Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands are an island group in the Caribbean Sea, 90 miles south of Cuba. The outstanding coral reefs and outstandingly clear waters have made this island group a favorite destination of divers. Great beaches and fine restaurants and resorts make it an excellent tourist destination as well.

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An Introduction to the Region of Cayman Islands

  Grand Cayman
The largest island and home to most of the population and tourist facilities. The other two islands are called the Sister Islands by local residents and are also tourist destinations.
  Little Cayman
  Cayman Brac

Other Muslim Friendly Cities in Cayman Islands

George Town - the capital

Other Muslim Friendly Destinations in Cayman Islands

Cayman_Islands_-_Kaibo_Beach

  • Hell- Small island community that is known for its eerie, red rock formations around back of the store that markets wares playing up its namesake, such as Hell t-shirts, postcards from Hell, etc. All island tours stop here.
  • Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman - a public beach which many of the islands hotels and resorts overlook.
  • Pedro St. James national historic site in the eastern neighborhood of Savannah on Grand Cayman
  • King Charles III Botanic Park off of Frank Sound Road on the North Side of Grand Cayman
  • Rum Point on the North Side of Grand Cayman
  • Boatswain's Beach - Home of the Cayman Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman
  • Stingray City in the waters off Grand Cayman - A shallow dive that allows visitors to swim and pet hundreds of friendly stingrays, available since the mid 1980s.

Cayman Islands Halal Travel Guide

Traditional caymanian home east end

The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries. Administered by Jamaica from 1863 and they remained a British dependency after 1962 when the former became independent. Although tourism is a major part of the economy (see below) it is a relatively recent development. Prior to the 1960s, mosquitoes made the island unattractive to visitors. A major effort in this area (including the creation of a research unit) allowed the development of the tourism industry.

In addition to banking (the islands have no direct taxation, making them a popular tax haven), tourism is a mainstay, aimed at the luxury market and catering mainly to visitors from North America. Total tourist arrivals exceeded 2.19 million in 2006, although the vast majority of visitors arrive for single day cruise ship visits (1.93 million). About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported. The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world. The Cayman Islands are one of the richest islands not only in the Caribbean but in the world.

How is the Climate in Cayman Islands

In 2004 the Cayman Islands, and especially Grand Cayman, were hit hard by Hurricane Ivan.

How is the Landscape of Cayman Islands

Low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs. Its highest point is The Bluff on Cayman Brac, at 43 meters (141 ft).

How to travel to Cayman Islands

Visa policy of the Cayman Islands

What is the best way to fly to Cayman Islands

  • Owen Roberts International Airport IATA Flight Code: GCM 19.2925, -81.359167 near George Town on Grand Cayman - Owen Roberts International Airport - Cayman Airways Boeing 737 - This is the main airport. It is about a 70-minutes flight from Miami, Florida. It is served by a number of international airlines, flying to destinations in the Caribbean, North America, Central America & Europe.
  • Charles Kirkconnell International Airport IATA Flight Code: CYB 19.686944, -79.882778 at the western end of Cayman Brac - Charles Kirkconnell International Airport Besides domestic flights there are also Flights to Miami Airport and Havana

Book a Halal Cruise or Boat Tour in Cayman Islands

George Town on Grand Cayman is a popular port for cruise ships.

How to get around in Cayman Islands

How to travel to Cayman Islands by car

Car rentals are readily available. You must be 21 years old to hire a car. Driving is on the left hand side of the road and seatbelt use is mandatory. Visitors must get a temporary driver's license from the police station or vehicle rental agency. This is obtained by showing a valid drivers license from their home state, county or parish and paying a US$8 fee.

By moped or scooter

Mopeds and scooter rentals are available on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Helmet use is required. Usual daily rate is US$25 for helmet and permit.

What is the best way to fly to Cayman Islands

Cayman Airways Boeing 737-500 VP-CKY (15637521819)

Domestic flights arrive and depart from the airports mentioned under "get in" as well as the following

  • Edward Bodden Airfield IATA Flight Code: LYB 19.666667, -80.083333 Edward Bodden Airfield This is a small grass strip located on the southwestern coast of Little Cayman. It naturally only sees domestic flights

Cayman Airways is the flag carrier and operates many international and basically all domestic flights.

