Cayman Islands Flag
• Location: Western Caribbean
• Capital: George Town
• Language(s): English
• Population: 56,574
• Total Area: 264 sq km
• Currency: Cayman Islands Dollar
• Curious Alcohol Fact: Beers and wines are easily available.
• Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: liters
• Most Popular Drink(s): Beers, wines, juices
Some of the most beautiful islands on the planet, the Cayman Islands form a dependent territory of the United Kingdom. Located as part of the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea, the dependency is really an archipelago of three islands. These are the Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. The archipelago is located to the northwest of Jamaica. The islands are popular among bankers and the ultrarich who do business with the many international banks located on the islands. The special feature of these islands is that they are not subjected to the jurisdiction of any country in the globe and depositors’ money are not only far from the prying eyes of the government, there are perpetual tax holidays for the depositors. This has made the Cayman Islands to be wildly popular with the world’s megarich who prefer to bank with the islands’ credit agencies. In addition to this, tourism is also a major component of the local economy generating immense revenue for the residents of the islands. Located on the island of Grand Cayman is the capital city of George Town. Colonists from the United Kingdom took over the islands in the early part of the 18th century. It was not until 1959 that the Cayman Islands would become selfgoverning.
When you start studying the demographics of the Cayman Islands, you will come up with an interesting fact. Around 20% of the residents of the islands are those with ancestors from the United Kingdom. About 25% of the population have African roots while others have parents with European and African heritage. I was not surprised to learn that the predominant religion on the islands is Christianity. Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians are well-represented in various parts of the islands.
Eating and Drinking in the Cayman Islands
While staying on the islands, you will have absolutely no problem whatsoever with eating. Many of the meals are prepared with local agricultural produce such as manioc, bananas and breadfruit. At any of the restaurants, you can also decide to treat yourself to a nice dish of goat soup and in many other eateries, you can also order for hot, spicy stews made with seafood. There is an amazing variety of drinks and these include beers, wines and fruit juices.
Sports in the Cayman Islands
Cricket happens to be one of the most popular sports in the territory. Apart from cricket, other sports played on the islands include football, rugby, volleyball and softball are also enjoyed throughout the islands.
Interesting Facts About The Cayman Islands
• Christopher Columbus once named the islands ‘Las Tortugas’ meaning ‘turtles’.
• The name ‘Las Tortugas’ was initially given to the islands because of the abundance of turtles on the islands. Interestingly, turtles are still plentiful in the Cayman Islands today.
• The Cayman Islands is best known to many as one of the most important offshore financial centers in the world.
• The islands are also known for their beautiful stingrays and are named for an alligator called caiman.
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