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Kids Activities in the Cayman Islands

They will enjoy the various watersports like the banana boats, two person parasailing or discovering our fantastic marine world through snorkelling and swimming with colourful tropical fish. Adolescents over 12 years can also learn to dive! View our amazing underwater reefs in submarines, semi-submersibles and glass bottom boats. Not to be missed is our famous Stingray City snorkel trip where everyone becomes a child at heart swimming with tamed southern stingrays in their natural habitat, the open sea.

There is Cayman Turtle Farm located in West Bay where you can find many different species, sizes and ages of turtles in addition to indigenous animals and birds. There is also a nature trail, lagoon and aviary for kids to explore on the property. See www.turtle.ky for more information.

Other activities include a visit to the Cayman Islands Museum and the multi-media theatre at Pedro St. James Historic Site. For kids 10 years and older horseback riding is available, as well as cycling, golf and tennis.

Some hotels also host kid camps for children under the age of 12. If you are visiting for our national festivals Batabano or Pirates Week - there are numerous activities for children as well.

If you are staying at a guest house, condo or other accommodation we have a list of childcare service providers to help you enjoy your time in the Cayman Islands even more.

Visit our family vacation section for additional information.

Can We Camp in the Cayman Islands?

Visitors are not permitted to camp on the Cayman Islands as there are no designated camp sites. The Cayman Islands offer a wide variety of accommodations to suit almost any budget.

Is Fishing Allowed From the Shore

Fishing is the Cayman Islands unofficial national sport. If you are a visitor to the Cayman Islands catch and release fishing is allowed. Unless you are a resident of the Cayman Islands you are not allowed to take any marine life from the water. 

For more information about our "national sport" visit our fishing section.

Where Can I Go Banking or Open an Account?

The Cayman Islands is Known Internationally for its Banking. Many ATMs in the Cayman Islands accept overseas debit and credit cards, check with your bank prior to traveling for additional fees that may be incurred.

Banking information can be obtained from the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority at cima@cimoney.com.ky.

You can also visit their web site at www.cimoney.com.ky.

Does the Cayman Islands Have its Own Currency?

Yes we do! But We also Use U.S. Currency Interchangeably. 

The Cayman Islands currency was first issued in 1972. The basic unit is the dollar, issued in notes with denominations of CI$100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 and coins valued at 25 cents, 10, 5 and 1 cent.

Are There Any Nude Beaches?

You will not find any nude beaches in the Cayman Islands in fact, please note that the Cayman Islands Law prohibits all forms of public nudity, including topless sunbathing. Many business places also request that you wear shoes and an appropriate cover-up before entering.

Vaccination Requirements

Vaccinations are not mandatory to enter our islands, if you wish to find out further information please contact your family doctor or general practitioner.

Where are the Gym and Fitness Centers?

A number of resorts and condominiums have gym facilities available to their guests. In addition, you can contact any of the following fitness centres on Grand Cayman for rates and times.

In Case of Emergencies, Where are the Hospitals?

The government of the Cayman Islands' Health Services Complex is a modern facility, with highly trained professionals located in George Town, Grand Cayman. It boasts A 24 hour hyperbaric decompression chamber is available for divers and an air ambulance service for other emergencies. The telephone number is (345) 949-8600.

There is also a private hospital - Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial - in George Town, as well as a number of other private facilities that offer a variety of professional medical services.

In Cayman Brac, there is the government hospital - Faith Hospital. The number is (345) 948-2243/2245.

There is a small clinic in Little Cayman that can be reached at (345) 948-1051.

Is There Public Transportation in the Cayman Islands?

There is a daily bus service which runs from 6:00am until midnight depending on the route and the day of travel. The bus fare also depends on the route and varies between CI$1.50 and CI$3.00 per person.

The central depot is in George Town beside the Library on Fort Street. Busses can also be flagged down from the side of the road. Stickers on the back outline where they are travelling to. 

Visit our Transportation section for additional information on routes and schedules.  

How Hot Does it Get?

The average temperature in the winter is 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit and 80-95 degrees in the summer. Winter or summer, the temperature generally stays within the range of 70 - 95 degrees day or night.

The months with the least humidity and lowest temperatures are December through April, February occasionally recording night-time temperatures in the high 60's, and March probably being the most "temperate" month of the year.

We should also point out that most properties offer air-conditioned rooms, and the seasonal trade winds in our region help to make our islands even more enjoyable.

What is the Weather Like?

