The Sophistication of The Cayman Islands
This week on the Travel Show – the turquoise sea and white sand beaches of the Cayman Islands - perfect for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or family vacation.
Visit the Cayman Islands with WestJet and WestJet Vacations. WestJet offers non-stop service from Toronto to Grand Cayman three times a week, with connections from other Canadian cities. Book your flight or vacation package today at westjet.com or call your travel agent.
The largest of the three is Grand Cayman and her sisters, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, are just a short flight northeast. The trio of islands is easy to reach and easy to navigate once on island. English is spoken, U.S. dollars are accepted, and visitors are made to feel welcome with a special brand of Caymanian hospitality. Grand Cayman has sophisticated infrastructure and culture. The $400 million dollar Town Centre in Camana Bay offers high-end boutiques and shops, a state-of-the-art movie theatre and an exciting calendar of events.
And the Cayman Islands have so many exciting events! Coming up are the Marathon in December and The Cayman Cook Out in January with celebrity chef Susur Lee. Plus there's luxurious accommodation, delicious culinary experiences and terrific duty free shopping.
The crystal clear waters offer world-class scuba diving and snorkeling. Uniquely, Grand Cayman's newest dive attraction will be accessible to both. The USS Kittiwake will be sunk in shallow waters on the north end of world famous Seven Mile Beach.
Widely known as one of the top dive destinations in the world, the Cayman Islands offers pristine walls, fascinating shipwrecks and an unrivalled variety of marine life at its more than 250 dive sites. Cayman Islands have more than 40 dive operations spread throughout the island trio. As well as great dive sites there is great windsurfing, fishing and fantastic water sports.
Plenty of water sports equipment can be rented at virtually every hotel along Seven Mile Beach: banana boats, catamarans, ocean kayaks, sailboats, wave runners, windsurfers, sea scooters, and, of course, snorkeling equipment. For those inclined to reach new heights, parasailing is also available right on the beach.
Fishing is one of the "hottest sports in the Cayman Islands, and many experienced Caymanian captains operate excursions that include fishing, swimming and a fresh-caught lunch. From trolling for tuna and marlin to a light tackle challenge with bonefish, the Cayman Islands pack plenty of angling action into its waters.
Visit one of Grand Cayman's most popular attractions - turtle farm at Boatswain's Beach in West Bay - where the adventurous can snorkel nose to nose with reef sharks, moray eels and more! Here, tanks of green sea turtles (15,000 in total), from tiny newborns to huge breeders, enable visitors to see the different stages in turtle development.
Or visit one of the Island's most famous shallow dives - Stingray City. Often referred to as the "world's best 12-foot dive, Stingray City provides the rare opportunity to swim with more than two-dozen "tame Atlantic Southern Stingrays. Discover these and more sightseeing treasures at www.caymanislands.ky
Listen to the show Saturday December 4, 2010 for your chance to win a return trip for two people on WestJet* to the Grand Cayman. Prize also includes four nights at the stunning Marriott Grand Cayman Resort, directly on Seven Mile Beach.
Photos courtesy of The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and Don McDougal
* Scheduled service to Grand Cayman is seasonal which currently ends April 2011 and will tentatively resume early November 2011.