The Cayman Islands (Overseas Territory of the UK) are a three-island group (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica. The climate is tropical marine with warm, rainy summers and cool, relatively dry winters. The official language is English. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of the Cayman Islands is mainly fuelled by the tourism sector and by the financial services sector, together representing 70-80 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Caymanians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean. Business dress is generally conservative, comprising a lightweight suit for business meetings. Business meetings are generally conducted in English. Women hold position at the highest levels. The security risk for expatriates in the Cayman Islands is low. The risk of crime is low. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms. The currency of the Cayman Islands is the Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD) which is fixed to the US Dollar. All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and local shops. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported. The population of the Cayman Islands is 55,000 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.1% for the Cayman Islands as at December 2017.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Cayman Islands, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Cayman Islands as at 1 April 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Cayman Islands is for example 77% more expensive than USA for groceries, 17.4% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 233.2% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Cayman Islands for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (the Cayman Islands) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Cayman Islands is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Cayman Islands? Register subscribe to your home location and Cayman Islands and run your personalised reports.