|George Town Anchorage |
Sailing to the Grand Cayman was not part of the agenda, but it was still worth to see another Caribbean Island. Caymans
include of three islands, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. Most
activity and commerce is in George Town, Grand Cayman. The land is flat on
these islands, which gives them many sunshine days a year. The islands are best
for snorkeling and diving. The sea wall drops 100s of feet within ½ mile
from shore. Earthling is attached to a mooring and underneath are many
scattered reefs, which makes it to a marine park, the sea life is spectacular,
there are fish everywhere. Submarines and glass bottom boats are circling tourists around here and many are snorkeling all day long. George Town is also
known as a big cruise ship destination. There are 2-3 cruise ships anchored
close to Earthling every morning and they leave by the evening. The town gets
packed when the cruise ships come by!
|Sunset over the Caribbean Sea|
|Anchored Cruise Ships |
|These cruise ships are enormous |
|Cruise Ship quest are tendered to shore|
|Governer's Harbor and Marina|
|Tourist activities all day long|
Grand Cayman is the homeport for many mega yachts in the
world, but you don’t see any of them here! Grand Cayman is one of the places
where super rich people keep their wealth so they skip paying taxes. There is no income tax, capital gain, or corporation tax on the Caymans. Out of 50
largest banks in the world, 40 have a branch here. Additionally
there are over 500 bank and trust companies located on the Island.
This little Island is a major international financial center and
majority of the resident’s income comes from the financial services. These
Islands are British colony and the Queen of Britain appoints their
governor! Their currency is Cayman
dollar, which is one of the strongest in the world; $1US is equal to $0.80
Cayman dollar. In other words, everything is more expensive than the U.S and much more expensive than the rest of the Caribbean. The Caymans are very proud
of their strong currency. Cayman Islands has the highest standard of living in
the Caribbean with a GDP per capita of $50,000 a year (world bank 2011-2015).
Most Caymans are originally from Jamaica and Honduras, some have been here for
several generations and some are here just to work!
|More Luxury cars than any other Caribbean Island|
The bicycle was handy on this 20 miles east to west and 9
miles north to south flat island. Not so many cruising boats are anchored here
but a few cruisers were at the two marinas in the north sound! The time in
George Town was mostly spent on repairing Earthling.
Love from George Town, Grand Cayman
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