George Town, Cayman Islands

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George Town (Caribbean)
Coordinates: 19°18′12″N81°23′11″W / 19.3034°N 81.3863°W / 19.3034; -81.3863 Coordinates: 19°18′12″N81°23′11″W / 19.3034°N 81.3863°W / 19.3034; -81.3863
CountryFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Overseas Territory Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands
Island Grand Cayman
  Total29 km2 (11 sq mi)
3 m (10 ft)
 (2019) [1]

37.7% Black

34.0% Multiracial

19.3% Asian

6.4% White
Area code(s) +1-345

George Town is a city situated on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. It serves as the capital of the Cayman Islands, in the British West Indies. As of 2019, the city had a population of 40,200 making it the largest city (by population) of all the British Overseas Territories. [1]


George Town is the heart of the Cayman Islands financial services industry (there are close to 600 Bank and Trust companies in the Cayman Islands). The Caymanian government offices are located in the city. According to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2016, George Town is classed as a 'Beta − city'. [2]


The Caymanian government offices are located in George Town. These offices include the Parliament of the Cayman Islands, the Court Houses and the Government Administration Building. The Government Administration Building houses the offices of the Premier and other members of Cabinet, the Deputy Governor and his staff as well as other elected officials and civil servants. The former Old Courts Building located at the corner of Shedden Road and Harbour Drive is now the National Museum of Grand Cayman. The building was built more than 150 years ago and has served the Caymanian government not only as a court building but as a jail and the island's first official Post Office.


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Aerial view of George Town

George Town is known to be a melting pot of different cultures, with more than 100 nationalities calling the city home. Most of George Town's residents are expatriates, with Jamaicans being the largest immigrant group to populate the city. Most Caymanians live outside of George Town, in West Bay and the eastern districts. There is also a large Asian community consisting mainly of Filipinos and Indians, as well as many more nationalities living in and around George Town.


Nationalities broken down


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An aerial view of George Town in 1996

George Town's city limits extend from the east at the edge of the South Shore District, north just beyond Owen Roberts International Airport, south to Hog Sty Bay and west to Seven Mile Beach and the West Bay District. George Town's famous Seven Mile Beach is a long crescent of coral-sand beach extending up to the West Bay region of Grand Cayman and is the most popular and populated area for tourists on the island. [3]


Georgetown has an Am or tropical monsoon climate, with a hot and wet season from May through November, and a warm and dry season from December through April. As with most tropical climates, there is only a slight variation in monthly mean temperatures during the course of the year.

Climate data for George Town (Owen Roberts International Airport) 1981–2010, extremes 1971–2013
Record high humidex 39.242.643.343.545.443.845.544.844.844.
Record high °C (°F)32.2
Average high °C (°F)28.2
Daily mean °C (°F)25.8
Average low °C (°F)22.3
Record low °C (°F)15.0
Average rainfall mm (inches)52
Average precipitation days3222686710117468
Average relative humidity (%)76767575777877787979787877
Source 1: National Weather Service (Cayman Islands) [4]
Source 2: Weather In Cayman [5]

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Climate data for George Town
Average sea temperature °C (°F)26.6
Mean daily daylight hours11.
Average Ultraviolet index 81012121212121211108710.5
Source #1: [7]
Source #2: Weather Atlas [8]



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Aerial view of buildings toward south George Town

The financial services generated CI$1.2 billion of GDP in 2007 (55% of the total economy), 36% of all employment and 40% of all government revenue. The Cayman Islands ranks fifth internationally in terms of value of liabilities booked and sixth in terms of assets booked. It has branches of 40 of the world's 50 largest banks. The Cayman Islands are the second largest captive domicile in the world with more than 700 captives, writing more than US$7.7 billion of premiums and with US$36.8 billion of assets under management. There are more than 9,500 funds under licence with globally recognised legal, audit/accounting and fund administration services[ citation needed ] (incl. the Big Four auditors [ citation needed ]). Major law firms such as Maples and Calder have established themselves in the Cayman Islands. Similarly, large accounting firms such as KPMG, Ogier, Ernst & Young and Deloitte are also present. As a result, the Cayman Islands are a leader in captive domiciles, hedge fund registrations and is considered a major international banking centre.


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The Waterfront near Harbour House

George Town is a popular port of call for the Caribbean with cruise ships anchoring in George Town Harbour Tuesday through Friday. Cruise ships calling at George Town anchor offshore and ferry their passengers ashore by tenders, also known as shuttle boats. Passengers disembark in George Town, in the centre of the Grand Cayman shopping district and usually remain anchored from early morning until mid-afternoon.

Activities available to tourists in George Town include submarine tours of George Town Harbour, glass-bottom boat tours, snorkelling, scuba-diving, parasailing, charter boat tours, rum distillery tours, art galleries, a historical museum, and of course, shopping and eating. For nightlife, Seven Mile Beach is host to numerous nightclubs and bars. George Town's waterfront is also home to a Harley-Davidson shop, a Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville franchise, and a Guy Harvey art studio and restaurant. Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman is the grandest hotel on the island.



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A 'welcome' sign at Owen Roberts International Airport, east of the city

George Town, as well as the rest of Grand Cayman, is served by nearby Owen Roberts International Airport. It is one of the only two entrance points to the Cayman Islands by air, the other being Charles Kirkconnell Airport on Cayman Brac.

There are over 55 weekly flights into the Cayman Islands. Cayman Airways is the National Flag Carrier of the Cayman Islands and features five Boeing 737 jets and two Twin Otters. Non-stop service to Grand Cayman are available from Atlanta, Chicago, Tampa, Newark, London, Toronto, New York, Montego Bay, Washington D.C., Havana, Miami, Panama City, La Ceiba and more. [9]


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South Church Street, Downtown George Town

The following highways serve the city:


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George Town Harbour, home to cruise ships

A fleet of Share taxi minibuses serve the city. [10]


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St Matthew's University campus, North George Town

The Cayman Islands Education Department operates George Town Primary School, Red Bay Primary School, Prospect Primary School, John Gray High School and the University College of the Cayman Islands.

John Gray High is in the former George Hicks High School building since 2012. [11]

Caymanian children are entitled to free primary and secondary education. Various churches and private foundations operate several private schools that offer American and British based studies starting from nursery up to A Levels and College. [12]

Private schools include:

Montessori [ who? ] also operates 3 schools in George Town. The schools are located on South Church Street, Hind's Way (off Walkers Road) and Prospect Point Road in Red Bay.

St. Matthew's University, a Medical and Veterinary school is located on the outskirts of George Town. [14]

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