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Links for our US Guests-
Links for out UK Guests-
Links for our Canadian Guests-
Information on the Cayman Islands-
following travel information is intended to assist you in investigating,
for your vacation.
a some important tips to remember BEFORE
you travel abroad.
good guidebook and get to know your
Ensure you have a valid passport and
what vaccinations you need at least 6
weeks before you go.
copies of your passport, insurance
policy & 24-hour emergency number
a copy of your passport, insurance
policy and ticket details with family
enough money for your trip and some
back-up funds e.g. travelers cheques
a copy of your itinerary and a way of
contacting you, with family and friends.
sure your passport is valid for a
minimum of six months at return date.
the full details of your next of kin in
another form of ID with you (preferably
with a photograph).
to stay healthy.
if your medication is legal in the
country you are visiting.
your medication in your hand luggage.
taking medication with you, also take
the prescription and a GP's letter.
sure you know about local laws
especially relating to alcohol and
sure you know about local culture
especially relating to dress codes.
a phrase book that you can use in
the validity, expiry dates and cash
available on your credit or debit card(s).
thing you should do if anything goes wrong
is to contact your relatives and friends at
They can then take appropriate action
within the United States. The same advice
should be taken if a natural disaster occurs
during your visit to a foreign country.
In most cases people only
need advice. But in cases of real difficulty
such as death, serious accidents and
illnesses, arrests and detentions, or those
at risk of physical harm, the Consultant will
for our US guests...
- Companies that
process US Passports and Visas in 24 Hours
- for individuals,
corporations and travel agents.
you will have to complete an immigration form on the airlines showing where you
will be staying while you are on Grand Cayman and when you go through immigrations at
the airport you also will have to tell them that you will be staying.
- -What you can
bring into the Cayman Island-
Arriving visitors may bring in duty-free any personal items
for use while on vacation. In addition, visitors 18 and older can bring in
duty-free either one liter of alcohol, four liters of wine or one case of
beer (not exceeding eight liters) and 200 cigarettes, or 25 cigars or 250
grams of tobacco. Don't be confused by the Customs forms which states that
returning residents are allowed CI$300 worth of goods duty free. This
privilege does not apply to visitors. Remember that any gifts you are
bringing into Cayman may also be subject to duty. Books and camera equipment
are always allowed as duty free items.
To Bring In:
Importing or possession of any kind of illegal drugs including marijuana
(ganja) is strictly prohibited by law and violators face arrest and
prosecution by local authorities.
Also prohibited are:
Firearms of any kind.
Spear guns (or pole spears or Hawaiian slings).
Live plants and plant cuttings; raw fruits and vegetables are also
restricted because they may carry diseases or shelter harmful insect pests.
If you have questions about any item, contact the Collector of Customs,
When You Leave
Visitors from the US should be aware that products made from farmed green
sea turtles available in limited selections at the Cayman Turtle Farm Ltd.
are offered for local consumption. The importation of genuine sea turtle
products is strictly prohibited by any countries, which have signed the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (1978) including
the USA, Canada and UK. In addition, US Customs prohibits the transshipment
of turtle products through the US. Any products discovered will be
You will not be allowed to bring back any plants or plant seeds, vegetables
or fruits unless you have official permits from US Customs. Otherwise, these
will be confiscated by Customs at US gateways.
The Intelligence Reform and
Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
requires that by January 1,
2008, travelers to and from the
Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama,
Mexico and Canada have a
passport or other secure,
accepted document to enter or
re-enter the United States. In
order to facilitate the
implementation of this
requirement, the Administration
is proposing to complete it in
phases following a proposed
timeline, which will be
published in the Federal
Register in the near future.
In the proposed implementation
plan, which is subject to a
period of initial public
comment, the Initiative will be
rolled out in phases, providing
as much advance notice as
possible to the affected public
to enable them to meet the terms
of the new guidelines. The
proposed timeline will be as
2007 - Requirement applied
to all air and sea travel to
or from Canada, Mexico,
Central and South America,
the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
2008 - Requirement extended
to all land border crossings
as well as air and sea
This is a change from prior
travel requirements and will
affect all United States
citizens entering the United
States from countries within the
Western Hemisphere who do not
currently possess valid
passports. This new
requirement will also affect
certain foreign nationals who
currently are not required to
present a passport to travel to
the United States. Most
Canadian citizens, citizens of
the British Overseas Territory
of Bermuda, and to a lesser
degree, Mexican citizens will be
affected by the implementation
of this requirement.
Links" for our UK guests...
- "Informational Links" for our Canadian
Information on the Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands Government - For Information and Services
Please find below a number of informative, full-color,
hi-res brochures about relaxing, diving and snorkeling in
the Cayman Islands. The files are in PDF format.
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Dress is more
restrictive than other islands and more elegant.
Neat, casual and comfortable tropical attire are appropriate
throughout the Cayman Islands.
