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About Cayman Islands
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Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. George Town, its capital, is home to the Cayman Islands National Museum, dedicated to Caymanian heritage. The city is also a major cruise-ship port and site of the ruins of colonial-era Fort George. Beaches and vibrant coral reefs are the island’s hallmarks.
Grand Cayman Islands known for?
Watersports such as scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities on Grand Cayman as the island is known for its coral reefs and underwater sea walls along with a number of shipwrecks. Because of its clubs, resorts, and hotels, Seven Mile Beach has the largest concentration of visitors and tourists on the island.
Caymanian cuisine's two main ingredients come from the bountiful sea: turtle and conch. They are best enjoyed in chowder soups, stews, steak, fritters, or simply marinated in lime juice. With such proximity to Jamaica, the cooking influences are also quite present, especially in the jerk seasoning that ignites fish, chicken, and other meats. This dish if most commonly served with rice and beans. Other Caymanian favourites include breadfruit, cassava, ackee fruit, fish tea (a broth-like soup), johnny cake, meat patties, pumpkin soup, and saltfish.
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, when addressing other islanders. Dress codes are also enforced on the Cayman Islands, especially in public areas, church and restaurants.
The Cayman Islands, a British dependency, are located in the western Caribbean Sea. The Cayman Islands are south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. The largest of the islands is Grand Cayman (197 sq. km). Her sisters, Cayman Brac (36 sq. km) and Little Cayman (26 sq. km), are located about 145km northeast of Grand Cayman.
The Cayman Islands, at first named Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles found there, were first sighted by Christopher Columbus on May 10, 1503. The first recorded English visitor to the islands was Sir Francis Drake, who landed there in 1586 and named them the Cayman Islands after the native Taino term for crocodile.
The exotic flora of the Cayman Islands is best exemplified by the national flower, the wild banana orchid. There are actually a little over two dozen indigenous orchid species. Every March locals and visitors can enjoy the Cayman Islands Orchid Show that takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Another national symbol is the silver thatch palm, known for its silvery underside. Mango lovers will rejoice from sampling some of the 15 different varieties of mangos grown on the islands.
If you enjoy frolicking in the water you will be thrilled by all the available water sports for practice, such as swimming, parasailing, kayak, sailing, jet skis, and fishing to name a few. But the real attraction here is for scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts, as the island features many reefs and walls, some of which can be accessed by swimming from shore. And those who prefer their activities on firmer ground can choose from horseback riding, golfing, bird watching, hiking, cycling and tennis.
Banks & Money
The legal tender is the Cayman Islands dollar, but the US dollar is widely accepted as well. The Cayman Islands is widely recognised to be one of the leading offshore financial centres. There are close to 500 banks and hundreds of various financial institutions.
The Cayman Islands enjoys a warm and tropical climate, with an average summer temperature of 30° C, and with an average winter temperature of 22° C. It can be quite humid at times. The rainy season starts in May and lasts through early November. Hurricane season is June to November. The water temperature hovers around 27° C.
The international code is 345. Calls are all direct dialling and local telephone numbers are seven digits. Most hotels offer internet services and there are Internet cafes available as well.
The water, when desalinated, is for the most part safe to drink. Since there are no natural fresh water resources, drinking water supplies are met by desalination plants and rainwater catchments. Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac supplies purified water, but drink only bottled water on Little Cayman. Other health concerns include bug bites and sunstroke. Food wise, do not eat local reef fish (barracuda, groupers, amberjack, red snappers, eel, sea bass, and Spanish mackerel) as it can cause fish poisoning.
January 1st – New Year's Day
Pick pocketing, purse snatchings, and robberies happen occasionaly around hotels, beaches, and restaurants. Use good judgement, take advantage of the safety deposit boxes provided by the hotels and ensure that your lock hotel door or your rented car. Carry your wallet and camera discreetly. Avoid walking on the streets after dark.
With no sales tax and plenty of duty-free merchandise, visitors can find great deals on certain items such as perfume, electronics and china and much more. Traditional souvenirs include woven mats, baskets, jewellery made of Caymanite rock (from the cliffs of Cayman Brac), cigars, and authentic sunken treasure.
Taxes & Tips
There is no sales tax in stores. Hotels add a 10% government hotel tax and 10% in service fees. Restaurants usually include a 10 to 15% service charge on the bill, make sure to inquire first. Taxi drivers may be tipped 10 to 15%.
Each island has its own airport but most tourists will arrive at the Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman. Short flights between other islands are easy and affordable with small charter companies.
Cayman Islands dollar
A valid Canadian driver's licence and a temporary licence from a car rental agency or from an office of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing are required. Left driving.
110 V, 60 Hz
A passport valid until the date of expected departure from the Cayman Islands is required.
-5 hr. Daylight savings time is not applied.
Self-governing British Overseas Territory
United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
December through April
Consult the "Country Travel Advice and Advisories" of Cayman Islands