The Cayman Islands is part of and sits on top of the Cayman Ridge, which extends westward from Cuba. The Cayman Trench is the deepest part of the Caribbean at a depth of over four miles.
Cayman Islands is littered with shipwrecks dating back some 475 years. At least 120 are known to exist and today their barnacle-crusted remains, as well as holding the key to Cayman’s nautical heritage, support marine life and provide colourful diving around the islands.
Tourism and Financial Services are the main pillars of the Cayman economy. Traditional exports were turtle products, mahogany, coconuts and thatch rope which went mainly to Jamaica. Today, rum cake is popular Cayman export.
Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands and has an area of about 76 square miles and is approximately 22 miles long with an average width of 4 miles.
The Cayman Islands is on Eastern Standard Time year round- it does not adjust its clocks back when the US transitions to Daylight Savings time.