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Getting around in the Cayman Islands

Date: 26 Apr, 2019

Exploring the Cayman Islands is easy with a wide range of transport options available to visitors. Here’s a closer look at how to explore the Cayman Islands — whether by car, bus, taxi or scooter.

Buses in Grand Cayman

Public bus routes run from George Town, Grand Cayman, to the areas of West Bay/Seven Mile Beach, Prospect, Savannah, Bodden Town, East End, and North Side. Fares start at $1.50 (around $ 1.80 USD). You’ll find the central bus depot in central George Town, right next to the library. There are bus stops throughout Cayman, however, you can flag a bus down and ask it to stop anywhere along its route. Authorised buses have blue license plates.

Bus routes

  • WB1 (yellow) and WB2 (dark green) go to Seven Mile Beach, Governor’s Residence, Cayman Turtle Centre and Hell.
  • WB3 (purple) goes to Cayman Turtle Centre, Hell, Airport and the Market at the Cricket Ground.
  • 4A/4B (bright blue) goes to Cayman Islands Hospital, Field of Dreams Sports Complex and University College of the Cayman Islands.
  • 7A (red) goes to Bodden Town Public Beach, Gun Square, Blowholes, Wreck of the Ten Sail, Colliers Beach and the Botanic Park.
  • 7B (light green) goes to Smith Barcadere, Mind’s Eye, Pedro St. James, Bodden Town Public Beach, Gun Square, Wreck of the Ten Sail, Colliers Beach and the Botanic Park.
  • 8A  (orange) goes to Bodden Town Public Beach, Gun Square, Botanic Park and Cayman Kai.
  • 8B (light green) goes to Smith Barcadere, Mind’s Eye, Pedro St. James, Bodden Town Public Beach, Gun Square, Botanic Park and Cayman Kai.
  • 9A (dark blue) goes to Wreck of the Ten Sail, Collier’s Beach, Botanic Park and the Blowholes.

 

Taxis in the Cayman Islands

Taxis are widely available on all three islands, with fares set at government-fixed rates. An additional one-third rate is charged per extra person. Fares increase 25 percent between midnight and 6:00 a.m. A gratuity of 15 to 20 percent is customary.

Scooter and bicycle rentals

In Grand Cayman, bike and scooter rentals are widely available. Cayman Auto Rentals offers both bikes and scooters, while Adventura Cayman rents bikes. Cayman Coffee Club runs the service Cayman Scooters Rental. On Little Cayman, scooters can be rented from Scooten! Scooters!

Car rentals

Car rentals are widely available in the Cayman Islands. In Grand Cayman, options include Hertz, Avis, Budget, Apex, Dollar Thrifty, Andy’s Rent-a-Car, and GoCayman Car Rental.

Options on Cayman Brac include CB Rent-a-Car, B&S Motor Ventures Ltd., and Four D’s. On Little Cayman, cars can be rented from McLaughlin Car Rentals.

Important traffic and road rules in the Cayman Islands

Understanding Cayman’s road laws is paramount to ensure the safety of yourself and others while exploring the Cayman Islands. Below are some of the most important rules of the road.

Road position

Vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road. Left turns may be made on a red light in the absence of oncoming traffic, unless otherwise indicated.

Seatbelts

Seatbelts must be worn by all passengers.        

Cell phones

Cell phone use while driving is prohibited, unless hands-free.

Speed limits

Speed limits are in miles-per-hour and are rigorously enforced. Speed limits vary, with the maximum speed limits of 50 mph on Grand Cayman and 25 mph on Little Cayman.

Four-way stops

Four-way stops are common in Cayman. The first driver to reach a four-way stop proceeds first. If two drivers arrive at the same time, the driver on the right has the right-of-way.

Roundabouts

In Cayman, roundabouts are a common means of managing traffic. Understanding these intersections is essential.

To drive a roundabout, you must yield to oncoming traffic in either lane, then proceed clockwise around the central island.

For a comprehensive overview of roundabout rules, refer to the traffic safety section on Cayman Roads.

Crossing the street

Use the designated crosswalks when crossing the road. Before crossing, remember to look to your right and wait for the traffic lights and signals to change, and for cars to come to a stop.

Obtaining a visitor license

A visitor drivers’ license is mandatory. It can be obtained from any car rental agency, or it can be purchased for a fee of $16 at one of the two Department of Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing offices, found in George Town and West Bay. To receive it, you must present a valid drivers’ license from your place of residence.

HomeSafe

It is illegal to drink and drive in Cayman. For those who plan on enjoying Cayman’s nightlife, HomeSafe offers drivers a personal chauffeur who can return both them and their car home safely for the same price as a taxi. Contact them on (345) 326-7233.

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