cayman islands traditions
Who you fa
Different districts, different traditions, one people


Cayman Islands Traditions

The splendor of the Cayman Islands goes deeper than the scenery. Take a look around and you’ll see one of the most vibrant and inviting cultures in the Caribbean, and in the world.  When you’re not enjoying the serenity of your this top Caribbean destination, listen to the local music sweetly filling the air. Stroll through George Town at any pace you like. With one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean and renowned fine dining and shopping, the city offers more luxury per square foot than you could see in one Cayman Islands trip. A walk through the capital shows the variety of qualities at hand in the islands: natural beauty, effortless luxury, and a rich sense of heritage.  

cayman islands traditions

Known for being outgoing, Caymanians love to strike up a conversation and direct you with some local knowledge about the best spots on the island. A devout church-going people, Caymans emphasize kindness, community, and hospitality, solidifying its place as one of the top Caribbean destinations for families and adventurers alike. Oh, and they know how to kick back. Here, relaxation is most certainly a virtue. 

The people of the Cayman Islands speak English (British English) but with their own Caymanian flair. To Americans, ‘V’s often sound like ‘W’s and each district has its own flavor of dialects. If an East Ender wanted to know who your parents were, he’d ask ‘Who you fa?’ whereas a George Towner would say ‘Who you belong ta?’ The Cayman Islands also has a long history of rope making. Made from our national tree, the Silver Thatch Palm, this thatch rope went mainly to Jamaica. Hand -made traps to catch our local rabbit known as agouti is a popular Cayman tradition as well. Local treasures can be found all around Cayman, with craftsmen working in their homes throughout the island.

Hints & Tips

  • Caymanian families will camp-out on the beach during Easter Weekend. This is the only time of year it is allowed.
  • Every Christmas families would back (carry) sand from the beach to their yard and rake it smooth to have the best looking yard for Christmas.
  • Brooms used to be made from Rosemary branches.