the monetary centers in the world. Farther east, the airport is located on
the edge of North Sound, the shallow body of water that divides George
Town, Seven Mile Beach, and the west end from the less developed east
end of the island.
South of town, South Church Street winds it way through elegant residen-
tial districts, lined with beautiful seaside homes and a few quiet businesses.
Slip on a pair of comfortable shoes and take off on a walking tour
of George Town. A brochure, titled An Historical Walking Tour,
Central George Town , which is produced by the National Trust for
the Cayman Islands, covers a self-guided walking tour of about two hours
in length; copies are available from the National Trust office, at the tour-
ism office, and at the National Museum, for $1.
GEORGE TOWN WALKING TOUR
The tour begins at the cruise ship landing and includes the site of
Fort George , built around 1790 to defend the island from Span-
ish invasions. The fort site is located at the intersection of Har-
bour Drive and Fort Street.
Nearby, the Seamen ' s Memorial remembers 153 Caymanians
lost at sea. Across the street, the Elmslie Memorial Church
was built by shipwright Captain Rayal Bodden using shipbuild-
ing techniques; inside, the ceiling resembles a schooner's hull.
The adjacent cemetery has grave markers that resemble houses,
a typical style seen in the island's cemeteries.
Other stops on the walking tour include the Legislative Assem-
bly Building , the post office , and walk-bys of traditional
houses with Caymanian raked sand gardens.
In the Water
Although George Town may be the capital city, it is by no means
just a business center: here it's just as appropriate to don a mask
and tank as a three piece suit. The waters off George Town are
protected as a marine park and boast numerous dive sites. For a complete