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Cayman Islands

Geography



Location


Caribbean, three-island group (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica


Geographic coordinates


19 30 N, 80 30 W


Map references


Central America and the Caribbean


Area


total: 264 sq km
land: 264 sq km
water: 0 sq km


Area - comparative


1.5 times the size of Washington, DC


Land boundaries


0 km


Coastline


160 km


Maritime claims


territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm


Climate


tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April)


Terrain


low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs


Elevation


mean elevation: NA
elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: The Bluff on Cayman Brac 43 m


Natural resources


fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism


Land use


agricultural land: 11.2%
arable land 0.8%; permanent crops 2.1%; permanent pasture 8.3%
forest: 52.9%
other: 35.9% (2011 est.)


Irrigated land


NA


Population - distribution


majority of the population resides on Grand Cayman


Natural hazards


hurricanes (July to November)


Environment - current issues


no natural freshwater resources; drinking water supplies are met by reverse osmosis desalination plants


Environment - international agreements


The CIA World Factbook still doesn't have data about this issue for this country or territory.

Geography - note


important location between Cuba and Central America







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