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Hidden away in the western Caribbean Sea, 150 miles south of Cuba and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman sits as the finest resort along Seven Mile Beach, a glorious, walkable stretch of coral sand located on the island’s western shore. First sighted by famed explorer Christopher Columbus on his final voyage to the New World in 1503, the Cayman Islands are named for the Spanish term from crocodile – caiman. Today, the Cayman Islands remain an ideal destination for the adventurer at heart, as well as families destined to create the most memorable of vacations. Boasting crystal clear Caribbean waters and a near endless variety of exciting discoveries to make, Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands, is a tropical resort paradise for divers, snorkelers, sand castle builders and water sports enthusiasts alike.

Seasons in the Cayman Islands

November - March - Escape harsh winters and enjoy Cayman’s brilliant sunshine and a constant pleasant sea breeze. Temperatures range from 77-82 degrees Fahrenheit and beckon visits to enjoy the outdoors. Festivities are plentiful ranging from Pirates Week, a weeklong celebration which includes a parade, fireworks and re-creation of a pirates' landing in the town Harbour, and island-wide Heritage Days highlighting the island's history, produce and locally-cooked cuisine. The resort and destination also feature holiday season festivities and activities, as well as the world-renowned Cayman Cookout, at the culinary capital of the Caribbean.

April - June - Temperatures are in the low 80s and are perfect to usher in the spring season. Residents and locals head to the beach to enjoy traditional camping. This family-style event is island-wide, and tents dot the coastline. The Farmers Market is also in full swing with bushels of fresh tomatoes and greens, which many chefs utilize in their restaurants and at home. The comedy show "Rundown" (which is a term for a stew which has a little bit of everything) begins the first week of May. The popular performance has been running for 21 years and encompasses local events, politics and much more.

July - October - Temperatures are in the low 80s and with children enjoying their summer break, the island takes on a slower, relaxed pace. Exploration and excitement abound with beach adventures, picnics, experiencing the island’s dynamic restaurant scene or attending the amazing Cayman International Film Festival (CayFilm). Brunches, wine tastings and culinary events also abound and are a great opportunity for visitors, families, or friends to gather together.

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