Grand Cayman is the biggest island of an archipelago that includes two other islands: Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
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.
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.
The Caymans are a surprisingly wealthy place, with a 2007 GDP per capita figure of US$57, 221.60.
Despite being a British possession, the Caymans print their own currency, called the Cayman Islands Dollar.
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