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Cayman Gold Exchange

Cayman Gold Exchange is the Cayman Islands first and only full service precious metals dealer. Cayman Gold Exchange has been operating in the Cayman Islands since 2006 and is a member of multiple numismatic organizations as well as the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce. We buy and sell gold, silver and platinum bullion as well as all your scrap precious metals, and unwanted or broken jewelry. Cayman Gold exchange has a fully trained staff at your disposable ready to answer any and all questions you may have about investing in precious metals. We consistently offer amazing prices as well as unparalleled customer service. Cayman Gold Exchange offers you many different options to suit all of your precious metals investment needs from large to small.

40 Cardinal Ave, Royal Plaza George Town , +1 (345) 325 4653

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Passman Galleries

Bernard K. Passman was the world’s most well known and ornate sculptor of black coral. Passman expanded his vision, to not only design sculptures but intricate jewellery as well. his works can be seen at his galleries in Grand Cayman located on Fort Street and Cardinall Avenue in George Town.

Cardinal Avenue George Town , 345-949-0123

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CRC - Cayman Realty Consultants

Your Real Estate Professionals in the Cayman Islands. Condos, homes and land for sale in the Cayman Islands. Property Management and project management.

P.O. Box 1800 Georgetown , 345 938 4663

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Diamonds International

Diamonds International was established over two decades ago. What began as one store in St. Thomas has now blossomed into more than 125 locations. Diamonds International is now one of the largest jewelry retailers in the world.

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Apr 11, 2014
On 12/13/2013 I purchased a ladies Movado watch. At time of purchase I was told this was a newly released style. Well guess what, it was released in 2009 (5 years ago). What made me suspicious was that the battery died after 3.5 months. When I contacted these crooks, they were very glib and arrogant about there sales practices. They were also highly recommended by Carnival Cruse Lines. I brought this issue up to Carnival and they were very uninterested. Save yourself the grief by AVOIDING this store.

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24K-Mon

24K-Mon have a vast collection of authentic treasure and antique coins. Also choose from sparkling gold or silver trinkets, sparkling diamonds or colorful gemstones. The art gallery boasts an electic variety of art ranging from paintings, pictures, photos, sculptures and a gifts for many occasions with a wide variety of prices to fit your budget.

West Bay Road Grand Cayman , 345-949-1499

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Cayman Taffy

Cayman Taffy Company is located in the Seven Mile Shops plaza on West Bay Rd. Its the bright yellow building just to the south of Treasure Island Hotel where Re/Max, Divers World, and Blackbeards are located. We are open from 9AM-5PM Monday through Friday and 9AM-4PM Saturdays. Candy making demonstrations can be arranged for groups by appointment.

, 1-345-943-2333

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Blackbeard's

Blackbeard's offers the best selection of duty free products and authentic local rums and cakes in the Cayman Islands. Be sure to stop by our 4 locations in downtown George Town when you visit the Cayman Islands. Sample our range of delicious flavours for free!

266 Eastern Avenue George Town , +1.345.945.2222

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Downtown Georgetown

Stroll the storefronts of George Town and you'll find some of the best duty-free shops anywhere in the Caribbean. You'll find a good selection of traditional duty free items such as watches, china and crystal, perfumes and fine jewelery-including authentic treasure coin jewelery - on Grand Cayman and at a few stores on Cayman Brac.

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Jul 18, 2011
Grand cayman was like dying and going to heaven. thats if you love to shop. they had everything i was looking for and wanted.My credit cards were all maxed out!

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Guy Harvey's Gallery

Guy's unique art is replicated on a wide variety of products. Partnership with some of the world's top merchants and skilled manufacturers provides quality merchandise at affordable prices. From apparel to dinnerware, home furnishings to gift items, sportswear, fine art to fine jewelry, there is something for everyone. Come visit our new 4000 sq.ft. retail Gallery & Shoppe. We are conveniently located next to Guy Harvey's Island Grill restaurant in the heart of George Town, located on the waterfront.

, 345-943-4891

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Pure Art Gallery & Gifts Ltd.

Pure Art's selection of local art, island gifts, and collectables are a favorite in Grand Cayman for over 25 years. Located in our charming Cayman cottage just a mile from George Town, our shop/gallery is sure to delight. Excellent prices, selections, and great customer service makes Pure Art a "must do" in Cayman. Wedding gifts, fine art, fun gifts, and souvenirs of great taste!

