Cayman Islands


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About Cayman Islands

Ninety miles south of Cuba, the Cayman Islands have some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs, and almost perfectly clear waters to admire them in. But, as well as being a haven for divers, the Cayman Islands' idyllic beaches attract travellers looking for a perfect Caribbean island getaway. Grand Cayman is by far the most developed island, though you'll find most of the best places to stay in the Cayman Islands on the quieter Little Cayman and Cayman Brac islands.

The Caymans are technically a British Overseas Territory, but they feel much more American, Grand Cayman especially, what with their Cayman Island Dollar and the visibility of the big US brands here - though they do drive on the left.

Grand Cayman

  • The main resort strip on Grand Cayman is Seven Mile beach, popular for its 5.5miles (!) of soft, white sand, occasionally fringed by the shade of a few palms, and just north of the small town of George Town. In addition to resorts and villas along this stretch, you'll also find many condos and golf resorts.
  • Grand Cayman is home to most of the group's main on-land sights; the Botanical Gardens, National Trust Visitor's Centre and historic mansions etc.
  • Grand Cayman also has some of the group's great dive sites - most of them wall dives, which start in shallow waters then are pretty much vertical. So it is definitely the island to book if you want to see and do more than just lie on a beach and soak up the sun!

Little Cayman

  • Little Cayman is much less developed with just a few hotels and a pretty quiet, laid-back way of life. This is the place to come for complete relaxation.

Cayman Brac

  • Cayman Brac has more Caribbean character, and even fewer hotels. Cayman Brac's beaches aren't quite as perfect, but the diving is spectacular! So those looking for an authentic feel, should find what they're looking for here.

What Not To Miss

  • Visit the Pedro St. James National Historic Site, the oldest building on the Cayman Islands which has now been converted into a museum. Learn all about the island's rich history, including its struggle for independence.
  • If you're into your scuba diving then check out the MC Captain Keith Tibbetts, a wreckage of a Russian ship, which of course shares its underwater home with a variety of wonderful marine life.
  • The Cayman Motor Museum is a top spot to spend a few hours, filled with over 80 vehicles - including the original Batmobile!
  • Nature-lovers will love the Stingray City experience - where you head out in a boat to feed wild stingrays and can even go swimming around them, (you may get one to pose with you for a photo if you're lucky!). Don't worry though, they're used to humans and are perfectly harmless.
  • The stunning Seven Mile Beach is a great place to spend the afternoon with a picnic and soak up the sun. With a long sandy beach and wonderful views, it's idyllic.

Don't forget that these little pieces of Caribbean paradise are busy year round, but especially in December and January. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in the Cayman Islands for Christmas or New Year, you'll need to be very organised and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay on The Cayman Islands

For a beach break

  • Pirate's Point on Little Cayman offers a great blend of the best the Cayman Islands have to offer. There's diving, of course, but it is also set just away from miles of white sand and has bikes, hammocks, nature trails and several jacuzzis. They have just 11 boutique rooms and suites in beachside cottages.
  • The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman is an obvious choice, but this five star beach resort certainly knows how to look after you. It's everything you'd expect from the name, with a few cool eco dashes and extra kids entertainments thrown in.

For divers

  • The Sunset House Hotel, right on George Town's rocky coast, is an intimate boutique hotel famous amongst the diving and snorkelling fraternity. There's a choice of rooms, suites and apartments - all with kitchens and two double beds. Plus, there's direct access to the ocean via a ladder from their rock pool. They also offer complimentary dive lockers.
  • The Brac Reef Beach Resort is geared up to help you explore some of the Cayman Islands' best dive sites. While the resort is on Cayman Brac, it's a short boat ride to Little Cayman. The accommodation is pleasantly Caribbean, and there's plenty to do after diving - like watch a movie on the beach - one of Cayman Brac's nicest, or have supper there. There are also tennis courts.
  • The Little Cayman Beach Resort is a diving resort with added chic. Their collection of one and two bed cottages have direct access onto the beach - though there's also a pool, and free bike hire, and a gourmet restaurant and spa.

For families

  • Intimate and inexpensive, the Turtle Nest Inn in Grand Cayman's charming village, Bodden Town, has a collection of apartments and two bedroom condos almost right on the beach. There are ocean views from all angles, two pools and the room rate starts at £61 per night.
  • George Town's Sunset Cove is a large, cheerful, good value beach resort within walking distance of shopping, nightlife and many of Grand Cayman's headline attractions. The decor is colourful and the two bedroom condos have kitchens and balconies. There's even a separate pool just for kids.
  • The Grand Cayman Beach Suites is also along 7 Mile Beach, and it's perfectly geared up to make the most of its beautiful beachside position. The elegant two bed suites have sea views and kitchens, whilst there are two large pools - one with a swim-up bar, and kid's club.
  • The Westin, Grand Cayman is a family-friendly spot located on Seven Mile beach. Featuring lovely, classical accommodation and a great restaurant, there's the added bonus of a kids club and babysitting services if you fancy having a night to yourselves!

