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Grand Cayman from space, April 1994
Grand Cayman from space, April 1994

Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands at about 196 km² and contains the capital George Town. Towns on the island are referred to as "districts". It is located at 19°20′N 81°13′W. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (639x639, 77 KB) Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - April 1994 image description here File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (639x639, 77 KB) Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - April 1994 image description here File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... George Town, Grand Cayman, is the capital of the Cayman Islands, in the British West Indies. ...


The island is a high-lying cow reef, with a highest elevation of roughly 24 meters above sea level. There is no natural fresh water (lakes, rivers, etc) on the island, so any fresh water needs must be met by catchments or desalination of seawater. The lack of rivers does however account for the exceptional clarity of the sea. A man-made lake in Keukenhof, Netherlands A lake is a body of water or other liquid of considerable size contained on a body of land. ... Río Peralonso - El Zulia (Norte de Santander), Colombia River Gambia flowing through Niokolokoba National Park Nevėžis River in Lithuania A river is a natural waterway usually formed by water derived from either precipitation or glacial meltwater, and flows from higher ground to lower ground. ... For the term related to television programmes, see watershed (television). ... Shevchenko BN350 desalination unit situated on the shore of the Caspian Sea. ...


The island was devastated by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 from September 11 to September 12. With Category 5 strength, Ivan passed within 30 miles of Grand Cayman, hitting it with winds over 180 mph (290 km/h) and gusts up to 200mph. The island reported no more than a few deaths - none directly caused by the hurricane - but over 80% of the buildings were either damaged or completely destroyed. Ivan was the worst hurricane to hit the island in 86 years. Lowest pressure 910 mbar (hPa) Damage $19. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). ... A Category 5 hurricane (the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale) has sustained winds higher than 155 mph (250 km/h). ...


The eastern side of the island is somewhat undeveloped, while the western side of the island, which holds George Town and the airport, Owen Roberts International Airport, is more developed. Fast food restaurants, night clubs and resorts can be found on the western side of the island. The eastern districts offer more restaurants specializing in native Caymanian cuisine. George Town, Grand Cayman, is the capital of the Cayman Islands, in the British West Indies. ... Owen Roberts International Airport (IATA: GCM, ICAO: MWCR) is located 1 mile outside George Town on the island of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, British West Indies. ... Fast food is food prepared and served quickly at a fast-food restaurant or shop at low cost. ...


Tourism

The island economy is heavily dependent on tourism, with as much of 75% of the island's GDP being tourist generated. Aside from numerous beaches, including the famous Seven Mile Beach, there are many attractions on the island. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (11744x968, 1684 KB) Summary Picture taken by me, early may 2006. ... Seven Mile Beach (Grand Cayman) Seven Mile Beach (Kiama) This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Seven Mile Beach (SMB) is a long crescent of coral-sand beach on the western shore of Grand Cayman island. ...


Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands in general are very well known for their diving and snorkelling. The island features many reefs and walls, some of which can be accessed by swimming from shore. Diving refers to the sport of acrobatically jumping or falling into water. ... Snorkeling is the practice of swimming at the surface of a body of water (typically of the sea) equipped with a mask and a short tube called a snorkel, to explore the underwater environment. ...

1-2 year old Green Sea Turtles in a petting tank at the Turtle farm.
1-2 year old Green Sea Turtles in a petting tank at the Turtle farm.

The district of West Bay features a turtle farm. The farm re-opened in November 2004 as a larger attraction after being damaged from Hurricane Ivan. The majority of Green Sea Turtles are raised for their meat, the theory being that this eliminates consumption of wild animals. Some of the farmed turtles are released, and have good survival rates in the wild. The turtle farm also has several rare iguanas and a caiman on display. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 769 KB) Summary Taken by me in May 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 769 KB) Summary Taken by me in May 2006. ... Sea turtles (Chelonioidea) are turtles found in all the worlds oceans with the exception of the Arctic Ocean, and some species travel between oceans. ... Species Lesser Antillean Iguana, Green Iguana, Although iguana can refer to other members of the lizard family Iguanidae, this article concerns members of the genus Iguana. ... Genera Alligator Caiman Melanosuchus Paleosuchus Alligators and caimans are reptiles closely related to the crocodiles and forming the family Alligatoridae (sometimes regarded instead as the subfamily Alligatorinae). ...


West Bay district is also home to a formation of limestone affectionately known to islanders as Hell. Merchandise "from Hell" can be purchased nearby. Hell, Grand Cayman is a group of odd ironshore limestone formations on the northwest Grand Cayman that got its name when a local official exclaimed This is what Hell must look like. ...

Stingray City in Grand Cayman allows swimmers, snorkelers, and divers to swim and feed stingrays.

Stingray City, located a short boat ride from the northern end of Grand Cayman, is a series of shallow sand bars where sting rays are found in abundance and visitors can feed, pet, and interact with the animals. The southern stingrays can grow to large sizes (100 cm or more in span) and are quite accustomed to being handled and fed. A trip from a local tour operator will usually include snorkelling in coral gardens before arriving at Stingray City. ImageMetadata File history File links Stingray_Ctiy,_Grand_Cayman. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Stingray_Ctiy,_Grand_Cayman. ... Stingray City is a misnomer because there are no buildings, streets, or automobiles; however, there are an abundance of stingrays to be found and tourists can feed, swim, and interact with the animals. ...


In the southern district of Bodden Town is the historic house of Pedro St. James, considered the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands. It is also the oldest known existing stone structure on Grand Cayman. Bodden Town, Grand Cayman is a former capital and second-largest city in the Cayman Islands. ... Pedro St. ...


In the Eastern Districts of the island are the districts of Bodden Town, East End and North Side. In the centre of the island (in North Side district) is the Mastic Trail, a hiking trail through old growth dry forests that used to cover the entire island. Plants and animals native to Grand Cayman, such as the Mastic Tree, green parrot, and agouti, can be seen. It has been suggested that True parrots be merged into this article or section. ... Agouti refers to a number of species of rodents, as well as a number of genes affecting coat coloration in several different animals. ...


Trivia

The island was featured in the book The Firm by John Grisham and subsequently in the films "The Firm" and more recently "Haven" directed by Caymanian, Frankie Flowers Jnr. starring Orlando Bloom. Grand Cayman is also the only island in the Caribbean to have a operational turtle farm The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller and the second novel by John Grisham. ... John Ray Grisham Jr. ...


External links

  • Grand Cayman travel guide from Wikitravel
  • [1] CIA World Factbook entry on Grand Cayman (updated May 2 2006)
  • Cayman Islands Government website of Cayman Islands Government
  • Grand Cayman Rentals Large selection of Grand Caymam condo's and travel information

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Grand Cayman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (667 words)
Grand Cayman and the Caymans in general are very well known for their diving and snorkelling.
Stingray City, located a short boat ride from the northern end of Grand Cayman, is a series of shallow sand bars where sting rays are found in abundance and visitors can feed, pet, and interact with the animals.
In the southern district of Bodden Town is the historic house of Pedro St. James, considered the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands.
Grand Palms, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands : South Sounds Finest Luxury Condominiums (325 words)
Grand Cayman is the largest and most developed of the three islands.
Grand Palms fourteen luxury condos are fully furnished to the highest standard including TV, kitchen appliances (washer, dryer, dish washer, microwave and oven) soft furnishings, bedding, towels and even cutlery.
Grand Palms prides itself on being called the "finest" luxury rental apartments in exclusive South Sound and are less than a 5 minute commute to the captial, Georgetown.
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