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About Cayman

The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean, just over an hour’s flying time from Miami. Composed of three islands, Grand Cayman is by far the largest and best known.

The Cayman Islands won second place in the 2016 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards in the Top 10 Caribbean Islands category, which is based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from world travellers.

The Cayman Islands are famed above all for their excellent diving and beautiful beaches, although the financial services industry is one of the mainstays of the economy, alongside tourism. With a population of 60,413 the islands ranked 22 in the top 25 destinations in the world – alongside major cities such as Sydney, Paris, and London. With the highest standard of living in the Caribbean, the tourism industry is geared toward the luxury market. Seven Mile Beach won the Caribbean’s Best Beach, and offered Best Snorkelling and Diving.  

2017 saw the Cayman Islands continue to attract a great deal of recognition for diving. This year the Islands were voted the Best Overall Diving in the Caribbean/Atlantic. It also appeared in the top five for the following readers’ choice awards by Scuba Diving Magazine; Best Wall Dives, Best Dive Sites, Best Wreck Diving, Best Dive Operators  and Best Dive Resort.

For more information on Cayman's developments check out the Cayman Resident's articles on the Tourism Overview and Looking ahead to 2019.

Introduction to the Cayman Islands

History of the Cayman Islands

Turtles, pirates, early settlers, shipwrecks and taxes, mosquitoes, tourism and finance, all part of Cayman's colorful history.

Facts & Figures

Interesting facts about Cayman including population size, average income, company registrations and more.

Geography of the Cayman Islands

Learn more about the geography of the three Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman

Climate & Best Time to Visit

The Cayman Islands boasts generally pleasant weather year round, making it a wonderful place to visit.

Customs & Formalities

While life in the Cayman Islands is pleasantly laid back, it is not as slow-paced as other Caribbean islands. Here we provide an overview of the particular customs and formalities that are followed.

George Town's History & Historical Sites

A history of George Town and some of the important historical sites you will find there.