As the hub of all things transportation in the Cayman Islands, it probably comes as no surprise that Georgetown is also the official port of entry for yachters who choose to sail to the islands. After clearing in, you'll already be in your desired destination and thus that much closer to being able to get out and explore your surroundings.
If this is a travel option you're considering it is important to be aware that even sailors at the top of their game struggle with the hard-to-navigate reef, so many avid sailors choose to sign up for sightseeing tours hosted by locals who know the waters like the back of their hand. The tours available in this area tend to be specialty tours that offer dinner cruises, pirate theater, and more.
If you're just wanting to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Curious about taking a boat ride? Check out the chart below to find information on area day sailing companies.
|Cayman Islands Sailing Charters||(345) 525-1222||10 Market Street - Georgetown|
|Jolly Roger||(345) 945-7245||West Bay Road - Georgetown|
|Sail Cayman||(345) 916-4333||The Yacht Club C31 - Georgetown|
|(345) 947-2649||Spinnaker Square, Red Bay - Georgetown|
If you don't want to sail all the way to Georgetown but can't resist captaining a boat for a sail around Grand Cayman, you can charter a boat upon arrival. There are several reputable companies in the area offering top-of-the-line vessels for your pleasure sailing enjoyment.
If you're evaluating the option of renting a boat, you can contact one of these area agencies:
|(345) 949-6672||62 Lincoln Road - Georgetown|
|(345) 945-4676||Unit 25, 69 Barnes Drive - Georgetown|
|(345) 949-0008||53 North Church Street - Georgetown|
As you approach Georgetown, you should have your yellow Q flag flying and call port security at VHF Channel 16 to let them know you are on your way and that you have not yet cleared in. After port authority has reviewed your documentation, you'll be required to have your boat fumigated for mosquitoes, which is $25(USD). After that has been done, you'll be granted entry and be able to sail over to the marina of your choice.
Planning to visit Georgetown in your own vessel, or one you charter? See the chart that follows for summary information for area marinas.
|(345) 947-7913||320 Spinnaker Road - Georgetown|
|--||2.7 mi. (4.4 km) East of Georgetown|
|(345) 949-3743||606 North Sound Road - Georgetown|
Georgetown is the most popular sailing destination within the Cayman Islands both because it is a port of entry and because of all of the amenities available to yachters. If you're going to make the trip to these islands, you couldn't pick a better destination.
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