Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is a prosperous island with a British feel despite the huge American influence on tourism. The island is green with luxuriant vegetation, especially at the East End where there are pastures and grazing cows. North Sound is a 40-square-mile lagoon with mangroves, although dredging schemes and urban growth threaten the mangrove habitat and the reefs. Some low-key but sophisticated development has taken place along the north coast around Cayman Kai, which has lovely beaches and good swimming and snorkelling. Most of the tourist development is along Seven Mile Beach on West Bay, where there are hotels, clubs, sports facilities, banks, restaurants and supermarkets.

Getting there and around

Driving is on the left and the roads are in good order. There is a bus service all over the island with marked stops. If you stand by the road minibuses will toot their horns to see if you want a ride. Be careful of buses whose doors open into the centre of the road. Island tours can be arranged at about US$60 for a taxi, or US$10 per person on a bus with a minimum of 20 people. Check with your hotel for full details.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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