Browse through the articles below on each of our islands. You’ll find out how each island is different, what’s special about each one, and what attractions await you. Discover why you’ll ultimately want to visit all three. Plus, with our weather article, you’ll know exactly white time of year you want to visit.
Cayman Islands Overview
The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory. The islands are self-governed but are under the direct protection of the United Kingdom; and the Queen of England is depicted on Cayman Islands currency and postal stamps. The people here speak English, although there are many other languages spoken by its inhabitants. Christopher Columbus first sighted Cayman Brac and Little Cayman on 10 May 1503 during his fourth trip to the New World. Columbus was en route to Hispaniola when his ship was thrust westward toward "two very small and low islands, full of tortoises, as was all the sea all about, insomuch that they looked like little rocks, for which reason these islands were called Las Tortugas."
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Discover Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman island, the largest and most cosmopolitan of the three Cayman Islands, is about 22 miles long with an average width of four miles. George Town, the capital, is on the western shore of Grand Cayman. The wide diversity found in Grand Cayman is a blend of rich local tradition with international influences resulting in a truly unique atmosphere. From the crystal blue water and powder-white sand of Seven Mile Beach to George Town, the main shopping and financial hub, Grand Cayman offers something for everyone. Dive, snorkel or simply splash in the warm, crystal-clear waters that are the islands' hallmark.
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About Little Cayman
Prepare yourself for a truly unique experience if you decide to visit Little Cayman. Find total solitude in a nature lover's paradise with miles of uncrowded beaches and untouched wilderness, where iguanas and rare birds outnumber humans. With a resident population of fewer than 200 people, this tiny island of approximately 10 square miles is similar in size to Cayman Brac. It is home to a wide variety of exotic plants and birds, as well as to iguanas and other wildlife.
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About Cayman Brac
Cayman Brac is the larger of the two sister islands. It offers a perfect weekend getaway for people working on Grand Cayman or a destination for holidaymakers in its own right. Measuring a tiny 12 miles in length by almost 2 miles at its widest, Cayman Brac is the second largest island in this small nation. ‘The Brac’ as it is affectionately known, is a charming island located just 5 miles from Little Cayman. The inhabitants of Cayman Brac, ‘Brackers’ are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality and no wonder, as life here is certainly relaxed and the perfect place to recharge the batteries.
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Cayman Islands Maps
Although Grand Cayman is relatively small, and the sister islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman could be considered tiny, there’s so much to see and do here you’ll need a map. We’ve already marked the major highlights for you. Note that each island is oriented roughly east to west.
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Weather in Cayman
The Cayman Islands is in the northeast trade wind belt of the Caribbean and enjoys a stable climate. Fresh, cool and dry winters are balanced by warm, humid summers, influenced only occasionally by winter storms known as Nor'westers or a tropical storm or hurricane threat every few years. Summer humidity can be uncomfortable, but the cool sea breezes at night usually bring relief.
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