DESTINATION PROFILE: CAYMAN
Travel to Cayman
The main airport, Owen Roberts International, is located on Grand Cayman, and is served by several international airlines. There is also an airport on Cayman Brac, Gerrard Smith Airport, which is another popular point of entry for tourists. Inter-island flights are provided by Cayman Airways and Cayman Express, with frequent flights between the three islands.
The total land mass of the three Cayman Islands is 100 square miles. Grand Cayman is approximately 22 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point. Cayman Brac is 14 miles long and 2 miles at its widest point, and features the most dramatic topography of all the islands. Cayman Brac’s impressive bluff stretches the entire length of the island, carved with hundreds of caves. Little Cayman is 10 miles long and 1 mile at its widest point, with a very flat topography. Little Cayman’s Bloody Bay and Marine Park have been described as two of the best dive sites in the world.
The stretch of ocean between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica is the deepest part of the Caribbean, the Cayman Trough, which is over four miles deep. All three islands are surrounded by thriving coral reefs which feature dramatic walls and drop-offs close to shore, creating ideal conditions for diving.
These islands are a dependent territory or a British Crown Colony of the UK. They are led by the Governor, an appointee of the Queen. The Governor leads the Executive Council, which includes three official and four elected members. The unicameral legislature consists of 15 members. The government offices are on Elgin Street in George Town.
People and Culture
Caymanians are well-known to be friendly, courteous people. On all three islands, visitors can hear local music, stroll through shops and enjoy delicious local cuisine. Caymanians are proud of their multiracial heritage, with European and African influences.
The Cayman Islands’ Cultural Foundation is responsible for overseeing the arts development for the country, encouraging and organizing arts programs, exhibits and festivals on all three islands. The Foundation holds Cayfest, the Cayman Islands Arts Festival, every April, showcasing local talent in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.