[114][115], In February 2010, the first purpose-built track for kart racing in the Cayman Islands was opened. [86], The law enforcement in the country is provided chiefly by the RCIPS or Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the CICBC or Cayman Islands Customs & Border Control. Association football is the national and most popular sport, with the Cayman Islands national football team representing the Cayman Islands in FIFA. Fauna seen in various locations around the island include blue iguanas (Cyclura lewisi), Grand Cayman amazon parrots (Amazona leucocephala caymanensis), Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata), and Gecarcinus ruricola, a species of land crab. [12] Following several unsuccessful attempts at settlement in what had by now become a haven for pirates,[10] a permanent English-speaking population in the islands dates from the 1730s. [citation needed], in Mid 2018 the Commander and 2nd in Command of the Cayman Islands Coast Guard were appointed. [43] Work permits may, therefore, be granted to foreigners. [50] The nation's low tax rates have led to it being used as a tax haven for corporations; there are 100,000 companies registered in the Cayman Islands, more than the population itself. [87] [88]. Following several delays, the ship was finally scuttled according to plan on 5 January 2011. The 264-square-kilometre (102-square-mile) territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, which are located to the south of Cuba and northeast of Honduras, between Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. KY is the two-letter country abbreviation for Cayman Islands. Points of interest include the East End Light (sometimes called Gorling Bluff Light), a lighthouse at the east end of Grand Cayman island. No vaccinations are needed to travel to Grand Cayman, but pets require an import permit application and a health certificate that includes a current rabies lab report. 19°20′N 81°24′W / 19.333°N 81.400°W / 19.333; -81.400 (George Town), Click on a coloured area to see an article about English in that country or region, Coordinates: 19°30′N 80°30′W / 19.500°N 80.500°W / 19.500; -80.500, British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, British Overseas Territory in United Kingdom, Location of Cayman Islands (circled in red), Outlying territories of European countries, Colonies in Conflict: The History of the British Overseas Territories by Charles Cawley, Askew, R. R. and Stafford, P. A. van B. [102], The International College of the Cayman Islands is a private college in Grand Cayman. Last updated: January 20, 2021, 09:27 GMT. Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information. The capital is Georgetown on Grand Cayman. Regular off-shore marine and air patrols are conducted by the RCIP using a small fleet of vessels and a helicopter. The Cayman Islands Basketball Federation joined the international basketball governing body FIBA in 1976. The results are being filtered by the region: Grand Cayman; Clear Search . The field surrounded by the track is used for association football matches as well as other field sports. While the Attorney General serves to advise on legal matters and has special responsibilities in the LA, he is generally responsible for changes to the Penal code among other things. Wild banana orchids, ghost orchids, thatch palm trees, red birch trees, mahogany trees and various fruit trees such as avocado, mango, guinep, naseberry, breadfruit, and tamarind. [58], All three islands offer scuba diving, and the Cayman Islands is home to several snorkelling locations where tourists can swim with stingrays. [108], Access to Emergency Services is available using 9-1-1, the Emergency telephone number, the same number as is used in Canada and the United States. [39] The name "Cayman" is derived from a Carib word for various crocodilians. Duty on automobiles depends on their value. [82] The current Governor of the Cayman Islands is Martyn Roper. About 55,000 people live on Grand Cayman Island, with another 10,000 living on the other two islands. Though the Cayman Islands is involved in no major international disputes, they have come under some criticism due to the use of their territory for narcotics trafficking and money laundering. [75] A 19-seat (not including two non-voting members appointed by the Governor which brings the total to 21 members) Parliament is elected by the people every four years to handle domestic affairs. Spanish speakers comprise approximately between 10 and 12% of the population and is predominantly of the Caribbean dialect. [5] It can grow to approximately 5 feet, but 3-foot specimens are much more common. The University College of the Cayman Islands has campuses on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac and is the only government-run university on the Cayman Islands. This page was last edited on 20 January 2021, at 04:14. [16] The islands continued to be governed as part of the Colony of Jamaica until 1962, when they became a separate Crown colony while Jamaica became an independent Commonwealth realm. A foreigner must first have a job to move to the Cayman Islands. [85] As of the May 2017 General Election, members of the PPM and CDP have joined together with 3 independent members to form a government coalition despite many years of enmity. Although in its early days, the Cayman Islands' most important relationships were with Britain and Jamaica, in recent years, as a result of economic dependence, a relationship with the United States has developed. Watersports such as scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities on Grand Cayman as the island is known for its coral reefs and underwater sea walls along with a number of shipwrecks. Boatswain's Beach Boatswain's Beach is Cayman's premier attraction. Or treat yourself to a little retail therapy at some of the best designer shops in the world. Since that day the Prince declared that in gratitude for his help - the citizens of the country of the Cayman Islands would never pay tax. Palm Heights. