ISLANDS: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman SIZE: Grand Cayman: 76 sq. mi.; Cayman Brac:
14 sq. mi.; Little Cayman: 10 sq. mi. POPULATION: 34,763 LANGUAGE: English CURRENCY: Cayman
Islands dollar GOVERNMENT: British territory WEB SITE: www.caymanislands.ky
More Than a Diver?s Paradise
The Cayman Islands are rightly known for their spectacular underwater
attractions. Divers flock from all over the world to explore the
Great Wall just north of Grand Cayman, the sunken Russian frigate MV
Captain Keith Tibbetts off Cayman Brac, and Stingray City, called by
some the best 12-foot dive site in the world. However, those visitors who
forsake the land for the sea are missing some of the Cayman Islands? top
draws: its outstanding ecotourism opportunities, particularly on the
smaller sister islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
Cayman Brac has many caves begging to be explored and great rockclimbing,
and hiking trails traverse the interior. A parrot sanctuary and
a large marsh make for outstanding birding, and conch shells litter
the beaches by the hundreds.
Little Cayman, a ten-minute hop from Cayman Brac, is so flat that
the interior is all salt marsh, where birds flock by the thousands. Iguanas
also populate the island in large numbers, and road signs warn that
iguanas have the right of way. Biking, bonefishing, and conching are
The Cayman Islands? reputation as a top dive spot is certainly well
deserved. But the country?s little-known yet substantial onshore delights
should not be overlooked. So even if you?re not a diver, don?t cross this
country off your list.
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