Cayman Islands Diving & Golf Article
Cayman Islands diving – canyons and shipwrecks plus spectacular marine life
Cayman Islands diving article written by Sports Journalist Paul Trow
Editorial add-on written by Linda Jackson, Editor – Active Caribbean
Cayman Islands diving offers plenty to entice divers to these three low-lying islands south of Cuba. While pine trees and mangroves give Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman a luxuriant look, underwater corals, canyons and shipwrecks make the islands one of the world’s top diving destinations.
The marine life is spectacular, especially the tame stingrays that swim alongside snorkelers and divers at Stingray City.
Boatswain’s Beach in Grand Cayman is a unique marine theme park with a turtle farm and inviting saltwater lagoons. Life in this British overseas territory is agreeably slow and relaxed, particularly in Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Cayman Islands diving is just the beginning – play golf too
As for golf… the two top courses in Grand Cayman are Hyatt Britannia and North Sound. Hyatt Britannia, the first Jack Nicklaus signature creation in the Caribbean, consists of a nine-hole championship course and an 18-hole executive layout.
North Sound (previously the Links at Safehaven), a 6,605-yard course designed in 1994 by Florida-based Roy Case, is close to the famous Seven Mile Beach waters and set against the North Sound, making for both interesting play and panoramic views of the Caribbean.
A combination of the natural Caymanian terrain and prevailing ocean breezes mean that North Sound’s narrow fairways and abundant water and sand make for a tough golfing challenge.
Active Caribbean Editor’s add-on:
The British colonised (from Jamaica) the Cayman Islands in the 18th and 19th centuries and today they still remain a British Overseas Territory. The three islands — Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – are situated to the north-west of Jamaica and to the south of Cuba, around 475 miles to the south west of Miami.
Grand Cayman itself, just 28 miles long and seven miles wide, offers more than 250 dive sites, shallow reefs, plus deep walls as well as ship wrecks. Grand Cayman is famous for its seven mile beach and the ‘blue dragons’ – the resident iguanas.
You’ll also find masses of stingrays and yellowtail snappers in ‘Stingray City’ – a popular tourist attraction – don’t miss it, it’s a fabulous snorkelling experience.
With no form of tax the Cayman Islands thrive as an offshore financial centre and, consequently, you’ll find hundreds of banks and trust companies there. Eating out, however, is pretty expensive although there is no shortage of restaurants – nor lobsters. You’ll be able to enjoy lobster-everything!
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