Attractions In The Cayman Islands
Immersed in the tropical greenery of the Cayman Islands, famous for its excellent climate, is recognized as one of the world’s best places for recreation and scuba diving, yachting and surfing. There is virtually no crime in the Cayman Islands. Wonderful beaches, modern entertainment industry, developed infrastructure, low taxes and political stability are the main motives for recreation here, as well as for the purchase of real estate or financial transactions. Built from coral blocks, the walls of picturesque local towns and numerous villas, the year-round warm and clear water, and the modest flow of “organized tourists” make the Caymans one of the best holiday destinations in the Caribbean.
West Bay and the reefs along the North Sound coast of Grand Cayman offer a wide range of areas for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach. Victoria house reef off West Bay, near the famous seven-Mile Beach, abounds in fish, crustaceans and orange sponges-pipes. The North wall reef near Jackson point in Small Cayman serves as a concentration site for stingrays and barracudas, turtles and a mass of coral reefs of all colors and sizes. Cayman Brac has small “gardens” of amazing coral “antlers” near its South-West coast and steep underwater walls at the foot of the island, almost steeply sinking into the depths of the sea at the East coast. An extremely popular attraction is a dive on the Atlantis Deep Explorer. This submarine is specially built for tourist dives to great depths and takes on Board two passengers, lowering them to depths of 330 m, where the bizarre underwater world begins, inaccessible to conventional means of immersion.
Georgetown is a fairly modern city, with houses made of the most advanced materials, bristling with satellite antennas. The temptations of tourist Georgetown are great and include the modest historical center, which has remained virtually unchanged since the end of the 18th century, Fort George (XVIII century) and the national Museum of the Cayman Islands, located in the oldest building of the city. The national Museum is considered one of the best in the Caribbean and is famous for its exhibitions from the history of the appearance of man on the Islands, a small collection of folk art and natural history exhibitions. Cayman Maritime Treshe Museum (“Cayman Maritime treasure Museum”) has a diorama dedicated to the days when the Islands were one of the centers of navigation, as well as a unique “automated guide” – a cybernetic system “Blackbird”, which “tells stories about the removal of the past” Cayman Islands.
Georgetown itself functions mainly as a banking and shopping center. From North to South along the banks of the West Bay stretches seven Mile beach (“seven Mile Beach”), which, despite some oversaturated coastal strip hotels and restaurants, offers travelers ancient white sand, excellent service and good conditions for diving and all kinds of water sports.
Near the town of Bodden to the East of Georgetown on the main road to the East end, there are the so-called Caves of the City Pirates. It is a remote but funny place, all shrouded in legends and horror stories. Rumor has it that the pirates used this place to hide their prey in the many damp inner passages of the caves, and that the treasures are still in these labyrinths, littered with skulls and the wreckage of some objects. The authenticity of these legends is highly doubtful, but nevertheless, every year thousands of tourists come here in the hope of finding “flint’s gold”, “Drake’s Treasury” or just with interest to spend time both on excavations and on nearby beaches.
Hall is a jagged black rock in the Northwest of Grand Cayman that once inspired a local official who exclaimed, ” This is a place that resembles Hell,” which is the name of this grotesquely beautiful place. As a result, the “Golden bottom” was opened for the locals, who got a reason to paint their cars in the most “hellish” color combinations and decorate their buildings with “devil” symbols, which attracts thousands of tourists. The local Satan, the symbol of the city, is quite friendly and many colorful ceremonies are held in his honor. In fact, very devout Christians, the locals treat their “symbol” with great humor, but also with respect, which is strongly emphasized during the ceremonies.
The world’s only Turtle farm, Cayman, is Located nearby. This state-run institution is making great efforts to increase the number of green turtles in the wild, not forgetting about the commercial side of the matter – the sale of meat and shells of these rare animals brings a good income. According to the Agreement on International trade In endangered species, the green sea turtle is an endangered species, and the import of products made from its shell is illegal in many countries that have signed the agreement. However, every year this company produces several thousand small turtles in the sea, so its environmental activities are undeniable.
Pedro castle, lying East of Georgetown – how disappointing the view of the castle is – without defensive ramparts and powerful towers, without a moat or drawbridge. But it is one of the oldest fortifications in the Caribbean (most of its buildings date back to 1780), making it the oldest building in the Cayman Islands. The castle served a variety of purposes, from prison to court and Parliament, before recent restoration work turned it into a Museum. The castle is often advertised as the “birthplace of democracy” on the island – it was here that the first elections were decided in 1831. It is also important that this is the very place where the Abolition Of Slavery was proclaimed in 1835.