Getting Around Cayman Islands

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    Unless you're cruising, you...

    by diver-x Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Unless you're cruising, you pretty much have to fly there.
    You definitely need a car unless you're planning on never leaving your resort. There are plenty of car rentals at the airport. But plan on spending about an hour waiting in line, and processing your paperwork. Don't forget, Caymans drive on the left!

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    Getting There and Away

    by frqtflyr Updated Sep 1, 2002

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    The best access to the islands is from the US, and
    numerous carriers fly between Grand Cayman and
    Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Houston, Atlanta, Pittsburgh,
    Indianapolis and other S cities. Cayman Airways has a few
    flights between US cities and Cayman Brac. There are
    also flights between George Town and Jamaica on Air
    Jamaica. Travelers from Europe have to connect in the US,
    There's a departure tax of US$13. Cruise ships regularly
    dock at George Town on Grand Cayman and at Creek on
    Cayman Brac.

    Grand Cayman has a public minibus service, but renting a
    car is the best way to explore the island. On the sister
    islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, it's virtually the
    only form of transport. You can rent from agencies at the
    airport or have a car delivered to your hotel. The required
    driving permit is available from your rental agency for
    US$7.50; you must be at least 21 and carry a valid driver's
    license from home. Motorcycles and scooters are also
    available on all three islands.

    Short of chartering a private boat, the only way to get from
    Grand Cayman to the sister islands is by air. Island Air flies
    small prop planes to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman in
    about half an hour. Cayman Airways flies 737s to Cayman Brac
    but doesn't offer a service to Little Cayman. Island Air's
    puddle jump between Cayman Brac and Little Cayman takes
    about seven minutes - you can see the runway you're approaching
    as soon as you take off!

    Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport is less than 2 miles south
    of George Town, and taxis are plentiful for the trip into town.
    Gerrard-Smith Airport is located at the western end of Cayman
    Brac. On Little Cayman, Edward Bodden Airfield is located just
    west of South Town, on the southwestern coast. Neither of the
    smaller islands have an airport taxi service, but hotels will pick
    travelers up. There's no ferry service from Grand Cayman to
    either of the sister islands, but private boat operators will
    shuttle you between Cayman Brac and Little Cayman for about
    US$20 (20 minutes).

    Cayman Airways

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    Airlines servicing the Cayman...

    by rossandkelli Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Airlines servicing the Cayman Islands include: Cayman Airways, American Airlines, Air Jamaica, American Trans Air, Caledonian Airways, Northwest, USAir, Trans Jamaican Airlines and Island Air.
    Approximate flight times are as follows: From Miami 1 hour 20 minutes, Tampa: 1 hour 40 minutes, Houston: 2 hours, 45 minutes, Toronto: 5 hours. Shipping Lines include: Thompson Shipping, Atlanticargo Services, Cutlas Line, Griffiths Line, Harrison Line, Kirk Freight Line, M/V Tania Del Mar and Ocean Express Lines.

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    Although they seem to have a...

    by slabeaume Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Although they seem to have a thorough bus system, we rented a car for the week. Here is our 'mid-sized' rental---a Tercel. Not what I'd consider a mid-size, but it got the job done. By the way, we paid about $3.50/gallon US for gas while we were there.

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    Fly, unless you are a really...

    by american_tourister Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fly, unless you are a really good swimmer.
    Rent a car. DEMAND a right side drivers seat. Half the cars are right and half are left. Since this is a British territory they drive on the left side of the road and you really need the steering wheel on the right side of the car. Make sure that is what you have reserved before you go.

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  • Although Cayman Airways offers...

    by ketronb Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Although Cayman Airways offers great service, they only go to Tampa, Miami, and Houston. Lately they have not kept their fares competitive either. Many US carriers fly into Grand Cayman. What many people do not know is that Island Air (a regional carrier) offers several flights per day to Cayman Brac (CYB). Island Air can only be found on the internet since they do not work in conjunction with US travel services. Their site is www.islandaircayman.com

    We have discovered that by using Brac Travel they often get much better fares than US travel services. There is a link at www.ourcaymancondo.com that will take you to Brac Travel.
    Cars, mopeds, and bicycles are all available for rental on Cayman Brac. Unless you are the young athletic type then you will want to get an air conditioned car! Our personal preferences are B & S Motor Ventures ( www.bandsmv.com ) or Four D's Car Rentals.

