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10 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE CAYMAN ISLANDS

The Cayman Islands is a part of a mountain…

They’re part of a mountain called the “Cayman Ridge”. It rises more than 7,500m – or the size of a very large mountain in the Himalayas – from the ocean floor. But all three islands are extremely flat. The highest point above sea level is actually the east end of Cayman Brac – and that’s just 46.6m.

Driving in on the left…

As the Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory, driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Hiring a car is the best way to see the islands as it allows total flexibility and the option to stop off at one of the many secluded beaches. Grand Cayman has one main road looping around the entire island and signposts are clear and frequent.

You can walk the entire length of Seven Mile Beach…

Two metres back from the waterline on Seven Mile Beach is public land so anyone is free to stroll along the pristine white sands. It is also illegal for hawkers to sell their wares, so you can relax in peace. But did you know that this world-famous and award-winning beach isn’t actually seven miles long? Measurements of the stunning stretch of sand put the beach at around five and three-quarter miles in length. The name has stuck nonetheless!

Cayman is the culinary capital of the Caribbean

There are over 200 restaurants on Grand Cayman and eating out is a daily activity.  Choose from a local Caymanian café serving cuisine such as conch fritters and fresh seafood or sophisticated French, Italian, Japanese and even Australian cuisine. There are also a number of vegan and gluten-free cafés and restaurants popping up across the islands.

The mudslide cocktail was invented in the Cayman Islands

The Wreck Bar and Grill at Rum Point is reported to be the place where the delicious mudslide cocktail was invented back in the 70s. The story goes that a customer at the bar asked for a White Russian. The barman asked what was in a White Russian, so the customer told him: vodka, Kahlua and cream. The barman didn’t have any real cream but he did have Irish cream, which he used instead and so, the mudslide was born. Click here for the recipe to make it yourself!

You can interact with wild stingrays

Stingray City, a short boat ride from Grand Cayman, is one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to swim with hundreds of friendly southern Atlantic stingrays in open water.  A fisherman called Captain Marvin Ebanks founded the site (which is in fact a shallow, waist-deep sand bar about a mile out to sea), when he decided to jump in with the rays that came to collect scraps from the fishing nets.

There is a dive site for every day of the year

The Cayman Islands are widely recognised as the birthplace of recreational diving in the Caribbean, and a top choice for diving holidays. With more than 40 dive operations and 365 dive sites, people from all over the world choose to dive in the Cayman Islands for the warm, calm waters, 30m+ visibility, stunning reefs and incredible variety of marine life.

Only 197 people live on Little Cayman

At only 10 miles long and one-mile wide, Little Cayman is one of the least developed islands left in the Caribbean.  It has just 197 residents but around 2,000 iguanas, all of whom have right of way. Choose from one of just three tiny resorts or a handful of private cottages on the island and get ready for total relaxation.

Some of the rarest species in the world are found in the Cayman Islands

The varied flora and fauna in the Cayman Islands make the destination a haven for nature-lovers, but Cayman is home to some incredibly rare species; the blue iguana which was saved from almost total extinction by an extensive breeding programme, and the rarest orchid in the world, the endemic Ghost Orchid. The red-footed booby colony on Little Cayman is the largest breeding colony of these birds in the western hemisphere. You might also be interested to know that the only native land mammals of the Cayman Islands are bats. There’s also the buffy flower bat, which is only found in the Caribbean and drinks nectar from flowers like a hummingbird.

You can experience underwater fairy dust

A secret lagoon on Grand Cayman is one of a handful of places in the world where the phenomenon of ‘bioluminescence’ can be found. Best described as underwater fairy dust, it is caused by a single cell organism reacting with the water which results in a green or blue light, and can be experienced on nights when there is a new moon by kayaking into the lagoon.  For more information on the Bio Bay tour, visit  www.caymankayaks.com

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Ask The Experts “Software & Product Development” with Yasmany and Laurentiu

Eightpoint Employees Featured on Nova's 'Ask The Experts' For Software and Product Development

Two of Eightpoint’s employees participated in a seminar to discuss the software and product development industries as part of Nova Recruiting’s “Ask The Experts” series. The seminar focused primarily on what it’s like to work in Cayman and how to get your first job in the tech industry.

