Visiting the Cayman Islands on board a superyacht

Published 24 April 2024

Made up of three different islands — Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman — the Cayman Islands are prized for their natural beauty, cultural attractions and wealth of gastronomic delights.

Located in the Western Caribbean Sea about 200km due south of Cuba, the Cayman Islands were originally named ‘Las Tortugas’ by Christopher Columbus after the many sea turtles that populated the area. Today, the islands remain a popular Caribbean destination, and a perfect setting for an idyllic yacht charter. 

Discover the beauty of the Cayman Islands 

Choosing the right yacht for your Cayman Islands charter

As with all Caribbean destinations, choosing the right yacht to charter in the Cayman Islands is imperative. A shallow draft (up to 2.6m) is best, to navigate the many reefs, sandbanks and areas of shallow water easily. It also allows the yacht to anchor close to shore and gain access to small marinas. On Grand Cayman, Georgetown has a harbour that can accommodate yachts up to 45m.  A wealth of watersports and diving gear is also advisable to make the most of the clear, blue waters and sensational marine life. 

George Town harbour is perfect for diving and various watersports

Best time to charter to the Caribbean

A Caribbean yacht charter is all about the sun and sea. In the Cayman Islands, temperature highs peak during July and August, though the islands’ cooling northeast trade winds take the edge off. The optimum time to visit is during the winter season from December to April when there is little rainfall, hurricanes are rare, and the wildlife is rich.  

Let us plan your charter right and you get the opportunity to see the stunning marine life 

Popular destinations in the Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman is the largest of the islands, and typically where all yacht charters in the area start and end. However, each location has much to offer, from cultural sights of interest, including art galleries with local exhibits, to endemic wildlife, and incredible activities on land and water. 

Explore the islands and uncover the rich history and culture, like Elmslie Memorial United Church on Harbour Drive right next to the port in George Town

Grand Cayman 

A large part of Grand Cayman’s identity revolves around its status as a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, yet the Cayman Islands National Museum, dedicated to Caymanian heritage, brings local customs and traditions to the fore. The sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs are what make it a draw on any yachting itinerary. Highlights include the Mastic Trail, a hiking trail that winds through the forests in the centre of the island, and the world-famous Seven Mile Beach on the west coast. 

Enjoy world-class diving

Grand Cayman is regarded as one of the world’s hottest scuba diving and snorkelling destinations, not least because of its crystal-clear waters and accessible wall dives. There are coral and wreck dives for all levels of experience, while North Sound, the island’s only protected reef lagoon, is a must for snorkelling. 

Explore the ex-USS Kittiwake ship wreck

Discover Rum Point

Contrary to its name, Rum Point does not centre around the Caribbean’s favourite tipple, though enjoying a lazy day sundowner here is not to be sniffed at. The popular beach in Grand Cayman is favoured for its sheltered conditions and convenient amenities making it the perfect meeting point for friends and boats. Visitors also flock here to visit the Stingray City Sandbar, but it’s the all-day dining menu and cocktail list at The Rum Deck that provides the most tempting setting for sunset viewing.  

Create memories of a lifetime swimming at the Stingray City Sandbar, a short tender ride from Rum Point

Explore the Cayman Turtle Centre

Boatswain's Beach — one of the region’s premier attractions – includes the world-famous Cayman Turtle Farm where guests can swim with turtles in a lagoon surrounded by vibrant marine creatures, and on occasion even witness the hatchlings arrival into the world. The Turtle Centre forms part of 23-acre marine park in the district of West Bay in Grand Cayman.  

A turtle lover's dream, choose to swim alongside them or even have the chance to hold one

Cayman Brac

About 50km east-northeast, the diminutive ‘Sister Islands' of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac bring a level of calm and serenity that counters the hustle found on their larger neighbouring island. On Cayman Brac, visitors spend their days exploring nature trails, rock climbing, and venturing into The Bluff's caves, while the Cayman Brac Lighthouse is an enviable spot from which to see sunrise. Two shipwrecks off the shores of Cayman Brac, including the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, are also worth a dive visit

Get active with a walk along The Bluff

The Bluff is the highest part of the Cayman Islands, standing at the eastern end of Cayman Brac with an elevation of 43m. On the ground, a crisscross of hiking trails lead the way to unique flora and fauna, reptiles and historic sites. For the more adventurous, try venturing into the area’s great, cavernous, natural caves, some of which are more hidden from view, and others even occupied by bats. 

Walk along the limestone ridge, known as the Cayman Brac Bluff

Try rock climbing

Cayman Brac is defined by its spectacular limestone formations and 17 unique ‘crags’ that make it a rock climber’s dream. If scrambling up razor sharp walls and rappelling down tropical cliffs floats your boat, this is the activity of choice, and best undertaken on the island’s eastern side. 

Be rewarded with the breathtaking views after a great climb

Unwind with a spot of deep-sea fishing

From blue marlin and tuna to bonefish and tarpon, the waters in the Cayman Islands are alive with fish. June and July are the best months for deep-sea fishing when the chances of hooking a yellowfin tuna are greatest. Wahoo, mahi mahi and barracuda thrive in these waters, making it a prime destination for a sportfishing yacht charter, day in, day out. 

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board deep-sea fishing 

Little Cayman

Little Cayman may be the smallest and least populated of the three islands, but it more than holds its own with hot dive destinations — the Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson Wall prove particularly popular. It also offers beachcombing, bird watching and bone-fishing. The island becomes more remote the further east you venture. 

Visit the Cayman Brac Parrot Reserve

The emerald-green Cayman Brac parrot is a national treasure, seen and heard in the early morning and late afternoon. Breeding pairs are sighted in their hundreds at the Brac Parrot Reserve, which covers 282 acres of protected land. The area of dry, rocky forest sits in the middle of the island and is covered by a large diversity of native trees that attract many species of bird, including red-legged thrush, white-crowned pigeons, and black-whiskered vireos. In the winter months, even neotropical migrant songbirds can be found here. 

The Cayman parrots' vibrant feathers make them a treat to the eye

Explore the Salt Rocks Nature Trail

Little Cayman offers abundant wildlife including the red-footed booby and the endangered West Indian whistling duck. Iguana, butterflies and tropical orchids also thrive. The wildlife and nature are attracted by the island’s salt rock formations, which visitors can experience first-hand on one of Little Cayman’s hiking trails. The Salt Rock Nature Trail is a 5km round trip that takes at least a couple of hours to complete. 

Keep an eye out for West Indian whistling ducks as you hike the Salt Rocks trail 

Relax and unwind in a hammock by the sea

For all the activities that are available throughout the Cayman Islands, one of the biggest draws of a yacht charter is the chance to kick back and relax, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and year-round sunshine. When not chilling on the aft deck or reclining by the water’s edge, relaxing Creole-style involves a large hammock, a cool sea breeze and a golden beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. 

Treat your senses to stunning views and relaxation 

Find out more about chartering like an insider in the Cayman Islands with Burgess. Enquire now.

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