Essential Info for Cayman Islands

Population: Around 60,000

Capital city: George Town

Other major cities: West Bay, Bodden Town and East End.

Neighbouring countries: Cayman Islands is in the Greater Antilles, which is comprised of countries like Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. 

Geography: Cayman Islands are in the western Caribbean Sea and are the peaks of a massive underwater ridge, known as the Cayman Ridge (or Cayman Rise). Caymans Islands consists of three islands; the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. 

Political system: The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory with its own elected Legislative Assembly. The elected government exercises executive and legislative authority, however the British appointed Governor may step in and exercise complete executive powers in consultation with the elected Premier of the Cayman Islands.

Major religions: Christianity

Main languages: English

Money: The Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD) divided in 100 cents. The US Dollar is also widely accepted. ATMs are available on Grand Cayman and Little Cayman, but are concentrated in George Town. Clients bank in the Caymans because of their tax neutrality, an option to explore through legal and financial advice.

Tipping: Most restaurants and hotels automatically add a 10 to 15 percent service charge to the bill, otherwise a gratuity of the same amount is expected. At hotels, a 10 percent government tax is also usually added to the cost of your room. Taxi drivers expect a 10 to 15 percent tip as well.

Time: Local time is GMT -5.

Electricity: Electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz. American style two-pin plugs are standard.

Internet domain: .ky

International dialling code: + 1 (345)

Emergency contacts: 911 is the all-purpose emergency contact number for fire, police and medical services. Their medical facilities are up-to-date and equipped to deal with most problems, however, some complicated medical matters may require local stabilisation and transportation to facilities in Miami.

Transport and driving: Drive on the left-hand side. It is easy to hire a car, but drivers must be over 21 to hire a rental car and must provide a valid international license and passport, as well as purchase a driving permit from island authorities. Public transport on Grand Cayman includes taxis, limousines and buses, which travel through all the main districts. Cayman Airways provides air transfer between islands and the only inter-island boat charter is through private hire. 

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