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An online cruising guide for sailing around the Cayman Islands.

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Cayman Islands
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Capital George Town
Language English
Currency Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD)
Time zone UTC-5
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The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory located in the western Caribbean Sea, comprising the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. It is a major financial centre in the Caribbean.

The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea. They are the peaks of a massive underwater ridge, known as the Cayman Trench, standing 8,000 feet (2,400 m) from the sea floor, which barely exceeds the surface. The islands lie in the centre of the Caribbean south of Cuba and West of Jamaica. They are situated about 400 miles (650 km) south of Miami, 180 miles (300 km) south of Cuba, and 195 miles (315 km) northwest of Jamaica. Grand Cayman is by far the biggest, with an area of 76 square miles (197 km²). The two "Sister Islands" of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are located about 80 miles (130 km) east of Grand Cayman and have areas of 14 square miles (36 km²) and 10 square miles (25.9 km²) respectively.

All three islands were formed by large coral heads covering submerged ice age peaks of western extensions of the Cuban Sierra Maestra range and are mostly flat. One notable exception to this is The Bluff on Cayman Brac's eastern part, which rises to 140 feet (42.6 m) above sea level, the highest point on the island.


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Contact "Port Security" before arrival and give an ETA.

They are very helpful and will advise of any traffic if requested.

ALL arrivals have to be done at the Port of George Town on the West side of the island.

There has been talk of implementing a roving Customs and Immigration team, but this is has not been confirmed


Can be done at the Port Authorities office at the George Town Port water front office, and you can check out up to 24 hours before departure.


Check in has to be done in George Town main port. Contact "Port Security" on channel 16, and they will advise which dock to they want you at.

There in no anchoring in George Town harbour, but there is a line of orange mooring balls for transient cruisers at no charge.




Submit any health warnings/information and any security details here.




See Islands above.


Transportation to mainland or other countries, etc.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See also Greater Antilles.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit. The West side on the island can be very rolly on anchor or mooring. Keep an eye on the weather and watch for North Northwest winds and swell. When these conditions will prevail, the local boats will move to the south side of the island. Cruising yachts will need to relocate to the Spotts dock area, where there are four red mooring balls.

This page has an outline in place but needs completing. Please contribute if you can to help it grow further. Click on Comments to suggest further content or alternatively, if you feel confident to edit this page, click on the edit tab at the top and enter your changes directly.

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