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Cayman Islands



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


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


160 km

Maritime claims

territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm


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


low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs


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


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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