About the Grand Cayman Islands

About the Grand Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are a wealthy country and popular tropical beach destination in the West Caribbean. At the center of the archipelago and its tourist industry is the Grand Cayman.

Archipelago

Grand Cayman is the biggest island of an archipelago that includes two other islands: Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Colonial Holdover

The Caymans are a British overseas possession, and therefore one of the last true colonies left in the world. There is an elected legislative council overseeing domestic affairs, but the governor is appointed by the British government, and the British also handle all foreign and security matters.

Seven Mile Beach

At the heart of the islands' tourist industry is Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach. Most of the Caymans' resorts and hotels are there.

Scuba Diving

The Cayman Peaks are undersea pinnacles that are well-known among divers for their dramatic drop-off to the sea floor four miles below. Snorkelers will rejoice at the three ship wrecks that lay in shallow waters, as well as the famous 12 foot deep Stingray City.

Economics

The Caymans are a surprisingly wealthy place, with a 2007 GDP per capita figure of US$57, 221.60.

Money

Despite being a British possession, the Caymans print their own currency, called the Cayman Islands Dollar.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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