1. The Cayman Islands is a small country lost in the Caribbean.
The Cayman Islands are three islands in the Caribbean.
2. The Cayman Islands is a picturesque archipelago with an area of 262 square kilometers.
3. The Cayman Islands are absent on most maps of the world, their area is so insignificant.
4. For government agencies and large firms, custom-made world maps and globes on which the Cayman Islands are marked bypassing cartographic rules.
5. On the world map, they can still be found between North and South America in the western Caribbean.
6.From the Cayman Islands, the distance to the nearest countries is: 240 kilometers to Cuba; 730 kilometers to Miami (USA); 267 kilometers to Jamaica.
7. The islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman constitute the main group of the archipelago. There is also a very small and completely uninhabited island of Owen, as well as several dozen other uninhabited islets and reefs.
8. Despite the relatively small area of the islands, there are many interesting places for tourists. The Caymans have mangrove forests – a special ecosystem that connects land and sea.
ISLAND GRAND CAYMAN
9.The largest island of the Grand Cayman or Grand Cayman archipelago. It covers an area of 197 sq. km. This is 75% of the country’s total land mass. The island is 35 kilometers long and 6.5 kilometers wide. The highest point of the island is 16 meters.
10. Grand Cayman is divided into 5 administrative districts: Georgetown, Bodden Town, East End, North Side, West Bay.
11. Grand Cayman is an offshore zone and attractive for businessmen. And tourists are attracted by natural and architectural attractions: caves, parks, old mansions, a turtle farm and many other objects.
12.Tourists from passing cruise ships try first of all to get to Stingray City – a unique shallow area of the sea with underwater caves, which was chosen by stingrays in the 80s of the last century. For a long time, fishermen stopped here and threw the giblets of peeled fish overboard, this attracted the relatives of sharks.
13. In 2004, a large part of the island (approximately 80% of all buildings) was destroyed by a powerful tropical storm.
SMALL CAYMAN ISLAND
14. The second largest inhabited island of Little Cayman. Its area is 28.5 sq. km. The lowland turns into a slight rise in the north of the island and reaches a height of 12 meters above sea level.
15. Little Cayman Island is home to a little more than two hundred people. Tourists have the opportunity to stay in modern hotels.
16. Little Cayman attracts lovers of exotic flora and fauna, scuba diving, quiet rest among nature untouched by man. Here you can go fishing, walk through the protected areas and meet a heron, cormorant or pelican. And if there is a certificate for deep-sea diving, then such a tourist will have access to the beauty of a unique reef with a depth of 0.3 kilometers.
CAYMAN BRAC ISLAND
17. Cayman Brac is a small inhabited island. Its area is 38 sq. km. The length is 19 kilometers, the average width is 2 kilometers.
18.Limestone plateau on the east coast reaches a height of 42 meters. This island got its name thanks to the limestone plateau, which stretches across the island, forming many caves and rocks.
19. Almost the entire area of the island is covered with fruit trees, giant cacti and beautiful orchids. In the district there is a park named after the famous discoverer – the traveler Columbus.
20. There are no museums or ancient monuments on this island. Adventure seekers and treasure seekers come here, as well as rock climbers for extreme ascents and cavers to explore its tunnels and grottoes.
21. The Cayman Islands were discovered in 1503 by Columbus, during the last expedition to America. These islands were first called the Turtle (“Las Tortugas”) and were forgotten until the middle of the 17th century, because the islands were not the best choice for life. After all, there were many mosquitoes, little fresh water and tropical hurricanes often raged. Therefore, the sailors stocked up here with turtles (tortoises) – and sailed on.
22. Although initially the Spaniards called these islands the Turtle (Las Tortugas), later it turned out that there are no fewer crocodiles, and the islands were renamed in honor of the crocodiles (Caiman crocodilus). But the caimans, which gave the modern name to the islands, are no longer found here.
23. According to the Madrid Treaty, the Cayman Islands officially became a British colony back in 1670. However, active colonization began much later. The first large settlements of Europeans appeared on the archipelago only in 1833. The resettlement process was held back by dangerous coral reefs. And even now, you can still see ships that sank at that time off the coast of the archipelago.
24. The Islanders have long received the possibility of partial self-government, but the Cayman Islands still have the status of an overseas territory of Great Britain in the West Indies.
THE CAPITAL OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS – THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN
25. The administrative, financial and historical center of the Caymans is the city of Georgetown. It is a modern city with a developed tourist infrastructure and a population of about 28,000 people.
26. There is a seaport, an international airport, the building of the British embassy and the offices of about 600 financial institutions.
27.The history of the largest city in the Caymans began in the 10th century. The favorable geographic location and climate attracted many conquerors. Different historical stages of colonization by the Dutch, French and British were reflected in the unique architecture and traditions. Numerous monuments, which have been carefully preserved to this day, are witnesses of times long gone.
28.The central part of the city is famous for its green spaces. Tourists enjoy strolling along the boulevards and parks, looking at the buildings of 150 years ago.
