Each and every visit to the Caribbean is like no other. There is always something new to learn, places to go or things to do. Sculpted by nature, the islands are ever-changing and evolving. With so many islands to choose from it is never easy to decide on where to stop.
We want to introduce you to our beautifully unique islands. Make sure you stay a while, take your time! In the Caribbean there’s no rush, let’s just ‘go with the flow’.
The more you learn, the more you will want to know, so relax and discover
The flag of the Cayman Islands was adopted on 14 May 1958 after the colony was officially granted a coat-of-arms. As with many British Overseas Territories, the Cayman Islands flag features the Union Jack in the corner nearest to the flagstaff. Originally the flag featured the national coat of arms in a white circle, however the white disc was removed in 1999.
The Cayman Islands’ coat of arms consists of a shield, a crested helm and the motto. Three green stars, representing each of the three inhabited Islands (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac), are set in the lower two-thirds of the shield. The stars rest on blue and white wavy bands representing the sea. In the top third of the shield, against a red background, is a gold lion passant guardant (walking with the further forepaw raised and the body seen from the side), representing Britain. Above the shield is a green turtle on a coil of rope. Behind the turtle is a gold pineapple. The turtle represents the Caymans’ seafaring history; the rope, its traditional thatch-rope industry; and the pineapple, its ties with Jamaica.
The islands’ motto, “He hath founded it upon the seas”, is printed at the bottom of the shield. This line, a verse from Psalm 24 Verse 2, acknowledges the Caymans’ Christian heritage, as well as its ties to the sea.
The proposal for a coat of arms was approved by the Legislative Assembly in 1957, and public input was sought on its design. The Royal Warrant assigning “Armorial Ensigns for the Cayman Islands” was approved by Her Majesty’s command on 14 May 1958.
As a British Overseas Territory, the official national anthem is “God Save the Queen”.
Unofficial national anthem – Beloved Isle Cayman (composed by Leila Ross-Shier, June, 1930)
1. O land of soft, fresh breezes,
Of verdant trees so fair
With the Creator’s glory reflected ev’rywhere.
O sea of palest em’rald,
Merging to darkest blue,
When ‘ere my thoughts fly Godward,
I always think of you.
Chorus: Dear, verdant island, set
In blue Caribbean sea,
I’m coming, coming very soon,
O beauteous isle, to thee.
Although I’ve wandered far,
My heart enshrines thee yet.
Homeland! Fair Cayman Isle
I cannot thee forget
2. Away from noise of cities,
Their fret and carking care,
With moonbeams’ soft caresses,
Unchecked by garish glare,
Thy fruit and rarest juices,
Abundant, rich and free,
When sweet church bells are chiming,
My fond heart yearns for thee.
3. When tired of all excitement,
And glam’rous worldly care,
How sweet thy shores to reach,
And find a welcome there,
And when comes on the season,
Of peace, good will to man,
‘Tis then I love thee best of all,
Beloved Isle, Cayman!
If you’re looking for a unique and thrilling experience while in Grand Cayman, then you can’t miss out on Stingray City. Located within the barrier reef that surrounds the island, it is a large sandbar populated by different species of fish and, most famously, stingrays. What makes Stingray City a very popular activity on the island is the fact that the southern stingrays that inhabit the area are extremely friendly. These giant sea creatures are so used to humans, that they allow people to feed them, play with them, pet them, and take pictures with them. It is definitely an experience unlike any other on the Caribbean!
Information adapted from Stingraycitycaymanislands.com
Pedro St. James Castle, known as ‘Pedro Castle’ by locals, is the oldest existing building in the Cayman Islands. Located on the southern coast of Grand Cayman Island, the manor is a reconstruction of an original 1780 house, and the home of plantation owner William Eden. Currently, a 7th great-grandson of William Eden serves as one of the tour guides at the historical site. The country’s first national landmark contains a visitor’s centre, theatre, exhibits, a gift shop, and cafe. it is also a popular venue for weddings and social events.
Official Website: www.pedrostjames.ky
On January 5th 2011, the Kittiwake (an ex USA Navy Vessel) was brought to the Cayman Islands and sunk to make an artificial reef off Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. In her day, the Kittiwake was a submarine rescue vessel.
Today the Kittiwake lays in a marine park serving as an artificial reef. It has become a haven for marine life, with each of the five decks offering a surprise. Divers and snorkelers are not allowed to take or touch anything in the marine park. To dive or snorkel the Kittiwake, you must go on a licenced vessel.
Information adapted from dive365cayman.com
One of the newest tourist attractions, you will be escorted through 3 spectacular caves by knowledgeable Caymanian tour guides. Eager and proud to share their heritage and experiences, you will have the chance to learn about the amazing attraction from your local guide during the 90 minute tour. Explore ‘Cayman Down Under’, as you venture through breath-taking caves formed from stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures. The tour also includes passing through the tropical forest area, under which the caves are formed. Amongst it all is a wonderful mix of plant and animal life including balsam trees, parrots and bats.
Official Website: caymancrystalcaves.com