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Cayman Islands: new space tourism capital of the Caribbean
Posted on 03/04/2017

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Not satisfied with their title of culinary capital of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands want to add a new accolade to their crown as the Caribbean hub for space tourism.

Ethereal views with the cayman space tour

Ethereal views with the cayman space tour
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Pocketed away in the western Caribbean, south of Cuba and west of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands boast splendid white beaches and unrivalled culinary prowess. But what if we told you that this small group of islands was set to explore uncharted waters for the region, in a quest to become the new Space Tourism Capital of the Caribbean?

The islands have annoucned that four major rocket launch pads are to be built along Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. Visitors will be able to enjoy the island's beaches and kitchens before heading up, up, up on an intergalactic adventure - above the Earth's atmosphere and into space - with the Cayman Space Tour.

A spokesman from the Cayman Aeronautics and Space Administration (CASA) said: "We are extremely excited to be the first Caribbean island to launch this type of tourism.

"It is an ambitious project but one that we hope will really take off as a way to attract more people to experience these beautiful islands, both on and above the earth's surface."

Don McDougall, regional manager for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Europe said: "We are always looking for new attractions to offer the thousands of holiday-makers that visit the Cayman Islands every year. Space tourism is something we have always been interested in and the sands of Seven Mile Beach provide the perfect platform for these launch pads.

"The launch pads will also be a tourist draw in themselves as there aren't many places in the world where you can be up close to a rocket taking off."

Famed for its sumptuous cuisine, sprawling sun-drenched beaches, scuba diving and diverse flora and fauna, the Cayman Islands welcome nearly 70,000 visitors per year.

The Cayman Space Tour project will take four years to complete, with the first rocket launch planned for April 1 2021.

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