Known primarily for brilliant tropical waters and powder white beaches, the Cayman Islands provide an unparalleled Caribbean vacation experience, offering such activities as snorkeling and scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, sport fishing and more. The weather averages 24-28ºC (72-88ºF) year round.
The Cayman Islands (a part of the British West Indies) are located in the Western Caribbean, roughly 500 miles southwest of Miami, Florida. A British Crown Colony, the trio of islands - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman - have a combined population of about 42,000 and the capital, George Town, is located on Grand Cayman. We are also on Grand Cayman Island!
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1503, the three islands were named "Las Tortugas" in honor of the turtles which surrounded them. But by 1530 their name had changed to "Cayman", a tribute to the caimans which roamed the islands.
In 1971, the Cayman Islands chose to remain under the British Crown, with the Administrator taking the title of Governor. Over the last 25 years the government has pursued policies aimed at developing the infrastructure, education and health services. Finance and tourism are the major pillars of the islands' economy.
To enter the Cayman Islands, Canadian citizens are not required to carry passports. All they need is proof of citizenship - voter's registration, birth certificate, citizenship card - and a return ticket. Passports are required of U.S., British, Commonwealth, and all other foreign nationals.
As of January 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and The Cayman Islands (Caribbean) will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.
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