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Cayman Islands Travel Guide

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The Cayman Islands, located half way between Cuba and Honduras, is made up of 3 islands, with a total area of 262 square kilometres, where around 43,000 folk work and live. The inhabitants of these Caribbean islands speak mainly English and are of mixed African and European decent, with most people being of Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist or United Church religion. The country survives through tourism, insurance, finance and banking, trading with major countries such as the UK, US, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago and the Netherlands Antilles.

Until the 18th and 19th centuries, The Cayman Islands were occupied by Jamaica, but were soon overpowered by the British population. Jamaica still managed the islands until 1962, when the country became an independent state, making the Cayman Islands solely a British dependency.

The Cayman Islands are made up of low, dry land with plant life being mainly mangrove and scrub brush. Visitors to the islands will see some colourful flora scattered about though, including the Bougainvillea flowers, which survive all year-round and are of bright colours such as lemon-yellow and white. On the island of Little Cayman visitors will find various, tropical bird species that flock to the islands every year and is a great place for birdwatchers to visit. Scuba diving and snorkelling is big business on the Cayman Islands and no wonder with the spectacular underwater caverns, walls and undisturbed coral reefs throughout the islands. Grand Cayman is the most popular of the islands where visitors will be faced with many attractions, restaurants and hotel accommodation. The beaches are beautiful, golden and sandy on all 3 islands, with the Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman being the most stunning. Going into the more urban areas of Grand Cayman, visitors will end up at the islands capital of George Town, an area provided to accommodate a visitorsí shopping needs. Even though the area is very contemporary, with it satellite dishes and fancy apartments, it also has an historic area, where visitors can go on a tour to see the ruins of an 18th century fort and then on to 2 museums, the first containing information on the islands' natural and human history and the second having data on the islandsí seafaring days with a robotic Blackbeard!

When it comes to getting around the islands, public transport is only available on the bigger island of Grand Cayman, where minibuses and taxis take visitors round and about. Taxis will be in short supply though, once a tourist inches that bit further away from the capital of George Town. To get to the other islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, visitors will need to either charter there own boat or an easier way is to fly, with Island Air getting travellers to the islands within 30 minutes and from Little Cayman to Cayman Brac or vice versa in several minutes! Once on these smaller islands, the only way to get about is by rental car, which visitors can get from the airport or they can get the vehicle delivered to their hotel.

To actually get onto the Cayman Islands, visitors from the US will be able to travel via Cayman Airways, with everybody else having to make a connection within America. Anyone wondering when to come to the Cayman Islands will find that from mid-December to mid-April, the islandsí winter season is a time when tourism is high, as the weather is hot but not overpowering. The summer season is a good time too, with less tourists but with short bouts of rain, the warm kind though, not like the cold stuff Europe and the US receive!

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