Visitors Guide

Everything you need to know about our island

LOCATION

The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, is part of the Cayman Ridge, which extends westward from Cuba. Situated 150 miles south of Cuba and 180 miles west of Jamaica in the central Caribbean the largest of the three Cayman Islands is Grand Cayman.

It is 22 miles long by 8 miles wide. Her sister, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, are located Northeast of Grand Cayman. Together all three islands are situated on the edge of the Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea at a depth of more than four miles.

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TRAVEL TIPS/ISLAND HELP

Taxis
If you do not plan on renting a car from Budget well on your vacation taxis are easily available with fixed rates to all island areas. Hotels are not allowed courtesy shuttles. Taxis to the Seven Mile Beach hotels are $19.75. To save money you could take the taxis to the George Town bus depot and ride Bus 1 or 2 (they will guide you to the correct bus) for $2.50 per person. They are the same Toyota vans.

Airport
The airport has one runway in which you will taxi back to the entrance. Immigration through small can take an hour to get through security and Immigration even though the part of the line you see from outside looks short.

Currency
Caymand Island currency is $0.80CI – $1.00US and most shops will give CI Currency. Most shops in Grand Cayman do accept both CI and US currencies however it is recommended to bring CI Currency considering you will receive your change in that manner.

 

WEATHER

The weather in the Cayman Islands sees temperatures with an average high temperature between 80°F (26.7°C) and 88°F (31°C) and average low temperature between 72°F (22.2°C) anc 80°F (26.7°C). You should probably take a light sweater, rain resistant windbreaker or long sleeved shirt for evening wear, as well as long pants, which would be appropriate in the conservative society away from the beach.

The driest months are in the moderately cooler months of March and April. The water temperature during this time will be around 78°F (25.67°C) to 82°F (27.8°C). This is cool enough for some people to become chilled, so be prepared to wear a wet suit if necessary if you plan on snorkeling or scuba diving. Of course, the dry season shouldn’t be expected to be completely rain free, however, and will have the occasional light shower.

The wet season runs from May through November, and is generally warmer than the dry season. As a result a sweater may be a bit warm (and end up being rain soaked if you are caught unexpectedly in a shower), so don’t forget the rain resistant wind breaker since umbrellas may not do well in Caribbean islands winds. Water temperatures during this season are warmer as well, running between 82°F (27.8°C) to 86°F (30°C) on average. During rainy season, anywhere between 16% of the days (May) and 24% of the days (August) will see rain. Average annual rainfall is around 46 inches.

 

HISTORICAL LANDMARKS

Cayman Islands National Museum
Harbour Drive, George Town
M-F 9am – 5pm, Sa 10am – 2pm. $4/$2

Ft. George remains,
Harbour Dr. and Fort St. George Town,
Remains of a 1790 for built to protect the harbor.

Cayman Maritime Treasure Museum,
North Church St., George Town.
Boat building, turtling and pirates. $5/$3.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park,
North Side. Daily 9am – 6:60pm.
Much to see here with a visitor center, short walking trail, endemic
Blue Iguanas, a 1900 era Cayman farmhouse and sand garden.
Adults $6, age 6 – 12 $3.50.

 

TOURIST SPOTS

Moby Dick Tours- Stingray City,
Phone: 480-626-5429, Stingray city tours $40, under 12 $30

Native Way Watersports, Cayman Yacht Club,
Phone: 1-345-916-5027

Soto’s Cruises, Seven Mile Beach,
Phone: 345-945-4576

Nautilus Undersea Tours
www.nautilus.ky

Boatswain’s Beach
www.boatswainsbeach.ky

Atlantis Adventures
Phone: 345-949-7700

 

DIVING

Cayman’s sites take you into the ocean
with a variety of different dive sites. For more
information, visit any of the sites located below.

