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Cayman Islands

Background

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries and were administered by Jamaica after 1863. In 1959, the islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies. When the Federation dissolved in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British dependency.

About

The Cayman Islands are an island group in the Caribbean Sea, ninety miles south of Cuba. The outstanding coral reefs and outstandingly clear waters have made this island group a favorite destination of divers. Great beaches and fine restaurants and resorts make it an excellent tourist destination as well.

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Cayman Islands

Cayman IslandsThe Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman 

West Bay Road
PO Box 32348 KY1-1209
Seven Mile Beach
Cayman Islands

Price (US$): $899 - $1499 / night

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Location. The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman is located on the beach in Seven Mile Beach, close to Governors Square, Galleria Plaza, and Camana Bay, Seven Mile Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include North Sound Golf Course and Cemetery Beach. Resort Features. The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an outdoor… more »

Cayman IslandsAVALON CONDOMINIUMS 

1371 WEST BAY ROAD
GRAND CAYMAN KY1 1205
Cayman Islands

YEAR BUILT 1995ADDITIONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION THE AVALON CONDOMINIUMS OFFERS LUXURIOUSLY APPOINTED GRAND CAYMAN BEACH SUITES ON THE BROADEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL 300 FEET OF SEVEN MILE BEACH, A DESTINATION WORLD RENOWNED FOR ITS WHITE SAND AND TURQUOISE WATERS. THESE AZURE VIEWS ARE ON DISPLAY FROM EACH OF THE ALL WATERFRONT CONDOS AT THE PROPERTY FULL BEACHFRONT, GUARANTEED. GRAND CAYMAN IS FAMOUS FOR ITS DIVING AND SNORKELING, AND THERE ARE MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS TO SUIT THE… more »

Cayman IslandsSunshine Suites Resort 

1465 Esterley Tibbetts
Seven Mile Beach
Cayman Islands

Price (US$): $222 - $223 / night

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Location. Sunshine Suites Resort is located in Seven Mile Beach, close to Governors Square, North Sound Golf Course, and Galleria Plaza. Nearby points of interest also include Cemetery Beach and Dolphin Cove. Hotel Features. Sunshine Suites Resort's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3.5 star property has a business… more »

Cayman IslandsGrand Cayman Beach Suites 

Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach
Cayman Islands

Price (US$): $511 - $2150 / night

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Location. Grand Cayman Beach Suites is located on the beach in Seven Mile Beach, close to Galleria Plaza, Camana Bay, Seven Mile Beach, and Governors Square. Other points of interest near this spa resort include North Sound Golf Course and Fort George. Resort Features. Dining options at Grand Cayman Beach Suites include 3 restaurants. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a golf… more »

Cayman IslandsGrandview Condominiums 

95 Snooze Lane
West Bay Rd.
Grand Cayman KY1-1202
Cayman Islands

Price (US$): $550 - $551 / night

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The Grandview is a secluded Beachfront property removed from the hustle and bustle but close enough if you want. Towels are provided in your rooms and refreshed at least twice per week or as needed and can be used on the pool deck where complimentary chairs and tables are provided. Should you wish to play tennis we offer a lighted tennis court and each guest has free access to Kings Express Fitness centre located 100 yards from our front door. We also have a small business centre, which… more »

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Cayman Islands

Capital
George Town
Location

Caribbean, three-island group (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica

Geographic coordinates

19 30 N, 80 30 W

Area comparative

1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

160 km

Climate

tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April)

Terrain

low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

The Bluff on Cayman Brac 43 m

Natural resources

fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism

Population

50,209

Ethnic groups

mixed 40%, white 20%, black 20%, expatriates of various ethnic groups 20%

Religions

Church of God 25.5%, Roman Catholic 12.6%, Presbyterian / United Church 9.2%, Seventh Day Adventist 8.4%, Baptist 8.3%, Pentecostal 6.7%, Anglican 3.9%, other religions 4%, non-denominational 5.7%, other 6.5%, none 6.1%, unspecified 3.2% (2007)

Languages

English (official) 95%, Spanish 3.2%, other 1.8% (1999 census)

Government type

parliamentary democracy

Independence

none (overseas territory of the UK)

National holiday

Constitution Day, first Monday in July

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Duncan TAYLOR (since 15 January 2010)

Head of government

Premier McKeeva BUSH (since 6 November 2009)

Internet country code

.ky

Internet users

23,000 (2008)

Airports

3 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Cayman Brac, George Town

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