South Church Street PO Box 2039 Grand Cayman , 345-949-9133

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Blue Wave Lifestyle Wear - Surf Shop

Blue Wave Lifestyle Wear and Surf Shop is a family run business conveniently located across from the harbour in the centre of George Town on the corner of Harbour Drive and Shedden Road, right next to the National Museum. They specialise in a wide varity of trendy apparel, surf wear and accessories, including men's, women's, girl's and boy's swim wear and beach clothing. They feature many of the high end labels such as Quiksilver for men and women including Quiksilver Destination Tees for the Cayman Islands, Roxy, Billabong for men and women, Reef Footwear, Olukai Footwear, Dragon Eyewear, deuce brand watches and Stay Cool T-Shirts.

10 Schedden Road P.O. Box 32048, Grand Cayman George Town , (345) 949-8166

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May 02, 2012
one of the only store in town that sells good surf gear and clothing. we lost one of our bags and didnt have any swim wear. lucky we found this store. its is right around the corner from the pier where they drop you off in town.

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Kirk Freeport

Owned by the Kirkconnell family, local business and community leaders for six generations, Kirk Freeport Plaza Ltd. is recognised as a world-class marketplace by international designers and manufacturers of high-quality merchandise. The company has 22 stores, 21 of which are on Grand Cayman, and stocks the widest range of duty-free products in the Caribbean

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Harley-Davidson of Grand Cayman

We at Harley-Davidson of Grand Cayman Are a must see and do shopping experience. We are a retail only store with a excellent selection of merchandise for everyone. With two locations in George Town : The Royal Watler Cruise ship Terminal and Aqua World Mall within walking distance of each other. Our Friendly and knowledgeable staff will welcome you and treat you like part of our family.

George Town , 1-345-949-4464

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Sep 07, 2012
Great Location walking distance to the ship. Picked up a great Harley Davidson Grand Cayman T-shirt souvenir.

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Tortuga International Holdings, Ltd.

Home of award-winning Tortuga Rums and the authentic and original Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes. Sold in Tortuga duty free and retail liquor shops in Georgetown, West Bay and the main cake factory on North Sound Road and throughout Grand Cayman. Take home an authentic taste of the islands.

P.O. Box 10395 Grand Cayman , 305-378-6668 ext 211

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Mar 21, 2014
the best souvenir you can get when in grand Cayman. buy a lot they are addictive and make great presents

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Rugs Oriental Cayman Ltd

We offer an eclectic collection of authentic hand knotted oriental rugs from the following countries,Afghanistan,Iran,Pakistan,India,Turkey, The Caucasus, to suit the styles and tastes of the customers in The Cayman Islands. Our collection includes traditional 'city' pieces as well as 'tribal/village' rugs and contemporary rugs and carpets. We specialise in new, unique Persian rugs which have been made using age old techniques, with hand spun wool and vegetable dyes. Our contemporary stock is constantly changing to offer the latest colours required for rugs in a modern setting. We also have a lovely selection of old Turkish and kelims, which are very well suited to the climate and an open style of living.

West Bay Road Grand Cayman , 345-943-7847

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Shopping in Grand Cayman is one of the most enjoyable things you can do when you visit the Cayman Islands. Grand cayman has some of the biggest brand names and it is all tax and duty free. that means you pay a lot less than anywhere else. and because they have so many cruise ships visiting they have very competitive prices.

May 02, 2012

I f shopping is your thing, you dont have to go very far. step off the tender and you are downtown. there are lots of designer stores, so ladies make sure to bring the credit cards with you.

Oct 11, 2010

The shopping possibilities are endless in Grand Cayman. make sure to bring your credit cards$$$$

Jun 24, 2010
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Info on Grand Cayman

General Information on the island of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

 

Geography
The three Cayman Islands comprise Grand Cayman, largest and most populous, plus the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, about 89 miles east-north-east of Grand Cayman and separated from each other by a channel about seven miles wide. Total land mass of all three islands is 100sq miles.
Grand Cayman is 76sq miles, being 22 miles long and eight miles at its widest point with a maximum elevation at East End of 60ft.

Cayman Brac is 14sq miles, being 12 miles long and just over a mile wide. It has the most dramatic scenery with a majestic bluff running the length of the island, including many mysterious caves.