For a special occasion

  • The Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman is a tiny collection of chic, Caribbean style cottages, right on the beach. They specialise in romantic candle-lit dinners on the beach, gourmet cuisine and facilitating any deep sea fishing or diving interests their guests may have. Easily one of the best places to stay in the Cayman Islands if you want a little spoiling alongside your diving and fishing.
  • Cotton Tree is even smaller - it has just four two bedroomed cottages, each with their own jacuzzi, just back from 7 Mile Beach. Before you arrive your kitchen is fully stocked, or you can arrange a chef to look after you.
  • Le Soleil D'Or is a luxurious stay boasting a supreme location on a white sand beach. You can either book a boutique room, with Mediterranean white on white style, or stay in a private villa. Gourmet cuisine served up and you can spend your days relaxing by the picturesque pool.

For An Apartment Or Villa

  • If you've decided that you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner,

Travel Information

  • The Cayman Islands are tropical island paradises and should be enjoyed as such, so the dry, sunny winter period is the perfect time to visit. Especially if the warm, sunny winter here corresponds to your winter at home, between November and April. There are good deals available during the more humid seasons, but bear in mind that the Caymans also experience hurricanes, so do your research carefully.

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Best Hotels in Cayman Islands

  • Turtle Nest Inn & Condos Bodden Town, Cayman Islands from £77

    Views  -  Stunning ocean views from all angles.
    Diving  -  Enjoy a two-tank dive with Ocean Frontiers.
    Kayaking  -  You can take out one of the hotel's kayaks.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor freshwater pools
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    An intimate and inexpensive inn on the beach in a charming village. Apartments and two-bedroom condos with kitchens, living areas, and direct access onto the beach. Lovely pool, sun deck, and ocean views from all angles. Family friendly and laid back. See More

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  • Sunset Cove George Town, Cayman Islands from £164

    Families  -  Two bedroom condos with kitchens are ideal for families.
    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Large outdoor pool with wading pool and whirlpool
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    A large cheerful beach resort surrounded by white sands and azure ocean views, but still within walking distance from shopping, nightlife and attractions. Colourful rooms and two-bedroom condos have kitchenettes and balconies. Swimming pool and kids pool, restaurant, and beach. See More

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  • Sunset House Hotel George Town, Cayman Islands 52 rooms from £201

    Active Holiday  -  The hotel's main things are diving and snorkelling, for which it has a renowned dive centre.
    Diving  -  The rocky shoreline is renowned for its diving. Complimentary dive lockers are provided.
    Families  -  All rooms, suites and apartments have two double beds.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    An intimate boutique on a rocky shoreline with renowned diving and snorkelling. Rooms, suites, and apartments with kitchens all have two double beds. Sea water pool and ladder to the sea, sunset boat trips and dives, restaurant, bar and miles of ocean views. Family friendly, three day packages. See More

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  • Le Soleil D'or Cayman Brac 8 rooms from £246

    Beach Life  -  A stunning seaside escape, located on a picturesque white sand beach with turquoise seas.
    Diving  -  Enjoy more than 50 dive sites, including reef, wall and wreck diving and 100-foot crystal clear visibility.
    Birdwatching  -  There's almost 200 part- and full-time resident species of birds on Cayman Brac.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A luxury hotel boasting an epic location on a white sand beach. Take a room in the boutique hotel or, for utter privacy, hire a villa. Find simple Mediterranean style with white on white and plenty of light. Dine on exquisite cuisine with produce coming from the property's own farm. Fabulous. See More

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  • The Westin, Grand Cayman Cayman Islands 343 rooms from £257

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the ancient coral formations of Hell only six km from the property.
    Diving  -  Diving lessons are offered in the resort’s diving centre.
    Swimming Pool  -  Beautiful outfoor pool.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    Family-friendly with impressive facilities. Part of a string of American hotels along the famous Seven Mile beach. Prides itself as a wedding location. Excellent restaurant. Handy mini-shopping arcade. See More

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  • Cayman Brac Beach Resort Cayman Islands 40 rooms from £265

    Diving  -  Dive the best sites in both Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, including famous Bloody Bay Wall.
    Active Holiday  -  The resort is dedicated to diving.
    On the beach  -  Located on the South Shore of Cayman Brac with 1,000 feet of beautiful white sand beach.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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    A dive resort geared up for exploring some of the best Cayman dive spots. Caribbean style ocean view rooms and suites, al fresco dining, movies on the beach, spa, outdoor massages, tennis courts, and access to pure white sands. Ideal for families and those with a sporting agenda. See More

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  • Little Cayman Beach Resort Little Cayman, Cayman Islands 40 rooms from £304

