Images of the Cayman Islands
Pictures of Grand Cayman and Her Sister Islands
If you've never had the pleasure of visiting The Cayman Islands, you've missed a real treat. I've only been to the main island in the group - several times via cruise ship. It was enough to make me want to go back, and spend time visiting the other two islands, too. Maybe these pictures of The Caymans will give you an idea of why I like this cruise destination so much.
On the map, they are just three little specks out in the Western Caribbean, but those three little specks are packed with great stuff - from fabulous snorkeling and diving to a rare Blue Iguana.
This little grouping of tropical islands is a paradise for people like me. Find out if it's your idea of paradise, too, as you peruse some pictures of this Caribbean haven, and read a little bit about the British Overseas Protectorate known as The Cayman Islands.
Have You Been There?
Have you ever been to the Cayman Islands?
Beautiful Images of the Cayman Islands
I've selected five wonderful scenes from the Cayman Islands for you to feast your eyes on. Each is special in its own way.
After viewing them, I know you'll want to vote for your personal favorite.
Cayman Street Scene
Solitary Beach Scene
Little Cayman Sponges
East End Blow Hole
Sunset on Cayman Brac
Which Picture did you like best? - ( a poll - just for fun)
Which of the above pictures do you most like?
Blue Iguanas - Grand Cayman is famous for Blue Iguanas
Blue Iguanas are native to Grand Cayman ONLY. They were nearly extinct a few years ago, but their numbers are now on the increase.
Have a Blue Iguana for yourself, in the form of this handmade Blue Iguana trinket box. If you like unique things, then you are sure to be intrigued by the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana.
And this unique Blue Iguana trinket box is a real pleaser, too! You might say it's an iguana of a different color.
Where are the Cayman Islands?
They are Part of the Greater Antilles
You'll find the Cayman islands in the Western Caribbean, to the northwest of Jamaica. Along with Cuba, Jamaica, Hispanola, and Puerto Rico, they are part of the Greater Antilles.
Grand Cayman, is the largest of the three Islands, and where the bulk of the population lives.
You can fly in to owen Roberts International Airport on Cayman Airways, for an extended visit, or you can arrive via cruise ship. The port at the capital, Georgetown, hosts multiple cruise ships at once.
Modified Map of Caribbean original by Kmusser, CC
modifications (cropping and to mark location) mine
Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach
is rated as one of the
top beaches in the world
View of Seven Mile Beach
One of the World's Great Beaches
Seven mile beach, on the west side of Grand Cayman Island, continually makes the 'top' lists. It's often named as one of the top ten beaches by various polls, travel magazines, and other sources. The entire length of the beach is open to the public. But, it's not really as long as its name indicates. The real length of the stretch of coral sand at the edge of the clear caribbean wateris about five miles.
Map of the Caymans
Three Islands In the Western Caribbean
The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Protectorate, consist of three islands in the Western Caribbean:
Grand Cayman, is about 22 miles long, by 8 miles wide (at its widest point) and has a population of about 52,000.
About 90 miles away is Cayman Brac, which has an area of about 12 square miles and a population of roughly 2,100.
Sparsely populated Little Cayman, the smallest of the three, is 10 miles long and a mile wide. Fewer than 200 people live there.
Grand Cayman Island
Georgetown, Grand Cayman
The Main Island
Grand Cayman is the largest, and most well known, of the group. Many are familiar with it because it is a popular port of call for Cruise Ships sailing a Western Caribbean Itinerary. The capital, Georgetown, on Grand Cayman, is where the major cruise lines bring visitors.
Pirate Ship in the Harbor
(personal photo, all rights reserved)
Tourism is takes a back seat to banking, investments, and insurance on Grand Cayman. But, that doesn't mean there's nothing to do besides visiting an ATM there. The list of things to do and see on there is as long as your arm. You can:
Swim, Snorkel, or Dive in the pristine waters teeming with life among exotic corals
Relax on Seven Mile Beach
See rare Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas
Go to Hell. (Yes, really, it's there.)*
Shop for duty free goods
Visit the Turtle Farm
See natural blow holes
Take a ride on a "pirate" party ship
Kiss a Stingray
*Relax - there's a town by the name of Hell there. You can visit it and mail a postcard home from there to prove you've been to you-know-where and back.
Caribbean Pirate Ship
Are There Pirates in the Caymans?
Before Grand Cayman was settled, it was used as an occasional pirate refuge. This was, of course, long ago.
After settlement began, it fell under the control of the English in 1670, and continued to be an important outpost for mariners..
According to Wikipedia, Isaac Bodden was the first natural born citizen, born sometime around 1661.
Bodden Town was the original capital of the islands. (Today, the Capital is Georgetown.)
So far as we know, there are no real pirates there today. But, you can hop on a Pirate Party boat for a couple of hours of fun. The poster you see here is a poster of one of those party ships.
There are nearly
on Grand Cayman Island
Travel Guides - That You Might Find Useful
Going to the Cayman islands? You might find a map or travel guide useful.
Video Highlights of Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman Island may be a small place, but there's a a ton of stuff to do and see there! This video gives you some quick highlights of some of the famous and not so famous things to do and see there,.
Cayman Brac, about 90 miles NE of Grand Cayman, is one of the sister islands. It's just a mile wide, and 12 miles long, with a population of around 2100 people.
This little island is a popular destination for divers, with several intriguing dive spots offering an abundance of coral and tropical marine life, including Radar Reef, Cemetery Wall, and the Wilderness Wall.
The wreck of a Soviet frigate is also there, and the upper portion of the ship is even accessible to all divers, even those who are not wreck certified.
Sunset at West End, Cayman Brac
Cliffs and Caves on Cayman Brac
The Brac's caves attract spelunkers. Rebecca's cave, a Cayman National Heritage Site, contains the grave of, and memorial to, a girl who perished in the great hurricane of 1932.
Rock climbing is a challange here, with verticals, and even over-verticals. The Bluff on the Brac is the highest point in the Cayman Islands, at 141 ft.
Diving the Wreck off Cayman Brac - Russian Frigate 356 Dive
This is a Russian made ship that was built for the Cuban Navy. On retirement, it was sold to the government of the Cayman Islands, who sank it as a reef. It's now a popular dive destination.
Critically Endangered Hawksbill Turtle
The Smallest Sister: Little Cayman
Little Cayman island, just five miles from Cayman Brac, is home to less than 200 people. But it is also home to rare wildlife, including:
- the endangered Lesser Caymans iguana
- the critically endangered hawksbill turtle
- the threatened West Indian Whistling Duck
This is another place that is popular with divers, who come to dive Bloody Bay and Jackson's Bight.
Endangered Lesser Cayman Iguana
Which one do you want to see? - (a poll)
Are the Cayman Islands on your list of places to visit - or re-visit?
Which one of the three would you most like to visit?
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Weather in the Caymans
Average Temperature: about 73 - 83 degrees F.
Average Annual Rainfall: 38 - 39". The wet season is May - October, with August and September being the rainiest months
If you choose to cruise the Western Caribbean during the peak of hurricane season, and your heart is set on a day at Grand Cayman, you could be disappointed. Ships do end up having to skip this port on occasion, even if it isn't storming there. That's because there is no pier for cruise ships there, and a storm many miles away, or just plain bad weather, can stir up the seas, making them too rough to run tenders in to Georgetown.
Please take a moment to say hello, and perhaps share your thoughts about Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and / or Cayman Brac