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Cayman Islands

Our verdict:

Grand Cayman is sophisticated, polished and safe - in every sense of the word - with classy hotels, top restaurants and dreamy Seven Mile Beach. But there's also plenty to see and do with pristine reefs, stingray encounters, submarine trips, kayaking through ancient mangroves and island-hopping excursions to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. Perfect with or without the kids.

Recommended tour operator: British Airways Holidays

British Airways Holidays says

Take pristine beaches, add a twist of adventure, blend in a generous dose of natural beauty and you have the Caribbean paradise that is the Cayman Islands. Whether you are looking for an idyllic romantic escape, action-packed trip or unforgettable family break – a holiday in the Cayman Islands will fulfil your every wish.

  • Direct flights
  • Diving and water sports
  • Spectacular beaches

Stroll barefoot along the powdery white sands of the award-winning Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Cool off with a relaxing dip in the crystal-clear waters, then gaze at the sunset over cocktails at a vibrant beach bar.

For the adventurous, world-class scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking opportunities await around the reefs and coves of these stunning tropical islands, boasting 365 dive sites. At the famous Stingray City, a shallow sand bar in the North Sound, stand in the warm waters and watch the awe-inspiring creatures as they glide elegantly past.

Inland, look out for the red-flecked Cayman Parrot while trekking through lush mangrove forests. Or take in the kaleidoscope of floral colour on a serene stroll through the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Volunteer with the National Trust to help on a range of projects to support the local wildlife.

Fantastic duty-free shopping means you can enjoy retail therapy without the guilt. Head to Grand Cayman’s capital, Georgetown, or hit the luxury boutiques of Camana Bay. When you have worked up an appetite, choose from over 200 eateries – from laid-back cafés to lavish restaurants.

Head to the National Gallery to see how the local art scene has developed since the 1970s, or stop off at the National Historic Site, Pedro St James, to learn more about Grand Cayman’s heritage and culture.

Offering five direct weekly flights from London Heathrow to Owen Roberts International Airport, British Airways can make your dream Cayman Islands escape a reality. Our carefully selected range of Grand Cayman hotels includes options for every taste and budget.

Find out more about our holidays in the Cayman Islands.

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