About Cayman Islands (KY)
The Cayman Islands, a self-governing British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean, draw visitors from around the world, who come to enjoy their unparalleled beaches and diving opportunities. In the sophisticated capital city of George Town, on the main island of Grand Cayman, you will find the Cayman Islands National Museum, as well as Pedro Saint James, a historic property. You can also shop at Camana Bay or stroll along the spectacular Seven Mile Beach.
Renting a car is the best way to discover the Cayman Islands, which affords you a freedom you would not have if you came on a short excursion from a cruise ship, or if spent your entire stay on an all-inclusive resort. With your Cayman Islands car rental, you will be able to discover more secluded beaches, especially on the North Side of Grand Cayman and take home some exclusive memories.
The road conditions in the Cayman Islands are excellent for the most part, but note that some roads can be quite narrow. Be aware that you must drive on the left-hand side of the road, which can take some getting used to if you are from a country where you drive on the right-hand side of the road. (The traffic direction in a roundabout is clockwise, for example.) Speed limits, furthermore, are quite low. On much of the island, the speed limit is 25 miles per hour.
The Cayman Islands have a balmy, sunny climate. There are, however, occasionally severe weather events, such as seasonal hurricanes. If you are traveling to the Cayman Islands during hurricane season, which runs from June to November, keep an eye on the forecast and check any weather alerts.
Choosing your car
Major Cayman Islands car rental providers include Avis, Budget and Thrifty, among several others. For the quintessential island experience, rent a convertible so you can let the ocean breeze flow through your hair as you drive. If you’re looking for a cheap car rental for your Cayman Islands getaway, a compact budget car such as a Kia or Ford is the perfect choice. Families may want to book a spacious SUV, and larger groups can go for a 7—12 person mini van or people mover.
Tips and advice
Watch out for iguanas (which have the right of way!) on the road, especially at night.
Note that you will need to get a temporary driver’s license when you rent a car in the Cayman Islands. You can do so at the rental agency.
The emergency number in the Cayman Islands is 911 (the same as in the United States). Note that although the Cayman Islands are a territory of the UK, they have their own rules and regulations.
The blood alcohol limit is 0.1%; avoid drinking and driving your car hire on the Cayman Islands.
On Grand Cayman, you may encounter light traffic around the capital city of George Town and Seven Mile Beach.
Be sure to book a car rental in the Cayman Islands that is large enough to accommodate your luggage and any equipment (such as snorkeling and diving gear) you may want to rent.