header HomePlacesMapsMap Products & ServicesHotels & TravelDestination GuidesWeb DirectoryContact

Cayman Islands:
Geography

Flag of Cayman Islands
Click to enlarge

Cayman Islands Page


Other pages in this profile of the Cayman Islands:
People, Government, Economy, Communications & Transportation, Military & Transnational Issues.
Background
Definition
The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries, and were administered by Jamaica after 1863. In 1959, the islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies, but when the Federation dissolved in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British dependency.
Location
Definition
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
Definition
19 30 N, 80 30 W
Map references
Definition
Central America and the Caribbean
Area
Definition - World rank and map
total: 262 sq km
land: 262 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative
Definition
1.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries
Definition
0 km
Coastline
Definition
160 km
Maritime claims
Definition
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Climate
Definition
tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April)
Terrain
Definition
low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs
Elevation extremes
Definition
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: The Bluff (Cayman Brac) 43 m
Natural resources
Definition
fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism
Land use
Definition - World rank and map
arable land: 3.85%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 96.15% (2005)
Irrigated land
Definition
NA
Natural hazards
Definition
hurricanes (July to November)
Environment - current issues
Definition
no natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies must be met by rainwater catchments
Geography - note
Definition
important location between Cuba and Central America


Google
 
Web sitesatlas.com