end are worth visiting and exploring, and enjoying.
Kids and grownups, together, can enjoy the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands with local art on display, the Pedro St. James Castle – the oldest structure in the Caymans and dating back to 1780, and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park with the display of indigenous fauna.
Diving to explore legendary sites like Bloody Bay Wall off Little Cayman, Captain Keith Tibbets wreck off Cayman Brac is both fun and exhilarating. Snorkelers can enjoy a blood-pumping experience of feeding squids to stingrays with their hands at the Stingray City – the island's most famous attraction!
Lastly but not the least, a visit to Cayman Brac, one of the quietest and least popular islands, is going to stay etched in your memory for its walking trails and other activities.