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Cayman Islands
Motto"He hath founded it upon the seas"
AnthemGod Save the Queen
Capital
(and largest city)
George Town
19°20′N 81°24′W / 19.333°N 81.4°W / 19.333; -81.4
Official language(s) English
Ethnic groups  40% Mulatto, 20% European 20% West African, 20% other[1]
Demonym Caymanian
Government British Overseas Territory
 -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II
 -  Governor Duncan Taylor
 -  Premier McKeeva Bush (UDP)
Creation
 -  Split from Jamaica 1962 
Area
 -  Total 264 km2 (217th)
102 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 1.6
Population
 -  2006 estimate 56,000[2] (203rd)
 -  Density 139.5/km2 (57th)
364.2/sq mi
HDI (2003) n/a (NA) (unranked)
Currency Cayman Islands dollar (KYD)
Time zone (UTC-5)
 -  Summer (DST) not observed (UTC-5)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .ky
Calling code +1-345
.The Cayman Islands (pronounced /ˈkeɪmæn/ or /ˈkeɪmən/) is a British overseas territory located in the western Caribbean Sea.^ Central America and Caribbean :: Cayman Islands (overseas territory of the UK) .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Cayman Islands 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.cia.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, or Little Cayman make up the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas territory situated in the Western Caribbean.
  • The Cayman Islands Information Portal: A vacation and business guide to Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymaniportal.com [Source type: News]

^ Being a British Overseas Territory, the British culture is evident in everything Cayman – from the architecture to the island custom of afternoon tea.

.The territory comprises the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica.^ Consisting of three islands just 480 miles south of Miami, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman remain our little piece of paradise.
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^ Being a British Overseas Territory, the British culture is evident in everything Cayman – from the architecture to the island custom of afternoon tea.

^ Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean, lies the peaceful British Overseas Territory known as the Cayman Islands.
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The territory is a major offshore financial centre in the Caribbean.[3]

Contents

History

.The Cayman Islands were sighted by Christopher Columbus, on 10 May 1503 on his fourth and final voyage to the New World.^ Uninhabited when discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1503.
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^ The map maker finally just has to quit and call it “done.” That is the case with this years-long project of making a dive and guide map of the Cayman Islands.
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^ DEEP SEA FISHING Cayman Islands waters boast world class fishing suitable for the .
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He named the islands Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles there. .The first recorded English visitor to the islands was Sir Francis Drake, who landed there in 1586 and named them the Cayman Islands after caiman, the Neo-Taino nations' term for alligator.^ SIR TURTLE This is the unofficial national logo of the Cayman Islands.
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^ Freedom of Speech # Islas Bellas says “there has been a little bit of a debate going on and around about speaking English while in Cayman.” .
  • Global Voices Online » Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC globalvoicesonline.org [Source type: General]

^ There are numerous fishing boat operators who take visitors on excursions to fish for .
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[4]
Cayman Islands National Museum
The first recorded permanent inhabitant of the Cayman Islands, Isaac Bodden, was born on Grand Cayman around 1661. He was the grandson of the original settler named Bodden who was probably one of Oliver Cromwell's soldiers at the taking of Jamaica in 1655.
.The Cayman Islands remained largely uninhabited until the 17th century.^ Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands is my first and original Caribbean Islands map, which I began to draw in 1999, but it wasn’t finished until January 3, 2007!
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^ CONCH Pronounced "konk", this has been a Cayman Island favorite dish for centuries.
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A variety of people settled on the islands, including pirates, refugees from the Spanish Inquisition, shipwrecked sailors, deserters from Oliver Cromwell's army in Jamaica, and slaves. The majority of Caymanians are of African and British descent, with considerable interracial mixing.
.Great Britain took formal control of the Cayman Islands, along with Jamaica, under the Treaty of Madrid in 1670. Following several unsuccessful attempts, permanent settlement of the islands began in the 1730s.^ The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries and were administered by Jamaica after 1863.
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Cayman Islands 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.cia.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Cayman Islands.
  • Cayman Islands Visa, Canada: Application for Caymanian Visa for Canadians. 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC cayman-islands.visahq.ca [Source type: General]

The islands, along with nearby Jamaica, were captured from the Spanish Empire, then ceded to England under the Treaty of Madrid (1670). They were governed as a single colony with Jamaica until 1962 when they became a separate British Overseas Territory and Jamaica became an independent Commonwealth realm.
.The island of Grand Cayman, which lies largely unprotected at sea level, was hit by Hurricane Ivan on 11 and 12 September 2004, which destroyed many buildings and damaged 90% of them.^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands Side 1 The front side of my map shows Grand Cayman as a separate map, and the Sister Islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, together as another map.
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^ DEEP SEA FISHING Cayman Islands waters boast world class fishing suitable for the .
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.Power, water and communications were all disrupted in some areas for months as Ivan was the worst hurricane to hit the islands in 86 years.^ Numerous captions detail the West End of Grand Cayman, which is the area that probably 90% of all Cayman Islands visitors see.
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.However, Grand Cayman began a major rebuilding process and within two years its infrastructure was nearly returned to pre-hurricane levels.^ Here, divers interact with Grand Cayman’s extraordinary fleet of southern stingrays, plus accompanying yellowtail snappers, gray snappers, sergeant majors, .
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^ This aerial photo shows the downtown cruiseship terminal where over one million passengers per year get dropped off to begin their shopping and exploration of Grand Cayman.
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.The Cayman Islands have the dubious honour of having experienced the most hurricane strikes in history.^ SEVEN MILE BEACH The most famous, longest, and most popular beach in the Cayman Islands is situated in front of a row of hotels, condos, restaurants, shops and bars.
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^ Cayman Brac Museum: Island history is on display in this wonderful museum in Stake Bay.
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^ This includes, of course, George Town, the capital of The Cayman Islands, and the main city with the most residents.
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.Due to the proximity of the islands, more hurricane and tropical systems have affected the Cayman Islands than any other region in the Atlantic basin, being brushed or directly hit, on average, every 2.23 years.^ More than 68,000 companies were registered in the Cayman Islands as of 2003, including almost 500 banks, 800 insurers, and 5,000 mutual funds.
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Cayman Islands 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.cia.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The map maker finally just has to quit and call it “done.” That is the case with this years-long project of making a dive and guide map of the Cayman Islands.
  • frankosmaps: Cayman Islands Guide & Dive Map 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC frankosmaps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fortunately, in the mean while I produced my first Cayman Islands product about three years before the completion of this map.
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[5]
.The Cayman Islands historically have been popular as a tax-exempt destination.^ SEVEN MILE BEACH The most famous, longest, and most popular beach in the Cayman Islands is situated in front of a row of hotels, condos, restaurants, shops and bars.
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^ The brand new fairways and greens of this championship course are destined to become yet another famous Grand Cayman golf course, making the island a golfer's paradise.
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^ Since the number one activity of visitors to the Cayman Islands is diving and snorkeling, and since the underwater is so note worthy and magnificent, this subject is destined to dominate the map.
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.Legend has it that Caymanians in 1788 rescued the crews of a Jamaican merchant ship convoy which had struck a reef at Gun Bay during a hurricane, and that the Caymanians were rewarded with King George III's promise to never again impose a tax.^ GENEVA KATHLEEN To 7' (2m) Snorkel from shore on 2-masted wooden-hulled schooner that was 200' (61m) long, but it was raked over the reef during a 1929 hurricane.
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Geography

Map of the Cayman Islands
George Town waterfront
.The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea and are the peaks of a massive underwater ridge, known as the Cayman Trench (or Trough), standing 8,000 feet (2,400 m) from the sea floor, which barely exceeds the surface.^ More than 40,000 companies were registered in the Cayman Islands as of 1998, including almost 600 banks and trust companies; banking assets exceed $500 billion.
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean, lies the peaceful British Overseas Territory known as the Cayman Islands.
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^ Caribbean, island group in Caribbean Sea, nearly one-half of the way from Cuba to Honduras .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The islands lie in the northwest of the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba and west of Jamaica.^ Caribbean, three-island group (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Cayman Islands 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.cia.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Cayman Island Neighboring Countries: Honduras 3.3¢ » Mexico 1.0¢ » Belize 6.9¢ » Jamaica 3.3¢ » Cuba 55.6¢ Using this phone card to call Cayman Island will save you money!
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They are situated about 400 miles (650 km) south of Miami, 180 miles (300 km) south of Cuba, and 195 miles (315 km) northwest of Jamaica. .Grand Cayman is by far the biggest, with an area of 76 square miles (197 km²).^ Consisting of three islands just 480 miles south of Miami, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman remain our little piece of paradise.
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.The two "Sister Islands" of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are located about 80 miles (130 km) east of Grand Cayman and have areas of 14 square miles (36 km²) and 10 square miles (25.9 km²) respectively.^ Located 490 miles (800 km.
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^ Having reviewed the individual islands general dive scene, it is time to get to the specifics for Grand Cayman (followed by Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and then West End Grand Cayman, which is actually side 2 of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ If it wasn’t for kids, grandkids, and all of that, I would prefer to go take it easy for a Christmas vacation to Little Cayman Island.
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All three islands were formed by large coral heads covering submerged ice age peaks of western extensions of the Cuban Sierra Maestra range and are mostly flat. .One notable exception to this is The Bluff on Cayman Brac's eastern part, which rises to 140 feet (42.6 m) above sea level, the highest point on the island.^ FASTFACTS: A British Overseas Territory on the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands consists of three main islands: the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
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^ The Islands have been used as setting in many works of fiction, most notably John Grisham’s “The Firm.” The islands is famous for the Grand Cayman parrots and the Cayman Brac Parrot .
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^ Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Cayman Islands.
  • Cayman Islands Visa, Canada: Application for Caymanian Visa for Canadians. 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC cayman-islands.visahq.ca [Source type: General]

.Cayman avian fauna includes two endemic subspecies of Amazona parrots: Amazona leucocephala hesterna, or Cayman Brac Parrot, native only to Cayman Brac, and Amazona leucocephala caymanensis or Grand Cayman Parrot, which is native to the Cayman Islands, forested areas of Cuba and the Isla de la Juventud.^ Consisting of three islands just 480 miles south of Miami, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman remain our little piece of paradise.
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^ Having reviewed the individual islands general dive scene, it is time to get to the specifics for Grand Cayman (followed by Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and then West End Grand Cayman, which is actually side 2 of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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.Another notable fauna is the endangered Blue Iguana, which is native to Grand Cayman.^ Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands Side 1 The front side of my map shows Grand Cayman as a separate map, and the Sister Islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, together as another map.
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^ The brand new fairways and greens of this championship course are destined to become yet another famous Grand Cayman golf course, making the island a golfer's paradise.
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^ To start, there are descriptions of and dive flags locating Grand Cayman’s most notable dive spots, although the West End of Grand Cayman are detailed on side 2 of the map.
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.There is also the agouti and the Booby Birds on Cayman Brac.^ When you study your own copy of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands, you will find yourself dreaming about Cayman Brac, and the map will cause you to go there!
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Climate

