Transportation Options for Grand Cayman

All modes of transportation are recommendable on Grand Cayman

Photo credit: © Vlad Krylov
 

Cosmopolitan cities meet laid back island towns and somewhere in the middle the pace of life exists on Grand Cayman comes to be.  Whether you're hoping to stay in trendy Seven Mile Beach, quiet Rum Point, historic Bodden Town, or busy George Town there is a little something for every traveler here.  One of the most important things to know as you plan your vacation here is that all modes of transportation are easy and efficient. 

Air Travel

Grand Cayman is home to Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), the major gateway into the Cayman Islands.  Approximately 55 flights from around the world land here each week, bring visitors mainly from Miami, but also several other states in the U.S., Canada, Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas.  Immigrations does take some time getting through, but overall this airport is known for providing a pleasant experience for its travelers.  For a complete listing of airlines that fly here, plus a list of entry requirements and more, click here

Sailing

On Grand Cayman, yachters will find the official port of entry in George Town, and several marinas spread out around the coast – though George Town remains the most popular destination.  Sailors should be warned that the reef that surrounds the island makes the sport more difficult here than other destinations in the Caribbean, so only the most experienced should plan to make this trip.  Click here to learn more. 

Cruises

Grand Cayman's cruise port is located in downtown Georgetown, though ships actually anchor offshore and tender passengers to the island.  This island is a very popular destination, and if you're hopping to visit be on the lookout for cruises that make their way through the Western Caribbean.

Rental Cars

Of all of the forms of local ground transportation, rental cars are most recommended because they allow guest the freedom to explore on their own timetable.  It doesn't hurt that costs are relatively low and road conditions are great.  There are some regulations that foreign drivers will need to follow, however, like purchasing a local permit for $7.50(USD) and they typically must be between the ages of 25 and 75.  

Find out where you can rent from and what it's like driving on the island when you click here

Taxis

Taxis are the second most reliable form of transportation on the island next to driving yourself around.  You'll find them parked out front of the resorts along Seven Mile Beach, near the airport, near the cruise port, and other top tourist spots.  Drivers are friendly, and willing to answer any questions you have about local culture and attractions, and some will even take you on private tours.  Prices are not low, however.  The government sets the rates and there are sheets in every cab with a list.  You can expect to spend anywhere from $20 to $30(USD) and don't forget to tip from 15 to 20 percent.   Everything you need to know about taking a taxi on Grand Cayman can be found here.

Buses

Grand Cayman does have a public bus system, however instead of full-sized buses, you'll encounter mini vans driving around on set routes.  In order to catch a ride, simply start walking on the left side of the road towards your destination.  When a bus drives by it will honk to inquire if you need a ride.  If you'd like to get on, turn to the bus and wave, and the driver will stop to pick you up.  For a sure thing, however, you can head to the bus terminal adjacent to the Public Library on Edward Street right in the center of Georgetown. The cost of the bus is between $1.25 and $5(USD) and they operate from 6:00 a.m. to midnight daily.  Buses serve George Town including Seven Mile Beach, and Bodden Town, East Side, North Side, and West Bay. 

Transportation options for a trip on Grand Cayman are some of the best in the region, so whichever option you feel most comfortable with will come highly recommended.  

 

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