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Cayman Islands: coral reefs, beaches and tax haven

The Cayman Islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, located in the Caribbean and precisely in the Antilles Sea south of Cuba and north-west of Jamaica.

The country is made up of three islands of limestone and coral origin. The largest island is Grand Cayman (197 sq km), which is also the westernmost and southernmost island of the group. Over 95% of the Caymanians live on this island. The other two islands are those of Little Cayman (28 sq km) and Cayman Brac (38 sq km), which are located about 120 north-east of the main island. The capital is George Town, on the island of Grand Cayman. The population of the islands is a majority of mixed race, made up of crossings between Africans and Europeans.

DIVING ISLANDS AND BEACH LIFE

The economy of the archipelago is based on tourism, banking and financial activities and fishing. The islands of Grand Cayman and Little Cayman are full of beaches. Among these the most famous is the Seven Mile Beach which extends along the west coast of Grand Cayman. It is a stretch of white sand in the shape of a crescent lapped by turquoise waters. Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is often listed among the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

The Cayman Islands are known as a popular destination for honeymooners and divers. On Little Cayman Island is Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park which is one of the most popular dive sites in the Caribbean.

The climate of the Cayman islands.

  • Area: 259 sqkm.
  • Population: 68,000 (2019 data) (Mulattos (descendants of European and African) 40%, Blacks 20%, Whites 20%, others (mainly Asians) 20%).
  • State Capital: George Town.
  • Language: Official language is English.
  • Religion: Christian 100% (Church of God in Christ 23%, Catholic 14%, Adventist 9%, Presbyterian 9%).
  • Currency: Cayman Dollar (KYD)
  • Time: UTC -5 hours.

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