Climate data for George Town - capital of Cayman Islands
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26
(79)
26
(79)
27
(81)
28
(82)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(88)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
28
(82)
27
(81)
28
(82)
Daily mean °C (°F) 25
(77)
25
(77)
26
(79)
27
(81)
27
(81)
28
(82)
29
(84)
28
(82)
28
(82)
27
(81)
27
(81)
25
(77)
27
(81)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
22
(72)
23
(73)
25
(77)
26
(79)
27
(81)
28
(82)
27
(81)
26
(79)
26
(79)
25
(77)
23
(73)
25
(77)
Avg. precipitation days 5 4 4 4 7 7 7 8 9 10 9 6 80
Source: Weatherbase[6]

Demographics

.The Cayman Islands have more registered businesses than they have people.^ Cayman Islands business visa is not required for citizens of Canada for a stay up to 90 days.
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^ Cayman Islands business visa is required for citizens of United States.
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^ Although I’ve put together a huge research project in the form of a Franko Map, I always could use more time in the Cayman Islands.
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[7] .The latest population estimate of the Cayman Islands is about 52,000 as of 2006, representing a mix of more than 100 nationalities.^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ MIXING BOWL 50'-100' (15-30m) One of Little Cayman's favorite dives.
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^ On the face of this Cayman Islands map I depict over 100 different species, including the most notable of the Cayman species, the Southern Stingray, plus the Flying Gurnard.
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Out of that number, about half are of Caymanian descent. About 60% of the population is of mixed race (mostly mixed African-European). Of the remaining 40%, about half are of European descent and half are of African descent. The islands are almost exclusively Christian, with large numbers of Presbyterians and Catholics. Caymanians enjoy the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. .The vast majority of the population resides on Grand Cayman, followed by Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, respectively.^ Consisting of three islands just 480 miles south of Miami, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman remain our little piece of paradise.
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^ Here, divers interact with Grand Cayman’s extraordinary fleet of southern stingrays, plus accompanying yellowtail snappers, gray snappers, sergeant majors, .
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^ Having reviewed the individual islands general dive scene, it is time to get to the specifics for Grand Cayman (followed by Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and then West End Grand Cayman, which is actually side 2 of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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[8]
.The capital of the Cayman Islands is George Town, which is located on the southwest coast of Grand Cayman.^ George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands .
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^ GEORGE TOWN Touring the main town of the Cayman Islands reveals extraordinary .
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^ Consisting of three islands just 480 miles south of Miami, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman remain our little piece of paradise.
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Population of the cities (Districts)

Economy

Stingrays are one of the biggest tourist attractions.
With an average income of around KYD$42,000, Caymanians enjoy the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. .According to the CIA World Factbook, the Cayman Islands GDP per capita is the 12th highest in the world.^ DEEP SEA FISHING Cayman Islands waters boast world class fishing suitable for the .
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^ LITTLE CAYMAN DIVING The smaller of the Sister Islands, Little Cayman's only industry is it's world-class diving.
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[9] The islands print their own currency, the Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD), which is pegged to the U.S. dollar at a fixed rate of 1 KYD = 1.25 USD.[10]
The government's primary source of income is indirect taxation: there is no income tax, capital gains tax or corporation tax. An import duty of 5% to 20% is levied against goods imported into the islands. Few goods are exempt; notable examples include books, cameras and infant formula.[citation needed]

Tourism

Aerial view of West Bay, Grand Cayman.
.One of Grand Cayman's (GCM) main attractions is Seven Mile Beach, on which a number of the island's hotels and resorts are located.^ SEVEN MILE BEACH The most famous, longest, and most popular beach in the Cayman Islands is situated in front of a row of hotels, condos, restaurants, shops and bars.
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^ Little Cayman, and then Cayman Brac, I haven’t yet properly mentioned one of the favorite reasons for going to the Cayman Islands in the first place!
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^ Look closely at Seven Mile Beach and see if you can see a bikini!
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Historical sites in GCM, such as Pedro St. James Castle in BoddenTown, also attract visitors. Tourists also visit the Sister Islands, Little Cayman[11] and Cayman Brac[12]
.All three islands offer scuba diving, and the Caymans are home to several snorkeling locations, where tourists can swim with stingrays (including Stingray City, Grand Cayman).^ It is a 6”x9” map of Grand Cayman, Caymna Brac and Little Cayman, showing the names and locations of over 100 of the most notable scuba diving and snorkeling spots in the Cayman Islands as well as 100 or so species of the most common Caribbean coral reef creatures found in Cayman Islands waters.
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^ The map maker finally just has to quit and call it “done.” That is the case with this years-long project of making a dive and guide map of the Cayman Islands.
  • frankosmaps: Cayman Islands Guide & Dive Map 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC frankosmaps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Here, divers interact with Grand Cayman’s extraordinary fleet of southern stingrays, plus accompanying yellowtail snappers, gray snappers, sergeant majors, .
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.There are two shipwrecks off the shores of Cayman Brac, including the MV Keith Tibbetts.^ When you study your own copy of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands, you will find yourself dreaming about Cayman Brac, and the map will cause you to go there!
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^ PUBLIC BEACH 35'-100'+ (11-30m+) Right off Cayman Brac’s Public Beach, coordinates unknown.
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^ Cayman Brac also boasts one of the most popular and famous wreck dives in the Caribbean - the Soviet warship, MV Capt.
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[citation needed]
.Other Grand Cayman tourist attractions include the Ironshore landscape of Hell, the 23-acre (93,000 m2) marine theme park Boatswain's Beach, also home of the Cayman Turtle Farm, the production of gourmet sea salt, and the Mastic Trail, a hiking trail through the forests in the centre of the island.^ Boatswain's Beach Cayman Turtle Farm is a must-see when visiting Grand Cayman.
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^ Amongst the corals and gorgonians are hawksbill turtles, green sea turtles, and loggerhead sea turtles, which nest on nearby beaches.
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^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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.The NationalTrust for the Cayman Islands provides guided tours weekly on the Mastic Trail and other locations.^ The map maker finally just has to quit and call it “done.” That is the case with this years-long project of making a dive and guide map of the Cayman Islands.
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^ Cayman Islands Guide & Dive Map Printed on waterproof, rip-proof plastic.
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^ GEORGE TOWN Touring the main town of the Cayman Islands reveals extraordinary .
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[13]

Financial services industry

The Cayman Islands are a major international financial centre. The biggest sectors are "banking, hedge fund formation and investment, structured finance and securitization, captive insurance, and general corporate activities."[14] Regulation and supervision of the financial services industry is the responsibility of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA).
.The Cayman Islands are the fifth-largest banking centre in the world,[15] with $1.5 trillion in banking liabilities.^ DEEP SEA FISHING Cayman Islands waters boast world class fishing suitable for the .
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^ LITTLE CAYMAN DIVING The smaller of the Sister Islands, Little Cayman's only industry is it's world-class diving.
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[14] There are 279 banks (as of June 2008), 19 of which are licensed to conduct banking activities with domestic (Cayman-based) and international clients, the remaining 260 are licensed to operate on an international basis with only limited domestic activity.[16]
.One reason for the Cayman Islands’ success as an offshore financial centre has been the concentration of top-quality service providers.^ Cayman Islands visa Top 5 requested .
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^ Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Cayman Islands Take advantage of our extensive embassy and consular database to find the nearest one.
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^ The only Cayman Islands Calling Card that you can use to make PIN-FREE calls from any phone, your home, office or even your cell phone, without switching your existing home phone service or wireless provider.

These include leading global financial institutions (incl. UBS and Goldman Sachs), over 80 administrators, leading accountancy practices (incl. the Big Four auditors), and offshore law practices (incl. Maples & Calder and Ogier).[17]
.Since the introduction of the Mutual Funds Law in 1993, which has been copied by jurisdictions around the world, the Cayman Islands have grown to be the world’s leading offshore hedge fund jurisdiction.^ Since the number one activity of visitors to the Cayman Islands is diving and snorkeling, and since the underwater is so note worthy and magnificent, this subject is destined to dominate the map.
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^ When you study your own copy of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands, you will find yourself dreaming about Cayman Brac, and the map will cause you to go there!
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^ DEEP SEA FISHING Cayman Islands waters boast world class fishing suitable for the .
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[17] In June 2008 it passed 10,000 hedge fund registrations, and over the year ending June 2008 CIMA reported a net growth rate of 12% for hedge funds.[18]
.Starting in the mid-late 1990s offshore financial centres, such as the Cayman Islands, came under increasing pressure from the OECD for their allegedly harmful tax regimes, where the OECD wished to prevent low-tax regimes from having an advantage in the global marketplace.^ Finally, with this Cayman Islands map I am starting to like it!
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^ Little Cayman Island would be such a different Christmas than Southern California offers, I’d just love to experience it.
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^ Having finished the description of Side 1 of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands for Grand Cayman only, I still have to give the notes about Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
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.The OECD threatened to place the Cayman Islands and other tax havens on a "black list" and impose sanctions against them.^ Little Cayman, and then Cayman Brac, I haven’t yet properly mentioned one of the favorite reasons for going to the Cayman Islands in the first place!
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^ Cayman Islands Other .

[19] .However the Cayman Islands successfully avoided being placed on the OECD black list in 2000 by committing to regulatory reform to improve transparency and begin information exchange with OECD member countries about their citizens.^ Fortunately, in the mean while I produced my first Cayman Islands product about three years before the completion of this map.
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^ Little Cayman, and then Cayman Brac, I haven’t yet properly mentioned one of the favorite reasons for going to the Cayman Islands in the first place!
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^ Cayman Islands entry visa is not required for citizens of United States.
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[19]
The Cayman Islands had previously appeared on the FATF Blacklist in 2000.[citation needed]
.In 2004, under pressure from the UK, the Cayman Islands agreed in principle to implement the European Union Savings Directive (EUSD), but only after securing some important benefits for the financial services industry in the Cayman Islands.^ LITTLE CAYMAN DIVING The smaller of the Sister Islands, Little Cayman's only industry is it's world-class diving.
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^ Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for business visas to Cayman Islands.
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^ Having finished the description of Side 1 of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands for Grand Cayman only, I still have to give the notes about Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
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.As the Cayman Islands are not subject to EU laws, the implementation of the EUSD is by way of bilateral agreements between each EU member state and the Cayman Islands.^ Since the number one activity of visitors to the Cayman Islands is diving and snorkeling, and since the underwater is so note worthy and magnificent, this subject is destined to dominate the map.
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.The government of the Cayman Islands agreed on a model agreement, which set out how the EUSD would be implemented with the Cayman Islands.^ If it wasn’t for kids, grandkids, and all of that, I would prefer to go take it easy for a Christmas vacation to Little Cayman Island.
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^ This map will inspire you to visit and return to the Cayman Islands because it shows you how absolutely beautiful they are.
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^ This view helps the viewer to see how unusual the Cayman Islands really are, as they rise up from the deep to just above the surface.
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[20]
.A report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in March 2005, assessing supervision and regulation in the Cayman Islands' banking, insurance and securities industries, as well as its money laundering regime, recognised the jurisdiction's comprehensive regulatory and compliance frameworks.^ LITTLE CAYMAN DIVING The smaller of the Sister Islands, Little Cayman's only industry is it's world-class diving.
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^ There are over 150 dive sites shown just on Grand Cayman, and then well over 50 more on each of the Sister Islands.
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"An extensive program of legislative, rule and guideline development has introduced an increasingly effective system of regulation, both formalizing earlier practices and introducing enhanced procedures," noted IMF assessors. The report further stated that "the supervisory system benefits from a well-developed banking infrastructure with an internationally experienced and qualified workforce as well as experienced lawyers, accountants and auditors," adding that, "the overall compliance culture within Cayman is very strong, including the compliance culture related to AML (anti-money laundering) obligations."[21]
Ugland House (a building in George Town) has been closely linked to tax evasion.
On May 4, 2009, United States President Barack Obama declared his intentions to curb the use of tax havens by multinational corporations. .In his speech, he singled out the Cayman Islands as a tax shelter.^ I’m still finding more and more out about them even as the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands is finished, and I already want to do the next edition even before the first edition arrives.
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[22] .The next day, the Cayman Island Financial Services Association submitted an open letter to the President detailing The Caymans' role in international finance and its value to the US financial system.^ Cayman Islands business visa is not required for citizens of Canada for a stay up to 90 days.
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^ Cayman Islands visitor visa is not required for citizens of Canada for a stay up to 90 days.
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^ All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Cayman Islands.
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[23]

Labor

.The Cayman Islands has a small population and therefore a limited work force.^ Over the years I had been working on the Cayman Islands map, but the task proved to be extremely daunting.
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Work Permits are therefore granted to foreigners on a regular basis. On average, there are more than 40,000 foreigners holding valid Work Permits[24].

