The Cayman Islands

Ahhh... the Cayman Islands, a financial centre with beautiful beaches. I was made to understand that the name derived from a reptile called caiman.

A caiman is an alligatorid crocodilian belonging to the subfamily Caimaninae, one of two primary lineages within Alligatoridae, the other being alligators. I will spare you the scientific lingo. Do you know that the name of the Porsche Cayman car is not derived from Cayman Islands but from the same reptile? Cayman is an alternative spelling of caiman.

The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, encompasses 3 islands in the western Caribbean Sea. Grand Cayman, the largest island and home to most of the population and tourist facilities, is known for its beach resorts and varied scuba diving and snorkelling sites. The other two islands are called the Sister Islands by locals and are also tourist destinations. Cayman Brac is popular for deep-sea fishing of tuna, marlin and barracuda. Little Cayman, the smallest island, is home to diverse wildlife, from rock iguanas to red-footed boobies.

Georgetown, the capital of the Cayman Islands is south of Havana, Cuba, and northwest of Kingston, Jamaica, and are between Cuba and Central America.

To be continued...