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The Cayman Islands are home to one of the best beaches in the world, so you know this is a great destination if you want to spend your honeymoon with your toes in the sand. What you might not realize is how much else this three-island nation in the western Caribbean has to offer, especially for couples who love nature. Grand Cayman is the largest and by far most visited of the Caymans, due in no small part to Seven Mile Beach, a seemingly endless strand of white coral sand that’s home to most of the island’s best resorts and restaurants. Among these is the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, which boasts the acclaimed La Prairie spa, Eric Ripert’s elegant Blue seafood restaurant, and romantic and indulgent rooms crowned by the 8,000-square-foot Grand Cayman Penthouse — the largest suite in the Caribbean. One of the wealthiest nations in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands have set aside large areas of land and sea to protect native wildlife, and getting outdoors is a big part of the Cayman experience. In fact, the islands’ top visitor attraction is all-natural: Grand Cayman’s Stingray City offers you the unique experience of swimming in a protected bay with dozens of stingrays — right where they live, not in an “animal encounter” enclosure. If you love being in the water, the diving and snorkeling in the Caymans are excellent, as well. The Cayman Turtle Farm helps protect the Caribbean’s most majestic sea creatures, while a hike on the Mastic Trail will immerse you in Grand Cayman’s forests and offers an opportunity to spot native birds like the colorful Cuban amazon parrot. End your active day with a romantic sunset dinner at Blue, or overlooking the beach from the Ristorante Prima terrace at the Royal Palms.

>Written by Bob Curley

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