Introduction to the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands is a three island archipelago in the western Caribbean Sea , officially part of the British Overseas territories. The three islands are located to the Northwest of Jamaica and South of Cuba and comprise:
- The Grand Cayman,
- Cayman Brac and
- The Little Cayman.
By all trustworthy historical accounts, the Cayman Islands were only inhabited in the seventeenth century and there is no indication yet that the archipelago ever had any indigenous peoples. Great Britain took control of the Cayman Islands in 1670 following the signing of the Treaty of Madrid.
Today, the Cayman Islands are well known as a tax haven where major companies and the world’s super rich take advantage of the island policy not to levy such taxes as income tax, wealth tax or capital gains tax. Due to its reputation as a tax haven, the Cayman Islands territory holds the unique distinction of having more registered businesses than people.
There is a popular legend that the practice goes back to the reign of King George III who apparently promised never to tax the islanders because they rescued the crew of ten British merchant ships including the King’s own son. While it is untrue, many Caymanians still hold on to the legend.
Arts and Cultural Activities in the Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands have a diverse arts and cultural heritage mainly owing to the rich mix of nationalities which form the population. A population of close to 60,000 is drawn up from about 100 nationalities with only about a half being of Caymanian descent. About 60% of the population is of mixed race, mainly mixed Caucasian-African.
The diverse cultural heritage of the Caymans give a host of art and cultural distractions for the discerning visitor. Here is a just a sample of the cultural and art activities to make your holiday in the Caymans Islands memorable
1. Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival
This culinary festival is to be held on February 8, 2014 at the Festival Green at Camana Bay, George Town on the Grand Cayman. Over the years, the Taste of the Cayman has attained the reputation of being among the largest culinary festivals in the Caribbean.
The festival is a rare opportunity to enjoy the best fare from over 40 restaurants as they compete to be awarded the highly coveted “Best of” awards in various categories. On the sidelines of the festival are other fun activities such as live music performances and fireworks.
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As you would expect, boating and other water sports are popular leisure activities for both residents and visitors to the Caymans Islands. In fact, you will find entire waterfront communities dedicated to water sports. The Salt Creek neighbourhood is a good example of such a community. It is a gated community managed by the Dart Realty. You can click here to learn more about this and other properties managed by Kenneth Dart.