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.
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.
See and be seen on 7 Mile Beach
The place to be seen in the Cayman Islands is 7 Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. This stretch of white sand plays host to some of the hottest resorts on the island, casual and upscale restaurants and plenty of tour companies lobbying for your time. It's also the perfect spot for sunbathing and people watching. Even snorkelers come to explore the coral reefs here. From dawn until dusk, there's plenty to do and see on 7 Mile Beach!
Lobster hunt then eating your catch with Fat Fish Adventures
Whether you prefer reef fishing, offshore trolling, night fishing or lobstering, Fat Fish Adventures has it covered. Our favorite is jet skiing out to the lobster grounds then snorkeling for lobster holes and fishing out our own mouth-water dinner! Yep, after returning to the dock, Fat Fish has a special restaurant where your catch is served up with melted butter, garlic, cheese and all the fixings! If you prefer the big-game, you're sure to find Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi-mahi while trolling the ocean's edge just a half mile offshore. Reef Fishing is the best option for kids since Snapper, Triggger, Barracudas are easier to reel in. Equipment, bait and ice is included in the half and full day prices which range from $4oo to $800. Fat Fish will even arrange shuttle service from your hotel or villa.
Master wicked concrete bowls and pipes at Black Pearl Skatepark
At 62,000 square feet of pure concrete, Black Pearl Skatepark is the second largest in the world! Skaters can take on the entire park or choose individual sections like the roundwalls, a deathbox, pockets, stairs, verts, thumbs to name a few. Expert, intermediate or beginner, there's enough concrete for all levels and coaches who can provide instruction. Adjacent to the skatepark is the Grand Cayman's Wavelock which can generate waves up to 11 feet high!
Getting to Cayman and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.
Visas are not required for U.S., U.K., or Canadian citizens.
Weekly flights between Miami and Grand Cayman with connections to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Airlines with direct service from Miami are Cayman Airways and American Airlines. Cayman Airways flies direct from Chicago and Washington, DC. Other airlines that fly into Grand Cayman include Delta, Continental, Southwest Airlines, and Northwest. Inter-island service is provided by Cayman Airways.
"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".
$25 U.S. and $16 passenger facilities charge (PCF). Included in the price of your airline ticket.
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 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 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. Average daily rate is US$40 which includes helmet and the mandatory Visitors Driving Permit.
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$178 plus a US$12 stamp duty. Documents Required: Passport or birth certificate, Cayman Islands embarkation/disembarkation card as well as divorce or death certificate.
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)|
|Size:||101 sq miles|
|Time:||19:25 pm zone:-5 (GMT/UTC -5)|
|Currency:||Caymanian dollar (KYD) - U.S. dollars accepted.|
|Topography:||Low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs; Approximately 76 square miles, with the highest point at 60 ft above sea level.|
|Telephone:||International: country code - 1-345|