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Families will love:

  • Seven Mile Beach
  • Diving and snorkeling
  • Island hopping

With a dive site for every day of the year (or so the locals say), crystal-clear visibility and relatively calm conditions, the Cayman Islands are one of the best places in the Caribbean for families to go diving (SCUBA or even submarine) and snorkeling -- or simply relaxing. On land, families can enjoy upscale resorts, intimate hotels and most popular, vacation home rentals. A few ... more
With a dive site for every day of the year (or so the locals say), crystal-clear visibility and relatively calm conditions, the Cayman Islands are one of the best places in the Caribbean for families to go diving (SCUBA or even submarine) and snorkeling -- or simply relaxing. On land, families can enjoy upscale resorts, intimate hotels and most popular, vacation home rentals. A few resorts in the Cayman Islands offer all-inclusive packages, but you won't find traditional all-inclusive resorts here.

The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, consist of three islands: the 76-square-mile Grand Cayman, the 10-square-mile Little Cayman and 14-square-mile Cayman Brac.

Grand Cayman
The tourist hub and site of famous Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman -- population about 60,000 -- is also the most popular island for families, with the largest selection of hotels and attractions. Can't-miss experiences include Stingray City, Cayman Crystal Caves, and the aforementioned submarine; yes, you can go underwater in a submarine (Atlantis Submarines) to view sea life! Bioluminescent kayaking is also a must for families with teens.

Little Cayman
For rich reefs but relatively few people, go to Little Cayman. Traffic signs warn "Iguana! Drive Carefully." Since most resorts package lodging, meals and dives, the island supports only a few non-hotel restaurants. Experts claim Bloody Bay Wall off Little Cayman's north shore to be one of the Caribbean's top dives. For families, Little Cayman is best for a day trip.

Cayman Brac
Cayman Brac can also be done in a day trip; rent a car or take a guided island tour to see popular dive sites, scenic outlooks and the island's only lighthouse. You might also consider overnighting at the Cayman Brac Reef Resort, which offers an all-inclusive package, or the high-end Le Soleil d'Or.

One thing all three Cayman Islands share in common? "Cayman Kindness." Caymaians are some of the friendliest we've encountered in our travels, and are genuinely happy to help tourists -- whether it's providing directions or recommending a good place to eat.

Written by Candyce H. Stapen and Amanda Norcross less

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