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    Cayman Islands Geography 2000

      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: 259 sq km
      land: 259 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

      Geography - note: important location between Cuba and Central America

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