Said to be home to more species than the Galapagos Islands, Cayman is a nature lover’s paradise, with its stunning natural beauty and access to some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna. Visitors will encounter the endangered blue iguana and Sister Islands rock iguana, three different species of sea turtle, the red-footed booby bird and stunning bioluminescence.
Tropical woodlands reveal elegant silver thatch palms (Cayman’s national tree) and an array of wild banana orchids, while the islands’ protected mangrove forests can be explored by kayak.
The Cayman Islands’ diary is packed with festivals, carnivals and sporting events. January is all about Cayman Cookout while May is party time as the Batabano carnival explodes in a riot of colour and music. October is restaurant month, before the pirates invade in November to celebrate Cayman’s swashbuckling heritage. The Cayman Islands marathon and annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony wrap up the year in December, in time for a warm Caribbean Christmas.
Known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands is famous for its extensive and diverse range of gastronomic offerings. With over 200 restaurants that offer beachside fare, sea-to-spoon and farm-to-fork menus, fine dining experiences and traditional local cuisine, Cayman is the perfect place to embark on a culinary adventure. Foodie events take place throughout the year, with Cayman Cookout taking centre stage in January.
This prestigious four-day event is hosted by chef Eric Ripert and includes an impressive roster of sommeliers, celebrity chefs and mixologists from around the world.
Extra flights in 2023 mean it’s now even easier to travel to Cayman from the UK. For the summer season the Cayman Islands will welcome a fifth weekly direct British Airways flight from London Heathrow. Flights will operate five times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.