29. In Georgetown, there are no crossroads familiar to residents of megacities. Here, winding streets form quaint knots with diverging ornate rays. This is especially evident at the intersection of Miles Crescent and Miles Road.
30. A favorite resting place for the townspeople and guests of the capital is the Siwall Dam, built during the time of the Dutch. In the evenings, couples and families with children stroll along the canal. Sports complexes, solariums and salons are open nearby, beach areas are equipped.
31. The capital of the Cayman Islands is home to the largest island market, Starbock.
32. The coastal waters of the Cayman Islands are famous for the abundance of various species of sea and amphibious turtles. The cultivation of these reptiles is the main occupation of the indigenous people.
33. The Cayman Islands offers plenty of entertainment for all tastes: horse riding and golf, nightclubs and evening yacht cruises. Extreme lovers will love the safari. Unforgettable trips to various caves and grottoes are organized for tourists. Golfers can choose from one of the many clubs in Georgetown.
34. Cayman Islands – islands of holidays. You can come here at any time and catch some festive event. Two cultural events are held here on a special scale: the Batabano Festival and the Pirates’ Week.
35. Visitors to the city are greatly impressed by walks in the Little India area, where there are restaurants of Indian cuisine, jewelry shops with gold jewelry and specialty tea and spice shops.
36. Caymans give joy at every step. And above all, it is the joy of communicating with the animal world. And the fauna in the Caymans is the aquatic world. The Caribbean Sea of extraordinary beauty, the purest, most transparent, hides a wonderful world in itself. Here you can feed the fish right at the shore, as long as you stock up on food.
37 But you can see even more if you dive into this aquamarine depth. Magic creatures live here – shells, wonderful and unusual fish. Here, stingrays are friends with fishes, which carry fish on their backs and the stingrays themselves can be stroked if they allow it. And if not, then you can swim very close to them.
38. In the Cayman Islands, you can fulfill your dream of touching the stars. There are a lot of starfish here. Starfish live in shallow water and in the Caymans there is a place where they can be found and touched.
39. Just remember that starfish are not toys, but living beings. They are marine animals and, like fish, cannot live long without water. When touching them, taking photographs, it must be remembered that they cannot be taken out of the water for more than a couple of minutes, otherwise they will die. You have to be careful with them.
40. The Cayman Islands are also known for their global uniqueness in that they are home to stingrays. Rather, stingrays live in many places on the planet, but only here is the world capital of stingrays. We can say that the stingrays are the hallmark of Cayman, here even the guitars in the Hard Rock Cafe are made in the form of stingrays.
41. There are several types of stingrays, dangerous and non-hazardous to humans. Stingrays live at a shallow depth, where there is a sandy bottom, into which they burrow and thus become invisible.
42. Not far from the shores of Grand Cayman Island there is a sandbank on which stingrays live. The most interesting thing is that it is stranded in the middle of the deep sea, which gives everyone a unique opportunity to swim with stingrays. And there are a lot of such people. They are ready to sail through the deep aquamarine sea, into the endless distance, towards the dream.
43. People from all over the world come to the Caymans every day to mingle with these sea animals. Therefore, in order to preserve the unique nature of the islands, there are clear rules here: the number of catamarans and other floating facilities, as well as the time spent by certain groups of people, is strictly limited.
44. Before landing on the bottom, everyone receives strict instructions. Stingrays are alive and you need to communicate with them very gently. At first, their number and size are simply staggering. But the stingrays are already used to the people who feed them, and the stingrays are very friendly. After people get used to it a little, the instructor will teach you how to hold the stingray in your arms. At first this may not work, but after some attempts, the timidity will go away, and you can hold your dream in your hands.
45.The ramps reach 2-2.5 meters in length and weigh several kilograms. They, like sea stars, cannot be completely removed from the water. If you do everything carefully, then the stingrays are absolutely safe. They look at you with their huge eyes and understand everything. At this moment, you can experience endless happiness!
46. There is a government lionfish eradication program in the Caymans. Divers regularly catch it and hand it over to restaurants to be eaten. Thus, they are trying to preserve the local ecosystem, in which the lionfish appeared recently, and behaves unfriendly.
47. The most convenient place to shop is in Georgetown. It has the largest number of markets and shopping centers, shops that offer inexpensive local fabrics. A number of such shops are located on Teluk Bahang Street.
48. Shopping in the Caymans is relatively inexpensive. Most of the boutiques operate under the Duty Free system. The most popular among tourists are souvenirs made from the shell of green turtles and black coral. An original and inexpensive gift brought from the islands will be products made from the local semi-precious stone “caymanite”.
49. Bargains in the Caymans include luxury goods, genuine leather, crystal and porcelain. Cosmetics and perfumes are of very high quality.
50. The basis of the local cuisine is seafood (lobster, mussels, lobster, freshly caught fish) and exotic fruits prepared in every possible way. Additional ingredients in dishes are often tomatoes and onions.