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    Not a Cruise

    by bluewilldo Updated Aug 9, 2003

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    Most definitely NOT, I say NOT, a cruise. If you do that you won't get the real flavour of the island and you won't be able to visit the other two beautiful, smaller islands. You'll just be herded around like cattle and pushed to do only the 'recommended' activities. You should definitely fly there and plan to spend at least a week. I'd recommend not spending all your time on seven-mile-beach or in Georgetown (which is where the cruiseships land)... Rum Point has nicer water and fewer people and East end has many great restaurants.

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    Traveling to and from the...

    by msfleming Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Traveling to and from the airport is very easy. The airport is really close. A cab ride to accomodations on 7 mile beach will cost, on average,$15 US.
    Cabs (very convenient) are fairly expensive while the bus (very cheap) is only $1.25 or $1.50 I can’t remember. I took us a day to figure out that you can pick out the buses from the other vans by their blue license plates. Don’t worry about bus stops, just wave your hand and they will pick you up wherever you are. They come by about every 15 minutes. The buses travel from Georgetown all the way north at least as far as the North West Point of the island. Oh, they also travel from north to south. We took the bus way North late in the day. If you do this, plan on taking a cab back. The buses are not reliable that far North later at night.

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    McCurley's Tours 345-947-9626 ...

    by jonkaren3 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    McCurley's Tours 345-947-9626 We rented a car from them. They pick you up at the airport, take you to the grocery and liquor store, then deliver you to your destination with your car waiting. It helps you get used to the left hand driving!

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  • We took a non-stop flight on...

    by Citron Written Aug 25, 2002

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    We took a non-stop flight on Continental Airlines from Newark NJ. Four hours later we arrived in Grand Cayman with no incidents. I love non-stop flights!
    Since we were a group of seven, we rented two cars from Budget rental car. They gave us two very new and clean Hyundais. We quickly learned how to drive on the left after a few fits and starts. The toughest thing is trying to avoid turning on the windshield wipers when making turns. You also learn to tune out your passengers screams of 'Left! Stay Left!' The cars turned out to be a real blessing. We went touring all over the place and it definatly made going out to dinner and everything easier. Split among our group the cost was negligible; about $80 per person.

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    The streets at the Grand Cayman

    by joiwatani Written Sep 30, 2011

    sThere are no traffic lights that I noticed in the islands but what I observed is that every intesection is a circle. You have to loop around. This is a very smart idea to observe traffic and not wasting electricity. It slows down drivers, too.

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    Renting a boat

    by joiwatani Written Sep 30, 2011

    There are many boat rentals at Grand Cayman Islands. It is best to bargain and share expenses. For us, we shared with other tourists so we can go to the stingray farm. It lessened our expenses. We shared with some tourists from Pennsylvannia.

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    Cabs, buses and vans

    by joiwatani Written Oct 3, 2011

    There are cabs on the side of the street that are available. They are lined up in front of the Breeze restaurant.

    The buses that go to Spot's Bay are at the back of the mall. They have middle men who collects money and hands you tickets. The fare going to Georgetown to Spot's Bay is $5.00.

    Going to Spot's Bay? The buses going to Spot's Bay and middle men
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    DISABLED CAR RENTAL ON GRAND CAYMAN

    by DAO Written Jul 4, 2014


    THIS TIP WAS WRITTEN IN RESPONSE TO A TRAVEL FORUM QUESTION.

    Q. Are there any wheelchair accessible vehicles for hire on the island?

    A. YES

    Elite Limousine Service
    P.O. Box 115, Grand Cayman KY1-1101
    Phone: 345-949-5963
    Fax: 345-949-2058
    Email: elitelimo@candw.ky

    From one of their adverts:
    Elite Limousine service, the island’s premier luxury transportation service, has been in operation since 1984. We provide
    airport transfers, private tours, dinner and entertainment charter and wedding transportation. In addition, we offer the
    Islands only “for hire” wheelchair-accessible transportation. Featured vehicles are: Stretch Limousines, Luxury Sedans,
    Luxury Vans and Wheelchair-accessible Vans.

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    • Road Trip
    • Disabilities
    • Seniors

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  • One of my favorite things...

    by rjg Written Aug 24, 2002

    One of my favorite things about Grand Cayman was that it was so peaceful, yet so close to the U.S. It was very easy to get to with non-stop flights from Miami.
    Rent a car. Grand Cayman is very expensive, but we rented a car for only $40 U.S. per day. Each taxi ride costs about $20 U.S.

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