Grand Cayman Island Overview
Consisting on three islands located south from Miami, the Cayman Islands are filled with natural beauty, endless activities and spots of interest. The most developed and important island is called Grand Cayman, a British territory touched by Caribbean charm and beauty.
Blessed with sunny beaches and pristine waters, this island offers some of the best diving, snorkeling and marina activities in the world.
Whether you want to explore an underwater wreck, dance all night, discover huge rays and turtles, or simply have a laidback vacation, Grand Cayman is the right place to visit. Visitors are welcomed with warm smiles and the sweet sound of local music playing at various places all over the island.
The island emerges from the turquoise Caribbean waters and shows with pride its botanical gardens, incredible ray experiences, breathtaking limestone rock formations, turtle farms and the Seven Mile Beach. The Seven Mile Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with a vast blanket of white sand and crystal clear ocean waters that go farther than eyes can see. Other attractions include Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, the National Trust's Mastic Trail, the Cayman Islands National Museum in George Town, Pedro St. James Historic Site in Savannah, Boatswains Beach, Hell and Rum Point, and many other places that you wouldn't like to miss.
Things to do
Adventure Activities: Forget the city and immerse yourself in nature through the different ecotourism activities that include kayaking, hiking, or if you want to do it your own style, ride a Harley Davidson.
Family activities: Kids can also enjoy water sports like banana boats, double parasailing or discover our fantastic marine world through snorkeling and swimming with colorful tropical fish. Not to be missed is our famous Stingray City snorkel trip and the Turtle Farm located in West Bay.
Sports: Kids 10 years of age and older will enjoy horseback riding, as well as cycling, golf and tennis.
Sightseeing: The Island is almost a virgin paradise that will let you forget the hustle and bustle of your city. Take a nap, listen to the waves, and relax.
Water sports: All three islands are surrounded by coral reefs lying under the pristine Caribbean Sea waters very close to the shore, creating ideal conditions for diving and fishing. Other reasons for perfect water activities are: reef development in incredible walls all around the island in some areas reaching 20,000 feet or more in depth! And finally the natural resources have always been well kept by Marine Parks Establishments, making all activities safe and fun.
Snorkel with stingrays: Enjoy this unique experience by touching and feeding a stingray. In addition, snorkel in the incredible coral reefs with tropical colored fish.
NOTE: All of these activities are available in different spots of the island.
Currency: Cayman Islands have their own currency, the basic unit is the Dollar and the fixed exchange rate is CI$1.00 equals $1.25USD. The US Dollar is accepted throughout the islands.
Passport and Visa: The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism wants to ensure that all its tourism partners and guests are aware of the new passport requirements. Visit the following page to ensure your access to the country. Verify which countries require visa and which countries do not: www.immigration.gov.ky
Age: You are not allowed to drink if you are younger than 18 years old, please avoid legal inconveniences.
Transportation: There is a daily bus service that runs from 6:00 am to midnight depending on the route and the day of travel. The bus fare also depends on the route and varies between CI$1.50 to CI$3.00 per person. Taxi average cost varies from US$10 to US$25 depending on your destination.
Airports: The Grand Cayman airport is located 772 km south from Miami, Florida, about 240 km south from Cuba and 290 km north from Jamaica. Cayman Islands are only 70 minutes by airplane from Miami. Cayman Islands' main airport is "Owen Roberts International Airport" and is located in the largest of the Cayman Islands; Grand Cayman.
Cruise ships: The Island is an important cruise ship destination of the western Caribbean. There is no dock yet; however there are 4 cruise ships that can be tied up in designated areas.
Terminals: The three cruise ship terminals are: North Terminal, South Terminal, and Royal Walter. The boat-ride to the Terminal lasts 5 minutes plus disembarking.