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Grand Cayman Island

By Edited Aug 23, 2015 0 0

Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac

Experience A True Tropical Vacation

Ever since I began research on the Cayman Islands for a college project I have been absolutley fascinated by the "Islands time forgot."

I have a goal to visit these islands within the next five years but since I am unable to do so at the current time I can at least live out my future dreams through the use of information and research

Let's take a trip shall we?

The 3 Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman are all located in the western Caribbean and sit 150 miles south of Cuba, 460 miles south of Miami, and short 167 miles just northwest of Jamaica.

Grand Cayman's capital is George Town.

Out of all 3 islands Grand Cayman is the largest spanning an area of 76 square miles, 22 miles long and average a width of 4 miles wide.

The Islands were initially discovered by Europeans in the beginning of the 16th century, Christopher Columbus discovered them on his voyage to Hispaniola. During that time however only the two smaller islands were discovered and Grand Cayman was still yet to be discovered.

Christopher Columbus, upon sighting the two smaller islands full of tortoises promptly named these islands Las Tortugas.

Originally the islands were used by sea voyagers as a stopping point in the 16th and 17th century but that would eventually change later on in the future.

During 1655, the area surround Grand Cayman was won by the British, who only had a real interest in Jamaica. So the islands for the most part were left alone. With the exceptions of used exports and a base for slave labor.

During 1835 slave labor was abolished and the islands once again were forgotten in time. Around the end of the 19th century Grand Cayman was home to many pirates.

Jamaica gains independence from Britain in 1962. Grand Cayman decided to remain a British Colony however. The island gained its own local government under British rule.

Island Ground Breaking And Population

In 1734, the governor of Jamaica granted the first royal land grant in Grand Cayman. It spanned an area of 3,000 acres between Prospect and the North Sound.Soon, more land grants followed all the way up to 1742 with a settlement that included the use of slaves.

Grand Cayman, being one of the larger island's boasts the largest population of the sister islands. The island is home to many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Many of the influences coming from the United Kingdom, North America, and Jamaica.

The majority of the islanders speak English, but in a manner that is friendly and almost sing-songish.

The Beauty Of Grand Cayman Island

While the History of the Cayman Islands do provide a fascinating background they are now a thriving hot spot for tourism, vacationers, and international businesses. So much so that they have more registered businesses than they have actual people living there.

The main attraction of Grand Cayman rests on a 7 mile stretch of crystal clear water and brilliant white sand beach known as Seven Mile Beach.

159 Scuba Diving Sites

If you aren't into the beach scenes and like to explore than the island's are home to over 159 scuba diving spots and several snorkeling locations.

Cayman Island Dive Sites

Swim with Stingray's at Sting Ray City

 

More Attractions? You Want More?!

You want more attractions! Just not enough for you?

Well go to Hell! Grand Cayman Hell that is!

Hell, is an Iron shore landscape of 23 acres marine park that even comes with their own velour clad Devil.

Welcome To Hell!

George Town Water Front

As you can see these islands are home to many exciting and fun attractions that cater to a whole variety of people be it business men and women or vacationers.

Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure you are sure to find what you are looking for on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman.

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