Roadway Guidance in the Cayman Islands

Doing your own driving is a great way to see each of the Cayman Islands

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In the Cayman Island, drivers stay to the left as they do in England, which may take some getting used to for North American drivers.

Road conditions are very good throughout the region, particularly on Grand Cayman, but visitors should watch for wildlife outside the larger towns and cities. It is not uncommon to come upon iguanas and turtles sunning themselves in the middle of the warm island roads. Use caution when driving at night as many roads narrow without much shoulder. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic is another concern and a good reason to observe speed limits and road signs. This is particularly true of the smaller islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

A visitor's driving permit is required for all travelers who plan to drive while in the islands. Fortunately, these can easily be obtained from car rental companies as well as the local police stations. You will have to pay a registration fee of $7.50(USD) and show a valid license from your home country or an international driving permit. Seat belts are mandatory, not only for drivers but also for every passenger in the vehicle, including small children. Like the United States, it is the law that young children travel in the proper child safety restraint device. Additionally, vacationers who have rented mopeds or scooters are required to wear a helmet at all times.

Parking, which can be limited on many Caribbean islands, isn't much of a problem in the Caymans. Generally, hotels and restaurants have adequate spaces, and parking often is free for guests.

Of course, driving isn't mandatory.  It is possible to utilize several other transportation options as your main method of getting around.  While you can't use the to avoid driving from one attraction to the next, ferries are available for island hopping, and are often the most affordable means of doing so.  For getting around on Grand Cayman, you'll also have the option of taking the bus, and all islands offer taxi services

Vacationers who opt to drive in the Cayman Islands can be pleasantly surprised with the courtesy shown by native drivers. Taking a few minutes to observe the local customs can prove invaluable and will help take the stress out of driving in an unfamiliar place.

 

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