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Cayman Islands Geography 1996

    • Affiliation:
      (dependent territory of the UK)

    • Location:
      Caribbean, island group in Caribbean Sea, nearly one-half of the way from Cuba to Honduras

    • Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

    • Area:

        total area:
        260 sq km

        land area:
        260 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly less than 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      160 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive fishing zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:

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

    • Terrain:
      low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs

    • Natural resources:
      fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        no natural fresh water resources, drinking water supplies must be met by rainwater catchment

        natural hazards:
        hurricanes (July to November)

        international agreements:

    • Note:
      important location between Cuba and Central America

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