    Active Holiday  -  Diving, swimming, fishing, mainly waterports to get involved in.
    Beach Life  -  White sands for miles.
    Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    A boutique chic diving resort with one and two bed cottages that you can walk straight out of onto the beach. Creamy interiors and all the mod cons, large pool, bikes to borrow, boats to hire to dive the reefs, gourmet restaurant, and special beauty treatments in the spa. Family friendly, sporty. See More

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  • Grand Cayman Beach Suites George Town, Cayman Islands 53 rooms from £312

    Beach Life  -  The ultimate resort geared up to beach life.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor pools, one with swim up bar, the other with a whirlpool.
    Kids Club  -  Lil Turtle Kids Camp for children aged 3-11
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    A good Four Star beach resort with excellent facilities. Elegant two-bed suites in picturesque surroundings with sea views. Three restaurants, a spa and beauty therapies, large pool, kids club, and just a short walk onto the beach. Perfect for families and those who like having everything on site. See More

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  • Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 353 rooms from £343

    Families  -  Superb kids club and plenty of trips for all the family such as guided eco walks. Suites with lounges are perfect for families
    Beach Life  -  Enjoy the Ritz's cabanas, with lounge chairs, ipod docks, bathrobes, snacks and butler service all day
    Great walks  -  Exploring the mangroves on a guided eco-tour
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    Luxury 5* beach resort. Decor is crisp and chic with white furnishings, mahogany four poster beds, marble bathrooms and local artworks. Outdoor pool, gym, spa, tennis courts, golf course, watersports centre. Excellent Cayman cuisine in Blue restaurant, elegant bar. Total relaxation and pampering. See More

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  • Pirate's Point Little Cayman, Cayman Islands 11 rooms from £356

    Active Holiday  -  Diving is the focal point at the resort.
    Swimming Pool  -  Large fresh water swimming pool.
    Beach Life
    Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    An island get away with boutique chic accommodation, a diving centre, and miles of white sand. Charming rooms and suites in cottages on the beach, large fresh water swimming pool, gourmet restaurant, bikes, hammocks, hot tub, nature trails, and of course diving. Family friendly, 7 day packages. See More

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  • Seafire Resort & Spa Cayman Islands 266 rooms from £414

    Beach Life  -  With its own stunning private beach, swim and snorkel in turquioise waters or relax in the hotel sun loungers
    Sights nearby  -  Interact with nature at Stingray City or Cayman Turtle Farm. Spy exotic floral displays at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
    Great walks  -  Don’t miss a stroll on the island’s first coastal walking and biking boardwalk, passing right through the resort
    Spa  -  A fully serviced spa and wellness centre offering many types of massage and treatments
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    A luxury contemporary resort set on Cayman Island's legendary Mile beach. Smart rooms offer fabulous views from the floor to ceiling windows. Offering four eateries from casual to fine dining, two oceanfront pools and an utterly spoiling spa. The perfect beach break. See More

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  • Southern Cross Club Little Cayman, Cayman Islands 14 rooms from £465

    Fishing  -  For those who enjoy deep sea fishing the lodge has a fully-equipped 24′ Pursuit for tuna, dolphin, wahoo, and marlin.
    Diving  -  The reefs around provide some of the finest diving in the world.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    A honeymooner's paradise. Chic Caribbean-style cottages and honeymoon suites set on the beach. Romantic candle lit dinners, deep sea fishing, diving on the coral reef, gourmet cuisine, swimming pool, and as much relaxation or activity as you please. A tropical romance with a difference. See More

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  • Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa Grand Cayman 266 rooms from £630

    Families  -  Perfectly set up to give everyone a much needed break- with kids club, a shallow end pool with inflatable toys and babysitting
    Total relaxation  -  With fabulously indulgent beach facing suites, deep soaking tubs, technicoloured sunsets and a pampering spa
    Great walks  -  The island's first walking and biking boardwalk passes right by the hotel, or you can freestyle it on the beach
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Take the Kimpton luxury hotel group, bring it to one of the Cayman Islands most iconic beaches, and you have a recipe that is guaranteed to work! Interiors are as elegant and indulgent as you would imagine, with well-placed nods to local culture. The facilities, cuisine and service don't disappoint. See More

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  • Caribbean Club Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 37 rooms

    Romantic Break  -  Luxurious interiors, in-room massages, private sun decks and hot tubs, sunset horse riding and infinity pool
    Fishing  -  Captain Marvin’s and Ezona’s Aquatics offer excellent fishing trips
    Private Hot Tub  -  All suites and villas have hot tub bath tubs.
    Swimming Pool  -  Beachfront infinity pool with waterfall.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    Opulent apartment complex. Decor is creamy with marbles, gilded mirrors, and large modern kitchens with granite bars. All suites & villas have hot tub bath tubs. Outdoor infinity pool, gym and massages available. Excellent Italian menu and slick bar. Luxurious and romantic. See More

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