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Cayman Islands Geography 2017
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SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Cayman Islands Geography 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

Location:
Caribbean, three-island group (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica

Geographic coordinates:
19 30 N, 80 30 W

Map references:
Central America and the Caribbean

Area:
total: 264 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 264 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 211

Area - comparative:
1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
160 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm

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

Elevation:
mean elevation: NA
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: The Bluff on Cayman Brac 43 m

Natural resources:
fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism

Land use:
agricultural land: 11.2% arable land 0.8%; permanent crops 2.1%; permanent pasture 8.3%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 52.9%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 35.9% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
NA
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population - distribution:
majority of the population resides on Grand Cayman

Natural hazards:
hurricanes (July to November)

Environment - current issues:
no natural freshwater resources; drinking water supplies are met by reverse osmosis desalination plants

Geography - note:
important location between Cuba and Central America


NOTE: The information regarding Cayman Islands on this page is re-published from the 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cayman Islands Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cayman Islands Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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