Grand Cayman Adventure Guide
This guest blog post was curated for Bucky by Marie Nieves.
At the very mention of the Caribbean Sea, you instantly conjure up images of turquoise iridescent waters, playful waves and gentle sand. You can practically taste that piña colada. Of the many exotic destinations, the Grand Cayman Island remains one of the most desired hotspots for tourists, cruise-ship visitors and digital nomads alike. The blend of organic luxury and untamed but mellow wildlife offers a perfect escape both for thrill-seekers and sunbathers alike.
You can absolutely experience the best of both worlds without leaving this little slice of paradise in the heart of the Caribbean. Feel free to infuse your own itinerary with the following ideas, and suggest your own in the comments for first-time visitors who have yet to see the magnificent beauty of this island!
Head to the beach
If you want to see one of the main spots that have made the island so famous among nature lovers, go to Seven Mile Beach, the crown jewel of the island. It’s not just home to various spas and resorts that will make sure you are pampered every second of every day, but it’s surrounded by exquisite sandy shores and sky-blue water. Pro tip: spend an entire day basking in the sun only to watch it set in one of the most spectacular vistas you will have ever witnessed.
To turn it up a few notches on your adventure scale, rent a bike and swoosh across the beaches to enjoy the fresh air and explore the island’s smaller, more secluded coastal spots. For a more romantic experience, horseback riding is another splendid option for a new perspective of the island.
Meet the sea life
You haven’t visited the Grand Cayman until you have dived into its sublime waters to spend some time with the local wildlife, the most popular of which are the stingrays! These majestic creatures create an adventure of their own to each and every visitor who wants to dip below the surface of sunbathing and cocktail-drinking. Take a few lessons and visit the local dive shops in Grand Cayman to book your own stingray adventure with a professional diving crew.
These playful giants of the sea are already familiar with human presence, but it’s still wise to follow in the footsteps (or fin paddles is more like it) of your guides who know the underwater life, as well as they, know the dryland. It’s a memorable experience, different every time, and profoundly rewarding when you learn that you can bond with such amazing beings.
Admire the caves
The island itself hides many other delightful sights in addition to its wonderful sea creatures and the stunning coastal views. For admirers of the natural world, the sight of the Crystal Caves will be a religious experience, as the imposing limestone formations create a surreal image, dwarfed only by the fact that there are over a hundred more caves in this intricate network, although only three are available for public visits.
Located in the rainforests of Northside, these caves hold a mystifying appeal as incredible as the environment in which they are situated. While the tour alone lasts approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, it still feels like a complete Indiana Jones adventure.
Prep for a hike
The island is brimming with walkable spots just waiting for your curious eye, but one stands out as the most spectacular of its kind – the Mastic Trail. The trail meanders through the 2 million-year-old woods and an equally bewildering swamp. That, however, doesn’t mean that the flora and fauna of the area are any less colorful and vibrant than the island’s underwater wealth. On the contrary; you should expect quite a few stops to admire the wildflowers and the birdsong coming from amidst the trees.
Although the trail is not too difficult overall, the humidity levels can turn it into a slightly more difficult endeavor. Save at least half a day for this adventure and make sure to keep your phone and your camera fully charged – selfie spots will abundant.
Discover the Devil’s Grotto
Two more underwater must-see marvels, aptly named Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto, are just south of the aforementioned Seven Mile Beach, making it a perfect snorkeling spot even for the laziest of adventure-lovers. Despite their cocky names, even beginners can feel welcome in this part of Cayman’s underwater kingdom.
A range of tropical fish living around the breathtaking reef formations will inspect you from up-close, and you can expect to see some wonderful barracuda specimens, as well as other inquisitive marine creatures.
The entire island is a dream-come-true for all those who wish to escape the concrete jungle of the cities and have an adventure of a lifetime among sea and land wildlife, surrounded by incredibly friendly locals. One thing’s for sure – no matter where you go next, you will want to go back to this ethereal island!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography and a regular author at High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.