Composition - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman
Grand Cayman – Western Caribbean, about 150 miles south of Cuba, 480 miles southwest of Miami, 180 miles northwest of Jamaica.
Cayman Brac – 89 miles northeast of Grand Cayman
Little Cayman – 5 miles west of Cayman Brac
Capital – George Town
Grand Cayman: area; 76 sq. miles; length: 22 miles; average width: 4 miles; highest point: about
60 ft. above sea level.
Population: 56,691 of which 58.8% are Caymanians (2013 census)
Main Industries: Tourism, Financial Services and Construction
Nationalities: - there are over 106 different nationalities in Cayman.
National Bird – Cayman Parrot
National Flower – Wild Banana Orchid
National Tree – Silver Thatch Palm
National Song – Beloved Isle Cayman
National Motto – “He hath founded it upon the seas”
The weather we all wait for in Cayman is our very short but long anticipated “winter” months, from mid-November to April. During this period, there is little rain, brilliant sunshine and most importantly we get, what the locals fondly call, the “Christmas Breeze”! These lovely cool months, thankfully coincide with our peak tourist season. May – November are our rainy months, thankfully, it never really rains for too long unless there is a tropical depression sitting over us. Hurricane Season is from
June 1-November 31, all warnings must be taken very seriously.
If you are driving yourself, we drive on the left hand side of the road. The bus service in Cayman are efficient and run from 7am-7pm, Monday through Friday, a bus trip costs from $2 - $3 depending on where you are going.
If you are looking to move to Cayman and are not Caymanian , or married to a Caymanian, there are various ways to be legally resident:-
All banks in Cayman stick to mandatory due-diligence requirements.
The exchange rates is USD$1.20 =CI$1.00. US dollars are generally accepted island wide.
In order to open a bank account in Cayman, you will need the following:-
The mobile providers in the Cayman Islands are Digicel and FLOW. Internet services are available from all providers, C3, Digicel, FLOW and Logic.
In Cayman, we enjoy TV through cable, satellite, Direct TV, Dish network or Apple TV. Start-up costs depends on the level of service you require, the monthly charges can range from CI$19.99-CI$130.00.
To have your power connected, you will need to show a copy of a signed lease and a photo ID, there is a deposit required, the standard deposit is based on an average of a 6 week bill for residential homes/condos under 1,100sq ft and CI$500 for all other apartments and condos on Seven Mile Beach.
Cayman Water (345) 945 4277 or Water Authority – Cayman (345) 949-2837, both companies supply Cayman with quality water.
Cayman offers exceptional services and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the endless options we have available. There are an abundance of highly qualified and trained professionals when it comes hairdressers, nail technicians, baby sitters, photographers, event planners etc.
You can expect to pay in the region of CI$10-15 per hour for a good babysitter, maybe more for more than one child.
Oh the spas and salons are endless………………….pamper yourself after a hard day’s work with the most amazing beauty treatments. A 15% gratuity is customary.
Cayman has so much to offer when it comes to the ever necessary retail therapy and not just for duty free items. From the very high end to the amazing bargains, we have it all. There is no need to shop abroad, you can buy almost anything locally – what goes around comes around, we encourage everyone to support local businesses.
If you have ever been into a large grocery story internationally, then you will be very much at home when you walk into the on island grocery stores. They all carry a wide range of well-known overseas produce and products as well as our very own locally grown fruits and veg. All the stores have a great selection of meat and fish, don’t be afraid to ask when the meat came in and which is freshest. We have 3 major Grocery Stores in Cayman, Kirk Market, Fosters Food Fair and Hurley’s Marketplace – open Monday – Saturday.
The Cayman Islands has a very high level of education with excellent schools to choose from, starting for preschool through to tertiary education.
Most private schools have a long wait list for all ages, it is best to be as early as possible when placing your child’s name on a list and it would be advised that you put names down on more than one school, to ensure a placement.
The fees vary from school to school but a rough idea of what the top preschools charge, would be as follows (please note, these are all approximate fees)
Preschool – CI$800-$950 per month
Kindergarten to Grade 5/6 – CI$3,800-$16,500 per year
Grades 7/13 – CI$4500-$17,700 per year
Most of the schools in this section will accept children from new born to 4 years and 9 months of age, offering full and half day programs, with options on the amount of days per week your child attends..
Cayman is the mecca for foodies, the culinary capital of the Caribbean - there are countless restaurants and bars dotted through the island, with a wide variety of delights to choose from.
Cayman has a very impressive food and wine scene which caters to all our budgets from the haute cuisine to the cheap and cheerful. – pick up a copy of The New Resident for a full list of restaurants.
Cayman offers a wide spectrum of medical services with three fully equipped hospitals, a large amount of clinics and many private specialist doctors and GPs. Every resident, by law is required to have health insurance. Employers are mandated to pay the very minimum 50% of the standard health insurance. The emergency number is 911.
Living in Cayman gives you the opportunity to become actively involved in a wide variety of sports at all fitness levels. We have the weather for it all year round!!! Getting involved in sports activities is a great and healthy way to meet new people and get involved in the community. Our sports scene in Cayman is a wonderfully social bunch who are very welcoming and accommodating. For those of you who prefer to work out alone, there are a few high quality fitness centers with great equipment and classes. Keep an eye on the events calendar at www.explorecayman.com or www.caymanactive.com