Once the capital of Grand Cayman, Bodden Town is now a popular tourist destination thanks to its status as a one-time pirate hideaway. Many of the top attractions center around pirate activity, allowing visitors to see where these mischief makers once congregated. Fortunately, it is extremely easy to get to this town and just as easy to get around.
Bodden Town is located less than a half an hour away from the Georgetown. The airport itself is not overwhelming, and about 55 flights land here each week. Most come from the United States, particularly from Miami, but you can also fly from Canada and within the Caribbean. Find out everything you need to know about Air Travel to Bodden Town here.in
If you'll be sailing to Bodden Town, you'll first need to make a stop on the other side of Grand Cayman in Georgetown to clear in. There is something unique to these islands that foreign boats have to undergo, and that is a mosquito fumigation at your own expense. Find out more about the clearance process by clicking here.
About a half an hour away from Bodden Town in downtown Georgetown is where you'll find the Cayman Islands' only cruise terminal. Cruises here are extremely popular, bringing high numbers of tourism to the island each year. Thankfully, Bodden Town is near enough that those interested in the history of the area can easily plan to make sure their shore excursion includes a tour of the sites that once harbored pirates.
Not everyone staying in Bodden Town will need to rent a car, but those who do will be pleased to find that prices are extremely reasonable and conditions are good. If you don't need all the frills, you can get a rental for as low as $40(USD) a day, even during the height of tourist season – and further discount are available during the summer. Most rental agencies are located at the airport, but you'll also be able to get your vehicle delivered to you at your hotel. Find out more here.
Taxis are a great source of transportation in Bodden Town, despite the fact that they are not as easy to come by here as in Georgetown. It is most common to find them at the airport, the cruise port, or parked outside of major resorts. Of course, if you cant find one, calling a local operator will get you the ride you need. Prices are regulated by the government and all drivers will have the rate sheet in the vehicle, but you can expect to spend between $20 and $30(USD) for a ride, plus a tip of between 15 and 20 percent. Get more details on this topic here.
Bodden Town is fortunate enough to be one of the town's on Grand Cayman that is service by the public bus system. These buses are actually minivans that run on set routes and try and stick close to their schedule, but the end goal is the same. The cost is always under $5(USD) per person and will depend on where you are going. If you see a bus on the road, wave them down and they will pick you up. If a bus honks at you and you wave, that indicates to them that you need a ride. Other towns serviced by the buses include George Town, East Side, North Side, and West Bay.
Most people will choose to fly to Grand Cayman then drive to Bodden Town, but this may not be for everyone. Whether you choose to use the most popular means of transportation or sail and hire a local to get you there, you can't go wrong.
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