The Cayman Islands was first discovered by Christopher Columbus in the 15th century during his final expedition of the New World. He named the Islands as “Las Tortugas”, after he sighted abundant sea turtles. The first ever visitor to the Island, Sir Francis Drake, who visited the islands in the year 1856, named the Island as “The Cayman Island”, which is derived from “Caiman”, term used for describing alligator in Neo-Taino Nation.
The Cayman Islands are known for their massive underwater ridge. They have the highest peaks of ridges underwater which are known as Cayman Trench, which stand 8,000 ft tall from the bottom of the sea floor. The Island is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea to its north-western side, Cuba to the southern side and Jamaica to the western side. Apart from the main island, the Cayman Island also has a sister island called Little Cayman, located at a distance of 80 miles which is spread across 14 sq. miles. The island near to the Grand Cayman is the Cayman Brac, with an area of 10 sq. miles.
All the islands were created by nature with the help of large natural coral heads under the water which dates back to the ice age. The formation of these peaks traces back to the Cuban Sierra Maestra range, which are flat. You can well notice the famous “The Bluff”, which is the highest point on the Cayman Brac Island, which stands at 42.6m above sea level.
Caymanians enjoy the highest standard of living in the Caribbean, with KYD$42,000. Cayman Islands print their own currency, the Cayman Dollar (KYD) which has a fixed rate of 1.25USD per 1 KYD.
A recent survey by the CIA indicated the GDP of the Cayman Islands as the 12th best on earth.