The Cayman Islands has year-round sunshine with average temperatures above 28°C, so anytime of the year is perfect for a getaway or a relaxing family holiday. The winter months of December right through to May offer the best weather as it is warm and sunny. The best time to go to the Cayman Islands is in April or May. Here you will still get to bathe in the warm sunshine but also be able to take advantage of cheaper hotel and resorts prices.
From June through to November is hurricane season, so you can expect more rainfall during this time of year. The worst storms tend to be in October.
Grand Cayman, the largest island is known for its luxury beach resorts, scuba diving and snorkelling sites. On Little Cayman, the smallest island, you can discover wildlife such as endangered iguanas. Cayman Brac is a popular point for deep-sea fishing excursions.
Capital City: George Town
Currency used in the Cayman Islands: Cayman Islands Dollar. The US Dollar is readily accepted at any many establishments but it is advised to exchange your money to the local currency to make it go further. ATMs are available that accept Visa and MasterCard.
Airports: Owen Roberts International Airport | Charles Kirkconnell International Airport | Edward Bodden Airfield
Visa & Entry Requirements: When travelling to the Cayman Islands, you must have a valid passport and return ticket. Most countries do not require a Visa. You can check out any further requirements you may need here.
Average temperature: The hottest month is August with an average temperature of 32°C (89°F) with the coolest month in January at 29°C (84°F).
The Cayman Islands have warm crystalline turquoise waters that wash onto stunning white sandy beaches along the marvellous coastline of these beautiful islands. When you visit the Cayman Islands, take to the waters and enjoy a swim alongside stingrays and leatherback turtles or dive below and venture around one of many historic shipwrecks just offshore.
Explore towards the north and the smaller sister islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman to seek out diverse birdlife, dark fascinating caves, lush rainforest and untouched natural beaches.
What to do in the Cayman Islands
Culture & Festivities
The Cayman Islands has been influenced over 500 years by many different and diverse cultures. You can see aspects of Great Britain with a strong Jamaican influence on the islands.
Caymanians are friendly with inviting personalities that will make you feel right at home when visiting their beautiful islands.
Through their history and diverse culture, Caymanians celebrate many traditions and festivals throughout the year that welcomes everyone to come and join in on.
Cayman Carnival Batabano
Named after the tracks left in the sand by Sea Turtles crawling towards their nesting place. The Cayman Carnival Batabano is one the liveliest events held in George Town in the first week of May.
This festival is a time of celebration that is vibrant and colourful, with parades dancing in the streets to the sounds of Calypso and Soco bands.
Explore this invigorating festival further here.
Little Cayman Mardi Gras Festival
Celebrated on the last Saturday before Ash Wednesday, the Little Cayman Mardi Gras is filled with dancing and music. People from all over Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac come to the island to take part in the celebrations.
Among the highlights of the festival is the float parade that begins at Head O’Bay and ends at Edward Bodden Airfield.
Following the procession is a masquerade ball and dinner where local musicians play and any proceeds from the even are donated to the Little Cayman National Trust.
Cayman Islands Pirates Week
Held during the first 2 weeks of November across each island, the Cayman Islands Pirates week is now one of the islands most anticipated events.
It celebrates the history of the islands as a stopping point for many pirates travelling across the vast ocean.
During each week, street dances, competitions, parades are held with storytelling of tales of famous pirates that landed on the shores.
A play is acted out on the George Town Harbour where you will sea pirates invade from the sea.
Thousands of people line the streets to watch the spectacle. It is a festival perfect for families to come, see and join in on.
You can see more by clicking here.
Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival
A festival were over 40 restaurants come together to serve up some of their finest food and wine. Participants can take part in cooking contests and taste some of the Cayman islands’ finest rum.
There are games for the children and guests can also enjoy a beach barbecue with live music and entertainment.
Best beaches to visit in the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands host a number of beautiful, white sandy beaches with captivating scenic views that truly are something to behold.
Seven Mile Beach
Located on the west coast of Grand Cayman, just a 10-minute drive north of George Town.
Not only is this one of the most popular beaches in the Cayman Islands but one of the biggest tourist attractions in the whole Caribbean.
