The Cayman Islands. No, the name might suggest you’d be tripping over these reptilians, but its name comes from a certain Christopher Columbus.

This famous explorer discovered the islands on his fourth journey to the New World. He had only seen the two eastern isles, and was amazed by the animals he saw there.

He named the islands ‘Las Tortugas’ after the many sea turtles he saw in the water around the islands. This name eventually changed to ‘Los Lagartos’, which meant ‘the alligators’ because there were many American crocodiles here.

Unfortunately not many of those are left, but you do find lots of whiptail stingrays and friendly sharks, who are happy to join you for a snorkel…

The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory and are located south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea.