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Cayman Islands – General Overview

The Cayman Islands are made up of three islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman is   Grand Cayman is 22 miles long and 8 miles wide, Cayman Brac is 14 miles long and 2 miles wide, and Little Cayman is only 10 miles long and a mile wide. Cayman Brac is known for its dramatic topography with mysterious caves carved throughout.

Little Cayman is home of the Bloody Bay Wall Marin Park and has been named one of the worlds best dive sites. The Cayman Islands are also known for their super game fishing. The Caymans offer a shoppers delight with a wide selection of duty free items from around the world.

Most Popular Beaches

Rum Point – North Grand Cayman – This is one of the island’s most popular beaches that offers water sports and beach volleyball. It faces north and is a smooth white beach covered with shade trees on one side and beautiful blue water on the other.

Cayman Kai – North Grand Cayman – Known as the “hideaway” beach where solitude is at best There is the option of swimming, sailing and snorkeling, or just soaking in the suns rays.

Sandy Point – Little Cayman – Another secluded beach if what you are looking for is privacy and solitude. It is said that this shore can stay untouched for days and weeks at a time. Cayman Brac is visible to the east.

 

Traveler Facts

Travel & Transportation

Owen Roberts International Airport is located on Grand Cayman Island. Direct flights are offered from many United States cities. Canada has a direct flight from Toronto and Europe has one from London.   There is a departure tax of $25 but is usually included in your ticket price.

Cruise ships oven dock at George Town on Grand Cayman and at Creek on Cayman Brac.

Traveling between islands is done by chartering a private boat or by air. Private boat shuttles can be found to travel between the smaller islands for a small fee. Neither of the smaller islands have taxis but hotels will pick travelers up.

There is a minibus that travels the large island but renting a car is a better means of transportation. Rental cars can be dropped at your hotel and you must be 21 and have a valid driver’s license.

Motorcycles and scooters are available as well.
Entry Requirements

All travelers to the Caymans must have a valid passport. Canadian citizens do not require passports but must present proof of citizenship including passport or birth certificate and a photo ID – photocopies of birth certificates must have the copy notarized by a notary public.

US, Canadian, and British Citizens as well as citizens of a number of European nations don’t need a visa to visit.

Languages Spoken / official language – The national language of the Caymans is English. However, nearly half the population speaks Creole French.

Currency – The Cayman Islands have their own currency, the Cayman Islands Dollar, with a fixed exchange rate against the US dollar of CI$1 equals to US$1.25 

Taxes& Tipping -  A mandatory government room tax of 10% is standard. Restaurants usually add a charge of 15% to your total bill so tipping is generally not required. Check your bill before leaving a tip!

This is not legally enforceable and can be declined if you wish. Your server only receives a portion of the tip and you may tip extra.

Electricity – 110 volts, 60 Hz. Most electronics come from USA and travel items should work fine.

Immunizations Health Issues - No immunizations are required to enter the Cayman islands. The water is originally pumped from the sea and purified by reverse osmosis and safe to drink.

Cayman Island Marriage License & Wedding Requirements Information

The Cayman Islands no longer has a wait to get married. Couples can marry the day they arrive. There are many wedding planners available and most of the hotels provide these services. What you will need:

1.      a non-residents marriage license, and…

2.      a letter from the authorized Marriage Officer who is to officiate.

Applications for non-resident marriage licenses ($200 U.S.) and a list of licensed Marriage Officers can be obtained from the Deputy Chief Secretary’s Office. (On Cayman Brac this is provided by either the Deputy Chief Secretary or the District Commissioner’s Office)

Office of the Deputy Chief Secretary
Government Administration Building, 3rd Floor
George Town, Grand Cayman, B.W.I.
Phone: 345.949.7900 or 345.914.2222
You will also need to provide:

Proof of citizenship and age – Passport or an original/certified copy of birth certificate with photo identification (18 is the minimum legal age without parental consent).

Proof of marital status (legal divorce decree or death certificate, if applicable).

Cayman Islands Immigration Department card, or Cayman Islands international embarkation/disembarkation card for cruise ship passengers.

Two witnesses are required.

Tourism Office Information

The Pavilion, Cricket Square

PO Box 67 George Town

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

phone: 1.345.949.0623

fax: 1.345.949.4053

Other Cayman Island Websites

Climate Information (When is the Best Time to Travel)

The Cayman Islands are warm and humid with little season variation. The rainy season starts in May and lasts through October. March and April are the driest. Average rainfall is about 45 inches. The hurricane season runs from June to November peaking in September and October. Winter is November to April with temps ranging between 70 and 85 during the day and dropping to the 60’s at night. Summer is May to October and temps fluctuate between 85 and 95 daytime and 73 to 85 at night. Humidity varies between 68 and 92%.

Map of Cayman Islands

Local Attractions & Must Do’s

St James Castle – dated from 1780 making it the oldest building on the island. It is referred to as the “birthplace of democracy” for the islands. It has been a jail, a parliament, a courthouse, and now a museum.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park – features about 300 native species on a mile long trail, home to orchids that bloom late May through June. There are turtles, lizards, and exotic birds being studied at a breeding facility on site. It is home to the highly endangered Cayman blue iguana of which you may see on the trail.

Wreck of the Ten Sails Park – Commemorating the islands most legendary shipwreck.

Cayman Turtle Farm – largest land based attraction and home to over 16,000 green sea turtles weighing up to 600 pounds. The farm has raised and released over 29,000 turtles back to sea.

Most Popular Hotels

Britannia Villas at the Hyatt Resort, Grand Cayman – offering 90 acres and three miles from the airport. Featuring a 18 hole Jack Nicklaus golf course and a luxury 65 ft catamaran offering lunch snorkel sails, cocktail sunset cruises and dinner cruises.   There are 1,2, and 3 bedroom villas available.

Cobalt Coast Resort and Suites, Grand Cayman – This property is waterside but does not have a beach. There is a 120 foot dock and guests can enjoy ocean views from their rooms. The resort is a Caribbean Great House.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Beach Suites, Grand Cayman – 53 deluxe ocean view suites on Seven Mile Beach offering two pools, one with a swim up bar, and one a whirlpool. There is a 4800 sqft health club that overlooks the pools on the beach.

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort – This resort has 305 rooms located on the Seven Mile Beach. With spas and restaurants with oceanfront dining you will enjoy. There is an oceanfront pool and gardens featuring a turtle lagoon and private seating nooks on the walkway.

Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa, Grand Cayman - sits on the warm sandy beach and offers a swim up pool bar. There are many restaurants, and a nearby 18 hole golf course. Shoppers will love the location and the full service spa.