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Cayman Islands

Day 21 - Georgetown, Grand Cayman

When & Where

sunny 82 °F

Names after the Carib Indian word for marine crocodile, Caymanians are proud fo their sea-going heritage. Legend tells a story of a shipwreck, whose crew, in trying to warn other ships, instead drew 9 more vessels onto the treacherous reef. Not a single life was lost. In gratitude, King George III declared Cayman Islands forever exempt from taxes, which turned into a billion dollar gift. There is no income, property, capital gains, or corporation taxes.

Of the three Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman, is the largest and home of the capital, George Town. Visitors from all over the globe flock here for three reasons; beaches, stretches of soft white sand fringed by clear turquoise water; the diving; and amazing shopping. Its international luxury brand reputation has earned the island its nickname "Brand Cayman.".

Weather was an excellent 82 °F and mostly sunny.

One can make their way to West Bay, where you'll find the Cayman Turtle Farm and Hell, which is an interesting grouping of short, black limestone formations. Around the island you'll find a variety of picturesque fauna. One can head over to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park to find a variety of plant life gathered in one spot. Then make your way to the eastern districts for a taste of authentic local cuisine and popular outdoor attractions like blow holes and the Mastic Trail. The North Side is where you'll find the Rum Point, Breakers, and Kaibo, along with a more relaxed atmosphere conducive of soaking up any paradise adventure.

I was able to enjoy my last two-tank excursion with Cayman Diving. We began on the famous West Wall which had an average depth of 70 feet. The wall featured many crevices and overhangs teaming with hard corals, colorful sponges, and beautiful gorgonians.

Our second dive was swimming around a shipwreck where we saw plenty of Caribbean lobster just hiding out, and plenty of other water life.

This was actually my favorite spot to dive as the water, sites, and dive shop were all wonderful and made everyone feel extremely safe.

Until Next Time,

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