One of the most pleasant aspects of the three Cayman Islands is their small sizes. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are both less than 15 miles long and 3 miles wide, making them easy to navigate and eliminating the need for public transportation. The larger island of Grand Cayman offers several ways of getting around; perhaps the one that vacationers are most familiar with are taxis.
Travelers eager to begin their relaxing vacation on Grand Cayman may decide that hiring a taxi is the simplest way to get around the island. Vehicles drive on the left side of the road, so visitors unfamiliar with the British style of driving often prefer to leave the driving to professionals, at least until they get a feel for things. Luckily, hired cars are widely available outside of airports and docks. These cabs can take passengers to any point on the island and operate on fixed rates. A sign is posted to notify visitors of the current rates, as they have a tendency to fluctuate.
Take a look at the following chart to find out how to call local cab companies whenever you are needing a taxi.
|(345) 949-3676||Goulds Estate - Batabano|
|(345) 926-7744||West Bay|
|(345) 777-7777||Goulds Estate - West Bay|
|(345) 945-4477||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 949-4748||Elgin Avenue - Georgetown|
|(345) 943-8888||Gould's Estate - West Bay|
|(345) 777-7777||Gould's Shop School House Road - Georgetown|
|(345) 946-5731||184 Sitwil Drive - Bodden Town|
The standard rate is applicable to for up to three passengers. For every passenger over three, an additional third of the total fare will be added to your bill. Those traveling in larger groups should speak with the driver to determine a rate. Surcharges will apply for extra luggage (a charge of $1.25(USD) per piece), waiting time (about $0.65(USD) per minute), and late night travel (an additional 25 percent between midnight and 6:00 a.m.). Many tourists will also be surprised to find that some cabs add an addition 25 percent surcharge when traveling during bad weather.
Want to know about local taxi rates? Check out this array of data.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 33.60||Owen Roberts International Airport||West Bay|
|$ 15.00||Owen Roberts International Airport||Downtown Georgetown|
|$ 18.60||Owen Roberts International Airport||Seven Mile Beach|
|$ 55.80||Owen Roberts International Airport||Old Man Bay|
|$ 72.00||Owen Roberts International Airport||Rum Cay|
|$ 24.75||Owen Roberts International Airport||Prospect Park|
|$ 59.40||Owen Roberts International Airport||North Side|
|$ 40.50||Owen Roberts International Airport||Bodden Town|
|$ 52.00||Owen Roberts International Airport||Breakers|
|$ 19.50||Owen Roberts International Airport||Grand Harbour|
|$ 37.50||Owen Roberts International Airport||Morgans Harbor Marina|
|$ 5.00||Royal Watler Cruise Terminal||Seven Mile Beach|
|$ 29.40||Owen Roberts International Airport||Savannah|
|$ 24.60||Owen Roberts International Airport||Cayman Island Sailing Club|
Fares can get quite expensive. So while taxis may be the easiest way of reaching your hotel from the airport or marina, many vacationers will find that cabs are not ideal for longer trips across the island. In this case, you may find that renting a vehicle is more cost effective, and if you plan to island hop, click here to learn about hiring a private boat to get around. You’ll be shocked at how inexpensive it is!
Remember that if you are traveling with a small child and plan on using taxis as your main source of transportation you should bring a car seat or booster seat from home. It is against the law for children to be in a moving vehicle and not properly restrained, and taxis will not provide them for you.
If you imagine yourself touring the island but don’t want to get behind the wheel, you might find a tour bus to be a better option than hailing a cab. Many of these buses will even pick groups of passengers up from Owen Roberts International Airport with prior notice. A few of these tour bus groups include Majestic Tours, NCT Tours, Reliable Tours, Ruday’s Traveler’s Transport, Tropicana Tours, and Webster’s Tours. Public buses are also available on Grand Cayman. Click here to learn more.
Overall, courteous and knowledgeable drivers make hiring taxis a convenient experience, but high prices can deter many travelers from relying on them as a primary mode of transportation on Grand Cayman. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for folks who want to see the island, meet the locals, and save some money.
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