Welcome to Cayman Breaks

Cayman Breaks is the student travel arm of Sun Runner Tours. Our focus is on student spring and summer packages to Grand Cayman. Take a look below for information on Grand Cayman. If you have any questions or would like information about a Grand Cayman trip from your area, feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Grand Cayman is a beautiful, sun filled, tropical paradise. Its people are friendly and warm. Its white sand beaches are among the best in the world. It is filled with exciting and interesting things to do and see. The water is safe to drink and it is a VERY safe place to visit and live: it has very low crime and poverty rates.

Things to Do

Grand Cayman is truly a tropical paradise, an adventurer’s paradise and a sloth's paradise – whatever you want it to be.

Shopping

For those who love to shop, Grand Cayman has everything; from duty free shops to souvenirs shops, from fine clothing boutiques to beachwear, fine watches and jewelry as well as world famous rum cake, all can be found on the safe and quaint streets of Georgetown.

Restaurants and Nightlife

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Grand Cayman also has a wide variety of restaurants, bars and night clubs. There is world class dining as well as beach bars and fast food.

From jerk chicken sold from roadside barbeque barrels to casual beach food at Royal Palms Beach Bar or the eclectic fare of Bed Restaurant to AAA Five Diamond Restaurant Blue - whatever type of food you are looking for, you are sure to find it on Grand Cayman.

The range of options for nightclubs and bars is equally as impressive: from English pubs to beach bars to Caribbean nightclubs to American style dance clubs, Grand Cayman has it all, and has it all in a safe, beautiful package. The legal drinking age in Grand Cayman is 18.

On and Under the Water

7 Mile Beach

Take an afternoon trip or an evening sunset cruise on the Jolly Roger, a two-thirds replica of Christopher Columbus' Nina. Take a trip out to world famous Stingray City – a must see. You have seen it on all the cruise ship ads when they show people standing in (or diving under) 3 feet of water, surrounded by stingrays – it will be an adventure you will never forget.

Scuba diving on Grand Cayman is also world class. There are over 140 shipwrecks in the waters of the Cayman Islands. Some date back over 500 years.

If you are not the type to get your feet wet you can try out the Atlantis submarine. The 48 passenger Atlantis submarine is an advanced technological marvel. Discover the vast coral canyons and brilliant tropical fish of Cayman's National Marine Park to depths of 100 feet.

For the fisherman (and woman) out there, again Grand Cayman is world class - blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, and mahi-mahi as well as tarpon and many other species of fish are found in the waters just off of Grand Cayman.

Also, there are wave runner rentals (as well as organized trips), catamaran sightseeing cruises and sailboard and other water sport rentals. You’ll also find the waters teaming with colorful and exotic marine life just feet from the shore and the crystal clear waters are perfect for incredible snorkeling.

The Beach

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With nearly 7 miles (hence the name) of pristine, silky, white sand beach bordering the translucent blue Caribbean, 7 mile beach is considered one of the top beaches in the world. You may never want to leave.

Relax on the beach or get more adventurous and play some beach volleyball (or cricket), cozy up to a stool at one of the many local beach bars or go wild and try para-sailing or horseback riding.

For a great afternoon take a trip across the island – by car or by boat – to Rum Point (so named because after shipwrecks, the barrels of rum would wash ashore here). Now, with less ships wrecking everyday, restaurants and bars have been set up along the beachfront to ensure a stable supply of rum and other sustenance. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon.

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Go to Hell

Hell is the name of a town on Grand Cayman. Take the bus or rent a car, bike or scooter and head out to the post office and send out a post card stamped from Hell.

Much More

This is only a sampling of the things to do and see on Grand Cayman. You will never run out of things to do and see (or to not do and see) on Grand Cayman – it’s all up to you!

Grand Cayman Map

Grand Cayman Map

General Information

Grand Cayman is the largest Island of the Cayman Islands – Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are the other two.

Location

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The three islands are situated about 480 miles (770 km) south of Miami, 150 miles (240 km) south of Cuba, and 180 miles (290 km) northwest of Jamaica. Grand Cayman is by far the biggest, with an area of 76 square miles (197 km²). The two "Sister Islands" of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are located about 90 miles (145 km) northeast of Grand Cayman and have areas of 14 square miles (36 km²) and 10 square miles (25.9 km²) respectively.

US Passports

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism wants to ensure that all its tourism partners and guests are aware of the new passport requirements for United States citizens travelling to the Caribbean. Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL U.S. citizens travelling by air between the United States and the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and Bermuda, will be required to present a valid passport.

Currency

The Cayman Islands has its own currency, first issued in 1972, whose basic unit is the dollar, issued in notes with denominations of CI$100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 and coins valued at 25 cents, 10, 5 and 1 cent. The CI dollar has a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar of CI$1.00 equals US$1.25. Or, the US dollar equals CI $.80. There is no need for visitors to exchange their US dollars into local currency. The US dollar is accepted throughout the islands at a rate of CI 80 cents. However, this can be confusing to visitors: for example, a US$20 note becomes CI$16. Banks do NOT give a better rate of exchange!Cayman Breaks Major credit cards (with the exception of the Discover Card) and traveler's checks are widely accepted. Canadian dollars, Euro dollars and pounds sterling can be exchanged for CI dollars at local banks. In addition, Automatic Teller Machines accepting VISA and MasterCard with Cirrus affiliation are located at Cayman National Bank and other banks and at Owen Roberts International Airport as well as a few other locations such as the grocery stores.

Electricity & Drinking Water

Electricity is the same in the Caymans as it is in the United States & Canada (110 volts, 60 cycles); it's reliable throughout the islands. Desalinated water is produced by the reverse osmosis process and centrally distributed to West Bay, Seven Mile Beach, Savannah, Bodden Town and some parts of North Side. Many residents still maintain cisterns for catching and storing rain water. Although "city water" is safe to drink, familiar brands of bottled water are also sold island wide at gas station, convenience stores and the major supermarkets.

Driving

Caymanians drive, like the British, on the left side of the road.

Government

The Cayman Islands highest official is the Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Stuart Jack, CVO, who is the appointed representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He presides over Cabinet, the ruling body of the country. Mr. Jack succeeded Mr. Bruce Dinwiddy, CMG. The Governor's term is four years. The existing constitution of the Cayman Islands, introduced on August 22, 1972, provides for the government of the Cayman Islands as a British Overseas Territory. It established a governing body called the Cabinet, which consists of three officials and five elected members, the latter being selected from the 15 elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly.

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