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Kiss a Sting Ray and have Seven Years Good Luck!
The Cayman Islands were first sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1503 when he named the islands Las Tortugas due to the large amount of sea turtles seen swimming nearby. Sir Francis Drake, an English sea captain arrived in 1586 and named the islands Cayman (pronounced cay-MAN) after the indigenous word for crocodile. This British claimed territory has a rich history and the English influence is everywhere. It is one of the only British colonies in the Caribbean still in existence. Today, the Caymans are a haven for water enthusiasts and probably best known as an international financial center with more registered businesses than the 40,000 inhabitants.
The Caymans are made up of three islands. Grand Cayman is the largest island highlighted by the North Sound which is a shallow lagoon protected by a fabulous reef. It is due to this reef that cruise ships must tender and cannot dock in Georgetown. Cayman Brac is named for the Gaelic word for bluff as its central feature is a bluff that runs the length of the island into the sea. The smallest island is Little Cayman and it is the least developed as it has no sources of natural freshwater.
Georgetown, Grand Cayman is the capital city and the jumping off point for most visitors whether traveling by air or sea. It is the start of the laidback Seven Mile Beach that is home to many beautiful resorts. The city is the central shopping mecca that is always bustling with activity. You can catch a boat to Stingray City, the very popular area in the North Sound where you can interact with the Stingrays. These magnificent rays are used to swimming with people so they rub against you making this is a very unique experience for all.
Cayman Brac is known as one of the best diving spots in all of the Caribbean. Its warm, shallow waters are famous for all levels of wreck diving. This island is perfect for those who like to get off the beaten path. It is a bird watchers paradise and hiking trails are aplenty throughout the entire island.
Little Cayman is the most quiet and tranquil of the islands and a top honeymoon destination. It does have its excitement during the year though. Pirates Week and the Little Cayman cook off transform the serene sands into lively music festivals.
Caymans have something to offer for everyone from the double arches of Cheeseburger Reef to the a trip to the rocky formations of the city of Hell. Whatever you choose, be sure to Kiss a Stingray for the most interesting way to get seven years of good luck!
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