Plan Your Trip To Grand Cayman
Plan your trip to Grand Cayman
Capital: George Town
Populations: 64,948 (2019)
Religion: Christianity is most practiced on the islands. The various denominations include Anglican, Baptist, Catholicism, Church of God, Presbyterian and United Church.
Currency: Cayman Islands Dollar (British Overseas Territory)
Language: British English, Jamaican Patois and “albeit with a distinctive Cayman dialect.
Side of Street Drive On: Left side
History: By 1526, the Cayman Islands were inhabited and the name was derived from the Carib word for the marine crocodile which once lived on the islands. Hence the word remained and the addition of “islands” soon followed. But during the 1700’s a wide variety of inhabitants including pirates, refugees from the Spanish inquisitions, shipwrecked sailors, and slaves soon settled on the islands. Little Cayman and Cayman Brac were the first recorded settlements in the Caymans between 1833 and 1840.
During this time we saw new settlements like East End and Bodden Town being established. Nonetheless, throughout the centuries the Cayman Islands has developed a reputation as the “Islands that Time Forgot.” Due to the islands being isolated for much of the time that they would have been inhabited. Compared to other Caribbean islands around the region, they were not known for much harvesting and trade among the British Empire.
Although the islands were known for their arduous way of life where the inhabitants relied primarily on fishing, cutting wood, sailing, farming, and catching turtles.
Fast forward to the last half-century the Cayman Islands has made a remarkable transformation through technology and becoming one of the global banking centers in the world. In addition to becoming one of the primary luxury destinations, the islands also hold one of the strongest GDP in the world.
Entertainment: In Grand Cayman, there is an active nightlife of music, dancing, dinner shows, sunset cruises, beach parties, and festivities with the local resorts and restaurants around the island.
Sports: A wide variety of sports are enjoyed on the island such as rugby, netball, volleyball, cricket, squash, basketball, softball, and tennis. The national sport is football/soccer.
Culture: Strong influence of Afro-Caribbeans of Jamaica who were descents of slaves from once a colonial Britain. In recent years ex-pats from the United States and all over the world reside in one of the three islands that make up the Cayman Islands.
Lime and Dime: Bacaro, Morgan’s Seafood Restaurant, Blue by Eric Ripert, Casa 43 Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar, Coccoloba Bar, Casanova Restaurant, The Falls Steakhouse, The Cracked Conch, Ristorante Pappagallo, Luca, Seven Mile Burger, Tukka, Icoa Cafe and Boggy Sand Caribbean Kitchen.
Attractions: Crystal Caves, Cayman Turtle Centre, Camana Bay, Hell, Kittiwake, National Trust, Pedro St. James, Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park, Stingray City, and Down Town George Town.
Beaches: Seven Mile Beach, Point of Sand, Rum Point Beach, Owen Island, Smith Cove, Cemetery Beach, Southern Cross Club Beach, West Bay Beach, Spotts Beach & Brac Reef Beach
Bird Watching: Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park, Mastic Reserve/Trail, Governor Gore’s Bird Sanctuary, Willie Ebanks Farm, Barkers National Park & Meagre Bay Pond,
Commercial airline, Cruiseline, Private yachting, and Private airplane.