With pristine walls and drop-offs, fascinating shipwrecks, an unrivaled variety of marine life and more than 365 unique dive sites, the Cayman Islands is an underwater playground for all.

When divers aren’t exploring the depths of this aquatic paradise, there is plenty for sea lovers and land dwellers alike to relish above the water during 2016’s full calendar of Cayman Islands events.

Divers can wind down from a day beneath the sea along the cool calm shores and take in the destination’s stretches of sandy beaches, impressive culinary scene, endless attractions and distinctive Cayman kind charm. While anyone can spend a leisurely day in the sun, the Cayman Islands is the Caribbean’s only destination where travelers can enjoy a sunrise swim with stingrays at the iconic Stingray City, explore some of the most intricate coral reefs in the world, relax in a hammock underneath a casuarina tree, and dine at a five star restaurant—all in a single day.  With three islands to choose from, each offering exciting sites and breathtaking views, along with a variety of events and celebrations, there is always something to do in the Cayman Islands.

Check out what’s happening in the Caribbean’s friendliest islands in 2016:

CAYMAN COOKOUT

CaymanCookoutJanuary 14-17, 2016

Travelers can join host Chef Eric Ripert for the Caribbean’s premier epicurean event, a weekend celebrating food, wine and the natural beauty of the Caribbean at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Guests can look forward to four days of mouth-watering tastings, demonstrations, tours, and dinners that celebrate the barefoot elegance that only the Cayman Islands can deliver. This is the vacation that foodies from around the globe have been waiting for.

TASTE OF CAYMAN

January 23, 2016

The annual Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival held at Camana Bay in January invites everyone to sample fare from Grand Cayman’s many restaurants, with live music and fireworks providing the perfect toast to the delectable celebration.

BATABANO

Batabano

May 7, 2016

A true Caribbean tradition with a display of music, dance and colorful costumes – the islands’ national carnival event features street parades for adults and children, a local artists and craft vendor showcase known as “Art in the Heart” and a lively food festival that makes it a celebration not to be missed!

FLOWERS SEA SWIM

FowersSeaSwim

June 11, 2016

For Olympian and amateur swimmers, this open water swim provides some of the world’s best conditions for distance swimmers offering crystal clear water, calm seas and an abundance of colorful tropical fish to spot along the way.

INTERNATIONAL SCUBA DIVING HALL OF FAME

September 30, 2016

Each year the destination hosts the annual International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony celebrating the pioneers of diving and their contributions to the field of dive travel, entertainment, art, equipment design and development, education, exploration and adventure.

PIRATES WEEK FESTIVAL

November 2016

This annual 10-day festival in November features a mock pirate invasion in Grand Cayman and Heritage Days across Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac with thrilling fireworks, costume competitions, live music, performances, street games, food festivals, and a Children’s Fun Fair Day.

For more information on exploring the Cayman Islands beneath the sea and on land, please visit divecayman.ky and caymanislands.ky.

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