Little Cayman is 10sq miles, being only 10 miles long and a mile wide, but has a world famous dive site and nature reserve.

The three islands are limestone outcroppings - the tops of a submarine mountain range called the Cayman Ridge, which extends west-south-west on the Sierra Maestra range off the south-east part of Cuba to the Misteriosa Bank near Belize.

The islands lack rivers or streams because of the porous nature of the limestone rock. This lack of run-off gives the surrounding Caribbean Sea exceptional visibility, often over 120 ft.

Between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica lies the deepest part of the Caribbean, the Cayman Trough, which is over four miles deep. South of Cayman is the Bartlett Deep where depths of over 18,000ft. have been recorded.

All three islands are surrounded by healthy coral reefs which lie at the top of dramatic walls and drop-offs close to shore, creating ideal conditions for diving and sportfishing.

Cruise ship passengers land at either the North or South dock terminals, both at the centre of the George Town shopping district.A taxi stand is located at both terminals.

In the event of rough seas on the west coast, ships use the alternate anchorage at Spotts Bay on the south coast of Grand Cayman, about a 15-minute taxi ride from George Town. Seven Mile Beach is three miles from the George Town cruise ship terminals.

 

Introduction to Grand Cayman tours


Scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, beaches, shopping, good food, relaxation and financial investing are the main attractions of the Cayman Islands. If you are interested primarily in water sports, beautiful beaches and exploring duty-free stores, you'll enjoy the Caymans.

Overview
Though most travelers know the Caymans as a premier scuba-diving destination, they actually have several different identities. What you see depends on what you're looking for.

Cruise-ship passengers go to Grand Cayman as a stopover with a long and beautiful beach, lots of water sports and a bustling city.

George Town - full of duty-free shops, galleries and lots of cellphonet-toting offshore bankers.
Get-away-from-it-all vacationers look away from the hubbub of Grand Cayman and go to see the two "sister islands" of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac - places where there are only about four activities and one of them is sleeping.
And, of course, divers and snorkelers look to the ocean, where they find some of the best underwater scenery in the world - huge coral formations, steep drop-offs, excellent visibility, lots of sealife.

No matter what kind of traveler you are, you'll likely find the Caymans a stress-free place to visit. Crime is relatively rare. Islanders are friendly, speak English and enjoy the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. And the beaches are wide, sandy and fringed with palm trees.

Columbus discovered the islands in 1503, naming them Las Tortugas because their only inhabitants were turtles. By mid-1500s they were known as the Caymanas, the Carib Indian word for crocodile.
They were frequently visited by ships, including pirates, in the 1500s and 1600s but the first settlers didn't arrive until 1655 - deserters from Oliver Cromwell's army that was then capturing Jamaica. Later arrivals were also from the British Isles - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Slaves of African descent also played a role in the islands' development, though the Caymans never became rich plantation isles like others in the Caribbean. The slaves were emancipated in 1834 after which some escaped slaves from other New World areas settled on the islands.

Today, tourism is a large factor in the economy of the Caymans. More than half a million people visit each year - 80% are from the U.S. and Canada but lately more Europeans.
The other big business is finance - the Caymans are among the favorite offshore banking locales in the world. Over 500 banks are based there, holding over US$463billion in assets.

On paper, there are about 34,000 registered companies who take advantage of the favorable tax status offered by the islands. The government opened a stock exchange in 1997. The Caymans remain a British Crown Colony, with a governor appointed by the British monarch, though the islands retain a largely autonomous legislature.

Most Caymanians live on Grand Cayman, the largest island, which is 480miles/770km south of Miami and 180miles/290km north-west of Jamaica.
The two smaller islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, have very little development and small populations. Often referred to as the 'sister islands' they are grouped together with the closest, Little Cayman, lying 70miles/110km north-east of Grand Cayman.

Facts At A Glance
Official Name: Cayman Islands.
Capital: George Town, Grand Cayman.
Population: 37,700.
Language: English.
Climate: Tropical, semi-arid.
Economy: Banking, tourism.
Government: British Crown Colony.
Religion: Protestant, Roman Catholic.
Currency: Cayman Dollar (CI$). 100 cents = 1 CI$. U.S. dollars, major credit cards and travelers cheques widely accepted.
Time Zone: Eastern; 5 hours behind GMT. Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Telecommunications: Excellent. Area code is 345. No city code needed.
Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycles AC.
Airport Departure Tax; Yes

Best Time to Grand Cayman


East winds moderate temperatures, making the climate pleasant year round. Average daytime temperatures range from the mid 70s to mid 80sF/23-30C but climb into the low 90sF/32-35C on occasion during the summer months.
Rain falls primarily during hurricane season (July-November). The wettest months are September-November. The best diving conditions are in the summer (warmest water, best visibility and calmest seas). No matter when you go, a sweater may be needed in the evenings, or a windbreaker for boat trips.

