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Cayman Islands: Travel Tips
Discover the warm, crystal-clear waters and abundant underwater life in the coral reefs and sunken ships that surround the island. At night, enjoy steel-band concerts and starlit strolls along the luscious Seven Mile Beach, one of the Caribbean's finest beaches. Caribbean weather is generally good year round. The Caribbean high season spans Christmas and spring break and offers the driest weather of the year. To get the best rates, visit in the late spring or summer months—or get even better rates by traveling in the fall (September–October).
Getting To Cayman Islands
If you are traveling from the west coast, plan on leaving as early as 7 a.m., or take a red-eye flight to Miami, Atlanta, or New York and connect from there. Coming from New York, you can expect to travel approximately five hours, from Atlanta or Miami it can be approximately three hours and as long as eight hours from Seattle. In any case, plan on leaving early or on a red-eye flight from the West Coast.
- 0.5 hours from Miami
- 1.5 hours from Atlanta
- 3 hours from Newark
Staying In Cayman Islands
The reefs around the Cayman Islands teem with brilliant fish, so tote an underwater camera. Resorts offer diving lessons, rent equipment, and arrange trips to nearby dive sites. At Stingray City, visitors feed the gentle creatures. Cayman Turtle Farm, breeding ground for endangered green sea turtles, has a self-guided tour. Tennis, golf, and shopping abound. At night, enjoy steel-band concerts and starlit strolls along Seven Mile Beach.
- Explore the Cayman Turtle Farm, breeding ground for endangered green sea turtles.
- Visit the capital, George Town, a British- and West Indian-style city.
- Go diving off Little Cayman and explore Bloody Bay Wall, where the sea floor drops almost 20,000 feet.
Traveling In Cayman Islands
Classic can arrange convenient and comfortable transfers at the time of booking. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel via taxi or shared transfer. In some locations, a private car transfer can be arranged to avoid the stops. Classic can also arrange friendly and fast car-rental service on many of the Caribbean Islands; with an availability of the most popular car rentals, from convertibles to minivans to four-wheel-drive jeeps. Be prepared to drive on the left side of the road on many islands.
While traveling in the Cayman Islands we recommend:
- Private transfers at time of booking - Private transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles.
Things to Know
- A valid passport is generally required for entry into the Caribbean and return to the United States.
- Some countries may also require you to present a return airline ticket.
- It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.
- U.S. currency is accepted nearly everywhere you go in the Caribbean.
- Currency can be exchanged at banks and island hotels (although for slightly more than the standard exchange rate).
- Most major American and European credit cards are accepted throughout the islands.
- ATMs are widely available throughout the Caribbean.
- The islands that make up the Caribbean span several time zones.
- Most Caribbean islands lie in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, but a few are in the Eastern Time Zone.
- Many of the islands do not observe daylight savings time.