Grand Cayman, Caribbean – Vacation Packages
Dubbed “The Islands that Time Forgot” by the Saturday Evening Post in the early 1950s, the Caymans today have become one of the world’s top dive-travel destinations. Some 480 miles, and an hour’s flying time, south of Miami, this Caribbean trio entertains more than 200,000 visitors each year. Physically beautiful, each island is blessed with an extraordinary fringing reef, superb marine life and sparkling, palm-lined beaches.
Underwater Cayman is a submerged mountain range complete with cliffs, drop-offs, gullies, caverns, sink holes and forests of coral. The islands are the visible above-the-sea portions of the mountains. At depth, the Cayman Trench drops off to more than 23,000 ft.
Grand Cayman, the largest and the most developed of the three, boasts world-class dive operations, restaurants and scores of luxury hotels and condominiums. The islands’ no-tax status – granted by Britain in the 1700s because of the heroic action of Caymanians in saving the lives of passengers and crews of 10 sailing ships – has attracted numerous corporations and banks. Its capital, Georgetown, ranks as the fifth-largest financial center in the world, with nearly 600 international banks.
For more on Grand Cayman, check out the Grand Cayman Travel Guide on BootsnAll.