Sunset Divers at Sunset House
South Sound, phone: 345-949-7111
www.sunsethouse.com/live_brochure.php

Red Sail Sports
Seven Mile Beach, phone: 345-945-5965
www.redsailcayman.com

Don Foster’s Dive Cayman Islands
Toll Free: 800-833-4837, phone: 345-945-5132
www.donfosters.com

Ocean Frontiers
East End, Toll free: 800-348-6096, phone: 345-947-7500
www.oceanfrontiers.com

 

WILD LIFE

Cayman is home to some unique wildlife and with our Botanical Gardens and Butterfly farm you have more reason than ever to come visit. Here is a few of the unique creatures that inhabit our island.

Blue Iguana
The Blue Iguana or Grand Cayman iguana (cyclura lewisi) is a critically endangered species of lizard of the genus Cyclura endemic to the island of Grand Cayman. Previously listed as a subspecies of the Cuban Iguana, it was reclassified as a separate species in 2004 because of genetic differences discovered four years earlier. The Blue Iguana is one of the longest-living species of lizard (possibly up to 69 years).

The Blue Iguana prefers dwelling in rocky, sunlit, open areas in dry forests or near the shore, as the femails must dig holes in the sand to lay eggs in June and July. The Blue Iguana’s vegetarian diet includes plants, fruits, and flowers. Its coloration is tan to gray with a bluish cast that is more pronounced during the breeding season and more so in males. It is large and heavy bodied with a dorsal crest of short spines running fron the base of the neck to the end of the tail.

Cayman Parrot
The Cuban Amazon, Amazona leucocephala, also known as Cayman Parrot of the Rose-throated Parrot, is a medium-sized green parrot fround in woodlands and dry forests of Cuba, the Bahamas and Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

The Cayman Parrot is a medium-sized parrot 28 – 33 centimetres (11 – 13 in) long. It is mainly green with some blue feathers on its wings. Its chin, throat and lower face are pinkish and its forehead and eyerings are white. The colours of the head vary between the populations on different islands and between subspecies. Its beak is hom-coloured and the feathers over the ears are blackish. The abdomen of the adult is dull red. The juvenile has little or no red on the abdomen and less pink on the chin, neck and face.

Black Heart Flicker
The Northern Flicker (colaptes auratus) is a medium-sized member of the woodpecker family. It is native to most of North America, parts of Central America, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, is one of the few woodpecker species that migrates, and is the only woodpecker that commonly feeds on the ground. There are over 100 common names for the Northern Flicker. Among them are: Yellowhammer, clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, and gawker bird. Many of these names are attempts at imitating some of its calls.

Sea Turtles
Cayman’s Turtle Farm helps preserve these creatures everyday by releasing 3/4 of our turtles back to the wild. Sea turtles are almost always submerging but breathe air. With a single explosive exhalation and rapid inhalation, sea turtles can quickly refill their lungs when they surface. Their lungs have adapted to permit rapid exchange of oxygen and to avoid trapping gasses during deep dives. During routine activity, green and logerhead turtles dive for about 4 to 5 minutes and surface to breathe for 1 to 3 seconds.

Turtles can rest or sleep underwater for several hours at a time but submergence time is much shorter while hunting or to escape predators. Activity and stress affect breath-holding ability, which is why turtles drown in shrimp trawls and other fishing gear within a relatively short time. Turtles must emerge while breeding, given the extra level of activity.

 

SPECIAL ITEMS

Thinking of picking up something special for a family or relative? We may have the solution for you…

Caymanite
Cayman Islands’ own semi-precious stone. It is a very hard stone which varies across the earth colors. Available at most jewelers.

Black Coral
Though black coral’s living tissue is brilliantly colored, it takes its name from the distictive black or dark brown color of its skeleton. Also unique to black coral are the tiny spines that cover the surface of the skeleton, the origin of the nickname little thorn coral Black Coral is masterly crafted into stunning jewelry.

Tortuga Rum Company
A favorite stop of many for their rum cakes. Free tasting of the cake.

Farmer’s Market
Local produce, jams, sauces.