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Wonders of the Cayman Islands

Caribbean blue, Cayman Islands
Caribbean blue, Cayman Islands / Pete Markham, / CC BY-SA 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

The Cayman Islands are the most remote Caribbean Islands. These small islands are that remote that archaeologists are not sure whether any people lived here in Pre-Columbian times at all.

Islands are rich with endemic species of plants and animals and have some comparatively recent historical landmarks. Here are beautiful dive sites and interesting are also the caves and cliffs of Cayman Brac.

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WorldViolet Top 12 wonders of the Cayman Islands

Geological wonders

Hell in Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

An area covered with limestone pinnacles, formed by karst processes. If a pebble is thrown in it, it sounds as if falling for a long time.

Hell in Grand Cayman
Hell in Grand Cayman / SWIMPHOTO, / CC BY 2.0
The Bluff in Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac

Massive, up to 43 m tall limestone cliff at the sea – the most impressive relief form in Cayman islands. Many caves and blowholes.

Blow hole near Bluff, Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac

There are several blowholes in Cayman Brac. The best known is near the Bluff and it sounds as a violently boiling tea kettle. It is slanted and during the wave action blows out wet air and at the very end – a splash.

Bat Cave, Great Cave, Peter’s Cave, Rebeca’s Cave

Cayman Brac

Some of the many caves on Cayman Brac are adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. Caves are used by local people as hurricane shelters. Massive stalagmites in Peter’s Cave look as if they are holding the ceiling of the cave. Bats and owls live in Bat’s Cave. Rebeca’s Cave is named after a baby girl who died in the cave while the family hid from the hurricane.

Caymanite find in East End

Grand Cayman

A find of the rare variety of dolostone in bright colors.

Caymanite find in Bluff

Cayman Brac

Find of a semi-precious stone – a hard variety of dolostone with interesting colors.

Grand Cayman Blow Holes

Grand Cayman

Several scenic blowholes. In rough weather, the water fountains here may be more than 10 m high. Water has deposited small limestone terraces around the blowhole.

Blowhole, Grand Cayman
Blowhole, Grand Cayman./ Joy, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Architecture wonders

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Grand Cayman

Botanical garden with a rich collection of tropical plants. This is also a protected nature area with rare local species of plants and animals.

Pedro St. James Castle

Grand Cayman

Manor house – the oldest structure in the Cayman Islands, built in 1780. Historical house of landowner William Eden. The Parliament of the Cayman Islands started its operations here in 1831.

National Museum of Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

Museum in a historical, more than 150 years old building. It has served as a government building, jail, court, and post office.

Bodden Town Mission House

Grand Cayman

A historic house that since 1800 became a "Mission House", as here lived missionaries and teachers with their families.

Bodden Town Mission House in Grand Cayman
Bodden Town Mission House in Grand Cayman / SWIMPHOTO, / CC BY 2.0
Fort George in Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

Remains of a colonial fort that was built in 1790. Partly demolished in 1972.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Frommer’s Portable Cayman Islands

– Insightful commentary on the best places to stay, dine and enjoy the outdoors on Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac.
– Up-to-the-minute coverage of the hottest shopping and nightlife on all three islands.
– Reviews of our favorite Cayman Islands experiences, from exploring the coast in a submarine to swimming with stingrays to visiting the world’s only green sea turtle farm.

Fodor’s In Focus Cayman Islands

One of the most popular destinations for Americans in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands lie between the sun-kissed beaches of Cancún and the western tip of Jamaica. Famous for its ravishing coral reefs, safety, and hospitality, Cayman is a favorite destination for families, couples, and scuba divers. Full-color Fodor’s InFocus Cayman Islands has detailed coverage of Grand Cayman, plus in-depth information on the sister islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, famous for great diving and casual resort accommodations, yet relatively undiscovered.

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