Random stuff
Grand Cayman is reputed to be the world's greatest offshore financial centre with more than 690 licensed banks. Only eight of them are retail banks providing standard check and savings accounts.

It claims to be not only the birthplace of modern scuba diving but also to have the most fantastic spots to pick from with over 200 sites and dive depths down to 120ft with remarkably clear visibility.

It has the world's only commercial green sea farm where giant turtles and terrapins are bred.

It has one of the most varied populations in the people-rich Caribbean. About a third of its 34,000 residents were born in 113 different countries and its workforce represents 78 nations, mainly the USA, UK and Canada.
The Wreck of the Ten Sails Monument - at East End on Grand Cayman - honors those Caymanians who saved the lives of British sailors who ran aground on the reef. For their bravery, King George granted the Caymans tax-free status forever.

It is estimated that each stingray at Stingray City is worth about $250,000 to the local economy.

There are more than two dozen kinds of orchids growing in the Caymans, including five found nowhere else in the world. Some are reportedly so small they can't been seen without a magnifying glass.

The Cayman parrot and the endangered blue iguana are unique to the islands. An iguana breeding program has been initiated by the Cayman Islands National Trust, which is having a positive effect. The population of green sea turtles has also risen thanks to the success of the turtle-breeding farm.
The Caymans currently have the most severe penalties for cruise-ship pollution in the Caribbean - up to US$500,000.

Each October, the Caymans celebrate Pirates Week, in honor of the nation's folk heritage. Best part of it is the Pirate's Landing, which kicks off the festivities. Boats cruise the harbor flinging water balloons at each other. On shore, pirates capture the governor and lead a parade through the streets of George Town.
Another big event on the islands is Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament, held at the end of April. It attracts anglers looking for blue marlin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin and other sport fish. Prizes include US$250,000 for the biggest Atlantic Blue Marlin. Biggest yet caught weighed 584 lbs/265 kg).

Public Holidays: New Year's Day (1 Jan), Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Discovery Day (third Monday in May), Queen's Birthday (first Monday after 15 Jun), Constitution Day (first Monday in July), Christmas Day (25 Dec) and Boxing Day (26 Dec).
Cayman Islands

GEORGE TOWN

Overview
Center of the Caymans' tourism industry and home to the major travel attractions, the Grand Cayman capital, George Town (pop. 14,000), is the hub of the islands and the main business center. Ample duty-free stores and souvenir shops.
You don't see the steel-and-glass skyscrapers found in many of the world's financial centers because there is a height restriction of five storeys. But you do see plenty of modern buildings, with a few vintage structures sprinkled in between.

Grand Cayman Restaurants
The choices for food are plentiful in George Town - more than 60 restaurants and snack bars offer everything from elegant fine dining to fast food. All are relatively expensive.
Jamaican influence is readily detectable in traditional Caymanian dishes spiced with jerk, curry and other hot seasonings.
Fresh seafood is tops. Try a serving of lobster or fish complemented by breadfruit, yams, cassava, rice and peas and other West Indian side dishes. Turtle steaks, which taste similar to veal, come from the local turtle farm. Conch is served marinated, stewed or frittered. Finish your meal with a wide slice of Key lime pie or a hunk of rum cake.

Grand Cayman Shoping
Shopping Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Most close from noon on Saturday. Some open until 9pm weeknights. All closed Sunday, except restaurants and dive shops.
Prices can be a bit high. There are no Caribbean open-air markets but most shops sell local crafts and products, including crochet work, paintings and sketches of Caribbean scenes, thatch work, pepper sauces, Caymanite (the islands' semi-precious stone), jewelry, sculpture and wood carvings.
Antiques and treasure-coin jewelry costs high-dollar.
Grand Cayman also supports a number of fine art and gift shops.
You can watch expert flameworkers make all types of glass artwork, from small trinkets to

 

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