Grand Cayman is located in the western Caribbean north west of Jamaica the Caymans are blessed with clean turquoise beaches, abundant sun, duty free shopping and some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean. With a population of around 50,000 people, the Cayman Islands is one of the most prosperous territories in the Caribbean. George Town, the capital of the islands is located on Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands.
The economy of the Cayman Islands is based on tourism and offshore banking and finance. Over the last 40 years, the islands have grown to become the world’s fifth largest financial center. The Caymans enjoy a vibrant tourist trade, having played host to around 1.8 million visitors in 2012. It is also the second most popular cruise ship destination in the Western Caribbean, with just under 1.4 million cruise ship passengers visiting the port.
Being in the tropics, the weather is always warm and inviting. The average winter high season temperature is around 79° F, while the summer season temperatures average about 8° warmer. The water is always warm. Cool trade winds blow in from the west, providing some respite from the intense sun. The Caymans have two seasons, winter and summer. Winter lasts from November through the end of April, with an average daytime temperature of 79° F. The winter water temperature averages around 80° F. The summer months extend from May through October, and enjoy an average daytime temperature of 87° F. During the summer months, the water averages a balmy 84° F. The rainy season starts in May and lasts through October, with the two wettest months being May and October. Showers are generally short. March and April are usually the driest months.
Three words can pretty much sum up the Cayman Islands: sun, sea and wealth. The Cayman Islands are a prosperous place. The Territory has a per capita GNP of $43.2K, on par with that of Switzerland, and just below that of the United States. The Territory’s thriving financial sector has attracted a large expatriate population; out of the total population of 55,500, fully 44% are expats. It’s also an expensive place to live and visit, because it’s an island, and over 90% of consumer goods are imported.
Seven Mile Beach, with its white sand and crystal clear water is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Grand Cayman. Despite its name the beach is actually only about five and a half miles long. Named one of the “Ultimate Beaches” by Caribbean Travel + Life, Seven Mile Beach is only one of the many reasons why Cayman is considered the ultimate Caribbean destination and the epitome of an island getaway vacation. The Beach serves as the home to many of the Caribbean’s luxury resorts on the Cayman Islands. Seven Mile Beach is public property, and therefore possible to walk the full length past several, hotels and villas, regardless of where you’re staying. There are restaurants open to the public at most of the resorts and several public beach bars. Seven Mile beach encompasses so many different activities. Whether you are looking to work on your tan and watch the waves roll in, or partake in some adventurous parasailing or shallow snorkeling in the Caribbean with the family, Seven Mile Beach provides all ages a chance to enjoy what the Cayman Islands and your Caribbean vacation will truly be all about.