Hell, Grand Cayman

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Coordinates: 19°22′46″N 81°24′24″W / 19.37935°N 81.40678°W / 19.37935; -81.40678

Hell, Grand Cayman island
Hell's Gift Shop, Hell, Grand Cayman island
Hell's Service Station, Hell, Grand Cayman island

Hell is a group of short, black, limestone formations located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Located in West Bay, it is roughly the size of half a soccer field. People are not allowed to be amongst the limestone formations but viewing platforms do exist for visitors.

Versions of how Hell got its name[edit]

There are numerous versions of how Hell received its name, but they are generally variations on "a ministration exclaimed, 'This is what Hell must look like.'"

It is also claimed that the name "Hell" is derived from the fact that if a pebble is thrown out into the formation, it echoes amongst the limestone peaks and valleys and sounds as if the pebble is falling all the way down to "Hell."

Regardless of how it first came to be called Hell, the name stuck and the area has become a tourist attraction, featuring a fire-engine red hell-themed post office from which you can send "postcards from hell", and a gift shop with 'Satan' Ivan Farrington[1] passing out souvenirs while greeting people with phrases like 'How the hell are you?' and 'Where the hell are you from?'[2][3]

Ironically, some of the stores in the area feature prominent quotations from the Bible on their sides. This is due to the pious and religious nature of Caymanian society.[4]

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