GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
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A secluded beach on the west side of Grand Cayman Island
GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
FACTS & TRAVEL TIPS
Official Language: English
Currency: Cayman Islands Dollar
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Est. Population: 32,000
Cruise Port City: George Town
The island's tropical climate averages between 70 degrees and 88 degrees. As a result, the "dress code" is always "island casual." Anytime is a great time of the year to travel here, however, to avoid crowds and high prices, summer is off season. It is important to note that the rainy season is May to June and September to November, but because it is a tropical climate, brief showers can come at any time. The hurricane season is from June to November.
U.S. dollars and major credit cards are also accepted by most establishments. You can make phone calls or use the internet at stations near the cruise port. Get a local phone card for the best rates. The post office is located at the corner of Edward Street and Cardinal Avenue. Post office hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm (Monday-Friday) and 8:30am-11:30am (Saturday).
Banks are open from 9am-2:30pm (Monday-Thursday), 9am-4:30pm (Friday). Most stores are open 9am-5pm (Monday-Saturday). Passports are required for U.S. citizens.
Bring sunglasses, hat and plenty of sunscreen. Electricity is the same as the U.S.
Cruise ships use tenders (small boats) to take passengers to George Town. The ride is 20 minutes one way. You should allow 30-45 minutes for this transportation because of the security checks and waiting times between tenders. Once you arrive on the island, you can walk to most shopping areas and restaurants. Taxis are plentiful for rides to major beaches and attractions.
The crime rate here is probably less than the United States, but visitors should use common sense when out and about. Compared to other Caribbean islands, Grand Cayman is clean with paved organized streets. The local people were courteous and helpful. Women can walk around without receiving unwanted attention from local men.
The major holidays in Grand Cayman are New Year's Day, National Hero's Day, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Seamen's Day, Discovery Day, Queen's Birthday, Constitution Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas, Boxing Day.