Kaibo Beach in Grand CaymanPhoto credit: eric laudonien / Shutterstock.com
It’s about to become much easier to visit the Cayman Islands for anybody on the West Coast.
Cayman Airways just announced it will begin offering nonstop service between Grand Cayman and Los Angeles International Airport on November 5. The flights will depart Grand Cayman bound for Los Angeles on Saturdays and depart from Los Angeles bound for Grand Cayman on Sundays.
“It has been a long-time goal to connect the Cayman Islands with our friends on the West Coast, and now that we are able to offer long-haul flights via Cayman Airways, I am looking forward to showcasing all that our islands have to offer with a whole new audience,” Kenneth Bryan, the Cayman Islands’ minister for Tourism and Transport, said in a statement.
“Using our new fleet of state-of-the-art Boeing 737-8 aircraft with industry leading comfort means this service significantly reduces travel time from Los Angeles so travelers can spend less time in transit and more time making memories in Cayman,” Fabian Whorms, president and CEO of Cayman Airways, said in a statement.
There are two main reasons for the new service. First, Los Angeles and the surrounding area can be “a stimulating stayover visitation from the western corridor of the United States, and the new route will also enhance air connectivity for people traveling to and from Southeast Asia, making the Cayman Islands more accessible to other markets,” according to the statement.
“In addition, the LAX service provides a bridge between Cayman and one of the largest film hubs in the world — making it easier for LA-based production companies to use the Cayman Islands’ strengths as a premier location for film, television, music video, photoshoots, and advertising productions,” the statement said.
All About The Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands, in the western Caribbean Sea, make up a self-governing British Overseas Territory. They are located south of Cuba and northeast of Honduras, and between Jamaica and Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.
The largest and most populated of the islands is the appropriately named Grand Cayman. The other two islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, are about 85 miles northeast of Grand Cayman. All of the islands are actually the peaks of an underwater mountain range known as the Cayman Ridge, which runs from Belize to Cuba.
While there’s plenty to do in the Caymans, from playing golf to simply hanging out on one of the 15 beaches that feature coral sands and sparkling water, the islands are famous for their diving locations.
For example, divers can visit the USS Kittiwake, a former U.S. submarine rescue ship intentionally sunk off the shores of Seven Mile Beach. The artificial reef houses an abundance of marine life, according to the Cayman Islands’ official tourism site.
There are numerous other dive sites, as well, including an intentionally sunk Russian-built Cuban naval frigate, now known as M/V Captain Keith Tibbetts, off the coast of Cayman Brac. And then there’s Little Cayman’s legendary Bloody Bay Wall: “a plunging coral wall with a sheer drop of more than 6,000 feet.”
Know Before You Plan
You can learn more about the Cayman Islands, including how you can plan a trip to visit and tips from locals about visiting, here.
To celebrate the new service, Cayman Airways is offering an introductory rate on fares from Los Angeles to Grand Cayman booked by August 8, 2022. You can learn more about that fare and make reservations here.
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