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Judith Duk. They are situated about 700 km (430 mi) south of Miami,[26] 750 km (470 mi) east of Mexico,[27] 366 km (227 mi) south of Cuba,[28] and about 500 km (310 mi) northwest of Jamaica. [57] Historical sites in Grand Cayman, such as Pedro St. James Castle in Savannah, also attract visitors. The Premier is appointed by the Governor. The territory is considered a major world offshore financial haven for international businesses and wealthy individuals. Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip. The National Museum of the Cayman Islands – Immerse yourself in our natural and cultural history. [96] In addition, the women's professional squash association hosts one of their major events each year in an all glass court being set up in Camana Bay. [25] The islands lie in the northwest of the Caribbean Sea, east of Quintana Roo, Mexico and Yucatán State, Mexico, northeast of Costa Rica, north of Panama, south of Cuba and west of Jamaica. There are no berthing facilities for cruise ships, but up to four cruise ships can anchor in designated anchorages. Recovered: 334. These species include the goose-beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), Blainville's beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) and sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). The complex is separated into an outdoor, six-lane 25-metre (82 ft) swimming pool, full purpose track and field and basketball/netball courts. East End – The East End district is located at the east side of Grand Cayman Island and consists mostly of the Village of East End, numerous natural attractions, restaurants, and accommodations. Due to the tropical location of the islands, more hurricanes or tropical systems have affected the Cayman Islands than any other region in the Atlantic basin; it has been brushed or directly hit, on average, every 2.23 years.[23]. Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are also home to red-footed and brown boobies. [9] An estimated 83% of the dwellings on the island were damaged including 4% requiring complete reconstruction. Surrounding countries Which countries are in the near of Cayman Islands e.g. In April 2005 Black Pearl Skate Park was opened in Grand Cayman by Tony Hawk. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media. [54] Despite this, the Cayman Islands holds a relatively low unemployment rate of about 4.24% as of 2015,[55] lower than the value of 4.7% that was recorded in 2014. The island is also home to the country’s capital George Town, one of the largest economic centers in this part of the world. Yellow mastics (Sideroxylon foetidissimum) and black mastics (Terminalia eriostachya) are also seen in the park, as well as on the 2 miles (3.2 km)-long Mastic Trail. Visitors from all over the world visit Grand Cayman for the opportunity to interact with stingrays in the wild, so a trip to Stingray City … West Bay – Has numerous tourist attractions including the, First Baptist Christian School (ages 3 months – 11 years, grades preschool to 6), This page was last edited on 10 January 2021, at 06:07. Grand Cayman encompasses 76% of the territory's entire land mass. [97], In late November 2019 it was announced that the Cayman Islands Coast Guard would become operational in January 2020, with initial total of 21 Coast Guardsman half of which would come from the joint marine unit, with further recruitment in the new year. Tagalog is spoken by about 5% of inhabitants most of whom are Filipino residents on work permits. The Cayman Islands Civil Service College, a unit of Cayman Islands government organised under the Portfolio of the Civil Service, is in Grand Cayman. Taxis, mopeds, scooters and rental cars are … Due to their status as an overseas territory of the UK, the Cayman Islands has no representation either in the United Nations or in most other international organisations. There are no taxes on corporate profits, capital gains, or personal income. The current Constitution, incorporating a Bill of Rights, was ordained by a statutory instrument of the United Kingdom in 2009. Because of its clubs, resorts, and hotels, Seven Mile Beach has the largest concentration of visitors and tourists on the island. The territory has never levied income tax, capital gains tax, or any wealth tax, making them a popular tax haven. Safe public minibuses run on the main roads. [40], The Cayman Islands has a tropical wet and dry climate, with a wet season from May to October, and a dry season that runs from November to April. [116] Corporate karting Leagues at the track have involved widespread participation with 20 local companies and 227 drivers taking part in the 2010 Summer Corporate Karting League. Road conditions are poor in some areas. 2 in the Caribbean and ranked top 200 on the men's professional circuit. A reported 70% of all dwellings suffered severe damage from flooding or wind. However, in many retail stores throughout the islands, the KYD is typically traded at US$1.25. [6], No archaeological evidence for an indigenous presence has been found on the Cayman Islands. [7] Because of this large financial presence on the island, banking, investments, and insurance drive the economy in Grand Cayman.[8]. Truman Bodden Sports Complex is a multi-use complex in George Town. The Cayman Islands have come under criticism for allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes, including a 2016 statement by former US president Barack Obama of a particular building as "tax scam" for housing 12,000 corporations.