* The Cayman Islands are a self-governing British colony, consisting of three islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
* Located in the Western Caribbean about 480 miles south of Miami, flights from the Northeastern US generally take 3 to 3 1/2 hours to arrive on Grand Cayman. Most of the major American airlines fly to Grand Cayman. We used US Airways, but also saw Delta and American flights coming and going.
* To enter Cayman, American, Canadian, British (and other Commonwealth) citizens do not need a visa. Americans: bring either a passport OR your license plus your birth certificate for entry.
* It's incorrect to refer to the islands collectively as "The Caymans" although the locals are unlikely to correct you. Instead, you can refer to them individually or simply "Cayman." Little Cayman and Cayman Brac may be referred to collectively as the "Sister Islands."
* A commonly held misconception is that there is little nightlife on Grand Cayman. This probably exists because unlike many other Caribbean islands, Cayman has no casinos. Still, my friends and I had no trouble finding something to do each night.
* Cayman's religious past lives on today. Nightclubs and Grand Cayman's two cinemas are closed on Sunday. Bars stop serving alcohol at midnight on Saturday night, however there are still plenty of things to do, even on a Sunday night. In a similar vein, there are no nude beaches and topless sunbathing is prohibited.
* Due to strong tourism and banking industry presence in the Cayman Islands, these islands have the highest per capita income of all Caribbean islands. Just about everyone we met was involved in the tourism industry in some way.