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Cayman Islands Map George Town Map
Description : Cayman Islands Map showin the 3 islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Disclaimer
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CountryCayman Islands
Latitude and Longitude5.3553° N, 100.3081° E
CapitalGeorge Town
NationalityCaymanian(s)
Population52,560 (July 2012 est.)
Area264 sq km (102 sq mi )
LanguagesEnglish (official), Spanish
Time Zone(UTC-5)
Area+1-345
International AirportsOwen Roberts International Airport, Gerrard Smith International Airport, Edward Bodden Airfield
Points of InterestGrand Cayman, Jackson Bay, Bloody Bay Wall, Scuba Diving, Seven Mile Beach, Stingray City, Ironshore landscape of Hell, marine theme park, Boatswain's Beach, East End Light,
Internet TLD.ky

History of Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands were uninhabited until the 17th century, and very little is known about them before Christopher Columbus sighted the smaller island of Little Cayman in 1503. On his fourth and final voyage to the New World, Columbus saw the islands and named them Las Tortugas, due to the large numbers of turtles on the shores. However, Columbus did not set foot on the islands and the next European to "discover" the islands was Sir Francis Drake - an Englishman who arrived 80 years later.

Drake named the island Cayman, from the word caimanis, which means crocodile, due to the salt water crocodiles he saw in the waters. The first known settlers on the islands were a group of people that consisted of pirates, shipwrecked sailors, and soldiers from Jamaica in the 1600's.

The first permanent settler on the island was Isaac Bodden, who was born on the biggest island of Grand Cayman in 1661. He is said to be the grandson of one of the original settlers of the island, said to be a soldier from Jamaica.

In 1670, the Caymans and Jamaica were claimed by Great Britain under the Treaty of Madrid. During the 1700's, the Caymans became a popular hideout for pirates.

In 1863, the islands came under the administrative control of Jamaica. Upon Jamaica's independence in 1962, the Cayman Islands opted to become a direct dependency of the United Kingdom.

Geography
The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea. It consists of 3 islands, which are Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. The islands are found to the south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica.

The terrain is mostly low lying and surrounded by coral reefs.

Polities
The Cayman Islands are British overseas territories that work in the framework of a parliamentary democracy. The UN Special Committee listed the territories as one of the last non-governing territories in the world.

The head of state is the head of the British Crown, who is represented in the Caymans by the Governor. The Premier is the head of government and that of a 2-party system. Executive authority is vested in the Queen and exercised by the government, which comprises the 7-member Cabinet and the Governor.

Legislative power is exercised by the Legislative Assembly that comprises of 20 members who are elected into office through popular vote.

Travel
Tourism in the Cayman Islands is one of the biggest contributors to its economy. The islands are widely known for its hundreds of diving sites, clear waters, and soft, white sands that make the beaches exceptionally popular among travelers.

Considered to be the Cayman Islands' most popular and most beautiful beach is the Seven Mile Beach located in the capital of George Town. This public property boasts of a 5-mile coral sand beach and home of the territories' most luxurious hotels and resorts.

George Town is the capital of the islands and one of the most popular port of calls in the Caribbean. Cruise ships dock on the port from Tuesdays to Fridays and tourists disembark the ships and wander around the city's shopping centers, historical sites, and enjoy the wide range of tourist activities such as submarine tours and other water activities.

The Grand Cayman island hosts the annual Pirate Festival held every year in November for 11 days. It is one of the most popular events in the Caribbean and for tourists who want to party, the Pirate Festival is the best time to visit the islands. Streets are closed for street dancing, concerts, drinking, and parties, and pirate invasion reenactments are the highlights of the event.

The Cayman Islands is also home to the town called Hell. Located in the Grand Cayman, an area half the size of a football field covered with black limestone formations, makes for an interesting natural wonder. Tourists aren't allowed to walk on the limestone but viewing decks are provided. Hell town also has a post office that allows people to send "postcards from Hell." And a gift shop with a "Satan" mascot greets people who come into the store.

Education
Education for primary and secondary school levels in the Caymans are free and compulsory. The Cayman Islands Education Department handles 10 primary schools, 1 special needs school, and 3 high schools. Several churches and private institutions also provide private schools on the islands.

The education system is patterned after the British model and the islands' literacy rate is 98%.

Trivia
  • Residents of the Cayman Islands do not have to pay income tax.
  • The biggest island of Grand Cayman is the 5th largest financial center in the world, coming only behind London, Tokyo, New York, and Hong Kong. It is very popular for its off-shore financial services industry.
  • You don't have to wait to get married in the Cayman Islands. If you arrive today, you can get married on the very same day, too.

Last Updated : January 14, 2015


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