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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

George Town waterfront, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (cc)
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Grand Cayman

Just what makes Grand Cayman grand? Grand Cayman is, as the name suggests, the largest of the three Cayman Islands. This is true not only in terms of size, but also in the number of attractions it offers. The 76-square-mile island, approximately 22 miles long and eight miles at its widest point, is chock-full of luxurious hotels and condominiums, beach bars, fine restaurants, duty-free shops, and plenty of soft adventure ranging from sunset cruises to scuba diving with stingrays.

Grand Cayman is the center of Cayman’s tourism industry, the destination of most travelers. Within the island, most vacationers head to Seven Mile Beach, home to the lion’s share of hotels and condominiums. This legendary beach is one of the best in the Caribbean.

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One of the first things you’ll notice about Grand Cayman is its affluence. Don’t look for beach vendors or hair braiders along Seven Mile Beach – they’re prohibited in this nation. The Cayman Islands enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the hemisphere, so expect to see nice cars, well-maintained streets, and signs of prosperity. Much of that affluence comes from its successful tourism industry, 70% of its national product. Most visitors arrive from the States, although which part of the US varies by time of year. During the winter season, many come from the East and Midwest; in hot summer months a great number of Texans and Southerners make their way to these islands, which are cooler than their own home states during that time.

Last updated April 19, 2012
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