About Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is the largest of three islands that make up the Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman is approximately 76 square miles; 20 miles long and 5-7 miles wide at its widest point. It lies 480 miles south of Miami, Florida or about 70 minutes by air. It is 150 miles south of Cuba and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. Between Grand Cayman and Jamaica lies the "Cayman Trench", the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea, with depths charted down to four miles.
All rental accommodations are inspected and licensed at yearly by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism to ensure that they comply with the standards set by law.
The three Cayman Islands lie in the trade-winds belt. The prevailing NE winds moderate the temperatures, making the climate delightful all year round. Winter temperature averages from 75°F (24°C) and summer averages 85°F (29.5°C). Most rain falls between September and November, but even then it generally comes only in short bursts. March and April are Cayman's driest months.
English is the official language of the Cayman Islands.
MONEY and BANKING
The Cayman Islands’ dollar (CI $) is on a fixed exchange rate where $1.00CI = $1.25US (or $1.00US = $0.80CI) While international currency can be exchanged at local banks, the US dollar is accepted throughout the Cayman Islands. Banking hours are 9AM-4PM, Monday to Friday and ATM machines are available at several banks and shopping centers.
Supermarkets are generally open from 9AM - 11PM, Monday through Saturday; businesses 9AM - 5PM from Monday through Friday. Only essential services, including pharmacies and gas stations, are open on Sundays.
Car and scooter rentals are available – remember to drive on the left and wear a seatbelt. Taxis are readily available.
We have modern medical facilities including both government-operated and private hospitals offering emergency care, re-compression chamber, and ambulance paramedic services as well as medivac service to US facilities.
QUICK FACTS FOR VISITORS TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS
- Drive on the left (we're a British Overseas Territory) and buckle up
- $1.00CI = $1.25US
- Eastern Standard Time all year long
- Visa, Mastercard, and American Express cards are widely accepted
- Electricity is the same as the US and Canada: 110 volts, 60 cycle
- Illegal drugs laws are strictly enforced