Îles Caïman vakantie

Ervaar Îles Caïman

Best Places to Visit

Grand Cayman is the main island and the biggest draw for tourists on Cayman Islands holidays, as it"s home to the gorgeous Seven Mile Beach and the bustling capital George Town. Together these are two of the Cayman Islands' biggest tourist attractions, and the beach alone is more than enough of a reason to pay a visit. George Town features traditional buildings and cruise liners regularly pull in at the harbour here, adding to the sense of vacation even if you arrived via a different mode of transport.

The town has striking landmarks such as Fort George, along with fantastic shopping, eating and museums, while beaches can be enjoyed island wide. Grand Cayman offers the best in entertainment too, so if you want a more active holiday, this is the place to be.

Seven Mile Beach is the islands' top beach and many visitors choose to stay here. It has clear, warm water, great sand and lots of luxury resorts, restaurants and bars. The full length of it (now measured as just over six miles) is open to the public, so you can take a leisurely walk from end to end if you wish.

Stingray City, where visitors get to pet stingrays in waist-deep water, is a major destination for families of all ages. You can even feed the rays - don't worry, they don't 'sting'! The Stingray Sandbar is around an hour away from George Town and Seven Mile Beach, while the east coast (or East End) is home to an array of nature areas, while the beautiful Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park sits in the North Side district.

Cayman Brac is the second most visited island of the trio and the farthest afield. It is serene with quiet beaches and has some of the best snorkelling and walking areas in the region, making it a great option for activities that are a little less demanding. There are plenty of resorts and nightly entertainment is quite low-key.

Little Cayman is near Cayman Brac and is the smallest, least developed of the Cayman Islands. It is surrounded by quiet beaches and has rich coral and marine life. Little Cayman is especially popular with couples looking for seclusion, as well as divers and naturalists. Just offshore is Owen Island, which is close enough to swim or kayak to. Offering relaxation and adventure, there is always something to do during holidays to Cayman Islands.

Need to know

Language

English is the Cayman Islands' official language and most people speak it, including those involved in the tourist industry. The local accent is a combination of English, Scottish and Southern American. Along with Jamaican twangs, visitors may also detect a hint of Spanish. The popularity of the islands means that you will likely hear multiple languages during your stay, with tourists travelling far and wide to witness the Cayman’s beauty.

Currency

The Cayman Islands dollar (KYD, CI$) is the official currency, although US dollars are routinely used. The local currency is historically worth more, so be careful not to get the rates mixed up. Shops tend to use local currency while hotels often prefer US dollars. Banks offer the best exchange rates, though ATMs are widely available and tender both currencies. Major credit cards are accepted throughout the Cayman Islands, as are travellers' cheques in US dollars, while prepaid currency cards offer an alternative form of plastic that many travellers consider more secure.

Visas

UK, EU, US, Canadian and Australian citizens can all visit visa-free for up to 30 days. This length of stay can be extended for six months. Passports should be valid for at least the length of your stay and immigration may check this along with return flight tickets. To be sure, try to schedule your return trip with at least several days before your passport and documentation expire, as any delay could leave you in the unfortunate position of trying to leave the islands with expired documents.

Climate

Temperatures are quite uniform throughout the year, with the hottest days during the wet summers (June to September). Summer is considered the low season, which is hot and wet, and is sometimes prone to hurricanes (July to October). Consequently, hotel rates are cheaper at this time. Package holidays to Cayman Islands are best enjoyed from December to April during the drier winter. Rainfall is only an inch per month on average while the mean temperature is 25°C (77°F).

Main Airports

Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman is the main gateway, receiving flights predominately from the UK, and US. The airport is located in the south-west of the island, well within reach of beaches and resorts. The other two islands in the chain also have airports, including Charles Kirkconnell International Airport on Cayman Brac and Edward Bodden Airfield on Little Cayman.

Flight Options

Flights are available from London-Heathrow to the Cayman Islands via Nassau, in the Bahamas. The flight takes around 12 hours. Travellers can also fly to Miami, where numerous connections are made with Grand Cayman. Other leading airlines fly from Toronto, Miami, Houston and Philadelphia. A local carrier also serves the nation from several US and Caribbean cities.

Travel Advice

The Cayman Islands has two seasons - high and low. Lower fares and decreased hotel rates can often be had in summer (May to November), but it's usually best to avoid July and August. Booking online is the best bet for cheap deals on flights and hotels, while the Cayman Summer Splash package has cheap rates for kids.

Other Transport Options

The Caymans are a major cruise destination, with liners docking year round in the capital George Town (Grand Cayman) from Europe, the US and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Visiting other islands is possible by air or charter boat.

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Feiten

  1. De bezienswaardigheid Seven Mile Beach is maar zes mijl lang gebleken. Het is niet duidelijk of dit een echte vergissing is of een gevolg van creatieve marketing.
  2. Cayman Brac is vernoemd naar zijn hellend landschap, dat oploopt naar een 43-meter hoge klif oftewel 'brac' aan de oostelijke punt van het eiland.
  3. Bij een bezoek aan de zuidkust van Cayman Brac kun je de overblijfselen bekijken van de Teignmouth Electron, de boot waarmee Donald Crowhurst rond de wereld probeerde te zeilen.

Feiten

  1. De bezienswaardigheid Seven Mile Beach is maar zes mijl lang gebleken. Het is niet duidelijk of dit een echte vergissing is of een gevolg van creatieve marketing.
  2. Cayman Brac is vernoemd naar zijn hellend landschap, dat oploopt naar een 43-meter hoge klif oftewel 'brac' aan de oostelijke punt van het eiland.
  3. Bij een bezoek aan de zuidkust van Cayman Brac kun je de overblijfselen bekijken van de Teignmouth Electron, de boot waarmee Donald Crowhurst rond de wereld probeerde te zeilen.

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