With traffic flowing on the left side of the road, many travelers from the United States and other areas of the globe that drive on the right side of the road simply don't feel comfortable getting behind the wheel in the Cayman Islands. Fortunately, Grand Cayman is home to a healthy system of taxi operators so you'll be able to hail or call a cab to get you anywhere you need to go.
Depending on how you arrive on Grand Cayman, your first experience with a taxi will be at the airport or the cruise terminal. It is especially easy to get a ride from the Owen Roberts International Airport because even when there isn't a cab on hand, there is a dispatcher at the curb that can call once for you. If you have a chance to speak with the dispatcher, it is a great opportunity for you to get the numbers of local drivers to keep on hand for later in your trip. For the most part, taxis are easy to come by at major resorts. If you do end up in a location where you can't find a taxi on the street, the listings will come in handy, or you can ask a local business person for assistance (the concierge at the nearest hotel is ideal).
A few things to be aware of regarding taxis on Grand Cayman is that yes, you can hire drivers to give you tours of the island, and no, you cannot get in the cab if you are dripping with water from the beach or covered in sand. Local drivers are very picky about the cleanliness of their vehicles, and if you insist on riding in less than clean conditions, you will be charged an extra fee. If you plan on taking advantage of local nightlife, it is best to make arrangements with a local company for a ride, because late night drivers are hard to come by.
If you are ever in a location where you are unable to spot a cab, try one of the companies found below.
|(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 taxis on Grand Cayman are not metered. Instead, the rates are set by the government and based on an occupancy of up to three guests, and an additional one-third fee is charged per extra body. Also be aware that prices go up by 25 percent between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
Make sure to discuss your fare with your driver before taking off to ensure you are on the same page and aren't blindsided by any extra fees. Finally, be sure to show your appreciation for your driver with a gratuity of between 15 and 20 percent of your total bill.
The table below provides typical taxi fares for the area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 5.00||Royal Watler Cruise Terminal||Seven Mile Beach|
|$ 33.60||Owen Roberts International Airport||West Bay|
|$ 24.75||Owen Roberts International Airport||Prospect Park|
|$ 15.00||Owen Roberts International Airport||Downtown Georgetown|
|$ 59.40||Owen Roberts International Airport||North Side|
|$ 72.00||Owen Roberts International Airport||Rum Cay|
|$ 18.60||Owen Roberts International Airport||Seven Mile Beach|
|$ 52.00||Owen Roberts International Airport||Breakers|
|$ 29.40||Owen Roberts International Airport||Savannah|
|$ 40.50||Owen Roberts International Airport||Bodden Town|
|$ 19.50||Owen Roberts International Airport||Grand Harbour|
|$ 55.80||Owen Roberts International Airport||Old Man Bay|
|$ 24.60||Owen Roberts International Airport||Cayman Island Sailing Club|
|$ 37.50||Owen Roberts International Airport||Morgans Harbor Marina|
It can sometimes be hard to budget in advance when you're planning to make taxis your main mode of transportation, but keeping the above rates in mind you'll have a better idea of how to do so. Knowing these prices and keeping our other tips in mind, you should find taking a cab on Grand Cayman to be a great way to explore the island.
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