[51]. [121]. The Cayman Islands Education Department operates state schools. The Cayman Islands Turtle Farm located in the West Bay district raises green sea turtles for their meat and to release into the wild. [6], There are just under 600 banks and trust companies in the Grand Cayman, including 43 of the 50 largest banks in the world. Bodden Town – The first capital city in the Cayman Islands is home to the Mission House. Coronavirus; Population; World / Countries / Cayman Islands. The island is approximately 22 miles (35 km) long with its widest point being 8 miles (13 km) wide. [83], The Cabinet is composed of two official members and seven elected members, called Ministers; one of whom is designated Premier. Cayman Islands Coronavirus update with statistics and graphs: total and new cases, deaths per day, mortality and recovery rates, current active cases, recoveries, trends and timeline. Point2 gives you far more than a simple list of houses for sale. 343 km Between 1980 and 2006, the farm released approximately 30,600 turtles to the wild; because of a mark placed on each animal, the released turtles have been seen throughout the Caribbean.[4]. Places to avoid in Grand Cayman. [68], The Cayman Islands presently imposes a controversial "rollover" in relation to expatriate workers who require a work permit. [56], One of Grand Cayman's main attractions is Seven Mile Beach, site of a number of the island's hotels and resorts. [21] Power, water and communications were disrupted for months in some areas as Ivan was the worst hurricane to hit the islands in 86 years. The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee was founded in 1973 and was recognised by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in 1976. As of 31 December 2015[update] 360 commercial vessels and 1,674 pleasure craft were registered in the Cayman Islands totaling 4.3 million GT. Under the principle of collective responsibility, all Ministers are obliged to support in the Parliament any measures approved by Cabinet. In an attempt to address this, the government entered into the Narcotics Agreement of 1984 and the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty of 1986 with the United States, to reduce the use of their facilities associated with these activities. With Point2, you can easily browse through Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands single family homes for sale, townhomes, condos and commercial properties, and quickly get a general perspective on the real estate market. [citation needed], This policy is incorporated in the Immigration Law (2003 revision), written by the United Democratic Party government, and subsequently enforced by the People's Progressive Movement Party government. Duty is levied against most imported goods, which is typically in the range of 22% to 25%. Foreign policy is controlled by the United Kingdom, as the islands remain an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Some items are exempted, such as baby formula, books, cameras and certain items are taxed at 5%. [100], George Town is the port capital of Grand Cayman. Both claimed in 1908; territories formed in 1962 (British Antarctic Territory) and 1985 (South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands). [11] Sir Francis Drake briefly visited the islands in 1586. Luckily, a local spotted the shipwreck and swam to his help, rescuing the Prince and his crew. Law firms have been particularly upset by the recruitment difficulties that it has caused. [78] Governors can exercise complete legislative and executive authority if they wish through blanket powers reserved to them in the constitution. With an average income of around KYD$47,000 (about US$56,000), Caymanians have the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands is considered to be part of the geographic Western Caribbean Zone as well as the Greater Antilles. The majority of the population resides on Grand Cayman, followed by Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.[3]. They serve in a professional and advisory role to the MLAs, the Deputy Governor represents the Governor who is a representative of the Queen and the British Government. Since 2000, there have been two official major political parties: The Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) and the People's Progressive Movement (PPM). However, the Cayman Islands still participates in some international organisations, being an associate member of Caricom and UNESCO, and a member of a sub-bureau of Interpol. Book your tickets online for the top things to do in Grand Cayman, Caribbean on Tripadvisor: See 243,828 traveler reviews and photos of Grand Cayman tourist attractions. [8][9] He named them 'Las Tortugas' due to the large number of turtles found on the islands (which were soon hunted to near-extinction);[8][10] however, in the succeeding decades the islands began to be referred to as the Caymans, after the caimans present there. The capital city is George Town on Grand Cayman, which is the most populous of the three islands. Travel to Grand Cayman requires a valid passport, and you need to declare all goods coming into the country. The government's primary source of income is indirect taxation: there is no income tax, capital gains tax, or corporation tax. We have reviews of the best places to see in Grand Cayman. Pedro St. James – The oldest building in Grand Cayman has the best view. Advice for Cruise Travellers. George Town – The capital of the Cayman Islands and world-famous centre for. The most common is the endemic Cayman racer snake. With Point2, you can easily browse through Cayman Islands single family homes for sale, townhomes, condos and commercial properties, and quickly get a general perspective on the real estate market. No direct taxation is imposed on residents and Cayman Islands companies. [1] The elevation ranges from sea level at the beaches to 60 feet (18 m) above sea level on the North Side's Mastic Trail.