It’s that time of year––everyone is gearing up for spring break and scrambling to finalize plans. If you’re anything like most travelers, you’ve probably started the often laborious task of sifting through articles about the best-cheapest-prettiest-warmest destination for your spring travel this year. Good news––we’re going to cut your work down exponentially and make it simple: the Cayman Islands are where you should head for spring break.
A British Overseas Territory, the Cayman Islands are made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman––all nestled prettily in the cerulean waters of the western Caribbean. Each island offers something a little different, of course, but what they all promise this time of year: sunshine, sunkissed skin, and soft, sandy beaches. According to the International Associate for Medical Assistance to Travelers, there is no current threat of Zika, so you can add that to your list of worries to leave at home.
Often touted as the most popular destination among the three islands, Grand Cayman is probably the one you’ve heard of the most––and for good reason. Aptly named for its size and personality, the biggest island offers a lot: bountiful hikes that yield stunning vistas and sunrises or sunsets (try the Mastic Trail) to the west, the famously crescent-shaped Seven Mile Beach, rare Blue Iguanas in Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on the east side, and the enticingly luxurious George Town where you can enjoy outstanding cuisine, Caribbean culture, and do plenty of both local and duty-free shopping.
Ideal for the adventure-forward traveler, the little island of Cayman Brac is equal parts rugged and luscious––and just a quick 30-minute flight from exciting Grand Cayman. It’s named after a dramatic bluff that overlooks the crystalline Caribbean waters, and is a wonderful place to start (and end) your vacation, especially for those who love to explore the outdoors and get to know local flora and fauna. From snorkeling around sunken ships and limestone caves or fishing from a seawall to birdwatching and hiking through the lush vegetation, there truly is no shortage of ways to unwind on this pristine spit of land.
Remote beaches, total serenity, an abundance of opportunities to explore...these are just a few of the qualities that make Little Cayman, Grand Cayman’s sister island, such a draw. At 10 miles long by one mile wide, Little Cayman is small enough to feel local and manageable, yet big enough to feel like you can roam and discover. And, of course, there is no shortage of breathtaking views from all sides of the island. You can head out to Owen Island, a secluded little spit of land just a quick kayak ride away (it’s the “unofficial” fourth island), or slip into the vibrant blue waters of South Hole Sound Lagoon for an unforgettable swim. Maybe take half a day to dive off the five-thousand-foot drop at Bloody Bay Wall (don’t worry about the name––there’s nothing but beautiful marine life to encounter here). Whatever you do, we’re sure you’ll want to spend all your time in and around the beautiful waters of Little Cayman.