Great Britain took formal control of the Caymans, along with Jamaica, under the Treaty of Madrid in 1670. Following several unsuccessful attempts, permanent settlement of the islands began in the 1730s. The Cayman Islands historically have been popular as a tax haven. Legend has it that Caymanians in 1788 rescued the crews of a Jamaican merchant ship convoy which had struck a reef at Gun Bay and that the
Caymanians were rewarded with King George III's promise to never again impose any tax.
The Cayman Islands, initially administered as a dependency of Jamaica, became an independent colony in 1959; they now are a self-governing British Crown colony.
The Cayman Islands' political system is very stable, bolstered by a tradition of restrained civil governance, sustained economic prosperity, and its relative isolation from foreign policy concerns by virtue of its colonial relationship with the United Kingdom. Public discussion
revolves around public sector expenditure and social services, the pace of additional economic development, and the status of the large foreign national community on the islands.
With the rise in international narcotics trafficking, the Cayman Government entered into the Narcotics Agreement of 1984 and the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty of 1986 with the United States in order to reduce the use of its facilities for money laundering operations.
The United States does not maintain diplomatic offices in the Cayman Islands. Diplomatic relations are conducted through the U.S. embassy in London and the British embassy in Washington, DC.
The Cayman Islands are, however, part of the consular district administered by the U.S. embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. Inquiries regarding visa applications to the U.S. or other consular matters should be directed to the consular section of the United States embassy, 2
Oxford Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica; tel: 809-929-4850; fax: 809-926-6743.
There also is a U.S. consular agent, John Foster, in the Cayman Islands to assist in providing services for American citizens; tel: 809-949-7955; fax: 809-949-6080.
.Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands Hotels & Resorts
The Spotts Beach House is located near Owen Roberts International, (GCM) Airport. ...
The Reef Resort All Beach Front Suites
Bodden Town, Cayman Islands Hotels & Resorts
Grand Cayman's only all Beachfront Suites Resort located in the peaceful, tranquil East End. 1600 ft of white sand beach ideal for romantic Caribbean weddings and getaways, water sports, world-class diving, snorkeling and incentive travel groups....
Starting at $159 Per Night
The Grandview Condos
George Town, Cayman Islands Vacation Rentals
Grand Cayman luxurious 2 and 3 bedroom condos located near the southern end of Seven Mile Beach. These beach front and ocean view condos offer incredible vistas of the Caribbean Sea....
Starting at $350 Per Night
Divetech @ Cobalt Coast Dive Resort
West Bay, Cayman Islands Scuba & Snorkeling
Experience the difference in a unique diving vacation in one of the premier destinations worldwide. Dive and room packages available year-round in a secluded ocean setting. FREE shore diving and FREE computer rental in all packages!...
Starting at $170 Per Person
Don Foster's Dive Cayman, Ltd.
George Town, Cayman Islands Scuba & Snorkeling
Don Foster's Dive offers a fleet of 6 boats, providing daily dive trips: 2 tank dives; USS Kittiwake wreck dives; Stingray City; and spectacular shore diving. Instruction available. Lowest dive package rates on island. Over 25 years in Grand Cayman....
Caribe Sands Beach Resort - Dive Cayman Brac
Southside, Cayman Islands Vacation Rentals
Carib Sands Beach Resort is a striking new resort located on a sheltered white-sand beach on the south shore of Cayman Brac, B.W.I. Carib Sands Beach Resort offers a choice of one, two, or three-bedroom units. All units overlook the pool....
Starting at $895 Per Week
Island Houses of Cayman Kai - Grand Cayman
Rum Point, Cayman Islands Vacation Rentals
Cayman Kai Vacations specializes in offering the "Island Houses of Cayman Kai" located in the exclusive Cayman Kai area on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Quality Accommodations, Information, Discounts and Insight on Grand Cayman!...
Starting at $1,575 Per Week
Cayman Breeze Luxury Beachfront Condo at Rum Point
Bodden Town, Cayman Islands Vacation Rentals
The Cayman Breeze Vacation Condo is a new (2006) luxury 2 bedroom, 2 bath, direct oceanfront condominium in the North Pointe Condominium Complex. This condo is a 2nd floor, private corner unit with a direct ocean and beach view....
Starting at $200 Per Night
1-3 BR Condos, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
George Town, Cayman Islands Vacation Rentals
Cayman Condos offers 1,2 & 3 bdrm condos on spectacular Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Both resort and smaller-sized properties available. Contact us today to reserve your very own condo in island paradise!...
Starting at $205 Per Night
As spectacular above the water as it is below.
West End, Cayman Islands Hotels & Resorts
Brac Reef Beach Resort offers the best in island hospitality. Located on the quaint island of Cayman Brac, renown for its lush tropical beauty, laid back attitudes, and crystal clear water, Brac Reef is family friendly, romantic and relaxing....
$995 Per Week
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