Work permits for non-citizens

.In order to work in the Cayman Islands as a non-citizen, a work permit is required.^ Cayman Islands entry visa is not required for citizens of United States.
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^ Cayman Islands business visa is required for citizens of United States.
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^ Cayman Islands cruise visa is not required for citizens of United States.
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This involves passing a police background check and a health check. A prospective immigrant worker will not be granted a permit if certain medical conditions are present which include testing positive for Hepatitis or HIV. Work permits are not issued after age 60. A permit may be granted to individuals on special work.
A foreigner must first have a job in order to move to the Cayman Islands. The employer applies and pays for the Work Permit.[25]. .Work Permits are not granted to foreigners that are in the Cayman Islands (unless it is a Renewal).^ Over the years I had been working on the Cayman Islands map, but the task proved to be extremely daunting.
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.The Cayman Islands Immigration Department requires foreigners to remain out of the country until their Work Permit has been approved.^ Cayman Islands entry visa is not required for citizens of United States.
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^ Over the years I had been working on the Cayman Islands map, but the task proved to be extremely daunting.
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^ Cayman Islands business visa is required for citizens of United States.
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[26]
.The Cayman Islands presently imposes a controversial "rollover" policy in relation to expatriate workers who require a work permit.^ Cayman Islands entry visa is not required for citizens of United States.
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^ Similar thanks to Grand Cayman’s Cathy Church, who’s underwater photography is right up there with Guy Harvey’s work in inspiring me.
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^ Cayman Islands visa requirements: 1-800-345-6541 Cayman Islands visa for citizens of  United States .
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Non-Caymanians are only permitted to reside and work within the Territory for a maximum of seven years (non-renewable) unless they satisfy the criteria of key employees. The policy has been the subject of some controversy within the press. Law firms have been particularly upset by the recruitment difficulties that it has caused.[27] Other less well remunerated employment sectors have been affected as well. Concerns about safety have been expressed by diving instructors and realtors have also expressed concerns. Others support the rollover as necessary to protect Caymanian identity in the face of large immigration of expatriate workers.[28]
.Concerns have been expressed that in the long term, the policy may damage the pre-eminence of the Cayman Islands as an offshore financial centre by making it difficult to recruit and retain experienced staff from onshore financial centres.^ The map maker finally just has to quit and call it “done.” That is the case with this years-long project of making a dive and guide map of the Cayman Islands.
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^ The brand new fairways and greens of this championship course are destined to become yet another famous Grand Cayman golf course, making the island a golfer's paradise.
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^ Fortunately, local folks love to talk about their paradise, so the information on this Cayman Islands map was not that difficult to obtain.
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Government employees are no longer exempt from this "rollover" policy according to this report in a local newspaper.[29] The governor has decided to use his constitutional powers, which give him absolute control for the disposition of civil service employees to determine which expatriate civil servants are dismissed after seven years service and which are not.
This policy is enshrined in the Immigration Law (2003 revision), written by the UDP government, and subsequently enforced by the PPM government. Both governments agree to the term limits on foreign workers, and the majority of Caymanians also agree it is necessary to protect local culture and heritage from being eroded by a large number of foreigners gaining residency and citizenship.[30]

Government

 
The Legislative Assembly building in George Town
.The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory, listed by the UN Special Committee of Twenty-Four as one of the last non-self governing territories.^ Since the number one activity of visitors to the Cayman Islands is diving and snorkeling, and since the underwater is so note worthy and magnificent, this subject is destined to dominate the map.
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^ On the face of this Cayman Islands map I depict over 100 different species, including the most notable of the Cayman species, the Southern Stingray, plus the Flying Gurnard.
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^ Little Cayman, and then Cayman Brac, I haven’t yet properly mentioned one of the favorite reasons for going to the Cayman Islands in the first place!
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A fifteen-seat Legislative Assembly is elected by the people every four years to handle domestic affairs. Of the elected Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), five are chosen to serve as government ministers in a Cabinet headed by the Governor. The head of government is the Premier.[citation needed]
A Governor is appointed by the British Government to represent the monarch. Governors can exercise complete executive authority if they wish through blanket powers reserved to them in the constitution. They must give Royal Assent to all legislation, which allows them the power to strike down any law the legislature may see fit for the country. In modern times, the Governor usually allows the country to be run by the Cabinet, and the civil service to be run by the Deputy Governor, who is the Acting Governor when the Governor is not able to discharge his usual duties for one reason or another. The current Governor of the Cayman Islands is Duncan Taylor and the current Deputy Governor is The Honourable Donovan Ebanks.
The Cabinet is composed of two official members and five elected members, called ministers; one of whom is designated Premier.
The official members are the Deputy Governor and the Attorney General. They are appointed by the governor in accordance with Her Majesty's instructions, and although they have seats in the Legislative Assembly, under the 2009 Constitution, they do not vote.
The five ministers are voted into office by the 15 elected members of the Legislative Assembly. One of the ministers, the leader of the majority political party, is appointed premier by the governor.
After consulting the premier, the governor allocates a portfolio of responsibilities to each Cabinet member. Under the principle of collective responsibility, all ministers are obliged to support in the Assembly any measures approved by Cabinet.
Almost 80 departments, sections and units carry out the business of government, joined by a number of statutory boards and authorities set up for specific purposes, such as the Port Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Immigration Board, the Water Authority, the University College Board of Governors, the National Pensions Board, and the Health Insurance Commission.
The defence of the Cayman Islands is the responsibility of the United Kingdom. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service provides police services in the country. The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps was formed in March 2001.[citation needed]
Since 2000, there have been two official major political parties: United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People's Progressive Movement (PPM). While there has been a shift to political parties, many contending for an office still run as independents.

Taxation

.There is no direct taxation imposed on Caymanians and Cayman Islands companies.^ Caymanian visa from Canada: 1-800-345-6541 Cayman Islands visa for citizens of  United States .
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^ When you study your own copy of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands, you will find yourself dreaming about Cayman Brac, and the map will cause you to go there!
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^ There are over 150 dive sites shown just on Grand Cayman, and then well over 50 more on each of the Sister Islands.
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The government receives the majority of its income from indirect taxation. A 20% duty is levied against imported goods. Some items are exempted like baby formula, books and cameras. Duty on automobiles depends on the class and make of the model; duty can reach up to 40% for expensive models. Financial institutions that operate in the islands are charged a flat licensing fee by the government. .A 10% government tax is placed on all tourist accommodations in addition to the small fee each tourist pays upon getting on the island.^ A small switching fee (currently 1/3 of a credit) is charged for all inbound (MO) messages that you receive.
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[citation needed]

Foreign relations

.The foreign relations of the Cayman Islands are largely managed from the United Kingdom, as the islands remain an overseas territory of the UK. However, the Government of the Cayman Islands often resolves important issues with foreign governments alone[citation needed], without intervention from Britain[citation needed].^ However, Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands is not just a pretty picture, but it is full of useful information as we.
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.Although in its early days, the Cayman Islands' most important relationships were with Britain and Jamaica, in recent years, a relationship with the United States has developed.^ The map maker finally just has to quit and call it “done.” That is the case with this years-long project of making a dive and guide map of the Cayman Islands.
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^ SEVEN MILE BEACH The most famous, longest, and most popular beach in the Cayman Islands is situated in front of a row of hotels, condos, restaurants, shops and bars.
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^ Fortunately, in the mean while I produced my first Cayman Islands product about three years before the completion of this map.
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.Though the Cayman Islands are involved in no major international disputes, they have come under some criticism due to the use of their territory for narcotics trafficking and money laundering.^ FASTFACTS: A British Overseas Territory on the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands consists of three main islands: the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
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^ The Islands have been used as setting in many works of fiction, most notably John Grisham’s “The Firm.” The islands is famous for the Grand Cayman parrots and the Cayman Brac Parrot .
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^ However, Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands is not just a pretty picture, but it is full of useful information as we.
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In an attempt to address this, the Government entered into the Narcotics Agreement of 1984 and the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty of 1986 with the United States, in order to reduce the use of their facilities associated with these activities. In more recent years, they have stepped up the fight against money laundering, by limiting banking secrecy, introducing requirements for customer identification and record keeping, and requiring banks to cooperate with foreign investigators.
.Due to their status as an overseas territory of the UK, the Cayman Islands have no representation either on the United Nations, or in most other international organizations.^ This includes, of course, George Town, the capital of The Cayman Islands, and the main city with the most residents.
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^ On the face of this Cayman Islands map I depict over 100 different species, including the most notable of the Cayman species, the Southern Stingray, plus the Flying Gurnard.
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^ SIR TURTLE This is the unofficial national logo of the Cayman Islands.
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.However, the Cayman Islands still participates in some international organizations, being a full member of the Central Development Bank[citation needed], and an ciate member of Caricom and UNESCO, and a member of a sub-bureau of Interpol.^ However, Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands is not just a pretty picture, but it is full of useful information as we.
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^ However, I have found that the Cayman Islands are a wonderful, favorite, world class destination, with lots to see and do, plus some of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling, and more than that, the people are the greatest.
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^ I’m still finding more and more out about them even as the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands is finished, and I already want to do the next edition even before the first edition arrives.
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The defence from external threats of the Cayman Islands is the responsibility of the United Kingdom.

