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Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Island at about 196 square kilometres (76 sq mi) and contains the capital George Town.

The island was devastated by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 from September 11 to September 12. With Category 5 strength, Ivan passed within 30 miles (48 km) of Grand Cayman, with winds over 180 mph (290 km/h) and gusts up to 200 mph (320 km/h). The island reported several deaths - none directly caused by the hurricane. Over 80% of the buildings were either damaged or completely destroyed. Ivan was the worst hurricane to hit the island in 86 years.

Tourist attractions:

Seven Mile Beach attracts tourists. There is scuba diving and snorkeling. There are reefs and walls.

There is a turtle farm in the West Bay district. The majority of Green Sea Turtles are raised for their meat, a traditional food in Caymanian culture which was increasingly scarce in the wild. The farm can produce upwards of 1800 turtles a year, however, some of the farmed turtles are released. Between 1980 and 2006, the farm released some 30,600 turtles to the wild, and these individuals have subsequently been found throughout the Caribbean. The turtle farm also has several rare Blue Iguanas and a caiman on display.

All of the rock in Grand Cayman is sedimentary (limestone). Over many centuries of weathering, in some areas the limestone has been etched into very sharp jagged rocks and baked into a ceramic-like hardness with a light to dark gray surface color making it look volcanic, but it isn't. In places it is so hard that when struck it rings like a bell. A particularly striking example of all that is a small patch located in the heart of the West Bay district. It is jokingly referred to by islanders as Hell. The area offers merchandise "from Hell". Visitors can have their postcards and mail postmarked from Hell, and even get their passports stamped in Hell.

Stingray City, located a short boat ride from the northern end of Grand Cayman, is a series of shallow sand bars where Southern stingrays are found in abundance and visitors can feed, pet, and interact with the animals. The stingrays can grow to (100 centimetres (39 in) or more in span) and are quite accustomed to being handled and fed. A trip from a local tour operator will usually include snorkeling in coral gardens before or after arriving at Stingray City.

In the southern district of Bodden Town is the historic house of Pedro St. James, considered the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Island. It is also the oldest known existing stone structure on Grand Cayman. Bodden Town was also the first Capital of the Cayman Islands.

March 2010

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