The islands that comprise the Caymans are each incredibly unique, and no vacation can be called complete without a sizable bit of exploring. Whether your interests lie just across the street or on a neighboring shore, plenty of transportation options give you access to every nook and cranny of the Cayman Islands.
With one international Cayman airline and one that flies between each of the three islands, the most popular way to reach the Cayman Islands is by air. Other airlines travel from as far away as the U.K. to reach these islands. All International flights enter the Cayman Islands via on Grand Cayman. From there, you can island hop to on Cayman Brac or the on Little Cayman.
Small aircrafts are the fastest method of island-hopping; visitors can hire a flight, while experienced aviators can charter their own planes.
Read more about flying into the islands with our Cayman Islands Air Travel Guide.
True adventurers take to the seas and sail to the Cayman Islands on their own. Sailors should take into account the area's regulations, of which there ar many, but the blue waters are certainly enticing. Yachters can enter the Cayman Islands at Georgetown on Grand Cayman or Creek on Cayman Brac, and contact customs before they can leave their craft. One thing that is unique about sailing into the Cayman Islands is that in order to protect the natural order of things on the island, mosquito treatments are often required of personal watercrafts before they are permitted to dock. Mosquito Boats will sail out to you and administer the treatment for $25(USD). Read more about sailing and yachting to the Cayman Islands here.
Traveling by sea, cruises are always a popular choice because of the amenities they offer, but cruises only land at the port on Grand Cayman and may not stay for long. Depending on your interests and the length of your stay, you can shop or take in the area's popular natural sites while your ship is in port.
Cruising is a great option for someone who just can't seem to decide where they want to vacation. With several stops along the way, you'll be able to get the best of each port, which will in turn help you to see which country you'd like to return to on your next vacation.
Rental cars are available on all of the islands for vacationers who feel up to braving the Caymanian roadways. U.S. tourists will have some adjusting to do, since driving is done on the left side of the road rather than the left, but, locals are known for being extremely courteous drivers so this is a great place to learn. Prices vary depending upon the season in which you travel and the type of car you rent, but you can expect to spend between $50 and $75(USD) a day, with discounts offered for extended rentals. Be sure to click here to find out more about renting a car in the Cayman Islands.
Many car rental agencies also rent out bikes and mopeds, which are fantastic alternatives for visitors who want to explore out-of-the-way sights. Most people opt to rent these one and two seaters for a day or two, rather than as their main mode of transportation, though a physically fit and active tourist who prefers to be out in the elements can certainly choose to do so. Keep in mind that these types of vehicles are not recommended in urban areas during heavy times of traffic.
On Grand Cayman, taxis are abundant, and drivers tend to be knowledgeable and courteous. Many people tend to opt for taxis over rental cars because the islands are small and won't cost much for a quick trip, plus, it allows them to avoid having to learn how to drive on the left side of the road. Note that extra luggage and passengers will up the price, as will asking your driver to be your tour guide as you go from point A to point B. Click here to learn more.
A public bus system also services this largest of the three islands. These efficient and affordable buses run on a number of routes that are regularly scheduled and much more dependable than many of the other bus systems in the Caribbean. Fare depends upon where you are going, so make sure to check with the bus before you board, and have cash on hand for payment. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman do not have public transportation because they are so small.
Inter-island travel can be incredibly rewarding, giving vacationers a unique view of the Cayman Islands. Seafaring types may be disappointed to learn that there are no inter-island ferries, but will take heart to know that private boats are available for charter. These offer a very enjoyable option and are often rather affordable.
Read our Cayman Islands Ferry Guide to learn more.
It may be tough to decide which route to take, but one thing is certain: there is no shortage of transportation options to suit your traveling needs. Whether your plans include swimming in the ocean, shopping in the towns, or lounging in a shady hammock, there is a way of getting wherever you want in the Cayman Islands.
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