Local Language in Cayman Islands

English is the official language and is spoken by virtually everyone. Native Caymanians have a pleasant and unique accent with many charming turns of phrase. For example, in Cayman rumours are not heard "through the grapevine", instead they're heard "along the marl road". Locals pronounce Cayman as Kay-MAN, and not KAY-min.

What to see in Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman - panoramio - James Willamor

The major tourist attraction in Cayman is the water. Snorkeling and diving draw many visitors each year. However and there are several attractions on land worth visiting. Most attractions can be visited by bus, however, a vehicle is significantly more convenient.

Beach access is guaranteed by the Cayman constitution, so walking along the beach is permitted everywhere (all beaches are public), although getting to the beach is only allowed in certain areas.

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is roughly mile 5 of tourist hotels, with white sand beaches. It is a public beach and visitors can walk the entire stretch, no matter which hotel they are staying at.

On Seven Mile Beach, The Ritz has a walkway over the primary street containing local artists' work. Finding it can be challenging, however and the staff are happy to point you in the right direction.

Pedro St. James national historic site is an attractive old house and grounds on the ocean. There is a multimedia show telling the history of the house, and an exhibit center with more Cayman historical displays.

King Charles III Botanic Park is a large botanical garden which includes color gardens with plants arranged by color, a large orchid garden, a gazebo on a lake, and many Iguanas, including the rare blue iguanas.

Cayman Islands Turtle Farm - Tank of Turtles (3888110915)

The Cayman Turtle Farm is a turtle farm where you can swim and pet turtles. A recent review of the farm indicated concerns for the animals, so this may be something some people want to research before visiting.

Stingray City in the waters off Grand Cayman is reached by several tour companies by boat. In the shallow water many stingrays gather, and you can interact with them. If you book on a sailing vessel, you then get to sail back to port. The stingrays have been gathering here since the mid 1980s when boaters would clean their fish near the port.

Top Muslim Travel Tips for Cayman Islands

Several activities are available for children and adults alike:

  • The Cayman Turtle farm is a fun place for kids to learn about wildlife preservation
  • Be sure to visit the Stingrays at the sandbars in the Cayman Islands. This is a popular tourist destination, and unlike swimming with dolphins in places such as Florida and the Bahamas and these stingrays are willfully living in the wild and can choose to leave at anytime. Several guided tours are available, in addition to packages that include this as well as snorkeling
  • Several beautiful reefs are a fantastic place for beginner snorkelers. More experienced venturers can visit the two smaller Islands, which are world famous for their waters and reefs
  • On the East side of the Island lies the Queen's Botanical gardens, a stunning location to get away from the crowds and beaches
  • The Tortuga rum factory shows how rum and rum cakes are made, and also provides opportunities to purchase Tortuga Rum and Rum Cakes
  • The Seven Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and most of the beach is public.

Shopping in Cayman Islands

Money Matters & ATM's in Cayman Islands

The country's currency is the Caymanian dollar, denoted by the symbol "$" or "CI$" (ISO currency code: KYD). It is subdivided into 100 cents. Banknotes are issued in denominations of CI$1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100, and coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents.

US currency is accepted everywhere. Be careful and always know if you're paying in CI or US. The basic conversion is US $1.25 to CI$1 ($1=CI $0.80).

What is the living cost in Cayman Islands

Almost everything must be imported and is subject to a 20% import tax (some time higher depending on the product). Food and other items are expensive.

Muslim Friendly Shopping in Cayman Islands

Most shopping is in George Town and Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.

  • Caymanite is the Cayman Islands' own semi-precious stone.
  • Black Coral is often used in jewelry here.
  • There are many tourist shops where you can buy t-shirts, hats, postcards and other souvenirs. Don't buy any seashells though; beachcombing is much more fun, and affordableer too.
  • Grand Cayman features duty free shopping, enabling visitors to buy many luxury items, duty free - including fine china, jewelry, electronics, and more.

