The Cayman Islands is made up of three islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – which are less than 1 hour and a half fight from Miami.

 

A popular choice for those seeking a luxury getaway or a family-friendly vacation. The beaches are first class and award-winning, offering everything one could wish for in a Caribbean vacation, with white powder beaches, turquoise blue warm waters, incredible visibility for diving and snorkeling, and safe and shallow shorelines for family fun. Accommodation is second to none on Grand Cayman, with many of the world’s finest resorts and spas finding a home here.

The array of shops is impressive considering the size of Grand Cayman, especially if you are looking for duty free jewellery, watches, cosmetics, perfumes and more. The restaurants offer wide appeal (with Cayman nicknamed the ‘culinary capital of the Caribbean’) and offer every type of culinary experience to suit all sorts of budgets.

There are a multitude of activities to enjoy, whether you want to be under the water, gliding on top of the water or on dry land, with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to interact with stingrays, taking a bioluminescence tour, and visiting the Cayman Turtle Centre all up there among the most popular.

While most visitors will be staying on Grand Cayman, undoubtedly the liveliest and most cosmopolitan of the three islands, a trip to the sister islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman is well worth it, especially if you are looking for some peace and tranquility, to get up close with nature and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Year-round warmth is a great descriptor of Cayman’s average daily temperature, but also of the day-to-day warmth of the people you will meet while vacationing in the Cayman Islands. ‘Caymankind’ spirit is ever present in the local community, which is why so many people visit year after year.

Things To Do

Cayman Islands: Sister Islands Day Trips

While Grand Cayman might be your focus for your Cayman Islands vacation, the ‘sister’ islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are just a short flight away and offer fantastic day trips. The sister islands have stunning beaches, brilliant dive sites, natural beauty and old world charm that makes them the perfect location in which

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Where To Eat

Restaurant review: Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

Nothing beats dining in a superb restaurant with a backdrop of the Caribbean Sea and if it’s a breathtaking view you’re after, Grand Old House on Grand Cayman is a must-visit. Located on South Sound, a five-minute drive east of George Town, it is one of the most picturesque dining establishments in the Cayman Islands.  Built-in 1908

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Best time to visit

It’s warm in the Cayman Islands all year round! The temperature rarely drops below 70°F or gets hotter than 90°F, making it a perfect climate for a vacation. The wettest months are around September; the driest around March. Between May and October the winds are generally from east to south; from November/December to April, the winds switch from the northeast to northwest. These ‘Christmas Breezes’ as they are known, are welcomed by the islanders as a refreshing change from the summer heat. Hurricane season runs from 1st June to 30th November.

Getting to the Cayman Islands

Several airlines offer non-stop flights to Grand Cayman from the United States and United Kingdom. Owen Roberts International on Grand Cayman is the main airport for international flights. Cayman Brac also has its own hub, Charles Kirkconnell Airport. Meanwhile, Little Cayman is served by daily inter-island flights. Cayman Airways and Cayman Express provide inter-island flights between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Immigration Matters

Nationals of United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom and most countries within the British Commonwealth do not require visas to enter the Cayman Islands.

Transportation

Friendly cab services are at your beck and call from Grand Cayman resorts, Owen Roberts International Airport and the ship dock in George Town. There are also several reputable rental car companies available, allowing you to pick up your vehicle at the airport or at several locations around the islands. You’ll find a few public bus stops in the busier districts too, but these buses can be flagged down from anywhere along the side of the road as well.

Phone Calls

The best way to make cheap, local calls is to buy a prepaid local SIM card from either of the two main telecommunications providers – Flow or Digicel. They have retail outlets dotted all over Grand Cayman. Your phone will need to be unlocked in order to use it, however. Both telecoms providers offer plans and deals, which include varying degrees of data, to cover you for the duration of your stay, whether your stay is a day or a month.

Free Wi-Fi Zones

Free wifi can be found across Grand Cayman, at a variety of places, such as at Camana Bay, at restaurants, bars and cafés. Ask your concierge for the wifi code at your accommodation – you might get it for free or you might have to pay, depending on the accommodation and your package.

Religious Services

The Cayman Islands are well populated by churches, in fact, we have more than 200, welcoming visitors at their services as well as their regular parishioners. They cover all denominations, including Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, Jewish and Methodist.

Tax and Tipping

The Cayman Islands are deemed to be tax neutral, which means there are no direct taxes on the individual (such as income or property) or on the company (corporate). There is no value added tax (VAT) payable on goods and services as there is in the UK, nor is there any sales tax as there is in the US. However, stay over visitors are charged a Tourist Accommodation Charge and most imports are subject.

Currency

The islands have their own currency, the Cayman Islands dollar, but the US dollar is widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, bars and shops with CI$1.00 equalling US$1.25. The US dollar equals CI$.80. If you pay in US dollars, change is always given in local currency. 

Banking & ATMs

ATMs are easily found all across the Cayman Islands, either in the foyers of banks or at our local supermarkets. ATMs can also be found at Camana Bay.

Medical Facilities

Cayman Islands residents benefit from excellent medical facilities that cater to a wide range of health issues. As well as a wide selection pf private doctors and dentists, we also have four main hospitals.

George Town Hospital

Tel (345) 949 8600 | www.hsa.ky

This is Cayman’s central hospital located in George Town, and is run by the Health Services Authority, a Statutory Authority of the Cayman Islands Government. The hospital has a walk-in clinic for patients as well as an Accident & Emergency department and a dentistry department. It also possesses a pharmacy, radiology unit, surgical facility, public health facility, laboratory and maternity unit, among many other services.

CTMH Doctors Hospital  

Tel: (345) 945 6066 | www.doctorshospitalcayman.com

Also located in George Town, this is a privately-run hospital that has a wide range of services on offer, including family practice and primary care, laboratory services, radiology, urgent care, orthopedic care and specific men’s and women’s healthcare.

Health City Cayman Islands

Tel: (345) 640 4040 | www.healthcitycaymanislands.com

This private hospital is located in East End and offers a wide range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic services. Their physicians offer a strong selection of specialities, including cardiology, orthopedics, endocrinology, medical oncology, pediatrics and neurology.

Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac

Tel: (345) 948 2243 | www.hsa.ky/faith-hospital

This is a community hospital also run by the Government’s Health Services Authority, offering general medicine, emergency medical services and a pharmacy, among other services, on Cayman Brac.

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