Cotton Tree, Grand Cayman

The Cayman Islands - a Seven Mile Beach, a virtually deserted island with only 170 residents

You look down as you soar over the sea in your private helicopter. Below you, beneath the surface of the sea, are stingray. Effortlessly, implacably they fly past the outline of an ancient shipwreck plainly visible in the crystal clear depths.

Talk to Paul Webb, one of our expert consultants, about experiencing the Cayman Islands and you’ll find that the wonder doesn’t stop when you land. Paul will tell you about crescent-shaped bays and a stretch of powder-fine sand that’s so long it’s called Seven Mile Beach.

He'll talk you through the best spots to immerse yourself in the vivid world beneath the sea, where to go snorkelling and where to find the most colourful coral reefs. Stoplight parrotfish – red, yellow and green perhaps? -  Spanish hogfish and vivid yellow schoolmasters will cruise past your mask. You could even find yourself snorkelling alongside those enigmatic stingray.

So the islands are definitely a far cry from the ceaseless bustle of normal life. But to really escape into pure blue relaxation you could take a 30 minute hop onto Little Cayman. Practically deserted – only about 170 people live on this tiny gem of an island – Little Cayman gives you a real sensation of being marooned in paradise; miles of untouched tropical wilderness, empty glistening beaches and sun-drenched solitude.

And when you’re beached out? The salsa rhythms, the mojitas, the classic American cars and nightlife of Havana are all just a plane hop away.

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