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Cayman Islands Travel Guide

If you are in the mood to dive in clear blue waters and see vivid coral reefs, then Cayman Islands is the place to be. The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas territory in the Caribbean Sea. Its neighboring countries are Cuba and Jamaica; and it is divided into three major regions. Grand Cayman is the largest island and where majority of the population resides. The other two islands are Little Cayman which has an area of around 10 square miles and Cayman Brac which is known for its spectacular terrain.

Temperature in Cayman Islands doesn't go lower than 70 F or higher than 90 F for all seasons. On average, the climate temperature is around 78 F. The coolest season of the year is from December to April and it is also the peak of tourist season. This period is considered their winter period and along with the fact that accommodation gets pricier, the beaches become more crowded.

Ideal time to visit is probably during their summer season of may to october, when the weather's warm and lodging rates become more affordable. Ironically, there is more rain in summer but these rain showers predictably clear, as quickly as they arrive. It's best to take precaution and check recent weather reports a few days prior to your arrival.

The country's main airport is Owen Roberts International Airport located in the capital city of George Town. Small country as Cayman Islands may seem to be, a number of international airlines currently flies to their service.

The other two airports of the Cayman Islands are Gerrard-Smith International Airport which is located at the western end of Cayman Brac, while Edward Bodden Airfield is situated at a grass strip in the southwestern coast of Little Cayman. Internal flights within the country are can be booked with Cayman Airways.

Places to visit abound the vibrant island of Cayman Islands. There is Seven Mile Beach and Boatswains beach, which are both in Grand Cayman. The latter is home of the famous Cayman Turtle Farm; and while already at it, you can also make a quick stop at Stingray City that can be visited in Grand Cayman.

On the eastern part of Grand Cayman's Savannah, it is worth visiting Pedro St. James National Historic site and on the northern side and there is Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in Frank Sound Road, which is also located in Grand Cayman. If you feel like taking a memento in the picturesque highest point in Cayman Islands, then make a quick stop at The Bluff in Cayman Brac.

Getting around the country is definitely easy. Aside from readily available taxicabs, you can also rent a car. It is interesting to take note that they drive on the left side of the road (which is often the case in British countries). You have to be at least 21 years old to hire your wheels and you can get a driver's license from any police station or the car rental company can process it for you. Take note that you should already have a valid driver's license from your home country before taking this option.

If you prefer a more rugged adventure, you can roam around the island by scooters or small motorcycles. Scooter rentals also abound the islands of Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Be sure to take precautionary measure though by adhering to their helmet policy for those who choose to ride their bikes.

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