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The Cayman Islands


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Kit
- 586 days ago - youtu.be
The Beaches, the crystal clear water, the lovely people, the fantastic foods, golf, tennis, scuba diving, snorkeling it's all in this vacation wonderland.



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Kit B. (276)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 6:28 pm
Map credit: www.vacationstogo.com

5 Facts You Might Not Know About Cayman Island

1 The Cayman Islands are a small group of islands located south of Cuba and west of Jamaica. They are only 480 miles south of Miami, Florida. Three islands make up the Caymans: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The islands have a total area of only 100 square miles. The highest elevation is less than 152 feet above sea level, above Spot Bay on Cayman Brac.

2 According to the 2010 census, about 55,000 people live in the Caymans. The capital, George Town, is also the largest city, having over 36,000 inhabitants. These islands have a tropical marine climate. Warm, rainy summers make up the wet season from May through October. The dry, relatively cool winters make the Caymans an ideal place for a winter trip. Hurricane season runs from July to November.

3 The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory. Its highest official is the Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE. He was appointed to his post by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Cayman Islands have their own currency that was issued first in 1972, the Cayman Island dollar, abbreviated CI$. Cayman Island dollars come in notes of denominations of CI$1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100. The coins are issued in units valued at 1, 5, 10 and 25 cents.

4 The Cayman Islands' national tree is the silver thatch palm; its national bird is the Grand Cayman parrot. The national flower of the Caymans is the wild banana and the national anthem is 'Beloved Isle Cayman,' written by the late Leila Ross-Shier. Mrs. Ross-Shier was an organist in the Presbyterian Church who composed 'Beloved Isle Cayman' in 1930 and sang it for years to a guitar. Her performance made it popular enough to be adopted as the national anthem.

5 The Caymans were sighted by Christopher Columbus in May 1503, during his final voyage to the Western Hemisphere. He first called them Las Tortugas, after the many seas turtles he saw. Later, he renamed them the Cayman Islands after the caimans, a native word for the alligators inhabiting the islands.

Some Quick facts for your journey:


Passports for Cruise Visitors

Fact: Cruise ship passengers from the US are required to have a passport.
If youíre planning a trip, make sure that you know whether or not youíll need a passport, and give yourself plenty of time to get one.

Cayman Money
Fact: The Cayman Islands has its own money.
And itís pretty, too! On the back of all notes there is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to reflect our bond to Britain, as well as the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms and Motto. The basic unit is the dollar, issued in notes with denominations of CI$100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1, and coins valued at 25 cents, 10, 5 and 1 cent. Since the Cayman dollar is tied to the US dollar (the exchange rate is fixed at CI$1.00 = US$1.25), US cash and travellers checks are accepted everywhere in the Cayman Islands. American travellers take note - remember that the CI bill is 25 dollars not merely 20. So if you leave a $25 bill to cover a $17 bill, you are actually leaving an $8 tip, not a $3 tip.

Dive Decompression Chambers
Fact: There are two decompression chambers in the Cayman Islands.

No Nude Beaches
Fact: There are no nude beaches in these islands.

Sorry, but Cayman Islands Law prohibits all forms of public nudity, including topless sunbathing. So there are no nude beaches and, in fact, many business places also request that you wear shoes and an appropriate cover-up before entering.
Tipping
Fact: Tipping follows the American custom.
The customary rate is 15% for restaurants, dive services, salons, etc. Some restaurants automatically add the tip, so be sure to check your bill carefully or you might be tipping double.

Time:
The Cayman Islands are on Eastern Standard Time and do not adjust for Daylight Saving Time. The Islands are therefore five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.

Banking
There are plenty of international banks in the Island. Banking hours are normally 9am-4pm Monday to Friday. ATM (cash) machines are located island wide.

Medical Care
In Grand Cayman a local Government hospital and a private hospital provide modern medical facilities. There is also a government hospital in Cayman Brac and a medical clinic in Little Cayman.
Government and private dental facilities are also available as are several private medical clinics and opticians. Employers are mandated by law to provide health insurance and share the expense with their employees.
While the quality of medical care in the Island is high, an air ambulance service to Miami is available when necessary. Executive Air, a local company, maintains a roster of some 20 air ambulance providers. They can order a custom-equipped ambulance in accordance with instructions from an attending physician. Generally the air ambulance can be in the Cayman Islands within two hours.

Weather - The best weather is during the winter season (December - April). There is little rain, lots of sunshine and the trade winds generate a refreshing breeze. These months constitute the main tourist season. The rainy season is from May to November with the hurricane season from June to November. Humidity is higher in the summer months.

Driving - We drive on the left hand side of the road in Cayman, and you must wear your seatbelt. A visitorís driving license can be obtained on production of a valid driverís license from your place of residence. This can be done at any car rental agency or at the Vehicle and Driving Licensing Department, next door to the Police Station in George Town.

Alcohol Legislation - It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or consume alcohol. Drinking and driving carries a heavy penalty.

Drugs Policy -- The Cayman authorities have declared the Islands a zero tolerance zone for drugs.

Food:

The Cayman Islands have culinary options to suit any palate. Cayman Islands food reflects the rich cultural heritage of the island and incorporates several international flavours.

