Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean lies the peaceful British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands. Known more for its role as an offshore financial centre than a vacation destination, the Cayman Islands consist of three islands - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Together, these islands form a tropical paradise that has quickly become one of the leading tourist scuba diving destinations in the world.

The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea and are, in actuality, the peaks of a massive underwater ridge (known as the Cayman Trench), which stands 2,400 metres from the sea floor. The islands lie in the centre of the Caribbean, south of Cuba and west of Jamaica. Grand Cayman is by far the biggest, with an area of 197 square kilometres. The two “Sister Islands” of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are located about 130 kilometres east of Grand Cayman and have areas of 36 and 25.9 square kilometres, respectively.

Generally speaking, the climate in the Cayman Islands is good all year, as the trade winds ensure it doesn't get too hot. Peak season runs between December and April, while the rainy season runs from May to November. Travellers who choose to vacation in the Cayman Islands between May and November are advised to keep an eye on the weather reports in the days before arrival, as this is also hurricane season. However, many tourists regard the wet season as the best time to visit, as room rates are cheaper, the beaches less crowded and the rain comes in short, sharp bursts that does not usually impact on holiday fun.

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