Why Choose the Cayman Islands?
Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: the Cayman Islands are not your generic “sun destination.” Sure, they tick off the major boxes you’d expect of a Caribbean getaway—stunning sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and an endless menu of rum-based cocktails—but that’s where the similarities end. You’ll be hard-pressed, for instance, to find an all-inclusive resort on the whole of Grand Cayman, let alone its two smaller Sister Islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. What makes Cayman unique is that instead of catering to budgets, it caters to bon viveurs—the type of traveller who wants to “go big” before going home. It’s a place where locally-grown, meticulously-prepared food trumps the all-you-can-eat buffet, and where the lure of new adventures and experiences makes lounging by the pool feel like a waste of time. It won’t come cheap (at the moment, the Cayman Islands is the second most expensive destination in the Caribbean), but the richness of the experience makes it worth every Caymanian dollar.
Here’s how to max out your Cayman Islands adventure, and sample the very best these three distinctly-flavoured islands have to offer.
Travel tip: Don’t want to sound like a tourist? Never refer to the islands as “The Caymans.” It’s either “the Cayman Islands” or “Cayman.” Likewise, locals refer to the largest of the Cayman Islands (and the one you’ll likely be flying into) as “Grand Cayman” instead of “Grand Cayman Island.”