Whether seeking inspired family fun or the ultimate in self-indulgence, no desire goes unfulfilled on a Grand Cayman resort vacation. Enveloped by crystalline waters and world-renowned reefs teeming with life, this wondrous island is an aquatic adventurer's dream. By day, connect with Cayman's mellow mentality by strolling through botanical gardens or sipping frozen cocktails in the sand. At sunset, try to catch the green flash, an atmospheric phenomenon that, like the rest of this mystical Paradise, you must see to believe.
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Grand Cayman Travel Map
Grand Cayman at a Glance
Location: Western Caribbean, just 480 miles south of Miami
Size: 76 square miles (22 miles long by 5 miles wide)
Climate: Averages an idyllic 77-82° daily
Language: English, complimented by laid-back island slang
Currency: Cayman Islands Dollar (divided into 100 cents), though major U.S. credit cards accepted most everywhere
For information about entry requirements for Grand Cayman, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html.
Right in the middle of Grand Cayman's famed Seven Mile beach is the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. Walk through the softest sand in the Caribbean to nearby restaurants, shops and nightclubs, or explore the reef directly in front of the resort - just 50 yards from the shore.
The golden sand on the Seven Mile Beach and the luminescent pink sand on Point of Sand are perfect spots to go jogging, sunning, swimming, windsurfing and scuba diving. If you're looking to get off the beaten path, check out the nearly deserted beaches of Cayman Brac, situated on the southwest coast.
Among the many activities on Grand Cayman, there are restaurants that offer a place to sit and enjoy incredible authentic Caymanian dishes. Sea Turtle commonly appears on menus along with the national food of the Cayman Islands, Queen Conch. You'll find conch offered in a variety of ways, from hors d'oeuvres to main dishes and in the form of conch chowder.
Experience La Mer Spa, a full-service spa at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. Specialized YonKa treatments, with an emphasis from the plant world, offer unique options. You can also take advantage of many unique treatments, including aromatherapy, phytotherapy, fruitherapy and marine therapy. With so many options, professional therapists are on hand to help you choose the perfect treatment.
Make your way to the best golf course on the island, Britannia Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus. This golf club is not only well respected for its nine-hole course, but also for its lake views and its charming restaurant. Swing with the trade winds at North Sound Club, a par 71 designed by Roy Case. It's challenging, but it was designed with the heavy wind gusts in mind.
When you need a break from all that bargain hunting, you can always ascend one of the island's lush hillsides for refreshing Caribbean vistas. Island insider George Sebastian shares the view from Solberg Lookout.
St. Thomas Synagogue
The historic St. Thomas Synagogue has weathered all the physical elements, and its sand floors symbolize the struggle - and survival - of its earliest congregants. Rabbi Arthur Starr explains how the Spanish exiles preserved their faith in the face of persecution.