Say hello to the Caymans

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The Cayman Islands are situated in the Caribbean. I write this because even some travel agents are unaware of the location of the three islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman that make up this British Overseas Territory.

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman – a world away from British and Irish weather thtse last few days!

But that might be about to change because the islands have appointed their first manger in the UK to encourage us to holiday there.

Before long, travel agents will know as much about the islands as they will about Barbados, the ninety islands in the Windwards and the Bahamas. Posters will be in their windows if they are on the high street and languorous images will sit under enticing copy on online travel agent websites.

But don’t expect to see a quick change. It takes time to inform and educate the travel trade. Tour operators need to be convinced to include it in their holiday programmes and only then will the holidaymaker get the opportunity.

At present only a few thousand Britons holiday on the islands because few know about the advantages of holidaying there. Thought of an offshore financial services destination, bankers and accountants might have made up the largest group of visitors but then divers recognised the possibilities of swimming in crystal clear waters, watching stingrays and other sea-life so diving schools became established. Now it is one of the premier diving spots in the Caribbean with wrecks (some deliberately sunk) attracting huge shoals of fish. And where the sea life goes the divers follow.

Typically Caribbean, the wet season runs during our late spring and summer so the islands are primarily winter and early spring destinations for Britons.  With next to no violence, they are one of the safest places to visit.

Seven Mile Beach (it is as long as its name suggests) on Grand Cayman is often described as one of the best in the world and, in a week’s time, will host the Flowers Sea Swim. This event open to all almost regardless of age, has prizes adding up to over $100,000 making it one of the most popular tourist draws.

But British and Irish holidaymakers will hear a lot about this event, Seven Mile Beach and the other attractions of the three islands now that there is going to be a big push to attract us to holiday there.

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