Vacationers who relish the opportunity to strike out on their own to do some island exploring should consider renting a car. There are plenty of agencies in the Caymans, from large, well-known national companies to smaller locations that sometimes offer the best rates.
The island chain known as the Cayman Islands actually consists of three islands: the major island of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. Travelers interested in visiting the two smaller islands should note that rental cars are the only major transportation option available there, as taxis and buses do not operate on these islands.
Streets on the islands should be approached from the left, in the British style. Many foreigners may be pleasantly surprised to discover that drivers in the Cayman Islands are known for being exceptionally courteous. Vacationers should also be aware that a mandatory seat belt law is in effect on all of the islands. The law applies to the driver and all passengers. Those traveling with small children should be aware the it is against the law for a child to be in a moving vehicle without the proper child safety restraint device. Check with the company you plan to rent you car from before hand, as some companies offer car seats and boosters seats for rent, saving you the hassle of checking a car seat at the airport.
Rental cars are extremely popular because they give visitors such independence. This popularity means that most agencies require advance reservations. Particularly during the peak winter season, it is never too early to ensure that a car will be available.
View the following chart which identifies the various local vehicle rental agencies.
|Andy's Rent a Car||(345) 949-8111||325 Owen Roberts Drive - 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) North of Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Avis Owen Roberts||(345) 949-2468||Owen Roberts International Airport - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Avis Westin Causuarina||(345) 945-5585||Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa - 3.0 mi. (4.9 km) South of West Bay||Grand Cayman|
|Avis at the Marriott||(345) 945-0684||Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) North of Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 949-2277||Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Brac Rent-A-Car||(345) 948-0277||Tibbetts Plaza - Cayman Brac||Cayman Brac|
|Budget Rent A Car Of Grand Cayman||(345) 949-5605||Airport Road - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Cayman Auto Rentals||(345) 949-1013||Church Street - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Cb Rent-A-Car||(345) 948-2424||Gerrard Smith Airport - West End||Cayman Brac|
|(345) 949-7703||480 Shedden Road - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Dollar Rent-A-Car||(345) 949-4790||Owen Roberts Airport - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Economy Car Rental||(345) 949-9550||Airport Road - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 948-1599||South Side - Cayman Brac||Cayman Brac|
|(345) 949-7953||48 Elgin Avenue - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Gt Leasing Ltd||(345) 945-3415||52 Godfrey Nixon Way - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Hertz Owen Roberts Airport||(855) 212-1713||Owen Roberts International Airport - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Hertz Seven Mile Beach||(345) 947-4378||18 Palm Heights - Seven Mile Beach||Grand Cayman|
|Marshall's Rent A Car||(345) 949-0550||Airport Plaza - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 948-1000||The Village Square - Little Cayman||Little Cayman|
|National Car Rental||(345) 945-7368||Grand Cayman||Grand Cayman|
|Payless Car Rental||(345) 949-5471||Grand Cayman||Grand Cayman|
|Thrifty Georgetown||(345) 949-6640||Airport Center - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 925-3454||Grand Cayman||Grand Cayman|
To rent a car, you must obtain a driving permit by presenting proof of a valid license issued by your home country and a fee of $7.50(USD). Permits are often available from the agencies themselves. Potential renters should also be aware that many companies will not rent to drivers under the age of 25. Some will rent to licensed drivers as young as 21, but they may charge an additional daily or fixed rate fee.
Requirements and restrictions can vary. If you are concerned about minimum and maximum age restrictions, insurance requirements and the like, consider contacting each firm directly, before making a final decision.
Rates are fairly stable and should be between $50(USD) and $70(USD) per day during the winter season. Summer rates are generally discounted quite a bit. Many rental companies may be able to offer weekly rates, which can be a great value.
When budgeting for a rental car, remember to factor in additional costs such as gasoline. Parking difficulties should also be carefully considered. Although most areas of the islands are not crowded, it is not always easy to find a parking space in the more urban areas such as George Town.
Even though you should have minimal difficulties spotting gas stations, it is still a good idea to view the chart that follows to get an orientation of where some can be found.
|--||1.1 mi. (1.8 km) East-Southeast of Bodden Town||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 949-2105||Airport Industrial Park - Grand Cayman||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 949-2748||North Church Street - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 949-4262||Eastern Avenue - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|--||2.4 mi. (3.9 km) North of Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 949-8373||South Church Street - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 949-2120||435 Walkers Road - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|--||Old Man Bay||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 947-3660||Savannah||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 943-3743||612 North Sound Road - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|--||2.1 mi. (3.4 km) North of Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 949-0175||454 West Bay Road - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 945-7448||282 Shedden Road - Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 948-0323||Watering Place - Tibbetts Turn||Cayman Brac|
|(345) 948-1338||West End||Cayman Brac|
Nonetheless, the independence that rental cars afford travelers is invaluable, and the convenience of having a vehicle at your own disposal is undeniable.
Each island in the Cayman Islands can be a little different when it comes to renting a car. Take a look at the guides below to help you figure the ins and outs.
|Guide to Cayman Brac Rental Cars|
|Guide to Grand Cayman Rental Cars|
|Guide to Little Cayman Rental Cars|
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