1.What to see in the Cayman Islands? the Old Courts Building and the ruins of Fort George in Georgetown; Pedro St. James castle and Pirate’s Cave; the botanical park Queen Elizabeth; West Bay Cemetery; Victoria House Reef; Trinity Caves; the Palace wreck; the Cayman Marine Park; Jackson Point; and the Captain Keith wreck.
The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory in the West Indies, located in the Caribbean Sea. The Cayman Islands consist of three islands - Grand Cayman, Cayman and Little Cayman Bark. The largest island of the dominion - Grand Cayman - is famous for its Seven Mile Beach; Cayman Bark attracts nature lovers, extreme climbers and those who like fantastic diving. Little Cayman can boast colorful diving combined with total relaxing atmosphere. The climate of the islands is tropical.
In the island's capital, Georgetown it is worth seeing the Old Courts Building – the National Museum, whose exhibition contains several thousand artifacts from different historical periods. Connoisseurs of history will enjoy a visit to the Cayman Maritime Treasure Museum and the National Gallery, which contains an impressive collection of works by both local and foreign authors. Here you can see the ruins of Fort George, built in the 18th century, a pearl of 20th century architecture the Elmslie United Church and the Hope Chapel.
In the eastern part of the island you can see the oldest fortification in the Caribbean - the castle of the 18th century Pedro St. James, Pirate’s Cave and a turtle farm. The true beauty of wildlife can be enjoyed in the botanical park Queen Elizabeth, which contains several hundred species of native flora.
The local currency is the Dollar of Cayman Islands, but it is not forbidden to pay in US dollars and credit cards, although it is often more advantageous to use local money.
International Airports of the Cayman Islands
• Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM)
The airport is located two kilometers from the capital and is considered to be the main international airport of the Cayman Islands. It is named in honor of the discoverer of civil aviation in the Caymans - Owen Roberts.
• Gerard Smith International Airport (CYB)
The airport is located in Cayman Bark. Despite the fact that this airport serves just one airline, it has international status.
Diving in the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands have a reputation of one of the best places for interesting diving in the entire Caribbean. Thanks to the rich underwater fauna, stunning transparency of water, picturesque sunken ships and a variety of beautiful coral reefs, diving here is unforgettable.
Interesting places for diving in Grand Cayman are West Bay Cemetery, Victoria House Reef with its orange tube sponges and rare crustaceans, Trinity Caves, where you can enjoy diving in underwater caves, Barker Cay Reefs and Sand Cay, near which there is the wreck Palace; Smith Cove, known for big depth differences; and the Cayman Marine Park. Divers also like Sparrow-Hawk Point, Ironshore Point, East End, Water Reef, Little Sound, North Wall Reef and Stingray Sandbar, where you can feed huge stingrays and ray, accustomed to take the treat directly from human hands.
On Little Cayman it is usual to dive from Jackson Point, whose tunnels and cracks which have fascinated a lot of divers, near the reef Snipe Point, in bays Preston Bay, Weary Bay and Rosetta Flats. Divers also feel undiminishing interest towards the reef Bloody Bay Wall, famous for neon sponges and giant seaweeds. According to the authoritative opinion of Jacques Cousteau, this place can be called almost the best for fanciers of scuba diving.
Off the coast of the Cayman Islands there are many sunken ships, turned into attractive objects for exploration. Among the famous wrecks there is the one-hundred-meter Captain Keith, sunk off the north coast of Cayman Bark; the Cali, located just thirty meters from the shore in shallow water, which makes it suitable for even inexperienced divers; the 76-meter-long warship Kittywake, sunk off the coast of Grand Cayman in 2011; and the frigate Keith Tibbets, whose propellers have become home to more than a hundred species of corals and fish.