2013 Winter Destinations: Grand Cayman Island

Winter is great, except when you’re holed up with no sun all day. Take your weekends back with one of these fresh, easy adventures.

Scuba diver at Kittiwake wreck.     Photo: Michele Westmorland/Getty

New nonstop JetBlue flights from New York’s JFK and Boston’s Logan airport to Grand Cayman (from $350) make the Caribbean snorkel and scuba hot spot more accessible than ever. Even better: the island recently added two new dive sites. Red Sail Sports guides clients through the Kittiwake, a 251-foot decommissioned U.S. Navy ship sunk two years ago to create an artificial reef, as schools of horse-eye jack and goliath grouper flutter nearby (from $95). For a more advanced dive (and to escape the resort crowds), join Red Sail for a 15-minute trip to Lost Wall, where a 100-foot plunge down a sheer wall puts you face to face with turtles and reef sharks. Snorkelers head to Stingray City, where 10-foot stingray are tame enough to touch. At night, settle into the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa (doubles from $429).

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