This could be down to it’s seven miles of glorious white powder sand and beautiful turquoise coloured waters. It’s home to an incredible coral reef that is full of life with tropical fish, perfect for swimming and snorkelling around.
There are a good deal of water sport vendors available on the beach where you grab a surfboard or try your hand at jet skiing or parasailing.
This idyllic beach is perfect for couples and families to grab a spot on the sand, sunbathe or take a dip in the water.
Located on the North side of Grand Cayman and around a 40-minute drive from George Town, Rum Point is a tranquil, quieter beach compared to Seven Mile Beach that is perfect to relax and forget about the worries of the world.
It’s photogenic beach with white sand, clear crystal waters set against a wooden pier is something resembling a postcard.
Here you can settle into a sun lounger or hammock but also make sure to visit the Wreck Bar to try out a few of their delightful cocktails.
Point of Sand Beach
Located in Little Cayman, as the very eastern tip is Point of Sand Beach, or locally known as Lover’s Beach.
Unlike the other tourist filled beaches, this beach is perfect for a romantic day out for two that is quiet, peaceful and secluded.
Bring a blanket, a bottle of red wine and watch the sunset into the horizon. Stay into the night and star gaze and you will have never seen a more magnificent spectacle.
Located just north of Seven Mile Beach, a 15-minute drive of George Town, you will come across Cemetery Beach.
This is another one of Grand Cayman’s beautiful beaches. Here is perfect for snorkelling as just 30 yards just offshore opens up to amazing colourful coral reefs filled with tropical fish to view.
Many excursions anchor down at this spot as it provides one of the best places for snorkelling or diving.
Old Man Bay
Located on the North side of Grand Cayman, around a 30-minute drive of George Town.
Old Man Bay is a natural, untouched beach off the beaten track. White sand and jade coloured waters can be seen with a background of palm trees.
This beach is one of the most secluded beaches in Grand Cayman but perfect for anyone looking to get away from the hustle of all the tourism or to simply take a romantic stroll with a loved one.
Where to dine
The Cayman Islands are locally known as the ‘Culinary Capital of the Caribbean’.
The restaurants on these islands are very diverse where you will be able to find fabulous fine dining restaurants.
There are many restaurants that serve Sushi for any Japanese food lover, incredible steakhouses, traditional Italian culinary and a real variety of local Caribbean and Caymanian dishes.
- Blue – The Ritz-Carlton, West Bay Road, George Town (Seafood)
- Upstairs Restaurant – North Sound Beach and Marina 585 Water Cay Road, North Side (Caribbean, Seafood, Contemporary)
- Ristorante Pappagallo – 444 Conch Point Rd, West Bay (Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly)
- Copper Falls Steakhouse – 43 Canal Point Drive, Seven Mile Beach (American, Steakhouse, Contemporary)
- The Brasserie – Cricket Square 171 Elgin Avenue, George Town (Caribbean, Seafood, Fusion)
- Pirates Point Resort Dining Room – 328 Guy’s Bank Road (American, International)
- Beach Nuts Good Time Bar – Guy’s Bank Road (American, Pizza, Bar)
- Tipsy Turtle Bar – Brac Reef Beach Resort, Bert Marson Drive (Caribbean, Bar)
- Captain’s Table – South Side Road, West End (Caribbean, Southeastern)
- Asian House Restaurant – Church Close (Vietnamese, Asian)
- Restaurant Soleil – 2147 South Side Road, Le Soleil d’Or (Caribbean)
- Star Island Restaurant – 137 West End (Caribbean, Seafood)
Christopher Columbus was the first person to have ever been recorded of settling in the Cayman Islands, he named it ‘Las Tortugas’ – The Turtles after their large tortoise population.
Sir Francis Drake was a European explorer who then came across the islands in 1585 and seeing the large 10-foot crocodiles called ‘Caymanas’ – which is where the islands have now derived it’s named from.
It wasn’t really until the 1660’s that the islands started to populate with English soldiers from Jamaica and continued to grow in population right through to the 1800’s.
It then became a stopping point for European sailors and pirates when travelling to other lands.
The islands were a dependency of Jamaica but then remained a British colony when Jamaica became independent in 1962.