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Welcome to the Cayman Islands on the Paradise Islands website. The Caymans are located in the western Caribbean sea within the Greater Antilles archipelago, 480 miles south of Miami, Florida. The Caymans lie just over 200 miles due south of Cuba and around 300 miles west of the popular tourist island of Jamaica.

The Caymans are made up of three small land masses: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Rum Point Beach Grand Cayman

 

The Caymans are all low lying coral and limestone structures which were formed on the peaks of a submerged mountain range which is an extension of the Sierra Maestra range in the Republic of Cuba. The islands sit atop the underwater Cayman Ridge which is flanked 4 miles to the south by the 20,000 foot deep Cayman Trough. With the highest point being just 140 feet above sea level, the Cayman Islands are often flooded and suffer roughly every 2 or 3 years from hurricane damage.

Cayman Island Beach

Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman

 

The Caymans are made up of three islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Grand Cayman is the largest at 76 square miles, followed by Cayman Brac at 38 square miles and Little Cayman at 28 square miles. The two smaller land masses lie 75 miles northeast of the main island and are serviced by local air connections. George Town on Grand Cayman is the capital.

George Town Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory which has a Governor appointed by the monarch on the advice of the UK government. Islanders have the highest standard of living in the Caribbean thanks to an economy which relies mainly on tourism and offshore financial services.

Visitors to the Cayman Islands arrive by air at the Owen Roberts International Airport (Grand Cayman) and there are a surprising number of direct flights from North American cities as well as Canada, Kingston in Jamaica and Havana in Cuba.

Cruise ships stop at the capital George Town on Grand Cayman. There are no berths for cruise liners, so all ships anchor off and tender passenger ashore.
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Quick Facts

Capital
George Town

Main Airport
Owen Roberts
International

Main Port
George Town

Language
English

Currency
Cayman Islands Dollar

Government
British Overseas
Territory

Islands Size
 100 Square Miles

Population
55,000
 

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