Quick Facts About the Cayman Islands
The three Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, are located in the western Caribbean about 150 miles south of Cuba, 460 miles south of Miami, Florida, and 167 miles northwest of Jamaica. George Town, the capital, is on the western shore of Grand Cayman.
Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands, has an area of about 76 square miles and is approximately 22 miles long with an average width of four miles. Its most striking feature is the shallow, reef-protected lagoon, the North Sound, which has an area of about 35 square miles. The island is low-lying, with the highest point about 60 feet above sea level.
Cayman Brac lies about 89 miles northeast of Grand Cayman. It is about 12 miles long with an average width of 1.25 miles and has an area of about 15 square miles. Its terrain is the most spectacular of the three islands. The Bluff, a massive central limestone outcrop, rises steadily along the length of the island up to 140 ft. above the sea at the eastern end.
Little Cayman lies five miles west of Cayman Brac and is approximately ten miles long with an average width of just over a mile. It has an area of about 11 square miles. The island is low-lying with a few areas on the north shore rising to 40 ft. above sea level.
It is easy to travel between Grand Cayman and the rest of the world. International flights run daily from the Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) with direct flights available to several cities in the United States, Toronto, London, Nassau, Havana, La Cieba, Panama, as well as Montego Bay & Kingston, Jamaica.
Map provided by Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA).
Cayman Islands Weather
The temperature, summer or winter, seldom goes lower than 70°F. or higher than 90°F. The average is 78°F. in the winter and about 86°F in the summer.
The average annual humidity in 2010 was 77 percent. Rainfall varies over the Islands and seasonally. In 2010 rainfall totaled 60.3 inches. The wettest month was September with 14.9 inches recorded. The driest month was March with 0.2 of an inch recorded.
Cayman Islands Population
Census 2010 reports are being worked on, but the population on census day was 54,397. In 2009 19% of the population was under 15 years of age, and five percent was over 65. About 49% of the work force was non-Caymanians admitted under the work permit system which controls the inflow of foreign skills and labour. The majority of work permit holders (about 75%) come from Jamaica, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States
George Town, Grand Cayman
British Overseas Territory
Head of State
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
Head of Government
Her Excellency the Governor, Helen Kilpatrick CB
Cayman Islands Real Estate
Owning real estate in the Cayman Islands is easy and straightforward and unlike other islands in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands welcomes foreign ownership. And, the presence of a robust real estate brokers association ensures that the transferring of property – whether you are buying or selling – follows globally recognized industry standards. Learn more about purchasing real estate in the Cayman Islands.
Some of the reasons why over 250 companies from far reaching parts of the world have already set up here:
- Cayman is a safe and stable English-speaking British Overseas Territory.
- The jurisdiction meets the highest anti-money laundering and international cooperation standards.
- It offers a pro-business regulatory environment.
- It’s one of world's leading international financial centres.
- Cayman is the #1 hedge fund jurisdiction worldwide.
- The island is a centre for first-class service providers and international law firms.
- Cayman operates under a robust legal system based on English common law.
- It is sophisticated, cosmopolitan and offers an upscale lifestyle.
- You can be almost anywhere in the world, with one connecting flight.
- Easy access to Latin American and global markets.
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