Infrastructure

Roadways

Highways: total: 500+ miles paved: 500+ miles

Ports, shipping and lighthouses

.Ports and harbors: Cayman Brac, George Town Merchant marine: total: 123 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 2,402,058 GRT/3,792,094 metric tons deadweight (DWT) ships by type: bulk 22, cargo 5, chemical tanker 31, container 2, liquefied gas 1, petroleum tanker 21, refrigerated cargo 35, roll on/roll off 5, specialized tanker 1 note: some foreign ships register in the Cayman Islands as a flag of convenience; includes ships from 11 countries among which are: Greece 15, US 5, UK 5, Cyprus 2, Denmark 2, Norway 3 (2002 est.^ George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands .
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^ GEORGE TOWN Touring the main town of the Cayman Islands reveals extraordinary .
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^ FASTFACTS: A British Overseas Territory on the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands consists of three main islands: the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
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)
.The East End Light (sometimes called Gorling Bluff Light) is a lighthouse located at the east end of Grand Cayman island in the Cayman Islands.^ The map maker finally just has to quit and call it “done.” That is the case with this years-long project of making a dive and guide map of the Cayman Islands.
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^ Having reviewed the individual islands general dive scene, it is time to get to the specifics for Grand Cayman (followed by Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and then West End Grand Cayman, which is actually side 2 of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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.The lighthouse is the centerpiece of East End Lighthouse Park, managed by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands; the first navigational aid on the site was the first lighthouse in the Cayman Islands.^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ Underwater you will be watching parrotfish, but above water you might be watching parrots, specifically at the Cayman Brac parrot reserve high on the bluff and Cayman Brac’s east end.
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^ SIR TURTLE This is the unofficial national logo of the Cayman Islands.
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Air transport

.There are three airports in the Cayman Islands, one for each island.^ FASTFACTS: A British Overseas Territory on the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands consists of three main islands: the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
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^ Fortunately, in the mean while I produced my first Cayman Islands product about three years before the completion of this map.
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^ Little Cayman, and then Cayman Brac, I haven’t yet properly mentioned one of the favorite reasons for going to the Cayman Islands in the first place!
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.George Town, as well as the rest of Grand Cayman, is served by nearby Owen Roberts International Airport.^ George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands .
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^ This includes, of course, George Town, the capital of The Cayman Islands, and the main city with the most residents.
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^ The rest of the description of Grand Cayman is all about side 2 of the map, and it appears a few pages below.
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.Cayman Brac, is served by Gerrard Smith International Airport and Little Cayman is served by Edward Bodden Airfield.^ FASTFACTS: A British Overseas Territory on the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands consists of three main islands: the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
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^ Little Cayman, and then Cayman Brac, I haven’t yet properly mentioned one of the favorite reasons for going to the Cayman Islands in the first place!
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^ Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands Side 1 The front side of my map shows Grand Cayman as a separate map, and the Sister Islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, together as another map.
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.Cayman Airways is the national flag carrier of the Cayman Islands.^ SIR TURTLE This is the unofficial national logo of the Cayman Islands.
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^ We carry over 30+ cheap Cayman Island phone card to choose from.
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.With its head office in Grand Cayman, it operates mainly as an international and domestic scheduled passenger carrier, with cargo services available on all routes and a limited charter service offered.^ The reefs and walls all around Grand Cayman are excellent dive spots.
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^ THE CAYMAN WALL This picture shows the typical wall and reef structure all around Grand Cayman.
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^ This aerial photo shows the downtown cruiseship terminal where over one million passengers per year get dropped off to begin their shopping and exploration of Grand Cayman.
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Its operations are based at Owen Roberts International Airport, Grand Cayman.
.Island Air is a small airline in the Cayman Islands providing services between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman.^ Having reviewed the individual islands general dive scene, it is time to get to the specifics for Grand Cayman (followed by Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and then West End Grand Cayman, which is actually side 2 of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ If it wasn’t for kids, grandkids, and all of that, I would prefer to go take it easy for a Christmas vacation to Little Cayman Island.
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^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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Communications

Education

Primary and secondary schools

The Cayman Islands Education Department operates state schools. Caymanian children are entitled to free primary and secondary education. Various churches and private foundations operate several private schools that offer American and British based studies starting from nursery up to A Levels.

Colleges and universities

.The University College of the Cayman Islands is located on Grand Cayman and is the only government run university on the island.^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands Side 1 The front side of my map shows Grand Cayman as a separate map, and the Sister Islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, together as another map.
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^ LITTLE CAYMAN DIVING The smaller of the Sister Islands, Little Cayman's only industry is it's world-class diving.
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[31] .The University College is located in George Town on Grand Cayman.^ George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands .
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^ George Town - Cayman Islands .
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^ This includes, of course, George Town, the capital of The Cayman Islands, and the main city with the most residents.
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.The International College of the Cayman Islands is a private college and is located in Newlands, Grand Cayman about seven miles (11 km) east of George Town.^ George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands .
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^ Size: 11 Miles (18 Km.
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^ Located 490 miles (800 km.
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The college was established in 1970 and offers Associate's, Bachelor's and Post Graduate degree programmes.[32] Grand Cayman is also home to St. Matthew's University, which includes a medical school and a school of veterinary medicine.[33] .The Cayman Islands Law School, a branch of the University of Liverpool in the UK, is also based on Grand Cayman.^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands Side 1 The front side of my map shows Grand Cayman as a separate map, and the Sister Islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, together as another map.
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^ The brand new fairways and greens of this championship course are destined to become yet another famous Grand Cayman golf course, making the island a golfer's paradise.
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[34] Situated in George Town, the law school has been in operation since 1982.
.The Cayman Islands Civil Service College, a unit of Cayman Islands government organised under the Portfolio of the Civil Service, is also located in Grand Cayman.^ In August 2006 I went to Grand Cayman with my daughter to finish the “research” for the first edition of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands.
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^ Cayman Islands entry visa is not required for citizens of United States.
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^ Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands Side 1 The front side of my map shows Grand Cayman as a separate map, and the Sister Islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, together as another map.
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.Co-situated with University College of the Cayman Islands in a building on the south side of the campus, the intent of the CICSC is offer both degree programs and continuing education units of various sorts.^ Caymanian visa from Canada: 1-800-345-6541 Cayman Islands visa for citizens of  United States .
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^ Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands Side 1 The front side of my map shows Grand Cayman as a separate map, and the Sister Islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, together as another map.
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^ And I’d have to dive at Gay’s Reef on the south side just to see what sort of a reef Gay, the Pirate’s Point hostess and Christmas piano player, has lent her name to.
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Further, the college is planned to develop as a government research centre. It opened in autumn 2007.

Health and public safety

There are two hospitals in George Town, the government run George Town Hospital and the smaller, private Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital. Additionally, Faith Hospital is an eighteen-bed facility on Cayman Brac. The Government maintains a satellite clinic on Little Cayman.
Health insurance is handled by private insurers and a government-run company (CINICO). All employers are required under Law to provide Health Insurance for their employees (although the employee may be required to contribute 50% of the premium). Full time employees also contribute US$10 every month to the "Indigent Fund", which helps cover care for the unemployed, elderly, and other groups in need of monetary assistance.[citation needed]
As of January 2010, the islands has lacked facilities for cardiac catheterisation. Manyfeel the population is large enough to support the procedure.[citation needed] Various attempts to establish a catheterisation lab in George Town Hospital have stalled.[citation needed] There remains an urgent need for retinal surgery on the islands.[citation needed] Currently, residents with severe diabetic eye conditions or retinal detachments become blind,[citation needed] unless they have the financial means to seek prompt care on the mainland. In July 2007 an MRI unit was installed at the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, replacing the one destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. In August 2009, a new stand-alone Open MRI facility was opened. This centre provides MRI, CT, X-Ray and DEXA (Bone density)scanning. Also housed in this building is the Heart Health Centre, which provides Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Echocardiography and Cardiac Stress Testing.[35]
.For divers and others in need of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, there is a two-person recompression chamber at George Town Hospital on Grand Cayman, run by Cayman Hyperbaric Services.^ George Town - Cayman Islands .
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The same organization has built a hyperbaric unit at Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac.
.The Islands have their own police force, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIP).^ When you study your own copy of Franko’s Map of The Cayman Islands, you will find yourself dreaming about Cayman Brac, and the map will cause you to go there!
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^ Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for business visas to Cayman Islands.
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.Regular off-shore marine patrols are conducted by the RCIP and Grand Cayman is a port of call for the United States Coast Guard.^ Caymanian visa from Canada: 1-800-345-6541 Cayman Islands visa for citizens of  United States .
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^ Cayman Islands entry visa is not required for citizens of United States.
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^ In fact, she took scuba lessons at Divetech on the north end of Grand Cayman’s west end at the Cobalt Coast Resort.
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Sports

Football is the national and most popular sport.[citation needed] Rugby is a developing sport, and has its own national men's team, women's team, and Sevens team. The Cayman Islands Under 20 rugby team has also qualified for the JWRT in Kenya 2009.[citation needed]

The Cayman Islands are members of The International Cricket Council, FIFA, the International Olympic Committee and the Pan American Sports Organization, and also compete in the biannual Island Games.[citation needed]
Flag football (CIFFA) has mens, womens and co-ed leagues.
Other organized sports leagues include softball, beach volleyball, gaelic football, and ultimate frisbee.
In the 21st century, skateboarding has become popular among the youth.
During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Dow Travers will be the first representative in the Winter Olympic Games from the Cayman Islands, participating in the alpine skiing events.

Music

The Cayman Islands is home to a number of bands which range from concert bands to steel pan bands. The modern forms of music composed in Cayman are primarily soca, rap and R&B.
Traditional Caymanian music was a 'Kitchen band', which was composed of a fiddle, drum, spoon and bottle, washboard, and possibly a harmonica or guitar. There is currently a band of Caymanians who perform as the Kitchen Band during cultural celebrations, such as CayFest or Heritage Days during Pirate's Week. This type of music is often fast-paced, and bears similarities to country and calypso music.
A National Band exists, which caters to concert band musicians. This band performs on occasion, and plays almost any type of music.
A number of other singing bands also perform at celebrations regularly, and generally play various music forms.
The Cayman Islands are also home to three performing steel pan bands – Panoramers, Pandemix and Pandemonium. Panoramers is the oldest, being formed by Earl LaPierre, who also founded AfroPan in Toronto, Canada. All of the bands play a Caribbean base of music, but often play a range of music to cater to all members of the audience.

Media

Notable feature films that have been filmed in the Cayman Islands include: The Firm, Haven and Cayman Went. The Cayman Islands Film Commission provides assistance to productions utilizing the jurisdiction.

See also

Notables

Selita Ebanks is a Caymanian fashion model. She is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret and as a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2005-2008. Frank E. Flowers is a Caymanian independent filmmaker, film director and screenwriter.

