Country - Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands Country Information
Cayman Islands is a group of three is islands Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman situated 437 kilometres to the south of Cuba in the Caribbean sea. The island trio is an autonomous British Overseas Territory under Constitutional Monarchy. The largest island of the three is Grand Cayman which is the political and commercial centre. The capital and the largest city of Cayman Islands is George Town and the principal official language is English. The total population of the country was above 61,000 in 2016 including 2100 people living in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
With less population Cayman Islands flaunts to the outside world its high statistical merits in several aspects. Its Human Development Index was at a very high level of 0.888 in 2013 and the per capita estimate of GDP was $58,808 in 2014. Above all, Cayman Islands is identified as a convenient place in the world for stashing amassed wealth free of local taxes by business tycoons.
Cayman Islands did not show any evidence of human habitation coeval to stone age or prehistoric periods. The group of islands is not reported to have been a dwelling place for humans before 17th century.
The rest of the world perceives Cayman Islands as the destination for two dissimilar and divergent reasons; one as a tax-haven and the other as pristine scenic natural beauty. The heart-stealing picturesque locales often outweigh the treasure of offshore wealth deposited in the indigenous banks. The islands are an irresistible temptation for the adventure seekers in the sea waters. Snorkelling, scuba diving are the main activities that engage the energetic visitors predominantly. Boating in a narrow kayak at many places leaves one with the experience of floating on crystal-clear waves since everything under the boat so visible that between the bottom of the boat and the seabed there is absolutely nothing to impede the view.
A visit to the twin smaller islands Cayman Brac and Little Cayman gives a chance to see migratory birds of about 120 avian species. Some of the birds are exclusive permanent residents of the islands while the sea waters are aplenty with exotic amphibians like sea turtles. Horseback riding at Barkers National Park is a different way of wandering along the sea shore. Deep-diving in Grand Cayman’s sea rewards the swimmers with the sight of larger-than life bronze statue of a mermaid firmly rooted to the seabed. The statue is believed to be a representation of Amphitrite, the legendary queen of seas and wife of Poseidon. The credit of the creation goes to the Canadian sculptor Simon Morris whose result of workmanship amuses the visitors at the Sunset House Resort.
Cayman Islands, being in the middle of waters of Caribbean sea, does not require the travellers to take long journeys to reach sea shores which seem to be present everywhere on the land. The resting places resembling bus-shelter on the sea shore in the shadow of coconut trees are likely to force the visitors to extend the period of visit longer than originally planned.