A Scuba Divers Dream
In the 500 years since Christopher Columbus was blown off course en route to Hispaniola and landed on The Cayman Islands, this beautiful setting has changed dramatically in some ways, and not at all in others. No longer inhabited solely by turtles, large lizards and other wildlife, the Caymans have nonetheless retained much of their native beauty.
Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands in 1503. He named the islands Las Tortugas because of the abundance of turtles that inhabited the nearby waters. By 1530, the islands were being called the "Caymanas", which derived from a Carib Indian name for crocodiles, who were known to be abundant around Cayman Island beaches at the time.
Residents of The Caymans enjoy the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. As you'll discover on your Cayman Island vacation, instead of casinos, fevered nightlife, and crime, Caymanians live in a stable community where education is highly valued, and readily available. Generations of Caymanians have passed down music, folklore, rich customs and even a lilting "sing-song" dialect that survives today.
The Cayman Islands consists of three islands, with Grand Cayman being the largest, and most developed. The two Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, lie approximately 89 miles east-northeast of Grand Cayman and are separated from each other by a channel about seven miles wide.
The beauty of Cayman Islands above and below the waves, the sunny climate and friendly people make these islands a natural dive vacation destination.