Getting Around Cayman Islands
The best way to get around the Cayman Islands is by car. Rental agencies are located right across the street from the Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) on Grand Cayman, and taxis are available at the airport's arrivals area. Fares from the airport to your hotel can vary widely based on your accommodation's location; expect to pay at least $20 one-way.
Rental cars and mopeds are also available on the smaller Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Private boat operators can help you get to either of those islands from Grand Cayman; Cayman Brac and Little Cayman also have their own airports with daily flights operated by Cayman Airways.
All three islands have their own airports with regular flights, but these can get expensive if you plan on hopping islands more than once. Flights to Cayman Brac land at Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CYB), and flights to Little Cayman land at Edward Bodden Airfield (LYB). Both airports also fly to some other Caribbean islands, including Jamaica and the Bahamas.
Renting a car is the best way to get around, especially if you want to explore beyond Seven Mile Beach. Rental companies are stationed across the street from Owen Roberts International Airport and also at Charles Kirkconnell International Airport. Keep in mind, you'll need to present your passport, domestic driver's license and obtain a temporary driver's license, which you can do at the rental agency. Along with the mandatory driving permit, you'll also have to pay a Vehicle Environmental Recovery Fee, which costs less than $10.
When driving, remember to keep to your lane; the Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory and driving is on the left.
Buses operate various routes on Grand Cayman, but they're mostly used by Caymanians who are commuting to work, and they won't bother stopping if they're full. The routes reach all parts of the island, including frequent stops (every 20 minutes) along Seven Mile Beach. If you'd like to hop on the bus, simply flag it down from the side of the road. Service runs from about 6 a.m. to 9 or 11 p.m., depending on the route and the day. Bus fares cost less than $2 a ride.
Taxis can be a convenient alternative to driving a rental car, but most only congregate around Seven Mile Beach, cruise ship terminals, the airports and the hotels. Fares are regulated by the government and taxi drivers should have official rates posted in the vehicle. As always, travelers should agree to the fare before entering the taxi.
Rental bikes are second in popularity to rental cars, especially on the smaller of the three Cayman Islands, where there is no public transportation system. You'll find that many of the area hotels have bicycles available to rent; you can also find bike rentals near some of the larger attractions, such as Seven Mile Beach.
To get to either Cayman Brac or Little Cayman, private boat operators are available from Grand Cayman. Chartering a boat can get expensive, so it's best to plan your island-hopping itinerary strategically. To plan a daytrip, make reservations through your hotel concierge or the local marina.
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