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  • Cayman Facts 17/30 : Pirate’s Week!

    Every November there is a week where the islands transform into something out of a movie. Pirate’s Week is a fun filled event that brings people from far and wide! Some locals even wear their pirate costumes to work! This year the festival will start on  November 8th and finish on November 18th and will be another eleven fun filled days with music, street dances, competitions, games, wonderful local food and drink, kids day, glittering parade, sports events for everyone, Heritage Days, pirate invasion and fireworks galore!

    We start our festival with a fantastic steel pan competition and kick-off party and on Friday night the festival goes off with a bang with a spectacular fireworks display that you will not want to miss! With a Pirate Costume competition, crowning of the Festival Queen and the National Song Contest that night there is no better place to be in the Caribbean. On the first Saturday we have a mock ‘pirate invasion’ from the sea! Two old-time sailing vessels, loaded with pirates make a Saturday surprise landing at the bowl-shaped George Town harbour with the pirates capturing the Governor. Thousands of people line the streets to watch the spectacle and its all good-natured fun with a new twist every year. It's the only event of its kind in the Caribbean region.

    Cayman Facts 15/30 : Nightlife

    There is a variety of options for visitors seeking nightlife entertainment on Grand Cayman. Whether indulging in an ocean side beverage, sipping on martini's in a posh lounge setting, enjoying the game with a bucket of local beer and the big screen, laughing the night away at Cayman's comedy hot spot, or looking for VIP at one of Cayman Hottest Night clubs, there is something for everyone! The smaller islands may not offer as many options, but a cold drink and good company are never far away!

    Cayman Facts 13/30 : Currency

     

    Cayman Islands currency

     

    The Cayman Islands Dollar (currency code KYD) is the currency of the Cayman Islands. It is abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively CI$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is subdivided into 100 cents. It is the 9th-highest-valued currency unit in the world and the highest-valued dollar unit. The Cayman Islands dollar was introduced in 1972, replacing the Jamaican dollar at par. Jamaican currency and Cayman Islands then remained both legal tender until August 1, 1972 when Jamaican currency ceased to be legal tender. The Cayman Islands dollar has been pegged to the United States dollar at 1 Cayman Islands dollar = 1.2 U.S. dollars since April 1, 1974.

    Related page: Cayman Islands Information

    Cayman Facts 12/30 : The Turtle Farm

     

    The Cayman Islands Turtle Farm is located in West Bay on Grand Cayman.  Founded in 1968, the farm set out to try and replenish Cayman’s extremely endangered sea turtle population. 31,000 turtles have been released back into the wild since the project began. Controversial in some eyes, the farm also acts as a commercial-breeding facility. Providing the Islands
    with the meat to make such cultural dishes like Stew Turtle. This program also helps with conservation, as it reduces the amount of poaching in local waters. Visitors are welcome to come observe the turtles in every stage of growth, from six ounces to six hundred pounds! Keep an eye out for opportunities to see turtles released into the wild.

    Cayman Facts 11/30 : Military and Police

     

     

    The defense of the Cayman Islands is the responsibility of the United Kingdom.

    The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service serves all three of the Cayman Islands, namely, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea, positioned approximately 480 miles south of Miami, Florida, 150 miles south of Cuba and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. Together they comprise of approximately 101 square miles of land.

    Demographically, as of December 2007, the Cayman Islands estimated population was about 53,886, representing a mix of more than 100 nationalities. The vast majority of people reside on Grand Cayman with Cayman Brac being the second most populated with about 2,000 residents, followed by Little Cayman with around 200 permanent residents.

    Against this backdrop the RCIPS deals with more than 22,000 calls for assistance every year, as well as proactively patrolling the streets 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

    Regular off-shore marine patrols are conducted by the RCIP as well.

     

    Whether you're here for a day or a year, here is your answer to all questions Cayman.