Dress is casual and public nudity, including
topless sunbathing, is strictly prohibited. A beach cover-up shirt, or dress is
required when you leave the beach.
Pack smart, casual tropical resort wear for evenings out at
restaurants, "Sunday dress" attire for attending church services, and plenty of
swimsuits. Although it is the tropics, occasionally it can become
cool at night. Packing a warm shirt is a good idea.
For nighttime dining, casual elegance - something
more than T-shirt and shorts - are preferred.
is the official language of the Caymanian people.
Cayman Islands remains on Eastern Standard Time year-round and does not change
to Daylight Savings Time in April.
Cayman Islands has its own currency, whose basic unit is the dollar. The CI
dollar has a fixed exchange
with the US dollar. There is no need for visitors to exchange their US dollars
into local currency. The US dollar is accepted throughout the islands.
The local currency, the Cayman Islands dollar, is equivalent to US
$1.25. American currency is generally accepted as are major credit
cards. Banking hours are 9 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9
am to 1 pm, and 2 pm to 4:30 pm on Friday. The departure tax when
leaving Cayman is US $12.50.
CI Dollar = US$1.25
US Dollar = CI $.80
Other currencies can be exchanged
for CI dollars at local banks.
Major credit cards (with the
exception of the Discover Card) and travelers checks are widely accepted.
Automatic Teller Machines accept
VISA, MasterCard, and ATM cards with Cirrus affiliation.
Currency & Exchange CI-US
Dollar Exchange Rate
The Cayman Islands use the same electrical
standards as the USA - 110volts, 60Hz. Most of our electronics and appliances
are imported from the USA, and any travel items such as camcorders, blow-dryers,
electric razors and travel clocks will work.
A mandatory Government room tax of 10% is
standard and will be added to your room charge. A departure tax of CI$10.00 or
US$12.50 per person is also payable at the airport if not included in your
Liquor Law - Drinking Age
The legal age for drinking alcoholic beverages on
the Cayman Islands is 18 years. A licensee may lose his license or be fined for
serving alcoholic beverages to any under-age person.
Gratuities and Services Charges
Many restaurants will automatically add a charge
of 15% to your total food and drink bill. In this case tipping is not required,
and you should check your bill before leaving extra. Your food and beverage
server receives only a portion of the gratuity, and you may tip extra at your
The piped water in the Cayman Islands is
completely safe to cook with or drink. All hotels and condos and most
restaurants and private homes are connected to the city water supply. The water
is originally pumped from the sea and then purified by reverse osmosis.
Radio and Television
The Cayman Islands is served by 4 FM radio
stations offering a mix of local and international music and programming via
Radio Cayman 105.3 & 89.9; Z-99 99.9; ICCI 101.1. There are two free
"over-the-air" local television stations: CITN Cayman 27 (also on cable channel
12) and CITS Island 24 (cable channel 9). Cayman 27 offers 24 hours of
international and local programming, while Island 24 is a 24-hour tourist
information channel. There is also Cable TV (35 channels including ABC, NBC,
CBS, PBS, FOX, ESPN) which is available at most hotels, condos and other rental
accommodations, and is in wide use in private residences. CITN also broadcasts
the Pirate Landing Pageant and Float Parade live the first Saturday of the
Festival, and in a later re-broadcast.
public transportation option in Grand Cayman is a public bus
system which is considered efficient and inexpensive by most
travelers. The bus has only been operating for less than ten
years, reflecting the recent growth of the area. There is a bus
terminal located in downtown George Town from which all of the
busses start their journeys.
The Grand Cayman bus starts
operating every morning at six and runs until anywhere from nine
at night until midnight depending on the route and the day.
Hours are shorter Sunday through Thursday and longer on
weekends. Busses run frequently; anywhere from every fifteen
minutes to every hour on the hour, depending on the route.
Visitors coming to Grand
Cayman from major cities are forewarned that these busses are
not like big city busses. In fact, in terms of the vehicles
themselves, they are actually more like shuttle busses or large
vans than they are like city busses. However, visitors should
not be deterred by this small town style of transportation. The
busses operate just like standard city busses and the drivers
are usually friendlier than big city bus drivers.
In October 1998, Grand Cayman launched its first ever-official
public bus transportation system. The new bus terminal is
located adjacent the Public Library on Edward St. in downtown
George Town and serves as the dispatch point for buses to all
districts. There are 38 mini-buses operated by 24 licensed
operators, serving eight routes. Daily service starts at 6 a.m.
from the depot and the schedule is as follows from George Town
West Bay - every 15 minutes, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday -
Thursday; 6 a.m. - midnight, Fri. & Sat. Fare is CI$1.50 each
Bodden Town - Every 30 minutes, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday-
Thurs.; 6 a.m. - midnight, Fri. & Sat. Fare is CI$1.50 each way.
East End and North Side - Every hour, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Sunday - Thurs. and Saturday. On Friday, buses will operate
until after Midnight. Fare: CI$2 each way.
