Insight into the Cayman Islands
2nd July 2015
With US tensions relaxing and new leadership in the country, Cuba is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in the world. A visit to the largest Caribbean island will allow you to travel into the past and experience glistening old cars and salsa dancing. Star Clippers operate a variety of cruises around Cuba – sailing from and returning to Cienfuegos. These cruises, on board the Star Flyer, take place during the winter seasons – between December and March.
In addition to Cuba, these itineraries will also allow you to visit the Cayman Islands. This group of islands form a British overseas territory, yet it provides a taste of Florida. Stopping at the scenic and picturesque island of Cayman Brac, and the luxurious city of George Town on the main island, Grand Cayman, you will be sure to enjoy a diverse and unique experience. This week, Star Clippers takes a closer look at what you can see and experience in the Cayman Islands.
On May 10, 1503, Christopher Columbus discovered Cayman Brac along with its sister island, Little Cayman, after being blown off course whilst sailing between Hispaniola and Panama. He named the islands “Las Tortugas” because of the many turtles he witnessed and then set off without venturing further into the islands and surrounding shores. Sir Francis Drake encountered the islands later, in 1586, and renamed them the Caymans after reportedly seeing many crocodiles.
Cayman Brac is an adventurer’s paradise and is perfect for travellers seeking an experience off the beaten track. For those looking the experience diving, visit the Bloody Bay. Here, you will be greeted by 1,000 feet of nearly vertical cliff wall which descends into the ocean floor. Admiring the wide range of marine life and corals will take your breath away. For those looking to explore the dry land, there are many lush green forests and rockeries that boast an amazing wealth of wildlife including the endangered Brac Parrot, Frigate birds and red-footed boobies.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is the centre of some of the world’s largest banking institutions. With that, the opportunity comes to with tax-free, duty-free and almost restriction free shopping. George Town is home to many designer labels, and after a day of shopping – there’s no better place to relax with a cocktail whilst watching the sunset in one of the many laid-back beach bars.
If you'd prefer a sense of adventure, you won’t be disappointed with the options available in George Town. This is one of the only places in the world where you can get close encounters with tame sting-rays. You can even experience the surrounding marine life and what lies beneath the surface without getting wet. The Atlantis Submarine Expedition will allow you to witness the Grand Cayman’s Underwater Marine Park from 30 metres below the surface.
If you want to experience everything the Cayman Islands have to offer, look no further than Star Clippers Cuba itineraries. These winter sailings on board the Star Flyer will depart from Cienfuegos, Cuba, before sailing to some of the islands that make up this fantastic country and the Cayman Islands.