The most tourist-oriented stretch of coast on the island, Seven Mile Beach is the type of location where a rental car really isn't necessary – if you want to stick close to your resort and the beach that is. If you don't want to miss out on all of the most important sites that Grand Cayman offers its tourists, you may want to sign up to rent a car at least for a day of sightseeing.
Aside from the airport, on Seven Mile Beach rent out the most vehicles on Grand Cayman. This means you shouldn't have trouble if you decide to skip the kiosks at the airport terminal and pick up your rental later on in your stay. Either way, it is best to reserve the vehicle in advance to ensure there is one available for you – especially during the height of tourist season.
Be aware that you'll need to be between the ages of 25 and 75 to rent, and you'll have to purchase a driver's permit. The cost is $7.50(USD) and you can get it from your rental agency, from the Police Station in George Town on Elgin Avenue, or the Vehicle Licensing Department on Crewe Road.
Take a look at this table that shows the many different local vehicle rental agencies.
|Andy's Rent a Car||(345) 949-8111||325 Owen Roberts Drive - 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) North of Georgetown|
|Avis Owen Roberts||(345) 949-2468||Owen Roberts International Airport - Georgetown|
|Avis Westin Causuarina||(345) 945-5585||Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa - 3.0 mi. (4.9 km) South of West Bay|
|Avis at the Marriott||(345) 945-0684||Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) North of Georgetown|
|Budget Rent A Car Of Grand Cayman||(345) 949-5605||Airport Road - Georgetown|
|Cayman Auto Rentals||(345) 949-1013||Church Street - Georgetown|
|Hertz Owen Roberts Airport||(855) 212-1713||Owen Roberts International Airport - Georgetown|
|Hertz Seven Mile Beach||(345) 947-4378||18 Palm Heights - Seven Mile Beach|
It will cost at least $40(USD) a day to rent the most standard vehicle during the height of tourist season. If you visit during the summer, you can expect to spend up to 35 percent less.
Driving on Grand Cayman is easy for most people, especially if they have experience driving on other islands in the Caribbean. Seven Mile Beach is a little more congested than other areas of the island, but the roads remain in good order and local drivers are courteous, so most people are willing to put up with a little traffic.
You'll find speed limits to be between 30 and 50 miles an hour, traffic moves on the left side of the road, and chatting on your cell phone while driving is a big no-no. You'll find maps at the airport, rental agencies, and in supermarkets, but you can certainly use a modern GPS system.
Even though you should have no difficulties finding gas stations, you still may want to take a look at the chart that follows to get an idea where some of them can be found.
|(345) 949-2748||North Church Street - Georgetown|
|--||2.4 mi. (3.9 km) North of Georgetown|
|--||2.1 mi. (3.4 km) North of Georgetown|
|(345) 949-0175||454 West Bay Road - Georgetown|
Even if you just rent for a day or so, having a vehicle at your disposal makes life just a little bit easier when you stay on Seven Mile Beach.
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