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Cayman Islands


Introduction
The Caymand Island, which is even denoted as The Caymans, is an overseas territory, nestled in the western part of the Caribbean Sea that make
Cayman Islands Map
up the islands of the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

This place was first perceived by Christopher Columbus during his voyage tour to the New World which is considered as a favorite destination for diving.

Rejoice in the midst of crystal clear turquoise water surrounded by the white sand shoreline that create favorable conditions for adventuring out. From snorkeling to scuba diving, from sailing to strolling this place has it all.

Dive beneath the seawaters to discover the hidden aquatic treasures of this land or take pleasure while feeding upon the stingrays with your hand or take an inspiring tour to the Turtle Farm that promises you with a wild end expedition tour.

Location Of Cayman Islands
Nestled in the western part of the Caribbean Sea, a visit to the Cayman Island just takes an hour from Miami through flight. The three islands of Caymand Island namely Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman is placed about 480 miles towards the south of Miami, 150 miles towards the south of Cuba and 180 miles towards the northwest of Jamaica.

Physical Map Of Cayman Islands
The island of Grand Cayman and Little Cayman are flat surfaced with option for drainage as you notice the Cayman Island being a part of the Cayman Ridge extending from the western region of Cuba. The central limestone plateau of Cayman Brac ascends to an elevated point of 42 meters above sea level. The entire three islands are placed quietly within the hurricane belt encircled with coral reefs.

Cayman Islands Flag

Flag Of Cayman Islands
The Cayman Flag came into existence during the year 1959. Designed with a union flag set on the background of Blue ensign adorned with the coat of arm that carries along with it the significance of the place. The shield, a crested helm and the motto form the coat of arm with three stars placed in the lower two-thirds of the shield set in the background of blue and white wavy bands that symbolises the sea. The golden lion known as passant guardant with its forepaw uplifted and body seen from the side that is placed on the red background on the top thoird of the shield represents the country of Britain. Lastly, the green turtle with a coil of rope constitutes the seafaring or the navigation industry with the thatch rope industry that is nestled in this place. The gold pineapple that top the shield on th turtle describes the close tie ups the country has with Jamaica.



The Cayman's Christian heritage is well denoted from the words of motto that is placed in the bottom which reads 'He hath founded it upon the seas'.



Climate Of Cayman Islands
Bask within the tropical maritime ambience with rainy summers affecting the region from the month of May to October and moderately dry winters hitting the place from November to April. Enjoy a pleasurable weather round the year with trade winds affected environment that make the atmosphere hot and sultry.

With cloudy weather during the month of May to November, which is usually hit by a hurricane, still this is the best time of the year to visit the land of Cayman Island. The peak season of the year for holidaying is between December and April.

Flora And Fauna Of Cayman Islands
Rich in color and variety and amazingly attractive is the Land of Cayman Island that boasts of innumerable flora and fauna.


From tall mahogany trees to huge logwood branches the place is predominantly scattered with fruit trees like coconut, thatch palm, almond and casuarina (Australian pine), seagrape, papaya, avocado, Breadfruit, citrus, naseberry and much more. The place is a home to several plantations like mangoes, yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, cassava, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers and many others.

The Caribbean water is filled with several marine lives especially the famous coral reefs that are available in abundance at the Cayman Island. The green turtle is quite popular among the islanders and it is because of which the Caymand Island was even known as the Las Tortugas. These turtles are breaded and consumed by license.

Watch out species like the agouti (rodent), bats, iguana, freshwater turtle (the hickatee), land crabs and two varieties of tree frogs are something which one may come across here. Trip to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park where endangered species of Blue Iguana can be best sighted.

Watch out the native birds in the region, which abounds to about 180 species of them in the land of Cayman. To name some of them are the Green-backed Heron, the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Ground Dove, the Bananaquit, and the Snowy Egret.

Amazona Parrots are the national bird of this region with two species of it available within this region. Cayman Brac Parrot has its native home in Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman Parrot is a home to the Grand Cayman.

People Of Cayman Islands
With high standards living condition, the Caymanian people belong to the mixed breed that comes from the African-European race, out of which half derieve from the Caucasian and rest are from the African. Several religions thrive here especially the Christain, Presbyterians and Anglicans. The overall population amounts to about 57,800 as on April 2006 with George Town being its capital city.

Arts, Culture And Music Of Cayman Islands
Arts: The cultural foundation of Cayman Island showcases the Cayman Islands Arts Festival, held during April every annually, where the talent artworks of the local artists are displayed. Take part in the Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts (CARIFESTA) that illustrates the visual arts of the Caribbean region. Along with it one would find demonstration of creative writing, dance, painting, sculpture and many other artworks.

Culture: The people have mastered the skills of building homes that have descended from several generations. With wonderful artworks, singsong dialects, and spending time in the native celebrations and musical activities is something what one resorts to.

Music: The place is known for its folk style music and a blend of international pop music. The Cayman National Cultural Foundation is known for promoting its native folk music along with its local festivities. Participate in celebrations like Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, Pirate's Week Festival, Cayman JazzFest , Seafarers Festival and Cayfest and the Cayman JazzFest. There are several traditional musical instruments one may come across with like the popular one being the fiddle, drums, grater, accordion and mouth organ.

Economy Of Cayman Islands
It is the tourism industry that adds value to the economic growth of the Cayman Island. The initial growth of the economy stood upon the harvesting of sea turtles, which later on declined considerably. Now the place attracts several tourists from round the world for its wonderful beaches, shopping, scuba diving and fishing. The famous tourist haunt in the region is the acclaimed Seven Mile Beaches that boosts up the tourism industry. People enjoy an upscale standard of living as the country earns its revenues from the gains of indirect taxation or import duty levied on imported goods.

The main currency of this region is Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD).

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