14 Grand Cayman Facts You Need To Know

14 Grand Cayman Facts You Need To Know

A couple of years ago, Jay and I took a cruise with Grand Cayman as one of the ports. Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands, a British Caribbean territory. This island is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water, but there’s more to Grand Cayman than beaches. Its capital, George Town, has the Cayman Islands National Museum, which showcases Caymanian heritage. It also features the ruins of Fort George, a colonial-era fort. The Mastic Reserve and Trail, located at the center of Grand Cayman is a footpath traveling through tropical, old-growth forest.

14 Grand Cayman Facts You Need To Know

Important and Interesting Grand Cayman Facts

Whether its beaches, watersports, hiking, or tours of historical sites, there’s no shortage of enjoyable activities to take in when you visit Grand Cayman. If you plan on visiting Grand Cayman, there are some things you should know to make your stay more enjoyable.

You’re On Cayman Time

We didn’t even change time zones when we went to Grand Cayman. The Cayman Islands are on Eastern Standard Time and we live in North Carolina so we are in the same time zone. Grand Cayman also does not adjust for Daylight Savings Time – so, I guess, sometimes we aren’t on Cayman time. ;)

Current Currency

Cayman has its own currency. The Cayman Island Dollar is tied to the U.S. dollar, and it never fluctuates from it. The exchange rate is a steady Cayman Island Dollar for every United States $1.25.

Currency Availability

Cayman Island is dotted with many international banks. Their hours are generally 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. If you need fast cash, ATMs are located all over the island.

Phone, Internet, and Television

Cayman Island has all modern forms of telecommunications, including cable, phone, wifi, and cell service. You can also direct dial to any location worldwide. Their telecommunications infrastructure is provided by Cable & Wireless, Digicel, Telecayman, Cingular, and Caymanone.

Electricity and Water

Grand Cayman uses the same voltage as the United States and Canada – 110 volts, 60 Hz. That means you don’t have to worry about any special adapters or plugs when you bring hair dryers, phone chargers, and the like. Although it is an island, there is also plenty of potable, desalinated water, as well. Bottled water is also available.

Access to Medical Care

Although Grand Cayman is an island far out in the Caribbean, it has exceptional medical care. It has a local government hospital and a private hospital. There is also a government hospital on Cayman Brac and a medical clinic on Little Cayman.

In the rare case that the medical care on Grand Cayman isn’t sufficient, Executive Air maintains about 20 air ambulance providers which can reach the Cayman Islands withing two hours.

Weather

If you want to experience the absolute best Grand Cayman weather, the winter season is the time to go – we went in January. December through April is a time of low rain, a ton of sun, and refreshing trade winds for the island. Although the weather is idyllic, be aware that this is also prime tourist season.

If you want to experience a less crowded Grand Cayman, the summer season is a better bet. It’s all a game of give and take, though. If you travel to the island in the summer months, be prepared for lots of rain, high humidity, and possible hurricanes.

Rules of the Road

Folks drive on the left side of Grand Cayman roads. That’s an important thing to remember. You can get a visitor’s drivers license if you have a valid license from your country. Just remember to drive on the “right” side of the road, which, in this case, is the left side. ;)

Alcohol And Drugs

Grand Cayman takes a hard stance against drugs and underage drinking. Only those 18 and over are allowed to purchase or consume alcohol, and they have a zero tolerance policy for any and all drugs.

Sunday Is A Day Of Rest

Sunday is a day of rest in Grand Cayman so be sure to plan accordingly. Most businesses close on Sunday. It’s actually a national law. A few businesses do remain open for tourist services. These include some pharmacies, gas stations, restaurants, and hotels.

Avoid The Crowd

If you want to experience Grand Cayman with all the wonderful weather of the winter months and none of the crowds, go east. The greatest concentration of tourism is in and around the capital, George Town {this is where we visited}. This is where you will go for shopping and popular chain restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe, Margaritaville and such. To have a more tranquil experience with less man-made intrusion, head to the much less populated, much less developed eastern side of Grand Cayman.

For The Love Of Beer

If you love craft beers, Grand Cayman has you covered. The Cayman Islands has its own craft beer brewery. You can find their brews, Caybrew, Caybrew Light, White Tip, and Ironshore Bock, a very strong beer, on all three islands.

Pirates! ARRRRR!

Pirates AAARRREEE coming to Grand Cayman. Each fall, the Cayman Islands has its annual Pirate Week Festival. It’s the largest festival of the year, and it’s a reminder of the legendary occupation of the islands by 18th century pirates like Edward Blackbeard, Neal Walker, and Henry Morgan.

Just Say No To Paparazzi

When we visited Grand Cayman a couple of years ago, we took a bus tour. On this tour, we were told that it is actually illegal to take pictures of people without their permission. Many stars vacation or have homes there to evade the stalkers with cameras paparazzi. Taylor Swift had actually just left from vacationing there and many stars own homes there because of this.

Have A Grand Time in Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is a great destination for a spectacular Caribbean getaway. It has the best of everything you could want in a vacation destination. You have access to beautiful, tropical scenery, gorgeous beaches, pristine water, festivals, and even quality health care, while still having access to the rest of the world you’re getting away from.

Check out our pictures from our visit to Grand Cayman on Flickr.

Have You Been To Grand Cayman?

Have you visited Grand Cayman or any of the other Cayman Islands? If so, we would love for you to share about your experience in the comments below. Happy travels!

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for Eat Play Rock and State By State Travel. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her chihuahuas, Puppy Mister and Daisy Baby.

Comments

  1. Sherry Compton says:

    Thanks for the facts. I know what you mean about “Grand Cayman time.” My son lives in Florida, and they have their own “time,” too. Thanks for the heads up on resting Sundays and especially about the photos. Very informative and fun posts. I hope you had an amazing time…I hope to go someday.

  2. I’ve always wanted to visit Cayman. I didn’t realize that they had their own currency. Because I doing like a big crowd, I think summer would be the best time for me to go.

  3. If we ever go the the Cayman we will have to visit the museum. Would be a beautiful trip and all your tips are very helpful.

  4. I didn’t realize it was on Eastern time. I love that! Between the beer and the pirates, it sounds like loads of fun.

  5. michele d says:

    You lucky duck! I’ve always wanted to visit the Cayman Islands. Looks so beautiful there.

  6. I love Grand Cayman! I was there on a cruise and it was beautiful! We stopped by the seven mile beach and just had a nice relaxing time there too :)

  7. Glad you mentioned about the paparazi because if you see a star there and you don’t know it’s illegal to take picture of them, you might end up in jail lol.

  8. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I have never been to Grand Cayman Island before but it sounds amazing. I love that it has the privacy and the same voltage used in the US along with Canada. This sounds like a great vacation spot for anyone. Thanks for sharing the information.

  9. i’ve never been to Grand Cayman Island and it looks great. i would totally love to visit.

  10. Maria Han says:

    I haven’t been in cayman and sounds so interesting, I’m so glad that you share this with us and you had a great experience there

  11. KN Design says:

    I just love how much of detail you put into your article! I’ve never been to Grand Cayman, sounds like a gorgeous place.

  12. It’s actually illegal to splash someone by driving through a puddle! Truth!

    I live in Cayman and it’s just the best place ever – your article is so informative and I hope it inspires many people to visit :)

    Maya x
    http://www.caribbeansnowflake.com

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