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You'll discover plenty to do above and below the crystal blue waters of Grand Cayman island.
The sun is warm, the breezes cool and the waters vivid blue. Add to that wave runners, ocean kayaks, parasailing and a fast-growing favorite, wind-surfing, and you may never want to exist on dry land again.
Prevailing winds on Grand Cayman's East End and North Sound provide near perfect conditions and with little instruction, beginners can take on the calmer waters located inside the reef or off Seven Mile Beach. Adventurers will enjoy the waters off East End and in North Sound.
If you are not a diver, a comfortable air-conditioned submarine voyage is the perfect way to enjoy the famous coral reefs and magical sea-life. Choose from a spectacular 100- foot dive, or go for the ultimate - a voyage down the Cayman Wall to a world 800 feet below the surface in a submersible.
The sun is shining, the air carries the scent of ocean breezes and the golf links beckon. The Cayman Islands' first 18-hole championship course, The Links at Safe Haven, offers 103 acres, 60 of which have been planted with Bermuda grass and created according to rigourous U.S. Golf Association standards.
To fish or not to fish is a question never asked on the Cayman Islands. The clean, warm waters are filled with blue marlin, wahoo, tuna and dolphin, and fishing is a year-round activity. Bone fishing on Grand Cayman's North Sound and other areas known by local guides is challenging.
The Grand Tour: Discover the charm of the Island, on-foot.
Take a self-guided historical tour of George Town. Experience the beauty of the tiny churches, memorials, homes and buildings that played an historic role in the Islands' past. Visit the National Museum and discover the rich sea-faring past that includes tales of buccaneering feats that have now reached mythical proportions.
Dining and Entertainment
With the freshest seafood you will ever taste, the native cuisine may cause you to forget there are also wonderfull Chinese, French, Mexican, Northern Italian and Continental restaurants on the island. Every kind of dining experience is available to you, from a quick lunch at a tiny establishment to an elegant five course feast for the palate. After all, variety is the spice of life.
Pirates Week - October
During the last week in October, pirates and their wenches fill the streets of George Town. Watch history come alive through the District Heritage days, complete with pirates, parades, costume contests, music and fireworks, sports competitions and craft fairs. There's a mock pirate landing by bands of roving pirates who "arrest" the Governor in George Town harbor. It's all in fun and in commemoration of the early seafaring days.
No, you probably won't spot one of the Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas at night. Why? Because they love to bask in the ever-present sun. But to view one of them in all their glory, visit the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.
Make sure you visit the Turtle Farm, where you will find thousands of turtles and tiny hatchlings weighing just a few ounces to 600-pound adults over 100 years old. In case you've never done it, they enjoy a slight pet on those wrinkled necks. The Turtle Farm is dedicated to repopulating the Cayman waters with the same species of green sea turtles that covered the shores in 1503 when Columbus discovered the islands. In fact the turtles are the reason the islands were dubbed "Las Tortugas".
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