With a population of about 55,000, the Cayman Islands are often regarded as the safest islands to visit and its people, the friendliest in the Caribbean. Each island and its residents take on their own personality and will make your visits to any of the three Islands a unique experience. From the modern, cosmopolitan energy on Grand Cayman to the adventurous and warm residents of Cayman Brac, to the tranquil atmosphere on Little Cayman, you can always count on warm hospitality and genuine concern for your personal enjoyment.
Our streets and beaches are hassle-free which means that your visit will be as peaceful and pleasant as you could wish for. You will have the freedom to just wander around and after spending just a few hours on our beloved islands, you’re bound to fall in love with its natural beauty and the Caymankind-ness of its people.
Traditionally, Cayman is a tight-knit community of natives and long-term residents who have integrated seamlessly into the local population. While most Caymanians have lived on the islands for several generations, many of our long-term residents have come to reside here because of their love for the islands and its people. Over the last 3-4 decades, the Islands’ centuries-old tradition of Caymanians all knowing each other has given way to a melting pot of diverse nationalities. Due to this diversity, whenever a Caymanian meets someone he is unfamiliar with, he is bound to ask the ever-popular question:
"Who you fa?" (hoo – yoo – fah) a.k.a. “Who you belongs ta?” Definition: 1. Who are you, and who are your parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.? 2. To which family do you belong?
Who you fa? is a question most commonly asked by older Caymanians who have lost touch with family members due to marriage, migration to other districts, islands, and even countries around the world. To some people, being asked “who you fa?” may appear as an invasion of privacy, but to the locals, it’s a conversation opener motivated by genuine curiosity. The individual asking the question is simply curious about your nationality, your family history, and your connection to other Caymanians and residents throughout the Islands. Some are even concerned that you may be related to them or to someone they know.
Once you have spent enough time in the Cayman Islands (3-4 vacations), you may eventually find yourself asking those who are unfamiliar to you “who you fa?” by default. It may seem strange at first, but as you become more familiar with the Caymanian people, you will find it no stranger than asking someone for the time of day.
So ask us, Who you fa? Just be prepared to sit a while under the shade of a palm tree while we tell you.
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