The year divides into two seasons, the summer or "rainy" season, generally from mid-May through October, moving into the winter or "dry" season, from November to April. March and April are our driest months and May and October are traditionally the highest rainfall months.

This of course, does not mean that it rains constantly during either of those months, but reflects the trend within our region.

Being in a tropical zone, it is not unusual to have brief afternoon showers during the summer, and, at certain times, brief morning sprinkles too. Similar to most West Indian Islands, rainfall tends to be higher in the western sections.

This is also a frequent diver question. You can find our 15 day forecast here

Can I Bring My Pet ?

An Import Permit application for dogs and cats must be completed and submitted with an official health certificate of the pet(s), a rabies laboratory titre report and the processing fee for the import permit.

No dog or cat will be allowed entry into the Cayman Islands unless it is at least ten (10) months old.

For the procedures required visit www.customs.gov.ky

Where and When are all the Festivals and Cultural Events?

The Cayman Islands have a rich and diverse history and culture that we are proud to share and celebrate, including our famed Pirates Week and Batabano. You can also click here for a complete listing of Events.

Pirates Week
November is a very exciting time to be visiting Grand Cayman. Our National Pirates Week Festival is celebrated at that time. The festivities usually start with the first of many fireworks displays viewed best from Hog Sty Bay in George Town. There is a spectacular parade through George Town, heritage days throughout the week, costume contests, music, street dances, food festivals and sporting events during the ten day celebration! The celebration features many activities for children.

Cayman Carnival Batabano
Since its humble beginnings in 1984 as a community event which closed the tourism season, Rotary's Batabano Carnival has grown to become one of the Cayman Islands' most popular National Tourism Attractions. This carnival draws thousands of residents and visitors out into the streets to enjoy the music and dancing of the Mas' (short for Masquerade). With over 500 costumed participants in the Mas', Batabano's Street Parade is a wonderfully colourful spectacle.

Visit our Events & Offers section for a complete list of events and offers.

Where Is There Wifi or Internet on Island?

Many if not most of the accommodations on island provide wifi or internet access. And you should check with them to ensure you have access.

Below you will find a list of public Wifi hot spots across island

Airports Charles Kirkconnell Airport - Cayman Brac
Owen Roberts International Airport - Grand Cayman
Lime Locations  Anderson Square - George Town
Galleria - West Bay Road
Tortuga Rum Communication Station - George Town
West Bay Communication Station - West Bay

Cayman Brac Office - Cayman Brac
Internet Cafes/Coffee Shops Azzurro Coffee Shop
Café Del Sol Internet Coffee House
Carib Bean Cafe
Full of Beans Cafe
Dunkin' Donuts 
Post Offices
 
Bodden Town Post Office
East End Post Office
Hell Post Office
North Side Post Office
Savannah Post Office
Seven Mile Beach Post Office 
Libraries
 
East End Library
George Town Library 

Do I Need a Passport to Enter the Cayman Islands?

Most likely you will need a passport to enterthe Cayman Islands. You can review the most up to date information from theCayman Islands Immigration Department.

Do I Need a Visa to Enter the Cayman Islands?

Visitors coming to the Cayman Islands on a cruise ship do not require a visa. In some cases, you need a visa and in some cases you do note, please look at the immigration list of Visa required and Visa Free Countries to see which one applies for you. 

Can We Bring Meat into the Country?

Importation of meat and meat products for consumption would legally require an accompanied Certificate of Wholesomeness from the country of origin, irrespective of the type of meat. Such certification must be issued by the competent Government Authority that is responsible for the inspection of meats in the country. Meats are permitted only from a specific list of approved countries and conditions may be specific to a particular country or group of countries; meats from other countries or regions are prohibited.

Carcasses of endangered species intended for consumption are prohibited.

However, small quantity of meats (up to 25Ibs.) arriving in passengers baggage from the approved countries may be permitted without an accompanied Certificate of Wholesomeness, if such meats are pre-wrapped under a brand name and has the Official Seal of Inspection of the country's Meat Inspection Authority.

Secondly, if such small quantities of meats were purchased from a licensed shopping outlet and are wrapped by the outlet. Such meats may be permitted entry into these Islands at the discretion of the approved Inspector at the port of entry, providing adequate proof of such purchases from licensed establishments can be provided by the arriving passenger.

Game meats of any kind are not exempted from a certification of wholesomeness.

