You’ll find the Cayman Islands floating almost halfway between Cuba and Jamaica in the Western Caribbean.
Grand Cayman’s the largest in the archipelago of three, followed by far easterly Cayman Brac and Little Cayman in the middle. Whichever you choose, hopping over to explore the others is easy and just one of the adventures which make the Cayman Islands great fun for families.
The islands are British Overseas Territory and the first language is English.
Sunny with temperatures of 27˚ year round, most rain in June, July and August.
A three islands archipelago made up of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is described as the ‘ultimate Caribbean beach’ and its entire length is public and walkable from end-to-end.
The Bloody Bay Wall coral reef on Little Cayman drops for 2000m underwater, making it one of the most spectacular dive sites in the Caribbean.
Little Cayman is home to more iguanas than people (human pop: c. 100).
Family holiday accommodation on the Cayman Islands includes everything from Ritz Carlton and Wyndham resorts to Marriot and West beach hotels, private villas, self catering apartments and heritage island houses.
The largest and busiest Cayman Island is still pretty paradise-like and peaceful compared to many in the Caribbean. It’s the most popular choice for families, with big beaches, outstanding coral reef diving, colourful festivals, charming local towns and just about every outdoor activity imaginable. The atmosphere’s lively but there’s a nice balance of warm, island character too, so it’s a good all-rounder for older kids, teenagers and mixed-age group families.
The smallest Cayman Island has few human residents and an impressive wildlife population: more iguanas than people. There’s no arguing with its reputation for romance, idyllic honeymoons and weddings, but Little Cayman’s relaxed and beachy vibe works just as well for families and younger kids.
The far easterly Cayman Island is the most outdoorsy of all, saying a lot in this active area of the Caribbean. A favourite with divers (novice and experienced) there are over 70 pristine and accessible coral reef sites around the coast.
Don’t miss: free Nature Tours with local guides; Cayman Brac Museum and Heritage House; Cayman Brac Parrot Reserve; Velvety Free-Tailed Bats at dusk; over 200 species of birds.
Driving’s the easiest way to explore Grand Cayman and quieter areas like the East End and North Side. There are daily inter-island flights to the Sister Islands, flying time to Cayman Brac is about 30 minutes. Scooters, bikes and boats are best on Little Cayman, the island’s roads are quiet and almost totally flat.