I personally welcome you to the Cayman Islands! Whether you are here to play, work or just relax, you will find our beaches inviting, our shops filled to the brim with excellent buys, and our people warm and friendly.
There is so much to see and do this time of year on all three Islands. Between your adventures, be sure to visit our restaurants and supermarkets, which will tempt your taste buds with local produce, seafood, meat and more.
One item not to be missed is the invasive lionfish, which isn’t native to our waters but has proven tasty, as we cull the fish in an effort to get them out of our waters. We are slowly eradicating the species, and you can help be part of the lionfish solution by ordering it at our restaurants or picking it up at local supermarkets.
I also hope you get a chance to head out to Stingray City and visit one of our most precious assets — the southern stingray. While we urge you to interact with them, remember that they are a protected species in our waters. Feed them, swim with them, appreciate them and pet them — they are velvety to the touch — but please, don’t pick them up out of the water.
On land, we have another protected and valued animal on Grand Cayman: the blue iguana. On the Sister Islands, the Little Cayman rock iguana is endemic to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. If you are driving on either of the Islands, remember that iguanas have the right of way on all roadways. We work hard to protect and preserve these animals. If you are fortunate to see one, snap a photo but please don’t try to pet them!
Cayman Brac is a nature lover’s paradise and even more so for birdwatchers. We have almost 200 part- and full-time resident species. Pick up one of our Nature Tourism brochures and look for the plaques that provide information on the bird species in the surrounding areas. Additionally, because of the geographical location of Cayman Brac, you can encounter many migratory species in search of our warm tropical weather. More than 70 species of non-breeding wetland migrants have been observed.
Above all, I hope you get to enjoy our pristine beaches, take a culinary adventure, peruse our shops, enjoy our attractions, soak up some sun and get to know our people. I am sure that your experience with us will leave you wanting more.
Once again, welcome. I am glad you chose to visit the Cayman Islands and spend some time with us.
The Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP, MLA
Premier of the Cayman Islands