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Little Cayman

Just one mile wide and ten miles long, Little Cayman has fewer than 300 full-time residents, existing as an unpretentious, unspoiled island paradise. The only way to get to Little Cayman is to take a half hour flight from either Grand Cayman or Cayman Brac, where the narrow airport runway also doubles as the island’s main road. Electricity didn’t arrive to Little Cayman until 1990, and phone service finally came in 1991. Today, the island does offer Wi-Fi, but no one moves to Little Cayman for its modern conveniences. In fact, it’s quite the opposite—living on Little Cayman is a life unplugged, where iguanas have the right of way with iguana crossing road signs popping up along the main road. There’s excellent diving and snorkeling available here, and residents get around on bikes, mopeds, or four-wheel-drives that allow them to drive on the sand.

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Living in the Cayman Islands

Imagine a tropical paradise that is also an international financial center, and you’ll understand why so many are drawn to the Cayman Islands. Live here and you’ll find that going to your happy place is as simple as stepping outside—this is a place where the national philosophy is called Caymankind. Three islands make up this British Overseas Territory: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. Grand Cayman, the largest of the three, is home to most of the development, tourism, and population, while Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are both loved for their secluded beaches, spectacular diving, and unplugged lifestyles. The transformation of the island as a tourism and economic destination began in the 1960s, when legislation that established English common law and tax neutrality was introduced. Infrastructure expansion, including multiple airports, further improved the Cayman Islands’ quickly growing prosperity. Today, the Cayman Islands are a modern Caribbean gem.