Footnotes

  1. ^ Background Note: Cayman Islands
  2. ^ About Cayman
  3. ^ "Tax me if you can. Haven or Havoc?". http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/tax/schemes/cayman.html. 
  4. ^ Zayas 1914
  5. ^ Grand Cayman's history with tropical systems
  6. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for George Town, Cayman Islands". http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weatherall.php3?s=48387&refer=&units=metric. 
  7. ^ Regions and territories: Cayman Islands. BBC News.
  8. ^ "CIA - The World Factbook - Cayman Islands". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cj.html. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  9. ^ "CIA - The World Factbook - Rank Order - GDP - per capita (PPP)". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  10. ^ The History of Cayman Islands Currency
  11. ^ "This week's dream: diving and lazing on Little Cayman", (29 November 2008) The Week p. 39, Dennis Publishers, UK
  12. ^ Skip Harper, "Adventuring in Cayman Brac",Head and Toe Publishers, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, 2001, ISBN 0-9640645-2-0
  13. ^ National Trust For the Cayman islands
  14. ^ a b United States Government Accountability Office (2008). GAO Report to the Chairman and Ranking Member, Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate, p. 7.
  15. ^ Places in the sun. (2007, 24 February). The Economist, no. 382 (8517 suppl.), 3-5.
  16. ^ Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (11 July 2008), Regulatory Framework: Statistics. Retrieved 25 July 2008 from:
  17. ^ a b Bringing Cayman's Mutual Funds Law up to speed (1 October 2005). Hedge Week.
  18. ^ CayCompass.com (29 July 2008), 0,000–plus funds registered in CI.
  19. ^ a b Natasha L. Rogoff (n.d.), Haven or havoc?.
  20. ^ Appleby, Guide to the EU Savings Directive: Its relevance for Cayman Islands Investment Funds.
  21. ^ Cayman Islands Financial Services (n.d.). International Cooperation.
  22. ^ Obama Speech on Tax Havens May 5, 2009, [1].
  23. ^ CIFSA Open Letter to President Obama, [2].
  24. ^ Work Permit Stats
  25. ^ C.I. Government Website - Entry Requirements for Work Permits
  26. ^ Online Employment Resources
  27. ^ Row brews over rollover, 22 January 2007 , Cayman net News.
  28. ^ Government takes up permit issue, Editorial, 5 March 2006, Camanian Compass.
  29. ^ "Cayman Islands - Cay Compass News Online - Rollover for civil servants". http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1024210. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  30. ^ "Cayman Observer". http://www.caymanobserver.com/viewarticle.cfm?id=36&Section=LocalNews. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  31. ^ University College Cayman Islands: About us.
  32. ^ International College of the Cayman islands: Programs of Study.
  33. ^ St. Matthew's University.
  34. ^ Cayman Islands law School.
  35. ^ [3]

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From Wikitravel

North America : Caribbean : Cayman Islands
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Quick Facts
Capital George Town
Government British overseas territory
Currency Caymanian dollar (KYD)
Area 262 sq km
Population 45,436 (June 2006 est.)
Language English
Religion United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
Calling Code +345
Internet TLD .ky
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.The Cayman Islands [1] are an island group in the Caribbean Sea, ninety miles south of Cuba.^ Nestled in the western Caribbean, south of Cuba and west of Jamaica , lie the Cayman Islands.
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^ Island group in Caribbean Sea, nearly one-half of the way from Cuba to Honduras.
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^ The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea .
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.The outstanding coral reefs and outstandingly clear waters have made this island group a favorite destination of divers.^ Looking for a pristine Caribbean island filled with beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, exceptional dining and rich history?

^ Grand Cayman Island (GCM) is the largest among the Cayman Islands and features seven miles of white sandy beaches, clear waters and outstanding coral reefs.
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^ For its coral reefs and the transparency of its water (is reached to see up to 36 m deep), the Cayman Islands are a paradise for divers, but also practice other sports such as offshore fishing and golf (there are two courses of 18 holes).
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.Great beaches and fine restaurants and resorts make it an excellent tourist destination as well.^ This expanse of beach is lined with luxury accommodations, from low-rise condominiums to full-service resorts, as well as restaurants and small shopping centers.
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^ Located 480 miles from the south of Miami, the Cayman islands is well-known for its world-class dive sites and operators as well as their pristine beach front resorts.

^ While Grand Cayman is more well-known as a beach resort destination and an offshore banking center, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman offer uncrowded retreats, renowned wall scuba diving (especially famous for Bloody Bay ) and shipwreck diving.
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  • Grand Cayman - The largest island and home to most of the population and tourist facilities.
.The other two islands are called the Sister Islands by locals and are also tourist destinations.^ On the other two islands it is the only option.
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^ Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, you probably know the Cayman Islands is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
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^ Grand Cayman, (pronounced K-mun) the largest of the Cayman islands, has become a premier tourist destination in recent years.
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They are:
Map of Cayman Islands
Map of Cayman Islands
  • Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman
  • Pedro St. James national historic site in the eastern district of Savannah on Grand Cayman
  • Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park off of Frank Sound Road on the North Side of Grand Cayman

Understand

.The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries.^ The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries, and were administered by Jamaica after 1863.
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^ Century 21 Cayman Islands ...

^ The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries.
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.Administered by Jamaica from 1863, they remained a British dependency after 1962 when the former became independent.^ Administered from Jamaica after 1863, they became a separate British crown colony when Jamaica became independent in 1962.
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^ Administered by Jamaica from 1863, they remained a British dependency after 1962 when the former became independent.
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^ Colonized from Jamaica, and chose to remain a dependency when Jamaica became independent in 1962.
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.In addition to banking (the islands have no direct taxation, making them a popular incorporation site), tourism is a mainstay, aimed at the luxury market and catering mainly to visitors from North America.^ With no direct taxation, the islands are a thriving offshore financial center.
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^ With no direct taxation, the islands are a thriving offshore financial centre.
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^ The tourist industry is aimed at the luxury market and caters mainly to visitors from North America.
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.Total tourist arrivals exceeded 2.19 million in 2006, although the vast majority of visitors arrive for single day cruise ship visits (1.93 million).^ The town is a major cruise ship port.
  • Cayman Islands Hotels Reviews And Bookings 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandshotel.info [Source type: General]

^ Cruise Ship visit diving?
  • Cayman Islands [Archive] - ScubaBoard 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.scubaboard.com [Source type: News]

^ Total tourist arrivals exceeded 2.1 million in 2003, with about half from the US. About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported.
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.About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported.^ Total tourist arrivals exceeded 2.1 million in 2003, with about half from the US. About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported.
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^ About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods are imported.
  • CAYMAN ISLANDS 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.jis.gov.jm [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Although Caymanians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world, about 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported.
  • Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world.^ The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world.
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Cayman Islands 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.cia.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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^ Residents of the Cayman Islands have one of the highest standards of living in the world.

^ A population of over 53,000 people, the Cayman Islands also offers a desirable standard of living; in fact the highest standard of living in the Caribbean and a GDP per capita that is the 12th highest in the world and is renown as one of the world's largest banking centers and tax havens.The islands also print their own currency with the Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD) pegged to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 1 KYD equaling 1.2 USD. American Dollars though are accepted throughout the islands.
  • Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC liz2.re-data.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Cayman Islands are one of the richest islands not only in the Caribbean but in the world.^ Grand Cayman snorkeling Grand Cayman Island is one of the top snorkeling sites in the world.

^ Residents of the Cayman Islands have one of the highest standards of living in the world.

^ Welcome to the Cayman Islands, one of the jewels of the Caribbean.

Climate

Tropical marine. .Warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, Great vacation spot, relatively dry winters (November to April).^ (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April) .
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^ Location: Caribbean, three island (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) group in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica Geographic coordinates: 19° 30' N, 80° 30' W Coastline: 160 km km Climate: tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April) Terrain: low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs Elevation: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: The Bluff (Cayman Brac) 43 m Natural hazards: hurricanes (July to November) Currency: Caymanian dollar (KYD) Population: 45,436 (July 2006 est.
  • Cayman,Cayman surf,Cayman surfing, WannaSurf, surf spots atlas, surfing photos, maps, GPS location 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.wannasurf.com [Source type: General]

^ The rainy season extends from mid-May through October, and the dry season lasts the balance of the year.
  • Cayman Islands (islands, West Indies) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 2004 the Cayman Islands, and especially Grand Cayman, were hit hard by Hurricane Ivan.^ Cayman Islands - everything Grand in the Caymans...

^ Copyright 2004 Grand Cayman Island Information a Cayman Information Service company.

^ The biggest island of the three is the Grand Cayman.

Landscape

.Low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs.^ The coasts are ironshore (limestone fringes with numerous marine fossils) interspersed with sandy beaches and enclosed by coral reefs .
  • Cayman Islands (islands, West Indies) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The abundance of fish, marine life and spectacular coral reefs, which can be found in the surrounding waters, makes the Cayman Islands an ideal destination for diving enthusiasts.
  • Cayman Islands Flights: Cheap flights to Cayman Islands, Caribbean- lastminute.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.lastminute.com [Source type: General]

^ This, combined with the fact that Grand Cayman and Little Cayman are almost surrounded by living coral reefs, provide the Cayman Islands with some of the most popular dive sites in the world.

.Highest point: The Bluff on Cayman Brac, at 43 meters (141 ft).^ The highest point on Little Cayman is only twelve meters in elevation.
  • Cayman Islands News, Cayman Islands Weather and Links: QuickNews 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC news.quickfound.net [Source type: News]

^ Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: The Bluff (Cayman Brac) 43 m .
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^ By admin In cayman brac bluff .
  • Cayman Islands Hotels Reviews And Bookings 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandshotel.info [Source type: General]

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  • Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) is near George Town on Grand Cayman and is the main airport.^ George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands .
    • frankosmaps: Cayman Islands Guide & Dive Map 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC frankosmaps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Main towns: George Town (capital, pop.
    • Commonwealth Secretariat - Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.thecommonwealth.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He stands in his small factory in George Town on Grand Cayman.
    • Cayman Islands Hotels Reviews And Bookings 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandshotel.info [Source type: General]

    .It is about a 65 minute flight from Miami, Florida.^ George Town can be reached in about an hour's flight from Florida.
    • Cayman Islands vacations, Cayman Islands deals, Cayman Islands travel 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.thebigday.com [Source type: News]

    .It is served by a number of international airlines, flying to destinations in the Caribbean, North America, Central America & Europe.^ Long known for their mastering of the seas as fishermen and turtlers, in the early 1900's many Caymanian men took to the seas as sailors aboard merchant ships which sailed the Caribbean, to North America and Central America.

    ^ North America South America Europe Africa Asia Oceania Help Site map Site tour About us Contact us Careers .
    • Cayman Islands Flights and Travel Guide 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.cheapflights.com [Source type: News]

    ^ The Almond Tree Serving International-Caribbean Cuisine in the Cayman Islands for over twenty five years.

    .
    • Aerocaribbean [2] provides Caribbean Services to Havana
    • Air Canada [3] provides North American service to Toronto
    • Air Jamaica [4] provides Caribbean Services to Kingston and Montego Bay
    • American Airlines [5] provides North American service to Miami
    • British Airways [6] provides Caribbean Service to Nassau, The Bahamas and European Service to London (Heathrow)
    • Cayman Airways [7] provides domestic service to Cayman Brac & Little Cayman, Caribbean Service to Havana, Kingston, and Montego Bay, year round North American service to Miami, Tampa Bay, Washington, New York (JFK) and seasonal North American service to Chicago & Orlando.
    • Continental Airlines [8] provides North American service to Houston & Newark
    • Delta Airlines [9] provides North American service to Atlanta.
    • Islena Airlines / Atlantic Airlines provide a Central American service to the cities of La Ceiba, Roatan, Tegucigalpa, and San Pedro Sula in Honduras
    • Spirit Airlines [10] provides North American service to Fort Lauderdale.
    • US Airways [11] provides North American service to Charlotte,Boston, and Philadelphia.
  • Gerrard-Smith International Airport (CYB) is located at the western end of Cayman Brac.
  • Edward Bodden Airfield (LYB) is a small grass strip located on the southwestern coast of Little Cayman.
  • Providing air service between the three islands' airports is:
    • Cayman Airways, Phone: 345-949-2311, [12].
  • Owen Roberts Airport has plenty of taxi availability.^ The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, with offices in Miami, New York, Houston, and Chicago, also may provide travel information.
    • Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ A number of charter flights also operate from various US cities and Canada year-round.
    • Scuba Diving Destinations - Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.deepdiversions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Cayman Airways offers regular service from Houston, Texas, Tampa, Florida and Kingston, Jamaica to Grand Cayman and daily service to Cayman Brac.
    • Scuba Diving Destinations - Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.deepdiversions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Neither of the smaller islands have airport taxi services, however hotels pick travelers up.
  • There's no ferry service from Grand Cayman to either of the sister islands, but private boat operators will shuttle you between Cayman Brac and Little Cayman for about US$20 (20 minutes).

