in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean, lies the
peaceful British Overseas Territory known as the Cayman Islands.
Consisting of three islands just 480 miles south of Miami, Grand
Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman remain our little piece of
Cayman Islands highest official is the Governor, His Excellency, Mr.
Stuart Jack, CVO, who is the appointed representative of Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II. He presides over Cabinet, the ruling body of the
country. Mr. Jack succeeded Mr. Bruce Dinwiddy, CMG. The Governor's
term is four years. The existing constitution of the Cayman Islands,
introduced on August 22, 1972, provides for the government of the
Cayman Islands as a British Overseas Territory. It established a
governing body called the Cabinet, which consists of three officials
and five elected members, the latter being selected from the 15 elected
representatives of the Legislative Assembly.
Cayman Islands has its own currency, first issued in 1972, whose basic
unit is the dollar, issued in notes with denominations of CI$100, 50,
25, 10, 5 and 1 and coins valued at 25 cents, 10, 5 and 1 cent. The CI
dollar has a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar of CI$1.00 equals
US$1.25. Or, the US dollar equals CI $.80. There is no need for
visitors to exchange their US dollars into local currency. The US
dollar is accepted throughout the islands at a rate of CI 80 cents.
However, this can be confusing to visitors: for example, a US$20 note
becomes CI$16. Banks do NOT give a better rate of exchange! Major
credit cards (with the exception of the Discover Card) and traveller’s
checks are widely accepted. Canadian dollars, Euro dollars and pounds
sterling can be exchanged for CI dollars at local banks. In addition,
Automatic Teller Machines accepting VISA and MasterCard with Cirrus
affiliation are located at Cayman National Bank and other banks and at
Owen Roberts International Airport as well as a few other locations
such as the grocery stores.
Size Isn't Everything!
The total land mass of the three islands is 100 square miles. Grand
Cayman occupies 76 square miles; Cayman Brac, 14 square miles and
Little Cayman, 10 square miles. Grand Cayman is approximately 22 miles
long and 8 miles at its widest point, reaching a maximum elevation of
79.77 feet in North Side.
Cayman Brac is 14 miles long and 2 miles wide and has the most
dramatic topography of the trio. Its majestic Bluff rises west to east
along the length of the island to 151.75 above Spot Bay. Many
mysterious caves are carved throughout this awe-inspiring natural
Little Cayman, only 10 miles long and a mile wide, is flat, reaching
a maximum elevation of 55.75 ft. Its famous Bloody Bay wall Marine Park
has been called one of the world's best dive sites. Inland, the 203 -
acre Booby Pond Nature Reserve is a RAMSAR site and nesting ground for
the Caribbean's largest population of Red Footed Boobies.
National Song: Beloved Isle Cayman
National Tree: The Silver Thatch Palm
National Bird: The Grand Cayman Parrot
National Flower: The Wild Banana Orchid
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism wants to ensure that all
its tourism partners and guests are aware of the new passport
requirements for United States citizens travelling to the Caribbean.
Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL U.S. citizens travelling by air between
the United States and the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Central and South
America, and Bermuda, will be required to present a valid passport.
Click on any of these common questions to find out more specific
information on the Cayman Islands. If you don't find the information
you are looking for in these frequently asked questions or on our web
sites; www.divecayman.ky, www.caymanislands.co.uk, www.caymanislands.ky
and media.caymanislands.ky, please consult our contact us page and
submit your question directly to the Cayman Islands Department of
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