What is the currency used?

The Cayman Islands have their own currency. The US Dollar is also accepted virtually everywhere on the island and most businesses and tour operators accept all major credit cards. The exchange rate is fixed at US$1.00 = CI$0.80 or CI$1.00 = US$1.25 (note: change is always given in CI$).

Is the water safe to drink in Grand Cayman?

Yes, water on Grand Cayman is safe to cook with and drink.  The Cayman Water Authority regulates 2 water purification companies that supply fresh drinking water across the island through underground pipes to each property & condo. Visit waterauthority.ky for more information.

Do you need a Visa to enter Grand Cayman?

While citizens of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and most EU countries do not require a travel visa, passport holders from many Asian, African, and Middle East countries will need a travel visa to pass through Customs. It is best to check the Cayman Islands’ government website about visa requirements.

Can we bring alcohol and/or Tobacco into Cayman?

All visitors over the age of 18 may bring with them:

Up to 1 liter of spirits (liquor); OR 4 liters of wine; OR 1 case of beer (not exceeding 8 liters). In addition to the alcohol, you may also bring tobacco as follows: Up to 200 cigarettes OR 250 grams of tobacco.

Is it customary to tip?

It’s customary to leave a 10-15% tip for services in restaurants, taxis, and hotels, though many businesses will add an automatic gratuity to your bill.

Do we need to rent a car?

The choice to rent a car depends on your plans. Grand Cayman has a public bus system and taxis. Renting a car offers convenience and flexibility for exploring at your own pace. Consider your itinerary and preferences when deciding on transportation.

Is there public transportation?

Grand Cayman offers a public mini-bus transport system that connects all districts. Buses are easily identifiable by a number in a colored circle. You can flag down a bus at any point, and there are bus stops along major routes. Fares range from CI$2 to CI$2.50 for short trips, CI$3.50 to East End, and CI$8 to Cayman Kai. If you’re heading to the end of the line, confirm with the driver about return buses, especially for late afternoon travel.

What is driving like on the island?

In the Cayman Islands, driving is on the LEFT side, a notable difference from the US. Well-maintained roads and clear maps and signage make navigating the island straightforward.