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Holidays in Cayman Islands

Understanding Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries Administered by Jamaica from 1863, they remained a British dependency after 1962 when the former became independent

In addition to banking the islands have no direct taxation, making them a popular incorporation site, tourism is a mainstay, aimed at the luxury market and catering mainly to visitors from North America Total tourist arrivals exceeded 219 million in 2006, although the vast majority of visitors arrive for single day cruise ship visits 193 million About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world The Cayman Islands are one of the richest islands not only in the Caribbean but in the world


Tropical marine Warm, rainy summers May to October and cool, Great vacation spot, relatively dry winters November to April In 2004 the Cayman Islands, and especially Grand Cayman, were hit hard by Hurricane Ivan


Low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs Highest point: The Bluff on Cayman Brac, at 43 meters 141 ft

Talking in Cayman Islands

English is the official language and is spoken by virtually everyone Native Caymanians have a pleasant and unique accent with many charming turns of phrase For example, in Cayman rumours are not heard "through the grapevine", instead they're heard "along the marl road" Locals pronounce Cayman as Kay-MAN, and not KAY-min

Buying stuff in Cayman Islands

Most shopping is in George Town and Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman

  • Caymanite is the Cayman Islands' own semi-precious stone
  • Black Coral is often used in jewelry here
  • Rum cake from Tortuga Rum Company is very popular with visitors to Grand Cayman
  • There are many tourist shops where you can buy t-shirts, hats, postcards, and much more Don't buy any seashells though; beachcombing is much more fun, and cheaper too


  • Almost everything must be imported and is subject to a 20% import tax some time higher depending on the product, food and other items are relatively expensive *US currency is accepted everywhere Be careful and always know if you're paying in CI or US The basic conversion is US$125 to CI$1 $1=CI $080

Food and eating in Cayman Islands

Many influences can be seen in Cayman cuisine Local specialties such as fish, turtle and conch are delicious and may be less expensive as they don't need to be imported With more than 150 restaurants, unwinding with a good meal in the Cayman Islands can include chic five-star dining as well as a more casual venue under the stars, or even a themed event From traditional Caymanian seafood to Caribbean and Thai to Italian and New World cuisine, discerning diners are sure to find something to fit their taste Other exciting options include dinner cruises on luxury catamarans and even an authentic tall ship Meal prices may range from $10 to over $30 per person at the high-end restaurants

While you are in Cayman ask your taxi driver their suggestion on restaurants Ask for their favorite local Jerk Stand MUST TRY and also ask them what tourist spot they suggest

Drinking in Cayman Islands

Alcohol is very expensive on the islands, even from the liquor stores You can expect to pay approximately twice as much in the liquor stores as you would at stores in the United States, however it is still the cheapest way to purchase alcohol

Typical drink prices in bars and clubs range from $4-$7 CI $5-$875 US

Liquor stores close at 7PM, and are closed on Sundays

Visitors flying into the Cayman Islands are able to bring either 1 bottle of duty free spirits, 4 bottles of wine or champagne, or 1 12 pack of beer per person 18 years of age or older Exceeding this duty allowance will result in substantial taxation to the excess items

You will of course want to check out some of the local drinking establishments

Accommodation in Cayman Islands

Accommodations are ample but tend to be relatively expensive, even on the two smaller islands There are several luxury resorts with all amenities, as well as other less expensive options In addition, the cost of food and drink is high in Cayman, but many visitors stay in condominiums with kitchen facilities and take advantage of the first class supermarkets and cook and barbeque on the beach

Cayman is not known for all inclusive resorts, but there are two smaller Caribbean style properties that do offer this option

The majority of hotels and resorts are in Grand Cayman, where the main hotel "strip" is Seven Mile Beach, home to several major chain hotels and numerous condominiums

  • Aqua Bay Club Ocean Front Condos on Seven Mile Beach West Bay Rd, Seven Mile Beach Toll Free: 1 800 825-8703 $275-$625 http://wwwaquabayclubcom abc@candwky 345 945-5681A Grand Cayman condo destination located alongside world famous Seven Mile Beach 21 oceanfront apartments
  • Grand Cayman Beach Suites Hotel Grand Cayman Resort Hotel Grand Cayman Islands, West Indies Seven Mile Beach, KY1-1101 +1 345 949 1234 http://wwwgrand-cayman-beach-suitescom/ 19°20'951N 81°22'5164WThe Grand Cayman Beach Suites formerly Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman is the island's finest all suite beach resort Experience the sparking white sands of Seven Mile Beach and all that our beautiful and exotic Grand Cayman resort has to offer
  • The Reef Resort 13 1 Queens Highway, East End, Colliers Bay, Grand Cayman Toll Free: 1 888 2320541 $230-$645 reservations@thereefcom A Grand Cayman all beachfront luxury resort located on an exquisite quiet side of the island This boutique resort is perfect for its watersports, diving, world class snorkelling, pool facilities and its private patio views
  • Sunshine Suites Resort Grand Cayman 14
  • Marriott Beach Resort Grand Cayman 15
  • Comfort Seven Mile Beach Suites Grand Cayman 16

Off Seven Mile Beach are several dive resorts and, in the Eastern Districts, numerous private homes and villas, as well as several resorts and attractions for those preferring a more tranquil vacation

Little Cayman focuses on dive vacations and has a unique charm, as well as some of the best diving anywhere

Camping is illegal on all three islands at all times There are no campsites on any of the islands

  • Shangri-La B&B #1 Sticky Toffee Lane Off Batabano Rd, 1 min from SMB 345-526-1170 wwwshangrilabbcom 2pm 11am $119 US Beautifully decorated new B&B situated on a peaceful lake in West Bay just a few minutes drive from Seven Mile Beach Pool, Jacuzzi & lush gardens with home cooked breakfast & personalized service

Working in Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman has growing offshore banking and tourism sectors Tourism represents about 60% of the economy About 30% of residents are expatriates working on "work permits" and unemployment is very low

Cities in Cayman Islands

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