Consisting of three islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman – The Cayman Islands are one of the world’s most famous touristic locations. Presenting tourists with a wide range of activities and entertainment these islands are rich in history, culture, and fun.
Geography of the Island
Located in western Caribbean Sea, the Cayman Islands are the peaks of the Cayman Ridge. The biggest island measures at 197 ㎢ (76 square miles), while the two sister islands Cayman Brac and Little Cayman measure 38 and 28.5 ㎢ (14.7 and 11.0 square miles) respectively. The capital of the country is George Town, where majority of the population resides.
Culture of Cayman Islands
One of the most serene and peaceful vacation spots in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands have a rich culture that takes pieces from their predominant American and British influences. Religion that arrived from the people of these two empires plays a big part in the lives of these islanders as
Music & arts also play a huge part on the island’s culture. Several festivals throughout the year brings together lovers of classical to contemporary musicians. The art scene is vibrant with over 250 practicing artists, several commercial galleries, and a National Gallery. Architecture in the island reflects the history and creativity of the locals and their heritage.
With a population of 59,613, the Cayman Islands are the second most-populated British overseas territory. Famous for banking and diving, these islands are surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful coral reef systems. The island is home to a large number of off shore companies, wealth manager and financial brokers. A large number of companies in the Forex and CFD trading industry are based on the Cayman islands. Do not use brokers licensed only licensed in the Caymans. Choose a Forex or CFD broker that is licensed in Europe as well.
Things to Do
When talking about activities to do you have to mention diving. Credited as the best diving spot in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offer ample opportunities to get up close and personal with the colorful sea life. Popular diving spots include, Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef, Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto, and Bloody Bay Marine Park.
If a relaxing day on the beach is more your speed then the sandy beaches of Seven Mile Beach and Cemetery Beach and Reef are the perfect place for you. Seven Mile Beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in the Caribbean with its crescent-shaped shore. The most popular attraction in the Cayman Islands is Stingray City located in the Grand Cayman Island. Here you can swim alongside stingrays and get to see these majestic creatures first hand.
If you want some fun while staying on land the Cayman Islands have you covered. Mastic Trail is a 200-year old gravel path that winds through a native mangrove swamp and a woodland area that is about 2 million-year old. This path will show you some of the islands most colorful and rare plant life.
For travelers looking for a drink with some history, Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery serves up ocean- aged rum that is unlike anything you can buy back home. Get a taste of the Caribbean and try something that you cannot find anywhere else in the world.
There are also countless activities, tours and experiences waiting across the islands ranging from panic rooms, Hell Geological Site to the Atlantis Adventures submarine tours.
Language and Currency
For those fretting a language barrier on their travelers fret not English is the national language spoken across the Cayman Islands. You can also hear Spanish spoken widely throughout the islands.
Cayman Islands’ currency is the Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD) which has an exchange rate of 1 USD: 0.83 KYD. Since travelers come from all over the world, you can easily pay for things with U.S. dollars and some places will even accept Euros.