IN short : Cayman Islands - stunning wildlife, world-class diving and beautiful dazzling beaches.

This tiny British Overseas Territory, perhaps best known as a tax haven, has not traditionally been high on our list of  Caribbean getaways - but it's definitely time to think again.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall's whirlwind Caribbean tour this month showed off top holiday spots in St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis and Cuba.

But their final stop was perhaps not so familiar : the Cayman Islands.

This tiny British Overseas Territory, most notable as  at ax haven, has not traditionally been high, on our list of Caribbean getaways   -but its definitely time to think again. Here is everything you need to know about the three principal islands : Grand Cayman, Brac and Little Cayman.

GRAND CAYMAN : most holiday makers head to the 22-mile long, eight mile wide island capital and check in to one of the plush resorts on Seven Mile Beach.

The long, thin strip of  pristine white sand is the place to take in marvellous sunsets, seafood restaurants, and jerk chicken joints. But there's plenty to explore beyond the beach - starting with the island's coloured iguanas.

Grand Cayman is home to critically endangered species of native blue iguanas, which now thrive at a conservation centre in The Botanic Gardens. In the 1980s, there were only two dozen left but, thanks to conservationists, a thousand of these fascinating reptiles now roam in the wild and 120 are at the gardens, where you can walk among them on an iguana safari.

Iguanas are not the only creatures for which Grand Cayman is renowned. Stingray City may sound like a tacky theme park but it;s what locals have diluted dubbed a remote sandbar reached by boat, where hundreds of stingrays have congregated for years.

Why? This was were fishermen went to get their daily catch. Now stingrays brush by harmlessly as tourists wade along the sandbar, although the sensation of having the fish, which can grow to almost 6ft wide, flap past your ankles is quiet disconcerting at first.

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