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11/18/2012

Cayman Islands voted "Friendliest Country in the World"

In my visits to the Cayman Islands, I've always thought that the locals are some of the nicest people I have ever met. They are willing to give directions, suggest things to do while on the island, chat, and frequently invite you to go out for drinks with them like you are long-lost friends. 

Because of my experiences on the island, I wasn't surprised at all last week when the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey was released announcing the Cayman Islands as the friendliest country in the world. 

Think about that. There are a lot of countries in the world. There are a lot of friendly people in the world. However, this survey determined Caymanians to be second to none. The Cayman Islands Premier, McKeeva Bush, said "I am delighted to learn that the Cayman Islands has earned the top spot and international recognition as being the No. 1 friendliest country in the world."

The survey was ratings over a variety of factors, including "how  kid friendly the country was" and "economy", but the main four categories were "ability to befriend locals, success in learning the local language, capacity for integrating themselves into the community, and ease in which they fit into the new culture." Based on these criteria, it is no surprise to me that the Cayman Islands won. 

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Thinking back on my times on the island, I remember playing pick up basketball on the local court with Caymanians I had never met and they welcomed me as though I was one of them. I also remember talking to taxi drivers and getting all the local gossip, which is always entertaining. The next time you visit Grand Cayman, don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with any local you run into. They are charming, funny, and often times very helpful.

 

Australia finished second on the list, while the United Kingdom was third. The United States finished seventh.

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Comments

Great post!

Initially I had an idea about cayman that this might be an isolated place, where few people go, might be expensive, but now as I am reading the posts and blogs, as we need to go there in next November, I am finding that this place is awesome and has much to offer, can u suggest me some cayman online guide, to know more on beaches.

Where did you play pick up basketball? I'm new on Island and would love to find a lunch time hoop location.

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