Masjids in Grand Cayman

The Cayman Islands is home to a small but growing Muslim community. The presence of Islam in this Caribbean paradise is centered around the main mosque, providing spiritual and community support to Muslim residents and visitors. Here’s a closer look at the Islamic presence in the Cayman Islands.

Islamic Society of the Cayman Islands

Rating: 5.0 (49 reviews)
Location: Unit C3, Cayman Business Park, 10A Huldah Ave, George Town, Grand Cayman
Hours: Open 24 hours

The Islamic Society of the Cayman Islands serves as the primary hub for the Muslim community in the islands. This mosque, located in the Cayman Business Park, is the only one of its kind in the Cayman Islands. Open 24 hours, it offers a welcoming space for daily prayers, religious education, and community events. The mosque plays a vital role in fostering a sense of unity and spirituality among Muslims in the region.

Islam - Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Rating: 5.0 (10 reviews)
Location: 19 Walkers Road, George Town, Grand Cayman
Hours: Open 24 hours

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the Cayman Islands also contributes significantly to the Islamic presence in the region. Located on Walkers Road in George Town, this mosque provides an inclusive environment for worship and community activities. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is known for its dedication to peace, education, and service, reflecting the broader values of Islam.

Halal Restaurants in Grand Cayman

The Cayman Islands also offer a limited variety of Halal dining options for Muslim travelers and residents. Whether you're craving Indian cuisine, Mediterranean flavors, or fast food, these restaurants cater to Halal dietary needs. Here’s a guide to some of the top Halal restaurants in the Cayman Islands.

Southern Spice Restaurant

Rating: 4.6 (242 reviews)
Type: Indian
Location: Bay Town Plaza, Unit #2, 36 West Bay Rd
Hours: Open until 10 PM
Dining Options: Dine-in, Takeaway

Southern Spice Restaurant is a popular spot for Indian cuisine lovers. Located in Bay Town Plaza, this restaurant offers a range of flavorful dishes prepared with Halal ingredients. Whether you choose to dine in or take away, Southern Spice provides a satisfying and authentic Indian dining experience.

Al La Kebab

Rating: 4.4 (390 reviews)
Type: Mediterranean
Location: Marquee Plaza, 430 W Bay Rd Grand Cayman KY KY1-1201, 430 West Bay Rd
Hours: Open until 2 AM
Dining Options: Dine-in, Takeaway

Al La Kebab is a favorite for those seeking Mediterranean flavors. With an extensive menu of Halal options, this restaurant is perfect for late-night cravings, as it stays open until 2 AM. The casual setting and diverse menu make it a go-to spot for a quick and delicious meal.

Yummy Tummy Ltd

Rating: 4.6 (41 reviews)
Type: Fast Food
Location: Yummy Tummy Fusion Food 7MH7+4W Patricks Island
Hours: Closes at 9 PM, Opens 12 PM on Fridays

Yummy Tummy Ltd offers a fusion of fast food with a focus on South Indian flavors. Known for its masala dosa and South Indian special sambar, this eatery is a hit among locals and visitors alike. The use of Halal ingredients ensures that everyone can enjoy their delectable offerings.

Gateway of India

Rating: 4.3 (36 reviews)
Type: Indian
Location: Unit D1, Cayman Business Park, Elgin Ave
Hours: Closes at 9:30 PM, Opens 4:30 PM on Fridays

Gateway of India is another excellent choice for Indian cuisine enthusiasts. This restaurant features Halal Chicken options, allowing diners to enjoy a variety of Indian dishes with peace of mind. The cozy ambiance and flavorful menu items make it a must-visit.