We got to listen to Eightpoint’s Yasmany Corcho and Laurentiu Gruia discuss their unique paths to the tech and computer science world and how they ended up working for Eightpoint in The Cayman Islands.

Yasmany Corcho is a C++ Software Engineer at Eightpoint Technologies. He first became interested in software engineering because it allowed for his interest in mathematics and computing to overlap. Yasmany shared that the technology space is so exciting because it is changing very quickly, which allows him and others to constantly look for new ways to solve problems and use new technologies.

Laurentiu Gruia is a Product Development Manager at Eightpoint. He has been in the tech industry for more than 10 years. He started as a support engineer and then took on bigger roles on the product management side of the business. Laurentiu explained that working with multiple platforms (like Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android) has helped keep his job exciting by presenting new topics to learn about on a regular basis.

What is the most important skill in the tech industry?

One of the biggest takeaways from the seminar was Laurentiu and Yasmany’s view that the most important skill in tech is problem solving. If you’ve been hired as a software engineer, obviously it’s important to have skills in coding and different programming languages, but you’ll likely spend a lot of time solving problems. If you’re a fast learner, you can acquire the skills you need on the job so having the ability to find new solutions for problems is a very important trait.

Another reason that problem solving skills are so valuable is that the tech field is always changing and new technologies are always emerging. Even if you’re trained in a given language or technology, you’ll experience new ones on a regular basis. You’ll have to use your existing knowledge to find solutions on the new platform or with the new language. Want to get hired in tech? Show that you’re capable of solving complex problems.

Working in Cayman

Both Yasmany and Laurentiu shared that Cayman presents some exciting opportunities for people looking for new careers in the tech world. Cayman had been an attractive locale for businesses in the banking, finance and legal industries, but has recently seen a boom in tech companies moving to the island.

Remote Work in Cayman

Another reason that Cayman is attractive for workers in the tech space is the ability to work remotely from a beautiful island in the Caribbean. COVID has now made remote work a viable option for most employees in the technology field.

In 2020, The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) launched a program for digital nomads looking to work from Cayman. This program, called the Global Citizen Concierge Program, allows travelers to stay in the Cayman Islands for up to two years while working remotely. 

There are a number of other perks to working in Cayman, including the country being a tax neutral jurisdiction, which means we don’t pay income, capital gains, property or inheritance tax. This can make a big difference in making your job in tech even more lucrative.

Cayman Code Academy

One way to develop your skills in software and web development is to enroll in a code academy. If you are located in Cayman already, or are relocating soon, the Cayman Code Academy can help you learn the skills you need to get hired as a developer or software engineer.

The increase in tech companies working in Cayman has created a need for high-quality tech professionals on the island. Cayman Code Academy is helping to fill that gap by training people to write quality code and solve high-level problems that one might come across in a software job.

Working at Eightpoint

One of the final points that Laurentiu and Yasmany discussed was that Eightpoint and the tech industry as a whole really wants to make work a fun and enjoyable experience. Eightpoint offers some awesome perks to its employees to reward them for the great work that they do:

  • Company paid insurance premiums for health, dental, vision, and disability coverage.
  • Unlimited paid time off for employees to enjoy time away from work and recharge.
  • Competitive compensation & pension contribution plans making planning for the future easier.
  • An awesome office in George Town, Grand Cayman with ocean views.
  • Fun-filled and casual work environment.
  • Catered lunches on Mondays & Wednesdays.
  • A fully stocked fridge with beer, drinks & snacks.
  • Break room with a ping pong table, gaming console, and darts.

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