Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands
(Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac) at about 196km2
and contains George Town, the capital. The towns on the island
are referred to as "districts". Island is located
at 19°20'N 81°13'W.
eastern side of the island is somewhat undeveloped, while
the western side of the island, which holds George Town and
the airport, Owen Roberts International Airport, is more developed.
Fast food restaurants, night clubs and resorts can be found
on the western side of the island. The eastern districts offer
more restaurants specializing in native Caymanian cuisine.In
early September of 2004, a new storm began to form. By September
5, Hurricane Ivan had grown to Category 3 hurricane status.
By September 7, Ivan had weakened to a category 2. Heading
toward the Caribbean Sea, Ivan attained Category 4 status
and for the next few days fluctuated between Categories 4
and 5. From September 11-12, Ivan, with Category 5 strength,
passed within 30 miles of Grand Cayman, hitting it with 180mph
winds. The island reported no more than a few deaths, but
over 80% of the buildings were either damaged or completely
destroyed. Ivan was the worst hurricane to hit the island
in 86 years.
district of West Bay features a turtle farm. Currently the
farm is under construction, soon to be re-opened as a larger
attraction after being damaged from Hurricane Ivan. This district
is also home to a formation of limestone affectionately known
to islanders as Hell. Merchandise "from Hell" can
be purchased nearby. Finally, located in West Bay is the most
well known beach on the island, Seven Mile Beach. It is in
fact known worldwide for its beauty.
many tourists visit Stingray City, located a short boat ride
from the northern end of Grand Cayman. In this location are
a series of shallow sand bars where sting rays are found in
abundance and visitors can feed, pet, and interact with the
animals.In the southern district of Bodden Town is the historic
house of Pedro St. James. It is considered the birth place
of democracy in the Cayman Islands. It is also the oldest
known existing stone structure on Grand Cayman.