The new system uses colour - coded logos located on the front
and rear of buses to identify routes as follows: Route 1
(yellow) and Route 2 (lime green) cover George Town to West Bay;
Route 3 (blue) provides service between the depot in George Town
and Bodden Town. Route 4 (purple) operates between the depot and
East End. Route 5 (red) goes from the depot to East End and
North Side. Route 6 (dark green) operates from North Side to
West Bay. Route 7 (dark green with white numbers) is an
inter-district service for George Town. Route 8 (orange) runs
from the depot to Hutland in North Side. Licensed buses are
identified by blue licence plates. To maintain consistency in
fares, each bus must display a fare table outlining standard
government-authorized fares. The hotline number for public
comment and feedback is 945-5100.
- Major car rental agencies
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Car Rentals) and excellent local ones provide cars, jeeps,
and buses. A valid driver's license from your country of origin would be
needed to obtain a visitor's driving permit. Ground tour operators and
taxis will also take you around on island tours if you prefer not to
drive. Also available for rent are bicycles, scooters, and motorbikes.
They provide transportation to and from the airport in air-conditioned limo
buses, primarily to North Side and East End. They have 17 years of experience,
and allow grocery and liquor store stops. They prices are 15% less than the
competition. Car rentals available at very competitive prices. Phone:
345-947-9626, Fax: 345-947-9626
Chauffeur & Transportation Service
Cayman Nice Taxi & Tour Service
Cab Team Taxi Service
Charlie's Super Tours & Taxi Service
Webster's Taxi Service
Wheels Pedicab Service
Limousine Service Phone: 345-949-6059
P.O. Box 422
Grand Cayman KY1-1106
Cayman Executive Limousine
Service is the premier chauffeur service offering
professional ground transportation for the airport, tours,
weddings, hotels and private events in Grand Cayman.
Upon arrival in Grand Cayman taxis are available at Owen Roberts
International Airport and offer a fixed rate per vehicle or per
person to all points on the Island. This information is
available from the taxi dispatcher at the curb. Hotels vans
cannot provide courtesy arrival pickup at the airport in Grand
Cayman Taxis are readily available from all resorts and from the
taxi stand at the cruise ship dock in George Town. A sign with
current rates is posted at the dock.
Taxicabs are located in
abundance right at the airport and at all major hotels. There is
a clearly marked stand once you exit the customs area at Owen
Roberts International Airport. Fares are based on a minimum fees
of $6.25, plus a per mile rate and also a charge per person to
all points on Grand Cayman.
Check with the taxi dispatcher for an accurate fare to your
destination based on the number in your party before departure.
Hotel vans or car rental agencies cannot provide courtesy
arrival pickup at the airport.
There are several private limousine services on Grand
Cayman, for special events and airport transfers.
Child Care Services
child companies are licensed, insured and professionally trained to care for
your child... so you can rest assured that your children are getting the best
care while you enjoy some of the island wonderful fine dining and night life, or
to enjoy a day of driving
K-Island Rentals, Tours & Services Ltd.
You can contact us for renting cribs, strollers, car
seats, highchairs, playpens, toys and other baby
essential items. We also can do bookings for Carson's
Stingray City Tours. Carson's Stingray City Tours takes
you not only to Stingray City, but also to Carol
Gardens, which is known as a very popular snorkeling
site to locals and tourist. You will find beautiful
coral there that will absolutely take your breath away.
Our company can also provide a service of Grocery
Shopping and Delivery, which takes a major hassle off
Also, ask us about our discount offer on all three of
our services when you call or log on to our website for
We are truly looking forward to hearing from you and
building a lasting relationship with you.
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Baby-sitting, child care, care of the elderly, and
equipment rental, for hotel and condo guests, in the comfort of your tourist
facility by a trained staff of mothers with previous experience in the field.
Call (345) 949-1509, or fax to (345) 949-0213.
Home Care Agency - 345-947-2297
Sitting and More - 345-949-1509
Duty Free Shopping
A number of shops offer the world's best perfumes, watches, jewelry,
crystal, and china at duty free prices.
Religion & Churches
Cayman is, mainly, a Christian community with churches representing
various denominations including the Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Seventh
Day Adventists, Presbyterians. Visitors are always welcome at services.
Festivals & Carnivals
The Pirates Week Festival held in October celebrates the island's
swashbuckling history and is the largest annual festival. The Batabano
Carnival is held in spring and has a more Caribbean flavor with
costumed bands taking to the streets to the sound of steel pan music. The
Queen's Birthday Parade in June is an event of pomp and underlines
Cayman's close ties with the British Crown.
Several nightclubs cater to American and Caribbean musical tastes. There
are two comedy clubs, two local theatres that regularly stage dramatic
performances, and a cinema that presents current movies.
A current official health certificate for your pet plus a completed
application form for the importation of dogs and cats to the Cayman
Islands are needed to obtain an Import Permit.
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