Seaharvest Restaurant

Rating: 4.2 (43 reviews)
Type: Restaurant
Location: 390 S Church St
Hours: Open until 10 PM

Seaharvest Restaurant offers a diverse menu with standout Indian dishes. The restaurant’s Halal options ensure that diners can savor their favorite meals without any dietary concerns. With its convenient location and delicious food, Seaharvest is a great place for a satisfying meal.

eHalal Group Launches Halal Guide to Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands - eHalal Travel Group, a leading provider of innovative Halal travel solutions for Muslim travelers to Cayman Islands, is thrilled to announce the official launch of its comprehensive Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide for Cayman Islands. This groundbreaking initiative aims to cater to the diverse needs of Muslim travelers, offering them a seamless and enriching travel experience in Cayman Islands and its surrounding regions.

With the steady growth of Muslim tourism worldwide, eHalal Travel Group recognizes the importance of providing Muslim travelers with accessible, accurate, and up-to-date information to support their travel aspirations to Cayman Islands. The Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide is designed to be a one-stop resource, offering an array of invaluable information on various travel aspects, all carefully curated to align with Islamic principles and values.

The Travel Guide encompasses a wide range of features that will undoubtedly enhance the travel experience for Muslim visitors to Cayman Islands. Key components include:

Halal-Friendly Accommodations in Cayman Islands: A carefully selected list of hotels, lodges, and vacation rentals that cater to halal requirements, ensuring a comfortable and welcoming stay for Muslim travelers in Cayman Islands.

Halal Food, Restaurants and Dining in Cayman Islands: A comprehensive directory of restaurants, eateries, and food outlets offering halal-certified or halal-friendly options in Cayman Islands, allowing Muslim travelers to savor local cuisines without compromising their dietary preferences in Cayman Islands.

Prayer Facilities: Information on masjids, prayer rooms, and suitable locations for daily prayers in Cayman Islands, ensuring ease and convenience for Muslim visitors in fulfilling their religious obligations.

Local Attractions: An engaging compilation of Muslim-friendly attractions, cultural sites such as Museums, and points of interest in Cayman Islands, enabling travelers to explore the city's rich heritage while adhering to their values.

Transport and Logistics: Practical guidance on transportation options that accommodate Muslim travel needs, ensuring seamless movement within Cayman Islands and beyond.

Speaking about the launch, Irwan Shah, Chief Technology Officer of eHalal Travel Group in Cayman Islands, stated, "We are thrilled to introduce our Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide in Cayman Islands, a Muslim friendly destination known for its cultural richness and historical significance. Our goal is to empower Muslim travelers with accurate information and resources, enabling them to experience the wonders of Cayman Islands without any concerns about their faith-based requirements. This initiative reaffirms our commitment to creating inclusive and memorable travel experiences for all our clients."

The eHalal Travel Group's Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide for Cayman Islands is now accessible on this page. The guide will be regularly updated to ensure that Muslim travelers have access to the latest information, thus reinforcing its status as a reliable companion for Muslim travelers exploring Cayman Islands.

About eHalal Travel Group:

eHalal Travel Group Cayman Islands is a prominent name in the global Muslim travel industry, dedicated to providing innovative and all-inclusive travel solutions tailored to the needs of Muslim travelers worldwide. With a commitment to excellence and inclusivity, eHalal Travel Group aims to foster a seamless travel experience for its clients while respecting their religious and cultural values.

For Halal business inquiries in Cayman Islands, please contact:

eHalal Travel Group Cayman Islands Media: info@ehalal.io

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At eHalal Group, we understand the importance of meeting the unique requirements of Muslim individuals and families seeking properties that align with their cultural and religious trainings. Our extensive portfolio of Muslim-friendly properties in Cayman Islands ensures that clients have access to a diverse selection of options tailored to their needs. Whether it's a luxurious villa, a modern condominium, or a fully equipped factory, our team is dedicated to assisting clients in finding their ideal property.

For those seeking a comfortable and modern living space, our condos are an excellent choice. Starting at US$ 350,000 and these condominium units offer contemporary designs, state-of-the-art facilities, and convenient locations within Cayman Islands. Each condo is thoughtfully designed to incorporate halal-friendly features and amenities, ensuring a seamless integration of Islamic values into everyday living.

