Luxury Resort and Spa in Heart of Famed Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach is undoubtedly Grand Cayman’s most famous stretch of real estate. The fact that the beach actually measures about 5.5 miles is of little importance to the vacationing sunbathers and laid-back locals that take to the shore. They’re drawn to the postcard-worthy scene—coral sands, beach bungalows, beautiful sunsets, and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Directly in the middle of Seven Mile Beach stands The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, a whitewashed hotel with baby-blue rooftops and balconies that echo the color of the sea.
Though there are plenty of dining options up and down the beach, you won't have to go far to get a good bite to eat. Among the hotel’s eateries, two principal restaurants stand out: the contemporary Casa Havana and the Caribbean-inspired Ferdinand’s. Both feature indoor and alfresco dining with sweeping ocean views. After a dip in the pool, you can take to the Hibiscus Spa for a massage, or head back to the guest room to watch Cayman infomercials.
Grand Cayman: Caribbean Paradise Off Coast of Cuba
The largest of the three Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman lies in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, 75 miles from its nearest island neighbor. The Westin stands alongside the majority of the other resorts and tourist destinations in the West Bay district, but since Grand Cayman is just 22 miles long, it’s not too difficult to see the island’s major sights.
On the eastern side of the island, about 40 minutes away, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park displays the island’s indigenous flora, including wild banana orchids, ghost orchids, and evil ghost orchids. Just down the road from the botanic garden, the 2-mile Mastic Trail winds through black-mangrove wetlands, stands of royal and silver thatch palms, and ancient dry forest. Naturalists lead three-hour tours most weekday mornings.