By boat

.George Town on Grand Cayman is a popular port for cruise ships.^ George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands .
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^ AI for cruisers in Grand Cayman bgr .
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^ The islands are popular with cruise ships .
  • BBC NEWS | Americas | Country profiles | Timeline: Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: News]

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  • Car rentals are readily available.^ With us, you'll enjoy discount airfare, car rentals and lodging (local transport to and from your beach vacation rental is also available).
    • Caribbean Vacation Rentals, Cayman Islands, Beach Resorts & Villa Rental 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanvacation.com [Source type: General]

    ^ A variety of models of rental cars are available, most with right hand drive.
    • Scuba Diving Destinations - Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.deepdiversions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You must be 21 years old to rent a car.^ In order to rent a car, you must obtain a temporary drivers license from the police station or car rental agency, easily granted upon presenting a valid drivers licence from their home state, county.
    • Scuba Diving Destinations - Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.deepdiversions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ These car rent agents will also help you in obtaining temporary licenses.
    • Grand Cayman Business Directory on Restaurants, Cayman Island Real Estate | Cayman123.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.cayman123.com [Source type: News]

    ^ You must be 21 to rent a car in the Cayman Islands, and some rental agencies' insurance will not cover renters under 25.
    • Scuba Diving Destinations - Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.deepdiversions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Driving is on the left hand side of the road and seatbelt use is mandatory.^ Driving is on the left-hand side of the road on the Cayman Islands.
    • Cayman Islands travel & resort information - Cayman Islands Hotels - Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.debbiescaribbeanresortreviews.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Rental Cars Driving in the Caymans is on the left side of the road.
    • Scuba Diving Destinations - Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.deepdiversions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ All of the main roads, as well as a few trails are shown as well, so this is the perfect navigation map as you cruise around in your left-hand-drive rental car.
    • frankosmaps: Cayman Islands Guide & Dive Map 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC frankosmaps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Visitors must get a temporary driver's license from the police station or car rental agency.^ Car Rental RailRoadFocus Railways worldwide Flight Booking Airline reservations Travel Insurance Cruise Agency .

    ^ In order to rent a car, you must obtain a temporary drivers license from the police station or car rental agency, easily granted upon presenting a valid drivers licence from their home state, county.
    • Scuba Diving Destinations - Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.deepdiversions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ A valid driver's license from your country of origin would be needed to obtain a visitor's driving permit.

    .This is obtained by showing a valid drivers license from their home state, county or parish and paying a US$7.50 fee.
  • Mopeds and scooter rentals are available on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.^ Mopeds and scooters are also available on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.
    • Scuba Diving Destinations - Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.deepdiversions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Grand Cayman was hit by Hurricane Ivan on September 11 - 12, 2004, which destroyed many buildings and damaged 90% of the island's homes.
    • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Cayman Islands comprises three islands: Grand Cayman, the largest in area and most populous; Cayman Brac, distinguished by its majestic Bluff; and Little Cayman, the smallest and least developed.
    • Cayman Islands Real Estate from Neil Williams of REMAX 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandliving.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Helmet use is required. Usual daily rate is US$25 for helmet and permit.
  • Providing air service between the three islands' airports is:
    • Cayman Airways, Phone: 345-949-2311, [13].

Talk

.English is the official language and is spoken by virtually everyone.^ Language The official and spoken language is English.
  • Cayman Island IBC Offshore Company Information - OCRA Worldwide 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.ocra.com [Source type: News]

^ English is the official language of the islands, although it often sounds as though the speaker is combining an American southern drawl with a lilting Welsh accent.
  • Cayman Islands Vacations- Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.gotravel.com [Source type: General]

^ Languages: English (official), Creole, and Spanish.
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Native Caymanians have a pleasant and unique accent with many charming turns of phrase. For example, in Cayman rumours are not heard "through the grapevine", instead they're heard "along the marl road". Locals pronounce Cayman as Kay-MAN, and not KAY-min.

Buy

.Most shopping is in George Town and Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.^ Sticky: Grand Cayman : Compiled info : beaches, transport, snorkling, interesting facts, etc ( 1 2 3 ) WarmWaters .
  • Cayman Islands - Cruise Critic Message Boards 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC boards.cruisecritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Seven Mile Beach is a famous stretch of white sand, clear water, and calm waves.

^ Trip type: Couples Grand Cayman is one of our favorite Caribbean Islands with a beautiful beach and hotels to match.
  • Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman (Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman) - Resort Reviews - TripAdvisor 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

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  • Caymanite is the Cayman Islands' own semi-precious stone.
  • Black Coral is often used in jewelry here.
  • Rum cake from Tortuga Rum Company is very popular with visitors to Grand Cayman.
  • There are many tourist shops where you can buy t-shirts, hats, postcards, and much more.^ If you are visiting the Cayman Islands .
    • frankosmaps: Cayman Islands Guide & Dive Map 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC frankosmaps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Cayman Islands e-Government Page Cayman Islands Government portal, with many useful links.
    • Cayman Islands Internet Usage and TelecommunicationsReports 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.internetworldstats.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Cayman Islands - everything Grand in the Caymans...

    .Don't buy any seashells though; beachcombing is much more fun, and cheaper too.
  • Almost everything must be imported and is subject to a 20% import tax, food and other items are relatively expensive.
  • US currency is accepted everywhere.^ Total tourist arrivals exceeded 2.1 million in 2003, with about half from the US. About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported.
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    ^ I don’t think the flag should be grouped as a bulk item, amongst other items, where it is being sold,” he said adding that, for example, he would not want to see the flag sold in supermarkets.
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    ^ Application forms for import permits are available from the Department of Agriculture, at the numbers listed below, and must be accompanied by a non-refundable CI$5(US$6).
    • Living in the Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.cayman.gov.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Be careful and always know if you're paying in CI or US. The basic conversion is US$1.25 to CI$1 ($1=CI $0.80).

Eat

.Many influences can be seen in Cayman cuisine.^ Taste of Cayman 1/16/2010 Taste of Cayman is a Food & Wine Festival that showcases a sampling of local and international cuisines from over 30 restaurants amongst many other activities.
  • Dive Cayman - a scuba diving, snorkelling Caribbean vacation paradise 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.divecayman.ky [Source type: General]

.Local specialties such as fish, turtle and conch are delicious and may be less expensive as they don't need to be imported.^ While in the Cayman Islands, look for food that hasn't been imported, such as fish and conch.
  • Cayman Islands vacations, Cayman Islands deals, Cayman Islands travel 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.thebigday.com [Source type: News]

^ Scotiabank's products and services are available in accordance with local law and only if they may be lawfully offered for sale in any particular jurisdiction.
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^ Judging from the context, the photos are placed on the internet as the need arises, so they may disappear, or be replaced, in future.
  • Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC flagspot.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.With more than 150 restaurants, unwinding with a good meal in the Cayman Islands can include chic five-star dining as well as a more casual venue under the stars, or even a themed event.^ It does not get more perfect than the Cayman Islands.
  • Cayman Islands Business Directory from eCayOnline 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC ecayonline.com [Source type: General]

^ See more pictures of Cayman Islands .
  • Cayman Islands Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ What are good investments in the Cayman Islands?
  • Cayman Islands Hotels Reviews And Bookings 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandshotel.info [Source type: General]

.From traditional Caymanian seafood to Caribbean and Thai to Italian and New World cuisine, discerning diners are sure to find something to fit their taste.^ A Cayman Island landmark for decades, serving fresh seafood and Italian cuisine.

^ Owner Login Help About Us Vacation Rentals , World , Caribbean , Cayman Islands Villa Rentals Start a New Search Advanced Vacation Rentals on Cayman Islands .
  • Vacation Rentals on Cayman Islands, HomeAway 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.homeaway.com [Source type: General]

.Other exciting options include dinner cruises on luxury catamarans and even an authentic tall ship.^ Luxury Cruises, Cruise Lines, Small Ship and River Cruises .
  • Cayman Islands Vacations, Travel Deals, Cayman Island Hotels, Travel Package Deals 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.travelwizard.com [Source type: News]

.Meal prices may range from $10 to over $30 per person at the high-end restaurants.^ A true island experience and competatively priced at only CI$25 per person.
  • Dive Cayman - a scuba diving, snorkelling Caribbean vacation paradise 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.divecayman.ky [Source type: General]

Drink

.Alcohol is very expensive on the islands, even from the liquor stores.^ However, it’s become extremely expensive so many divers head to the sister islands and even better diving.
  • Cayman Islands Scuba Diving, including diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman diving and Cayman Brac -- an Undercurrent Insider Report 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.undercurrent.org [Source type: General]

You can expect to pay approximately twice as much in the liquor stores as you would at stores in the United States, however it is still the cheapest way to purchase alcohol.
.Typical drink prices in bars and clubs range from $4-$7 CI ($5-$8.75 US).^ Many merchants quote their prices in both CI$ and US$ and you can pay in either currency.
  • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Liquor stores close at 7PM, and are closed on Sundays.^ Liquor Laws Beer, wine, and liquor are sold at most grocery and convenience stores Monday to Saturday (not on Sunday).
  • Cayman Islands Hotels : Resorts : Villas : Vacations :: CaribbeanMag.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.caribbeanmag.com [Source type: General]

.Visitors flying into the Cayman Islands are able to bring either 1 bottle of duty free spirits, 4 bottles of wine or champagne, or 1 12 pack of beer per person 18 years of age or older.^ Directory of shops and business that provide duty free shopping on the Cayman islands.

^ Grand Cayman was hit by Hurricane Ivan on September 11 - 12, 2004, which destroyed many buildings and damaged 90% of the island's homes.
  • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ FIND OUT MORE: Please visit www.caymanislands.ky or request your free Cayman Islands vacation guide.

Exceeding this duty allowance will result in substantial taxation to the excess items.