Anything you can make with conch, coconut, plantain, cassava, yams, rice and peas, tuna, snapper, mangos and mahi, has been prepared in the Cayman Islands. Food in the Cayman Islands includes traditional Caribbean fare. Jamaican cuisine has also found its way on to many of the menus of the Cayman Islands and jerk seasoning has become popular on several meat dishes. Curries are also frequently used throughout Cayman.
You can find all of these ingredients and most of your favourites in our grocery stores.
Traditional Cayman food includes dishes made of turtle meat, as well as conch stew, Cayman-style beef, and an old fashioned fish fry. Of all the local deserts, heavy cake is a mainstay.

Get ready here we go - off on our virtual tour of the Cayman Islands.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 6:30 pm

The Cayman Islands are so close to those of us in the south that not many have not been. Even a long weekend is not wasted in the Caymans.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 7:11 pm

Right Frank! We are all guilty of burning up the air with our virtual trips. Buzz off! We are also extremely aware of the environment and are actively engaged in working on that issue and still don't need to show off for others.
 

Michael M. (61)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 7:17 pm
Oh, the Caymans are also benefactors and beneficiaries of wonderful tax-free investment.
You who complain about taxes merely have to demand the plugging of this offshore tax haven for corporations and other parasitic drug dealers.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 7:30 pm

Yep, Michael we all know about the Cayman and their delightful banks. If anyone had missed it before they had to notice where Romney and his cohorts bank.
 

Frans Badenhorst (561)
Monday August 19, 2013, 1:31 am
I think heaven looks very similar..............thanks for the trip, as always Kit.
 

Nicole W. (659)
Monday August 19, 2013, 7:41 am
so beautiful, thank you for another wonderful trip dear Kit!
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday August 19, 2013, 8:14 am

It is a beautiful place. The land is not responsible for the shenanigans of people. Thanks Frans, and Nicole so glad you like the island.
 

Peggy A. (0)
Monday August 19, 2013, 8:48 am
noted
 

Mike M. (56)
Monday August 19, 2013, 9:05 am
One of the ever growing things put on the bucket list
 

Peggy A. (0)
Monday August 19, 2013, 9:09 am
noted
 

divergent revolution (333)
Monday August 19, 2013, 9:51 am
less known but an even bigger tax haven,was my home for about 20 years,the British Virgin islands.
I have sailed through the south america ( the abc islands,aruba,etc.), and the caymans,west indies
to venezuela,and one thing is constant,while they are beautiful places to visit,they are very hard to live in.
the corruption is undeniable, and colors everything from immigration....you better not stay more than 6 months
when my dad died, and my mom came down the BVI to live with me,they tried to deport her while she was in the hospital,unable to walk or talk due to a stroke she had there,did they care???NO, I had to hire a lawyer away from the banking industry and bribe them to let my mother recuperate before leaving, theses islands are beautiful,but the governments of each and every one,including the US virgin islands ,and puerto rico are the worst,and don't even get me started on Hispaniola
sorry Kit, but I'm nothing if not honest
 

Arielle S. (315)
Monday August 19, 2013, 10:48 am
Yay - a place I've actually been to!! The Caymans are beautiful - a very lovely place to visit with great food and beaches. Everyone we met was very nice. They do have a place there called "Hell" so I can say I've been to Hell.... as well as to the Botanical Gardens where the big blue lizards are. Beautiful birds, beautiful flowers - a great place to visit.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday August 19, 2013, 11:09 am

I agree Arielle they are beautiful. I loved the vacations there more than the other islands. Still waiting for a chance to see Cuba.

Thanks tasunka, yes that honesty is appreciated. If one is planning to move to another country they must really learn all they can about the laws and how to deal with we call "mordida".
 

Beth FS (149)
Monday August 19, 2013, 11:25 am
One of the top 5 places I'd love to visit, thanks for the info Kit :)
 

lee e. (114)
Monday August 19, 2013, 12:30 pm
Another trip - thanks Kit - I probably will never afford a trip outside NYC (which is a trip of its own), but I so appreciate these fantasy visits! So many beautiful places - you're fulfilling my "bucket list" - though why is it that so many of these gorgeous sites have such dismal hidden agendas - like Romney $'s in tax havens!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday August 19, 2013, 3:21 pm
Thanks again Kit.
 

Barbara K. (74)
Monday August 19, 2013, 3:31 pm
Thank you, my friend, for the visit to the Cayman Islands, via my computer. lol. Would love to visit there one day. Such a beautiful place.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Monday August 19, 2013, 3:46 pm
The citizens had better enjoy this while they can. It will just be a matter of time before the republicans will try to take over and destroy all the beauty in the name of Money and Progress. Thanks for sending this.
 

Birgit W. (157)
Monday August 19, 2013, 3:55 pm
Beautiful island, thanks Kit.
 

Jennifer C. (168)
Monday August 19, 2013, 5:18 pm
Thanks.
 

june t. (66)
Monday August 19, 2013, 11:29 pm
sounds lovely
 

B Lewenza (76)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:54 am
Thanks for the visit very beautiful. Thanks for sharing Kit
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 4:24 pm
Thank you for the stunning adventure to the Cayman Islands. Althought I've never been there, my father in law took all of his children and their families to Playa Del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula. The water is so blue it doesn't seem as if it could possibly be real. I fear those Islands and coastal regions will disappear as sea levels rise.
 

Bob P. (410)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:55 am
thanks
 

Sergio Padilla (61)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:17 pm
Noted
 

Natasha Salgado (604)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 11:07 pm
Thanks Kit 4 another beautiful trip!
 
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