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Cayman Islands Travel Advice

Visiting Cayman Islands can be an easy thing if you choose the right approach to selection of travel agents. They can be instrumental in dealing with such important issues as visa, air flights, and land handling.

 Cayman Islands is a British archipelago of three islands (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac) and dozens of reefs and islets in the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Georgetown is the capital of the island country and the main port area, which is located on Grand Cayman.

The Cayman Islands are a really exotic land with extraordinary natural beauty. Virgin jungle is carefully preserved due to a system of well-kept parks. The beaches are almost the best in the world, and the water there is unusually blue and very clean. No wonder that the Cayman Islands are one of the world's centers of fishing and diving. The islands are literally buried in tropical foliage. Wonderful climate and first-class reefs make this site one of the best corners of the world for tourism, yachting, surfing, and scuba diving.

The Cayman Islands' capital, Georgetown, is a colorful modern city that is full of contrasts. Its attractions include the historic center that has been unchanged since the 18th century. The old town is built of limestone and coral blocks, the houses are similar to tropical bungalows and colonial mansions. Thousands of tourists walk around the town from shop to shop, where they can find almost everything from modern electronics to Cuban cigars and jewelry.

The Georgetown National Museum of the Cayman Islands is located in the old building. This building is over 150 years old, and it used to be a court, a prison, then a dance hall, and finally a temple. After the restoration in 1990, it became a museum, the best in the Caribbean, because it contains more than four hundred thousand exhibits. The former prison dungeons now house gift shops.

Of special interest is also the building of the Legislative Assembly, a modern building in the form of a truncated pyramid. The main street, Cardinal Avenue, has an infinite number of duty free shops. On North Church Street, there is the Maritime Museum of the Cayman Islands with its unique cybernetic system, a kind of automated tour guide, telling about the past of the Cayman Islands. On Courts Road, one can visit Cardinal Park with a private collection of plants and animals living on the islands. It will also be interesting to visit the National Gallery that hosts a large collection of works by both foreign and local authors.

The traditional life of the islanders can be better seen when you visit resort towns East End, Savannah, and Northside. Tourists will find the Caves of pirates where Drake was supposed to hide his treasures. The owners of this territory throw some old coins in the caves to heat up the interest of the tourists, but nothing has been heard of the pirates' gold. In the Cayman Islands, one can also visit the turtle farm that annually produces thousands of sea turtles.

In the eastern part of the island of Grand Cayman, there stretches the Botanical Park of Queen Elizabeth II, a place of concentration of about three hundred varieties of shrubs and trees. The park is full of beautiful orchids, which bloom from May to June, parrots and iguanas, which are difficult to see among the wild vegetation. In the heart of the island, there are paved hiking trails leading through the carefully protected forests.

Little Cayman is a place for lovers of solitude and pristine nature. The island is overgrown with mangrove forests, which are home to dozens of species of exotic birds. The island is equipped with excellent diving sites for a beach holiday. On the southwest side of the island, one can admire the splendor of the azure Caribbean Sea. The most famous of the local beaches on Grand Cayman is the Seven Mile Beach with excellent service and facilities for all kinds of water sports and snorkeling.

 

 

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