Sleep

.Accommodations are ample but tend to be relatively expensive, even on the two smaller islands.^ However, it’s become extremely expensive so many divers head to the sister islands and even better diving.
  • Cayman Islands Scuba Diving, including diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman diving and Cayman Brac -- an Undercurrent Insider Report 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.undercurrent.org [Source type: General]

.There are several luxury resorts with all amenities, as well as other less expensive options.^ Looking for a Luxury Caribbean All Inclusive Resort ?
  • Cayman Islands Hotels : Caribbean Hotels : Cayman Islands Accommodations 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.caribbeanmag.com [Source type: General]
  • Cayman Islands Hotels : Resorts : Villas : Vacations :: CaribbeanMag.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.caribbeanmag.com [Source type: General]

^ Book A Condo & Enjoy All The Amenities Of A Resort View all deals for Grand Cayman Sponsored links * .
  • Turtle Nest Inn (Grand Cayman) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In addition, the cost of food and drink is high in Cayman, but many visitors stay in condominiums with kitchen facilities and take advantage of the first class supermarkets and cook and barbeque on the beach.^ The evening will be filled with local entertainment, a Cayman cook-off, kids' activities and amazing food from a variety of restaurants.
  • Dive Cayman - a scuba diving, snorkelling Caribbean vacation paradise 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.divecayman.ky [Source type: General]

^ For a first class Caribbean Wedding in the Cayman Islands...

^ Taste of Cayman 1/16/2010 Taste of Cayman is a Food & Wine Festival that showcases a sampling of local and international cuisines from over 30 restaurants amongst many other activities.
  • Dive Cayman - a scuba diving, snorkelling Caribbean vacation paradise 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.divecayman.ky [Source type: General]

.Cayman is not known for all inclusive resorts, but there are two smaller Caribbean style properties that do offer this option.^ Cayman Diving Lodge - All-inclusive dive resort...

^ Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean, lies the peaceful British Overseas Territory known as the Cayman Islands.
  • Cayman Islands -itravel2000 Vacations: Cheap Flights : Cayman Islands Vacation Deals : Cheap All Inclusive Hotel Packages 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC ads.itravel2000.com [Source type: General]

^ Caribbean Journey is a specialty travel agency featuring a unique collection of boutique hotels, luxury villas, world-renowned resorts, all-inclusive packages, inns and guesthouses throughout the Caribbean.

.The majority of hotels and resorts are in Grand Cayman, where the main hotel "strip" is Seven Mile Beach, home to several major chain hotels and numerous condominiums.^ Affordable rentals on Seven Mile Beach.

^ Seven Mile Beach along the western tail on the Grand Cayman is the heart of the beach scene.

^ Cayman Reef is near Seven Mile Beach.
  • WhereToStay.com: Cayman Islands Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

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  • Aqua Bay Club Ocean Front Condos on Seven Mile Beach, West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach, Toll Free: 1 800 825-8703 (, fax: 345 945-5681), [14].^ It is located on the upper part of 7 Mile Beach near West Bay.
    • Cayman Islands Travel Guide - Cayman Islands Reviews and Travel Tips - TripAdvisor 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Luxurious oceanfront condos on Seven Mile Beach...

    ^ Cayman Reef Resort -Condo #21- Ocean Front- On Seven Mile Beach 7th night Free .
    • Vacation Rentals on Cayman Islands, HomeAway 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.homeaway.com [Source type: General]

    .A Grand Cayman condo destination located alongside world famous Seven Mile Beach.^ Affordable rentals on Seven Mile Beach.

    ^ Grand Cayman Beach Day dgossett .
    • Cayman Islands - Cruise Critic Message Boards 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC boards.cruisecritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Seven Mile Beach is regarded by many as one of the best beaches in the world.
    • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    21 oceanfront apartments.
    $275-$625.  .'sleep', 'Cayman_Islands');return false;" title="click to edit Aqua Bay Club Ocean Front Condos on Seven Mile Beach"> edit
  • Grand Cayman Beach Suites Hotel (Grand Cayman Resort Hotel), Grand Cayman Islands, West Indies Seven Mile Beach, KY1-1101, +1 345 949 1234, [15].^ SEVEN MILE BEACH The most famous, longest, and most popular beach in the Cayman Islands is situated in front of a row of hotels, condos, restaurants, shops and bars.
    • frankosmaps: Cayman Islands Guide & Dive Map 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC frankosmaps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Resort Daily Rate: $155 - $425 .
    • WhereToStay.com: Cayman Islands Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Hotel Daily Rate: $468 - $472 .
    • WhereToStay.com: Cayman Islands Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

    .The Grand Cayman Beach Suites (formerly Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman) is the island's finest all suite beach resort.^ Cayman Islands - everything Grand in the Caymans...

    ^ Grand Cayman Beach Day dgossett .
    • Cayman Islands - Cruise Critic Message Boards 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC boards.cruisecritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Located on Grand Cayman , it is easily accessible from all Cayman Island villas.
    • Cayman Islands Vacation Rentals - VRBO® Vacation Rentals - Cayman Islands Lodging 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.vrbo.com [Source type: General]

    .Experience the sparking white sands of Seven Mile Beach and all that our beautiful and exotic Grand Cayman resort has to offer. (19°20'9.51N,81°22'51.64W) edit
  • The Reef Resort [16] 1 Queens Highway, East End, Colliers Bay, Grand Cayman, Toll Free: 1 (888) 232.0541 ().^ Grand Cayman Beach Day dgossett .
    • Cayman Islands - Cruise Critic Message Boards 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC boards.cruisecritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort fronts beautiful Seven Mile Beach, stretching along Grand Cayman Island.
    • DML Vacations -- global discount hotel reservations 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC travel.ian.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Best resort on 7 mile beach that offers day passes?
    • Cayman Islands - Cruise Critic Message Boards 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC boards.cruisecritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .A Grand Cayman all beachfront luxury resort located on an exquisite quiet side of the island.^ Cayman Islands - everything Grand in the Caymans...

    ^ Grand Cayman is visited by almost all the tourists who visit Cayman Island .
    • Cayman Islands Hotels Reviews And Bookings 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandshotel.info [Source type: General]

    ^ Grand Cayman was hit by Hurricane Ivan on September 11 - 12, 2004, which destroyed many buildings and damaged 90% of the island's homes.
    • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    This boutique resort is perfect for its watersports, diving, world class snorkelling, pool facilities and its private patio views.
    $230-$645.
  • Sunshine Suites Resort Grand Cayman [17]
  • Marriott Beach Resort Grand Cayman [18]
  • Comfort Seven Mile Beach Suites Grand Cayman [19]
.Off Seven Mile Beach are several dive resorts and, in the Eastern Districts, numerous private homes and villas, as well as several resorts and attractions for those preferring a more tranquil vacation.^ Coralstone,Club Grand Cayman a Cayman Island Seven Mile Beach vacation resort...

^ Beachfront villa minutes from 7 Mile Beach.

^ The quiet end of Seven Mile Beach.
  • Caribbean Vacation Rentals, Cayman Islands, Beach Resorts & Villa Rental 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanvacation.com [Source type: General]

.Little Cayman focuses on dive vacations and has a unique charm, as well as some of the best diving anywhere.^ As a British overseas territory, the Cayman Islands are truly unique and most well-known for the legendary walls, colorful reefs, and wrecks that inhabit the crystal clear water, making this one of the best scuba diving locations in the Caribbean.

^ While Grand Cayman receives the most publicity and visitors, all three Cayman Islands - Little Cayman and Cayman Brac being the other two -- offer outstanding scuba diving.

^ The 'Sister Islands' of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac supply their own unique charm -- a more relaxed pace, no crowds, and a little bit of the “islands time forgot” feeling.
  • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Camping is illegal on all three islands at all times.^ All three islands were formed by large coral heads covering submerged ice age peaks of the western extension of the Cuban Sierra Maestra range.
  • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Kai Time Island House was remodeled in 2008 with all new furniture and appliances, tile, carpet and paint.
  • Caribbean Vacation Rentals, Cayman Islands, Beach Resorts & Villa Rental 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanvacation.com [Source type: General]

^ The Cayman Islands are made up of three lush islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman; all surrounded by some of the bluest water in the world.

.There are no campsites on any of the islands.^ The explanation is given by the second feature of the Islands: being a tax haven where there are no taxes.
  • Cayman Islands Hotels Reviews And Bookings 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandshotel.info [Source type: General]

^ There is no form of taxation in the Cayman Islands relating to individuals, corporations or trusts.
  • Cayman Islands, by OffshoreSimple.com, offshore incorporatiosn 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.offshoresimple.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No connection to the rope industry here, but there are two other Carribean arms that do have this connection: Turks & Caicos Islands and Antigua & Barbuda .
  • Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC flagspot.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • Shangri-La B&B, #1 Sticky Toffee Lane (Off Batabano Rd, 1 min from SMB), 345-526-1170, [20]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. .Beautifully decorated new B&B situated on a peaceful lake in West Bay just a few minutes drive from Seven Mile Beach.^ Seven Mile Beach (59) .
    • Grand Cayman Restaurants Guide for Cayman Islands Restaurants 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.caymangoodtaste.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Beachfront villa minutes from 7 Mile Beach.

    ^ The quiet end of Seven Mile Beach.
    • Caribbean Vacation Rentals, Cayman Islands, Beach Resorts & Villa Rental 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanvacation.com [Source type: General]

    .Pool, Jacuzzi & lush gardens with home cooked breakfast & personalized service. $119 US.
    ^ This immaculate new ground floor, corner unit overlooks the lush gardens with ocean and pool views.
    • Caribbean Vacation Rentals, Cayman Islands, Beach Resorts & Villa Rental 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanvacation.com [Source type: General]

    ^ This Oceanfront, 3rd floor, immaculately furnished unit offers vista views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea, beach, pool & lush gardens.
    • Caribbean Vacation Rentals, Cayman Islands, Beach Resorts & Villa Rental 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanvacation.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The lush botanical gardens feature a swimming pool lagoon with two waterfalls, a more--> .
    • WhereToStay.com: Cayman Islands Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

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.Grand Cayman has growing offshore banking and tourism sectors.^ What has happened is that, in an astonishing display of hypocrisy, the UK government has refused Cayman permission to increase its borrowing requirement to tide it over the downturn in the tourism and financial services sectors.
  • Cayman Islands: Hit by Hurricane Lehman | Comment is free | The Guardian 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Finance and luxury tourism are the economic mainstays of the islands, which are an international center for offshore banks, insurance companies, and mutual funds.
  • Cayman Islands Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Remember, Grand Cayman makes a large percentage of their revenue from tourism and the last thing they need is a bunch of dive accidents.
  • ksl.com - Utah woman dies after dive in Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.ksl.com [Source type: General]

Tourism represents about 60% of the economy. .About 30% of residents are expatriates working on "work permits" and unemployment is very low.^ Non-Caymanians are only permitted to reside and work within the country for a maximum of seven years (non-renewable) unless they satisfy the criteria of key employees.
  • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Cayman Islands presently imposes a controversial "rollover" policy in relation to expatriate workers who require a work permit.
  • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The better the position, the higher the level of interest from the local workforce and the less likely it is that an expatriate will be granted a work permit.
  • Cayman Islands jobs, working in Grand Cayman island 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymannewresident.com [Source type: News]

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  • Hurricanes are possible from June through November.
  • The Cayman Islands is not a safe place for Gay and Lesbian Tourists. Openly homosexual behavior is not tolerated as in most of the Caribbean.^ Hurricanes can occur from June through November.
    • Cayman Islands (islands, West Indies) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ While Grand Cayman receives the most publicity and visitors, all three Cayman Islands - Little Cayman and Cayman Brac being the other two -- offer outstanding scuba diving.

