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Cayman Islands (overseas territory of the UK) Geography

    Location: Caribbean, island group in Caribbean Sea, nearly one-half of the way from Cuba to Honduras

    Geographic coordinates: 19 30 N, 80 30 W

    Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

    Area:
    total: 260 sq km
    land: 260 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

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

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 160 km

    Maritime claims:
    exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 12 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 extremes:
    lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
    highest point: The Bluff 43 m

    Natural resources: fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 8%
    forests and woodland: 23%
    other: 69% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: hurricanes (July to November)

    Environment—current issues: no natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies must be met by rainwater catchment

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: NA
    signed, but not ratified: NA

    Geography—note: important location between Cuba and Central America

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