About Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are an autonomous British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. The 264-square-kilometre (102-square-mile) territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, which are located to the south of Cuba and northeast of Honduras, between Jamaica and Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. As of spring 2018, the population of the Cayman Islands was estimated to be 64,420 making it the second-most populated British overseas territory after Bermuda. The capital city is George Town, situated on Grand Cayman, by far the most populous of the three islands.

The Cayman Islands is considered to be part of the geographic Western Caribbean Zone as well as the Greater Antilles. The territory is often considered a major world offshore financial haven for international businesses and many wealthy individuals.

Most See and Do

Seven Mile Beach – Many of Grand Cayman’s best resorts are situated on Seven Mile, and there are a number of casual beach bars and restaurants, a playground, restrooms and showers to boot. What’s more, it’s also a great spot to try snorkeling for the first time – the clear water allows snorkelers to see the vibrant fish and beautiful coral.

Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef – The USS Kittiwake was an ex-U.S. Navy submarine that served for more than 50 years before it was sunk off the coast of popular Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman in 2011. The submerged submarine and artificial reef now delights scuba divers with its swim throughs and sea life, including shrimp, eels, barracuda, turtles and grouper.

Mastic Trail – If you’re a nature lover, you should definitely add the Mastic Trail to your list of Grand Cayman must-dos. The trail is a 200-year-old gravel path that winds through a native mangrove swamp and a 2 million-year-old woodland area, surrounded by some of the island’s most colorful and rare plant life.

Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery – What started in 2008 as a small distillery producing ocean-aged rum has become the 5,000-square-foot Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery. What’s unique about this distillery is the way they age their rum: on the ocean floor. In fact, it was the first distillery to do so. These days, in addition to producing rum, the distillery also produces flavored rums, vodka and liqueurs.  

Stingray City – Located in the North Sound area of Grand Cayman, Stingray City is the most popular attraction on any of the three Cayman Islands. The “city” is actually a shallow sandbar where you can interact with and feed the wild Atlantic stingrays that live freely in those waters.

Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto – Just south of Seven Mile Beach and approximately 46 feet below the surface are Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto, two of the most popular diving spots on Grand Cayman. Both are wonderful underwater mazes filled with tarpon, silversides, parrotfish and barracuda, and they should be enjoyable swims for both beginner and intermediate snorkelers.

Bloody Bay Marine Park – This marine park is the top diving spot on Little Cayman, and it’s a favorite of both skilled and beginning scuba divers. The park’s top sight is the Bloody Bay Wall, an incredible reef and drop down that starts about 20 feet below sea level before plummeting more than 1,000 feet. Visibility of the water’s native stingrays, turtles and sharks averages around 100 feet.

Captain Keith Tibbetts Wreck – Captain Keith Tibbetts Wreck is a 330-foot-long Russian frigate that was deliberately sunk off Cayman Brac to create an artificial reef. It’s now the coral-crusted, sponge-coated home to thousands of groupers, amber-colored scorpionfish and even a handful of green moray eels. The ship is largely intact; its remains range from 30 to 100 feet below the surface. This intermediate dive is approximately 200 yards from shore, so most people take a boat to the site.  

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Kaia Kamina is a true seaside majesty. This remarkable Cayman Kai villa near Rum Point presents 10,000 square feet of modern West Indies style – a getaway that feels like your own boutique resort. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, everyone is required to present a valid passport to enter the Cayman Islands. When traveling to the island it’s important to travel with the details of your accommodation including the address of the villa. This is required for the Customs and Immigration forms.

On peak travel days (Saturday and Sunday) the lines at Immigration can be 15 minutes to one hour, depending upon the circumstances and number of flights that land at the same time. A “fast track” option is available for airport arrivals and departures. There is a charge of US$36.58 per person for both arrivals and departures from age 4 and upwards.  You can opt for arrival only. Children 3 years and under are free. (Fees are subject to change).

You may also want to have some water and/or snacks with you. After immigration, baggage claim is quick and the customs lines move quickly as well.

Americans and Canadians are not required to obtain Visas to enter the Cayman Islands. 

