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Welcome to the Cayman Islands
A small, beautiful and very active British Crown Colony in the Western Caribbean, we are famed for our golden beaches, our fabulous diving, our crystal clear waters, our tax-free status, our year-round Caribbean sunshine and our friendly locals who will welcome you anytime. Cayman has an interesting, unique seafaring heritage and an unsurpassed beauty under the water thanks to our protected Marine Parks.
Our reputation as a leading financial centre is known worldwide. Come visit The Cayman Islands and see for yourself why so many people come back for more.
The Cayman Islands are located closer to the equator then a lot of people realise, between latitudes 19° and 20° North. So please take the sun in small doses to avoid sunburn.
The islands are cooled by prevailing trade winds but the sun is hot and we advise always to wear sunscreen, a shady hat and sunglasses.
As a guide, the following outlines our range of temperature through winter and summer.
Winter - November to April
72°F to 86°F during the day.
64°F to 72°F at night.
Water temperature ranges between 78°F and 82°F
Summer - May to October
85°F to 90°F during the day.
73°F to 85°F at night.
Water temperature ranges between 82°F to 86°F
Relative humidity varies from 68% to 92%.
Don't be fooled by the prevailing beautiful weather - it does rain in Cayman! Be sure to bring or buy an umbrella, just in case. The rainy season starts in May and lasts through October, the two rainiest months being May and October. March and April are usually the driest months. The average annual rainfall is about 46 inches.
You can call The Cayman Islands National Meteorological Service in George Town, Grand Cayman for a current weather report at +1 (345) 949-7811.
What to Wear
Visitors should remember that the Cayman Islands remains a "proper" British Crown Colony and our people are conservative by nature. The Cayman Islands Government strictly prohibits all forms of public nudity, so please do not wear bathing suits or scanty beach wear beyond the beach or cruise ship - and cover up when in public areas. As we say in Cayman, Please keep your shell on!
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The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory located in the Western Caribbean. We are situated 480 miles south of Miami, Florida, 150 miles south of Cuba and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. By jet, The Cayman Islands are only a 70-minute direct flight from Miami, Florida.
The main passenger airport in The Cayman Islands, Owen Roberts International Airport, is located on the largest of the islands, Grand Cayman. Our sister island of Cayman Brac also has its own airport, Gerrard Smith Airport. These two airports serve as The Cayman Islands' main ports of entry for visitors. Little Cayman is served by daily inter-island flights.
There are more than 55 weekly flights into the islands, including 28 flights each week between Miami and Grand Cayman, with connections to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Direct service from Miami is provided by Cayman Airways and American Airlines.
Inter-island service between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman is provided by Cayman Airways and Cayman Express. Cayman Airways provides daily jet service to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, while Cayman Express provides service four times daily to both islands from Grand Cayman.
The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) oversees the airports' operations and maintains and improves them. The Civil Aviation Authority is the regulatory body that controls the aviation industry throughout The Cayman Islands. Their mission is to provide a safe and efficient environment for the movement of aircraft and people in accordance with international and national practices.
Please feel free to contact The Civil Aviation Authority at www.caacayman.com. This site is a very useful tool for current information on Aircraft Registry or the Air Traffic Services.
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has a Visitor Information booth in the Customs hall of the Owen Roberts International Airport. The Visitor Information booth is fully stocked with the latest tourist publications, brochures and other information visitors may need during a visit to The Cayman Islands.
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New US Passport Requirements
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism wants to ensure that all its tourism partners and guests are aware of the new passport requirements for United States citizens traveling to the Caribbean:
ALL U.S. citizens traveling by air between the United States and the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport.
All sectors of The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism have been working together this year with partners both locally and in the U.S. to make sure all travelers to Cayman - past, current and future - are conscious of the new passport regulations.
Background of the US Passport Initiative:
Getting a New Passport:
Renewing your Passport:
[Cited from: http://www.caymanislands.ky/passport/default.aspx]