Cayman Guide

Know Before You Go...®

Visiting the Cayman Islands will give you easy access to some of the best snorkeling, diving, and fishing in the Caribbean. There’s also lots of shopping and other activities to take part in away from your villa or hotel room, like a visit to the sea turtle hatchery. Use the information within these tabs to learn more about the three islands that make up the Caymans.

Why Cayman?

  • Diving
  • Stingray City
  • Bio Bay
  • Seven Mile Beach
  • Dining/Shopping
  • Turtle Farm
  • Starfish Point

Cayman Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures

January
83° F
72° F
February
83° F
71° F
March
85° F
72° F
April
86° F
74° F
May
88° F
75° F
June
89° F
77° F
July
90° F
77° F
August
90° F
77° F
September
90° F
77° F
October
88° F
76° F
November
86° F
75° F
December
84° F
73° F

Average Rainfall

January
2.04 inches
February
1.5 inches
March
1 inches
April
1.3 inches
May
5.9 inches
June
6.2 inches
July
5.7 inches
August
6 inches
September
8.7 inches
October
8.65 inches
November
6.05 inches
December
2.7 inches

History

The Cayman Islands were sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1503 on his fourth trip to the New World enroute to Hispaniola. The two islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman appeared on a 1523 map and by 1530 were named Caymanas, derived from the Carib Indian word for the marine crocodile.

The first census of the Islands was taken in 1802, showing a population on Grand Cayman of 933, of whom 545 were slaves. Before slavery was abolished in 1834, there were over 950 slaves owned by 116 families. Emancipation paved the way for development of a homogeneous society.

Though Cayman was always regarded as a dependency of Jamaica, the reins of government by that colony were loosely held in the early years, and a tradition grew up of self-government, with matters of public concern decided at meetings of all free males.

The constitutional relationship between Cayman and Jamaica remained ambiguous until 1863 when an act of the British parliament formally made the Cayman Islands a dependency of Jamaica. When Jamaica achieved independence in 1962, the Islands opted to remain under the British Crown, and an administrator (in 1971 the title became Governor) appointed from London assumed the responsibilities previously held by the governor of Jamaica.

News and Notable

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The Brasserie
"Field-to-Fork" experience!

The farm-to-table movement is strong in Grand Cayman but no where is it more apparent than at The Brasserie, a restaurant complex with its own prolific organic garden and it’s own “field-to-fork” philosophy. A collaboration of Chef Dean Max and owners King and Lisa Flowers, the restaurant is known for pioneering the island’s kitchen garden trend and emphasizing sustainbility and seasonality.

Agua Restaurant and Lounge
A true culinary delight offering unique dishes and cocktails

Located in the waterfront shopping district of Camana Bay in Grand Cayman, Agua offers seafood rooted in Italian and Peruvian cuisine. An extensive wine list, which is an annual Wine Spectator 2 Glass award winner, and cocktails from around the world round out this fine dining restaurant.

Scuba Diving
World-renowned scuba destination

You'll find the Cayman Islands on pretty much every list of top dive sites. And since scuba diving is so popular here, this is the perfect destination to learn to dive, take an advanced course, or get the kids certified. With so many dive sites, it's hard to pick the best spot but Little Cayman and the Captain Keith Tibbets wreck dive on Cayman Brac are among our favorites. And there's plenty of tour boats waiting to take groups out daily and even on night runs.

Transportation on Cayman

Getting to Cayman and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

US Passport

Airlines Flying Here

  • Air Canada
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cayman Airways
  • Delta
  • jetBlue
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United
  • WestJet

Airport

“Owen Roberts International Airport” is the largest passenger airport in the Cayman Islands and is located on Grand Cayman. Cayman Brac also has its own airport, “Gerrard Smith International Airport”.

Departure Tax

Included in the price of your airline ticket.

Driving

On the left - valid driver’s license required. A seat belt law is in effect which applies to every person in the vehicle including children.  You can drive in Cayman provided you have a valid driver’s license & insurance coverage.

Local Transportation

You must be 21 years to drive a rental car.  All visitors to the Cayman Islands who intend to drive any vehicle are required to purchase a temporary Visitor’s Driving Permit for US$7.50 each (one-time charge, valid for six months or duration of stay, whichever is shorter) - except individuals who hold a valid International Driver’s License.  Scooter rentals are also available on Grand Cayman from a few companies. Riders are required by law to wear a helmet at all times and urged to be extremely careful.

Cayman Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don’t just stay in Cayman villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Work with a wedding planner on the island to help get a license granted by the Governor.  Cost: US$200 (application & license fee) plus a US$12 stamp duty.  Documents Required: Passport or birth certificate, Cayman Islands embarkation/disembarkation card as well as divorce or death certificate.  If you get married on a Sunday no live music can be played (on a liquor-licensed premises.)

See our favorite villas for weddings.

See our favorite villas for honeymoons.

Know Before You Go...® - Cayman Travel Tips

Before making their way to Cayman villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Cayman even more relaxing.

Capital:
George Town (Grand Cayman)
Population:
65,813
Size:
The Cayman Islands are 101 sq miles, with Grand Cayman encompassing 76 of the sq miles. Grand Cayman is also 22 miles long, with an average width of 4 miles.
Electric Current:
110
Time:
08:51 am zone:-5 (GMT/UTC -5)
Official Language:
English
Currency:
Caymanian dollar (KYD) - U.S. dollars accepted.
Tipping and Taxes:
Restaurants often add 10 to 15% in lieu of asking customers to tip, however, if the service charge is not added, a tip (15%) is normal.
Topography:
Low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs and is 60ft above sea level at its highest point.
Telephone:
International: country code - 1-345

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