The Cayman Islands Ferries

With no inter-island ferry service, navigating the Cayman Islands can be a bit tricky

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Cayman Islands Ferries

Many travelers will be surprised to learn that there is no ferry service between the smaller, outlying islands of the Caymans and the major hub of Grand Cayman. Luckily, another option allows travelers to get a taste of the beautiful seas and excellent weather for which the islands are known.

Vacationers can charter catamarans and yachts for tours. Generally, these vessels are rented out with a full crew and knowledgeable guides who are eager to point out areas of interest.

The best way to find a local boat and guide in a marina near your hotel or resort is to ask the concierge staff. The yellow pages or local business directory may also be a good resource, but do some comparison shopping to find competitive rates, as private boats can be quite expensive.

Private boats run from Cayman Brac to Little Cayman on a fairly regular basis. Operators charge $20(USD) each way for the 25 minute trip.

While there is ferry service on Grand Cayman, it is used only to connect Rum Point and North Sound. The trip takes about 40 minutes each way and departs from the Grand Cayman Beach Suites hotel on Seven Mile Beach.

Travelers staying on Grand Cayman will find the local ferry convenient and pleasant. The lack of inter-island ferries on the Cayman Islands doesn't have to slow you down, since chartered yachts provide an excellent customizable alternative.


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