If you are looking for a more spacious option, our houses are perfect for you. Starting at US$ 650,000, our houses provide ample living space, privacy, and a range of customizable features to meet your specific requirements. These houses are located in well-established neighborhoods in Cayman Islands, offering a harmonious balance between modern living and Islamic values.

For those seeking luxury and exclusivity, our luxury villas in Cayman Islands are the epitome of sophistication and elegance. Starting at US$ 1.5 million and these villas offer a lavish lifestyle with private amenities, breathtaking views, and meticulous attention to detail. Each luxury villa is meticulously designed to provide a serene and halal environment, allowing you to enjoy the finest living experience while adhering to your Islamic principles. For further details please email us at info@ehalal.io

Ramadan 2024 Celebration in Cayman Islands

Ramadan 2025 in Cayman Islands

Ramadan concludes with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which may last several days, usually three in most countries.

The next Ramadan shall be from Friday, 28 February 2025 to Saturday, 29 March 2025

The next Eid al-Adha shall be on Friday, 6 June 2025

The next day of Raʾs al-Sana shall be on Monday, 19 July 2024

The next day for Mawlid al-Nabī shall be on Monday, 16 September 2024

Muslim Friendly hotels in Cayman Islands

Mariott Resort beach and pool (339388625)

Accommodations are ample but tend to be very expensive, even on the two smaller islands. There are several luxury resorts with all amenities, as well as other less expensive options. In addition and the cost of food and drink is high in Cayman, but many visitors stay in condominiums with kitchen facilities and take advantage of the first class supermarkets and cook and barbecue on the beach.

Cayman is not known for all inclusive resorts, but there are two smaller Caribbean style properties that do offer this option.

The majority of hotels and resorts are in Grand Cayman, where the main hotel "strip" is Seven Mile Beach, home to several major chain hotels and numerous condominiums.

Off Seven Mile Beach are several dive resorts in the Eastern Districts, numerous private homes and villas, as well as several resorts and attractions for those preferring a more tranquil vacation.

Little Cayman focuses on dive vacations and has a unique charm, as well as some of the best diving anywhere.

Camping is illegal on all three islands at all times. There are no campsites on any of the islands.

How to work legally in Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman has growing offshore banking and tourism sectors. Tourism represents about 60% of the economy. About 30% of residents are expatriates working on "work permits" and unemployment is very low.

Stay safe as a Muslim in Cayman Islands

  • Hurricanes are feasible from June through November.
  • The Cayman Islands is a "relatively low-crime area, especially compared to other vacation destinations in the Caribbean".

The national capital of George Town is generally safe. Tourists should avoid certain areas (Rock Hole, Swamp, Jamaica Town/Windsor Park, Courts Road, and Eastern Avenue) and this shouldn't be a problem as these areas are all well out of the way for most activities. In addition, George Town is virtually deserted at night as there are few centrally located restaurants, or late night restaurants.

You need not be too concerned about miscellaneous belongings. While at the beach, no one will be stealing your lunch, towel or sneakers. Cayman thieves are not desperate individuals, and have no interest in normal personal effects or used snorkeling gear. Very likely the thieves are just local teens looking for items that they can sell to other local teens. Example: an average pair of sunglasses will not "grow legs"; but a flashy pair of Chanel knock-offs just might!

You can enjoy a relaxing and "incident-free" holiday if you take care to be aware of your surroundings and lock doors and windows when feasible.

Medical Issues in Cayman Islands

  • Many local residents won't eat barracuda because it is likely that it is poisonous. Be aware of that. Other reef fish (groupers, amberjack, red snappers, eel, sea bass, and Spanish mackerel) are not likely to cause ciguatera (fish-borne nerve poisoning).
  • No natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies are met by desalination plants and rainwater catchments.
  • Make sure you have sunscreen on if you plan on walking around town. It is sunny all year.

Local Customs in Cayman Islands

Caymanians are very respectful. Greetings and pleasantries are common and expected, even to shopkeepers when entering their stores. Most islanders use titles of respect, such as Mr. and Miss, followed with the given or first name, when addressing other islanders.

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