Grand Cayman is the largest of three islands that make up the Cayman Islands. It is approximately 76 square miles; 20 miles long and 5-7 miles wide at its widest point. It lies 480 miles south of Miami, Florida or about 70 minutes by air. It is 150 miles south of Cuba and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. Between Grand Cayman and Jamaica lies the "Cayman Trench", the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea, with depths charted down to four miles.
Are you going to travel there in summer? The three Cayman Islands lie in the trade-winds belt for Cayman Islands summer vacations. The prevailing winds moderate the temperatures, making the climate delightful all year round. Most rain falls between September and November, but even then it generally comes only in short bursts. March and April are Cayman's driest months.
Cayman is considered to be a good place for diving and snorkelling during Cayman Islands summer vacations. There are over 40 professional dive operators in the Cayman Islands, and few other island groups offer as many easily accessible dive sites. Diving shops and boats can be found at most hotels. Some diving resorts offer an underwater photography service, including camera rentals, training and repairs, along with overnight processing of slides. If you do wish to dive, you can enjoy the reefs from the Atlantis Submarine, which offers hour-long underwater trips.
If you are go in for fishing Cayman as well is a splendid spot. The deep waters around Grand Cayman are a migratory path for numerous species of large fish, including marlin, tuna, dolphin, swordfish and wahoo. Fishing is possible all year round and during your Cayman Islands summer vacations. The best fishing is between Grand Cayman's west coast and the banks, 7.5km (12 miles) offshore; the Trench, 6 to 13km (4 to 8 miles) off the west coast, is particularly good.
Cayman offers many of motorsports: The Family Recreation and Motorsports Park at Breakers offers a 12 hectare- (30 acre-) racetrack which claims to be the best in the Caribbean, with family recreation areas and a nature reserve. The Lakeview Raceway in George Town features stock car racing on the first Sunday of every month.
There are over 150 dive locations surrounding Grand Cayman island. The diving day begins with a dive at 10:00 am, which allows to choose the best Grand Cayman scuba sites that are not occupied by the boats that dive earlier. It is very important to select a site that has good visibility, calm water and is in keeping with your ability and preferences. Grand Cayman Island offers off shore walls with dropoffs extending to 6000 feet - making it one of the great wall diving destinations in the world. The beautiful turquoise water surrounding this island paradise also offers outstanding shallow diving in the reefs. Whether your dives are on the west, north or south sides of Grand Cayman, the scenic boat trip to your diving destination will take 5 to 35 minutes and be sure to delight you. You might want to bring your camera and make unforgettable pictures!
Where to stay? All rental accommodations are inspected and licensed at least twice yearly by the Cayman Islands summer resorts and Department of Tourism to ensure that they comply with the standards set by law. For your Cayman Islands summer vacations think about renting a villa, located in the Villas Pappagallo complex, which is ideal for a couple looking for a romantic spot to "get away from it all"! Most of Caribbean villas are situated perfectly for privacy, yet only a few steps away from the beach or pool area.
Villas, as usual, are equipped with new furnishings (including a queen size sofa/sleeper for 2 additional guests), appliances, cable TV, DVD player, CD player, full size washer and dryer, rafts, hairdryer and a full complement of beach and bath towels. A FAX machine, collection of books and games, and BBQ grill are available also.