    ^ Grand Cayman was hit by Hurricane Ivan on September 11 - 12, 2004, which destroyed many buildings and damaged 90% of the island's homes.
    • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The Cayman Islands do not accept gay cruises and the government has refused to let them dock in the past.^ Gay cruisers vow to return to the Cayman Islands .

    ^ Letter: Cayman gay cruise .

    ^ Gay cruisers return to Cayman .

    It is best to avoid Cayman Islands as a destination if you are gay or lesbian and wish to publicly display such.
  • The Cayman Islands is a "relatively low-crime area, especially compared to other vacation destinations in the Caribbean".
."However, that being said, crime is on the rise on Grand Cayman.^ Cayman Pirate Encounter Description: Relive the swashbuckling days of long ago when Grand Cayman became famous for being a safe harbor for pirates and their treasure.
  • Shore Excursions for Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.carnival.com [Source type: General]

^ However, Grand Cayman promptly engaged in a major rebuilding process, and within two years its infrastructure had nearly returned to pre-Ivan levels.
  • Important Cayman Islands Information:- Government, Location,Weather, Taxes, Banking, History, Econony, Culture, Healthcare, Eucation,Work Permits, Visas, Passports 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.gocayman.ky [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Walking or riding a bicycle at night along dark roads (for example, along Courts Road) puts one at risk for assault and/or robbery. .Pedestrians also need to worry about being hit by cars along soft shouldered roads.^ Visitors to the islands need not worry about being trapped during a hurricane as evacuation plans are in place and have worked well in the past.

Drunk driving/Hit and Run accidents have been a problem. The RCIPS regularly conducts roadblocks to deter and detect drunk driving, making numerous arrests most weekends. DWI/DUI is a serious offense in Cayman.
Burglary is also an escalating problem, with over 300 reported in the first 9 months of 2009/ lap tops and small hi-tech devices are key targets.
However, one need not be overly concerned about miscellaneous belongings. While at the beach, no one will be stealing your lunch, towel or sneakers. .Cayman thieves are not desperate individuals, and have no interest in normal personal effects or used snorkeling gear.^ There is no form of taxation in the Cayman Islands relating to individuals, corporations or trusts.
  • Cayman Islands, by OffshoreSimple.com, offshore incorporatiosn 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.offshoresimple.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Very likely the thieves are just local teens looking for items that they can sell to other local teens.^ It looks like John Bercow got the Speakers job just in time.
  • Cayman Islands: Hit by Hurricane Lehman | Comment is free | The Guardian 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The story says that he reported sighting two small islands so full of tortoises (turtles) that they looked like rocks and he gave the islands the name Las Tortugas (The Turtles).

Example: An average pair of sunglasses will not "grow legs"; But a flashy pair of Chanel knock-offs just might!
Special note to women: Women traveling alone should be especially careful at night, as sexual assaults do occur. .Carry a cell phone capable of emergency calls to local 911. If you feel you are being followed or inappropriately watched,you should immediately call the police.^ This is followed by the country code for the country you are calling.
  • Cayman Islands Country Code 1 345 Country Code KY 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC countrycode.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The only Cayman Islands Calling Card that you can use to make PIN-FREE calls from any phone, your home, office or even your cell phone, without switching your existing home phone service or wireless provider.

^ Everything will be provided when you arrive- an island cell phone, wireless internet, beach towels, good books, and even pool floats and sand toys.
  • Cayman Islands Apartment Condo | Simply Cayman George Town Villas 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC rentalo.com [Source type: General]

The RCIPS is a very responsive, and extremely professional organization. They will take your complaint seriously.
.Grand Cayman is no longer a Camelot .^ You Can Actually Go To Hell And Back Caribbean Style No it's not the vacation spot for bad people, and when you book your first Grand Cayman ...
  • Cayman Islands Hotels : Resorts : Villas : Vacations :: CaribbeanMag.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.caribbeanmag.com [Source type: General]

^ Forget the march, only in Grand Cayman are some nightclub, there are no casinos or cabarets, or just the night.
  • Cayman Islands Hotels Reviews And Bookings 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandshotel.info [Source type: General]

^ Beginner's Scuba Diving Description: There's no better place for you to learn to scuba dive than the crystal waters off Grand Cayman.
  • Shore Excursions for Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.carnival.com [Source type: General]

But not to worry. .You can enjoy a relaxing and "incident-free" holiday if you take care to be aware of your surroundings and lock doors when possible.^ From the moment you arrive, you'll feel pampered and cared for-free to relax and enjoy that special laid-back warmth, simplicity and friendliness that makes the Cayman Islands so appealing in today's highly stressed world.
  • Cayman Islands Hotels : Caribbean Hotels : Cayman Islands Accommodations 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.caribbeanmag.com [Source type: General]

^ With us, you'll enjoy discount airfare, car rentals and lodging (local transport to and from your beach vacation rental is also available).
  • Caribbean Vacation Rentals, Cayman Islands, Beach Resorts & Villa Rental 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanvacation.com [Source type: General]

^ If you have landed up in the Cayman Brac, your main attraction would be enjoying diving and snorkeling at the Cayman Brac.
  • Cayman Islands Hotels Reviews And Bookings 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandshotel.info [Source type: General]

(This update on crime was originally added under the discussion section.)
  • Many locals won't eat barracuda because it is likely that it is poisonous. Be aware of that. .Other reef fish (groupers, amberjack, red snappers, eel, sea bass, and Spanish mackerel) are not likely to cause ciguatera (fish poisoning).
  • No natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies are met by desalination plants and rainwater catchments.
  • Make sure you have sunscreen on if you plan on walking around town.^ The Cayman Islands have no natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies must be met saving by rainwater.
    • Cayman Islands | Missionaries.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC missionaries.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For its coral reefs and the transparency of its water (is reached to see up to 36 m deep), the Cayman Islands are a paradise for divers, but also practice other sports such as offshore fishing and golf (there are two courses of 18 holes).
    • Cayman Islands Hotels Reviews And Bookings 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC caymanislandshotel.info [Source type: General]

    ^ The meaning of the Turtle is that the Caymans (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman) were known as "Tortuga" (Turtle in Spanish) during the period when pirates used to hang around the Caribean Sea.
    • Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC flagspot.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    It is sunny all year.

Respect

Caymanians are very respectful. Greetings and pleasantries are common and expected, even to shopkeepers when entering their stores. Most islanders use titles of respect, such as Mr. and Miss, followed with the given or first name, when addressing other islanders.
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

.CAYMAN ISLANDS, a group of three low-lying islands in the West Indies.^ The biggest island of the three is the Grand Cayman.

^ The Cayman Island is the group of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
  • CAYMAN  ISLANDS 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.alcoinc.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Cayman Islands consists of a group of three islands in the Caribbean.
  • Cayman Islands, by OffshoreSimple.com, offshore incorporatiosn 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.offshoresimple.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.They consist of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and are situated between 79° 44' and 80° 26' W. and 19° 44' and 19° 46' N., forming a dependency of Jamaica, which lies 178 m.^ The combined magic of the Grand Cayman, the Little Cayman and the Cayman Brac are sure to work.

^ Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are 89 miles to the north east of Grand Cayman.
  • Cayman Islands Information - Island History, Location, Climate 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.cayman-islands.com [Source type: General]

^ Cayman was a dependency of Jamaica until 1962.
  • Cayman Islands Information - Island History, Location, Climate 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.cayman-islands.com [Source type: General]

.E.S.E. Grand Cayman, a rock-bound island protected by coral reefs, is 17 m.^ Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 2009 .
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 2009 | Islands.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.islands.com [Source type: General]

^ Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Average rating: .
  • Cayman Islands Trip Information - TravelMuse 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.travelmuse.com [Source type: General]

^ The biggest island of the three is the Grand Cayman.

long and varies from 4 m. to 7 m. in breadth. It has two towns, Georgetown and Boddentown. .Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are both about 70 m.^ GC vs. Little Cayman vs. Cayman Brac?
  • Cayman Islands [Archive] - ScubaBoard 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.scubaboard.com [Source type: News]

^ Cayman Brac and Little Cayman were settled in the 1830s.
  • Commonwealth Secretariat - Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.thecommonwealth.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Between cayman brac and little cayman?
  • Cayman Islands Vacations, Tourism and Cayman Islands Travel Reviews - TripAdvisor 15 September 2009 6:35 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

E.N.E. of Grand Cayman. .Excepting near the rocky coast, the islands are fruitful, mahogany and other valuable timbers with some dye wood are grown, and large quantities of coco-nuts are produced by the two smaller islands.^ Where the two smaller islands mainly cater to ...
  • Cayman Islands Hotels, Vacations, Tourism | Yahoo! Travel Guides 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC travel.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ As well, Grand Cayman Island weddings must take place between 6am and 8pm and have two witnesses other than the marriage officer.

^ While Grand Cayman receives the most publicity and visitors, all three Cayman Islands - Little Cayman and Cayman Brac being the other two -- offer outstanding scuba diving.

Phosphate deposits of considerable value are worked, but the principal occupation of the inhabitants is catching turtles for export to Jamaica. The people are excellent shipwrights and do a considerable trade in schooners built of native wood. .The islands are governed by a commissioner, and the laws passed by the local legislative assembly are subject to the assent of the governor of Jamaica.^ The islands are ruled by a Legislative Assembly that is controlled by an appointed Governor.
  • Cayman Islands Travel Guide 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.epictrip.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The constitution provides for direct government, with a governor, a cabinet and a legislative assembly.
  • BBC NEWS | Americas | Country profiles | Regions and territories: Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Government: The Cayman Islands is an overseas territory of Britain, but is headed by a local governor and Leader of Government Business.
  • Cayman Islands, Caribbean Island of Cayman Islands, Caribbean, Caribbean Real Estate, Caribbean Resorts, Caribbean Restaurants 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.romacsothebysrealty.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The population of the group is about 5000. The islands were discovered by Columbus, who named them Tortugas from the turtles with which the surrounding sea abounds.^ He named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles there.
  • Dive Cayman Islands Scuba Diving Centers :: CYBER DIVER ScubaLinx 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.scubalinx.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He named them Las Tortugas or The Islands of the Turtles for the large number of sea turtles he found.
  • DiveTravel.com / Cayman Islands Diving Tours, Cayman Islands Scuba Tours, Cayman Islands Dive Adventures 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.divetravel.com [Source type: General]

^ Columbus named them Las Tortugas when he discovered them in 1503, because they were crawling with turtles.

.They were never occupied by the Spaniards and were colonized from Jamaica by the British.^ Edit or report The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries, and were administered by Jamaica after 1863.
  • The Cayman Islands tourism and travelling 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.whereivebeen.com [Source type: General]

^ The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries, and were administered by Jamaica after 1863.
  • Cayman Islands Facts, Cayman Economy Statistics, and Cayman Business Risk 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC countries.bridgat.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Flag Counter » Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC flagcounter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Flag Counter » Cayman Islands 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC s05.flagcounter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Cayman Islands News, Cayman Islands Weather and Links: QuickNews 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC news.quickfound.net [Source type: News]
  • Dive Cayman Islands Scuba Diving Centers :: CYBER DIVER ScubaLinx 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.scubalinx.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries.



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