The Cayman Islands are –5 hours GMT. However, we do not observe Daylight Savings time. During the winter we are on US Eastern time and in the summer we operate in the Central time zone.

According to the latest Duty Free Allowances, all visitors over the age of 18 may bring with them: Up to 1 liter of spirits (liquor); OR 4 liters of wine; OR 1 case of beer (not exceeding 8 liters). In addition to the alcohol, you may also bring tobacco as follows: Up to 200 cigarettes OR 250 grams of tobacco. There are a wide variety of liquor stores on island as well. Jacques Scott, Blackbeard’s, or Premier Wines will deliver directly to the villa.

One of the most noticeable differences in the Cayman Islands, compared to the US, is that we drive on the LEFT side. The roads are very well-maintained and between maps and directional signage you can easily navigate the island.

Most visitors do opt to rent a car and there are a number of reputable rental car agencies located right at the airport. We encourage you to book your vehicle in advance. We are happy to assist with rental car reservations, or we can arrange for an airport transfer and have your rental car waiting for you at the villa. A temporary drivers permit is required and is processed at the rental car company ($20USD/driver).

The average temperature in the winter is 75–85 degrees Fahrenheit and 80–95 degrees in the summer.

Winter or summer, the temperature generally stays within the range of 70–95 degrees day or night. The months with the least humidity and lowest temperatures are December through April, February occasionally recording night-time temperatures in the high 60’s, and March probably being the most “temperate” month of the year.

The year divides into two seasons, the summer or “rainy” season, generally from mid-May through October, moving into the winter or “dry” season, from November to April. March and April are our driest months and May and October are traditionally the highest rainfall months. This of course, does not mean that it rains constantly during either of those months, but reflects the trend within our region.

Being in a tropical zone, it is not unusual to have brief afternoon showers during the summer, and, at certain times, brief morning sprinkles too. Similar to most West Indian Islands, rainfall tends to be higher in the western sections.

The Cayman Islands are the same as the US and Canada and all electrical outlets are 110VAC, 60 Cycles. If you are from elsewhere, you may want to bring an adapter.

The Cayman Islands have their own currency. The basic unit is the dollar, issued in notes with denominations of CI $100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1.

The currency conversion rate is set and does not fluctuate, but different vendors use different numbers. The most common conversion is US $1 = .82 CI. You will also see US $1 = .80 or .84 CI.

The US Dollar is also accepted virtually everywhere on the island and most businesses and tour operators accept all major credit cards.

The government of the Cayman Islands’ Health Services Complex is located in George Town, Grand Cayman. It boasts modern equipment and facilities, in addition to an increased number of highly trained personnel.

A 24 hour hyperbaric decompression chamber is available for divers and an air ambulance service for other emergencies. The telephone number is (345) 949-8600.

There is also a private hospital – Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial – in George Town, and one in East End, Health City;  as well as a number of other private facilities that offer a variety of professional medical services.

Tipping is usually expected everywhere you go to eat or drink. Most bars and restaurants will add 15% to your bill and you should check before paying to be sure. Your bill will usually come priced in CI dollars with the US$ price below it. If unsure, always ask the serving staff to clarify. The 15% addition is not a legal requirement and you do not have to pay it if the service received was below par.

Remember that serving staff in restaurants and bars generally rely on tips for a large portion of their salary, so please tip them if they give good service.

One confusing issue is that often a bill in a restaurant will include the 15% grautity as well as a blank line for an additional “tip”. Most people feel that it is unnecessasy to leave an additional amount because thay have already paid 15%. To clarify, the 15% goes into a pool and is split between all the “lower level” staff at an establishment, including your server, the cooks in the kitchen, etc. If you feel that your server performed exceptionally and was very friendly, attentive, etc., you might consider giving them someting extra. You should not feel obligated to leave a tip if you receive average service.

Grand Cayman is world renowned for its crystal clear, blue waters. As such, it is a world class dive and snorkel destination. Known in particular for its amazing wall dives, beautiful coral reefs and seemingly endless visibility.

Diving and snorkeling are the most popular activities followed closely by deep sea fishing, which can be done just offshore. Trips that include Stingray City (which can be combined snorkeling, fishing and/or diving) are by far the most popular.

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