APPROVED LIST OF COUNTRIES FROM WHICH MEATS CAN BE IMPORTED:

  • United Kingdom, Northern Ireland - Swine products only are allowed with specific certification, form 5773 EHC.
  • USA, Canada, CARICOM States, Australia and New Zealand - all types of approved meats in these countries are allowed.
  • Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras -meats of swine and ruminants only are allowed with a proper certificate of inspection. (Boneless meat only from Nicaragua).

For more information visit http://www.customs.gov.ky.

The Best Golf Courses in Cayman Islands

There are two golf courses in the Cayman Islands, both located on Grand Cayman. The Britannia Golf Course is a unique 18 hole executive with par 3's and 4's. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday mornings the course is played Executive format. Otherwise it is played as a very challenging 9 hole regulation course (twice for 18 if you so desire).

The North Sound club is located just off West Bay Road and opposite Seven Mile Beach, the island course offers challenging play and panoramic views of North Sound. For more information visit www.northsoundclub.com

The course is usually played with regular golf balls, however the Cayman Ball (that travels half the distance of a normal ball) was specially developed by course designer Jack Nicklaus with the executive course in mind to give golfers the feel of playing a regulation course on an executive layout. Some visitors like to try their hand at this very different experience!

Car Rentals Near Grand Cayman Cruiseport

The closest car rental company in town to the port is Cayman Auto Rental which is a 5 minute walk north of the terminal. For more listings of auto rentals and transportation companies click here.

How much is a taxi from Owen Roberts Airport to Seven Mile Beach?

On average a taxi would cost from US$20 to US$45 depending on which part you are going to and how many people will be transported.

What Deals and Promotions are Currently Running In The Cayman Islands

To see our latest promotions and events please click here.

How Much Alcohol Can I Bring into the Cayman Islands?

One bottle per person is allowed. We do have many liquor stores on island that have a wide variety of beers and spirits to suit your needs.

What Employment Opportunities Are Available in the Cayman Islands?

Please review the following links for up-to-date information from the Cayman Islands Immigration Department: Working Here 

Can I get Married at Any Time of Day?

Marriages in the Cayman Islands must take place between 6:00am and 8:00pm.

Please visit the Romantic Cayman section of our website for more information.

How About Renewing Our Vows?

All you would need is a marriage officer and your proof of marriage. All other details relating to your special moment can be arranged at your discretion.

Visit the Romantic Cayman section of our website for information service providers and real wedding stories to help plan your special day.

Can We Get Married in the Cayman Islands?

Of course! We would love to share your special day with you.

Couples can marry the day they arrive in the Cayman Islands, including visitors arriving by cruise ship. You must first arrange for a marriage officer within the Cayman Islands and apply for a special marriage license for non-residents granted by the Governor. Your wedding planner or officiant can arrange this for you.

Visit the Romantic Cayman section of our website for more information.

Why is Cayman's Diving So Good?

There are many reasons.

First of all we aren't mountainous and don't have rivers, so we don't have run-off into the oceans, inhibiting reef development.

Second, all three Cayman Islands are actually submerged mountains tops so we have incredible walls all around the islands, reaching in some areas 20,000 feet or more in depth!

Third, we have always been very conscious of our precious resource and guarded it by establishing Marine Parks, limiting fishing, virtually spear fishing, outlawing anchoring, educating divers and self-policing the behaviour of our dive operations.

What is Bloody Bay Marine Park?

It is a diver's paradise just off the north shore of Little Cayman. The park contains the world famous Bloody Bay Wall which is certainly worth protecting. Also, in the same marine park is Jackson's Wall. Jackson's Wall is home to many favorite dive site too.

What is the Legal Drinking Age in the Cayman lslands?

18

What's the Average Lunch or Dinner cost in Cayman Islands?

On average you can expect to pay between US$16.00-US$32.00.

How Do You Get to Sister Islands Cayman Brac and Little Cayman?

Cayman Express offers numerous flights daily from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman for reservations call 00 1 345.949.2311 or visit www.caymanairways.com. Cayman Airways also offers a 737 jet service from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac.

Do You Offer Discounts to Travel Professionals?

For information on travel professional opportunities including how to become a Caymankind Specialist, FAM trips and special offers please email breimers@caymanislands.ky or visit www.CaymanRewards.com.

How Do I Become a Cayman Travel Specialist?

For information on how to become a Caymankind Specialist please email breimers@caymanislands.ky or visit www.CaymanRewards.com.

What is a Cayman Travel Specialist?

The Caymankind Specialist program provides travel professionals special advantages for promoting the destination. Becoming a Cayman Islands Caymankind Specialist entitles you to insider privileges that are sure to benefit relationships with your clients.