[2][3]. [34][35] Although the barn owl (Tyto alba) occurs in all three of the islands they are not commonplace. [118] The jazz, calypso and reggae genres of music styles feature prominently in Cayman music as celebrated cultural influences. Hotel in George Town. No results. A 13% government tax is placed on all tourist accommodations in addition to US$37.50 airport departure tax which is built into the cost of an airline ticket. Terrain is mostly a low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs. A number of cetaceans are found in offshore waters. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1503, Grand Cayman and its sister islands, Cayman … The employer applies and pays for the work permit. [10][9] The Caymans have historically been a tax-exempt destination, and the government has always relied on indirect and not direct taxes. Concerns about safety have been expressed by diving instructors, and realtors have also expressed concerns. The smallest averages 2–4 inches and is the invasive brahminy blind snake which is also rarely seen. There aren’t many places that tourists or residents need to actively avoid in Grand Cayman. [59], There are two shipwrecks off the shores of Cayman Brac, including the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts;[60] Grand Cayman also has several shipwrecks off its shores, including one deliberate one. Roman Catholic churches are St. Ignatius Church, George Town and Stella Maris Church, Cayman Brac. These snakes tend to race away if encountered and in rare cases will rear-up in a threatening manner if cornered. One notable exception to this is The Bluff on Cayman Brac's eastern part, which rises to 43 m (141 ft) above sea level, the highest point on the islands.[32]. [17][9], On February 8 1794, the Caymanians rescued the crews of a group of ten merchant ships, including HMS Convert, an incident that has since become known as the Wreck of the Ten Sail. Overview of the real estate prices in Cayman Islands Searching homes for sale in Cayman Islands has never been more convenient. One of the Ministers, the leader of the majority political party, is appointed Premier by the Governor. The most popular area to do this is Stingray City, Grand Cayman. The official language of the Cayman Islands is English (90%). Experience Cayman’s only aqua driving range! [13], England took formal control of the Cayman Islands, along with Jamaica, as a result of the Treaty of Madrid of 1670. approx. Of the flora, a good representation of the variety of plant life on Grand Cayman can be found at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park located in the North Side District. The total economic impact of the storms was estimated to be $3.4 billion. 15. [109] The Cayman Islands Department of Public Safety's Communications Centre processes 9-1-1 and non-emergency Police assistance, Ambulance Service, Fire Service and search and rescue calls for all three islands. Demonstrations can occur. Feature films that have been filmed in the Cayman Islands include: The Firm, Haven, Cayman Went[122] and Zombie Driftwood. Tourism, banking and property are big money earners, making the islands financially self-sufficient. The nation's low tax rates have led to it being used as a tax haven for corporations; there are 100,000 companies registered in the Cayman Islands, more than the population itself. [89][90] [91], In mid-December 2019, recruitment for commanding officers and junior officers began, with the commanding officers expected to begin work in Jan 2020 and the junior officers expected to begin in February 2020. You can also visit Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. All three islands were formed by large coral heads covering submerged ice age peaks of western extensions of the Cuban Sierra Maestra range and are mostly flat. While this remains a popular legend, the story is not true. [111] The country's national team attended the Caribbean Basketball Championship for the first time in 2011. [18] Legend has it that King George III rewarded the island with a promise never to introduce taxes as compensation for their generosity, as one of the ships carried a member of the King's own family. [10] With settlement, after the first royal land grant by the Governor of Jamaica in 1734, came the perceived need for slaves. The Cayman Islands Education Department operates government schools. This restaurant is a favourite among locals. The defence of the Cayman Islands is the responsibility of the United Kingdom. [80] The executive authority of the Cayman Islands is vested in the Queen and is exercised by the Government, consisting of the Governor and the Cabinet. [9], On 11 September 2004 the island of Grand Cayman, which lies largely unprotected at sea level, was hit by Hurricane Ivan, creating an 8-ft (2.4 m) storm surge which flooded many areas of Grand Cayman. A permit may be granted to individuals on special work. Elsewhere outside the park, all of these species can be seen around Grand Cayman, including coconut palm, Casuarina pine, mangrove, and poinciana trees. There are two public high schools on Grand Cayman, John Gray High School and Clifton Hunter High School, and one on Cayman Brac, Layman E. Scott High School. The Cayman Islands (/ˈkeɪmən/ or /keɪˈmæn/) is a self-governing British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. Named one of the Ultimate Beaches by Caribbean Travel and Life, Seven Mile Beach (due to erosion over the years, the number has decreased to 5.5 miles) is a public beach on the western shore of Grand Cayman Island. [7] Therefore, it is believed that they were discovered by Christopher Columbus on 10 May 1503 during his final voyage to the Americas. Owen Roberts International Airport serves Grand Cayman with domestic and international flights. 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