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.
Visitors must obtain a Visitors Permit in order to drive in the Cayman Islands. You will need to present your domestic license and passport at the car rental office and the permit is valid for 6 months and costs ( KYD$16).
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.
Car rental prices start at around KYD$40 per day.
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 will be driving a privately owned car then you must visit the Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing Department at 990 Crewe Road (345) 945 8344, take your passport and domestic driving licence along and obtain a Visitor’s Permit which is valid for the duration of your stay. If you drive without this you will be driving illegally.
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.