By far the easiest way to get around Grand Cayman is by car. The roads are in good condition and navigating your way around the islands is straightforward.
There are plenty of car rental agencies in the vicinity of the airport as well as in the Seven Mile Beach Area.
Car rental prices start at around KYD$40 per day.
See our article on Renting a Car in Cayman for more information.
Driving in Cayman
Driving in Cayman is on the LEFT – don’t be confused by the fact that many of the cars on the roads are left hand drive. Bear in mind the following rules of the road:
All visitors must either obtain a Visitor’s Permit for ( KYD$16). or have a valid international driver’s licence to drive in Cayman. If you are renting a car then the car rental agency will provide it.
If you are visiting family/friends and will be driving a privately owned car then you must have a valid overseas driving licence and the car must be insured for you to drive it. You do not need to obtain a Visitor’s Permit to be driving legally. When driving a vehicle in Cayman you must have your driving licence with you. The Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing Department is located at 990 Crewe Road, on the outskirts of George Town. (345) 945 8344.
You will find excellent maps in Explore Cayman magazine, as well as Good Taste and The Resident magazines. All three magazines are complementary and can be found at the airport, as well as in supermarkets and most plazas in the Seven Mile Beach area.
The flat terrain and good condition of the roads makes getting around by bike easy, although it does get hot. You can rent bicycles by the hour from Cycle Cayman. With eight stations around Grad Cayman, it makes getting around a breeze. Paddle Wheel Adventures, located in The Grove offer e-bike rentals.
Grand Cayman: Cayman Auto Rentals (345) 949 1013 has bicycles for US$15 that can be hired from 7.30am-5pm and scooters for US$60.
Cayman Brac: No scooter rentals are available.
Little Cayman: Scooten Scooters Rentals (345) 916 4971 or www.scootenscooters.com.
On the Sister Islands, most of the resorts have bicycles which you can borrow to go exploring. You just put them back when you have finished with them.
Taxis are available throughout the Islands. Cayman taxis are not metered and Fares are set by the Government with the initial fare based on 1–3 passengers. For each additional passenger over three, one third of the fare is added. Between the hours of midnight and 6am, 25% of the fare is added. In very bad weather when there is lots of flooding many taxis add 25%. The minimum fare, for any journey under 2.2km, is CI$8. However, we recommend that you confirm the fare before you get into the taxi and discuss additional charges for multiple drop–offs, extra passengers, extra bags, etc.
Sample fares for up to three passengers are:
Airport – Central George Town CI$15
Airport – Marriott Hotel & Resort CI$20
Airport – Bodden Town CI$46
Airport - East End CI$104
George Town & SMB:
A public mini-bus transport system connects all districts of Grand Cayman. The buses can be identified by numbers in a coloured circle.A public mini-bus transport system connects all districts of Grand Cayman. The buses can be identified by numbers in a coloured circle.
There are some bus stops along major routes, but you can flag down a passing bus at any point. When you want to get off, just let your driver know! Fares range from CI$2 for short trips to CI$5 for longer trips to East End or Cayman Kai. If you are going to the end of the line, check with the bus driver that there will be a bus coming to pick you up, especially if you’ll be travelling back late in the afternoon.
For a small additional fee of CI$1–$3, it is possible to ask the driver to deviate a little from the bus route and then they can arrange for you to be picked up on the return journey by another bus driver, although you might have to wait a bit!
Cayman Public Bus Times (Approximate)
Friday and Saturday 6am–1am
A limited service operates on Sundays. There are some bus stops along major routes, but you can flag down a passing bus at any point. When you want to get off, just let your driver know! Fares range from CI$2 for short trips to CI$5 for longer trips to East End or Cayman Kai. If you are going to the end of the line, check with the bus driver that there will be a bus coming to pick you up, especially if you’ll be travelling back late in the afternoon.