With its ideal beaches, enviable range of luxury properties and the rise of sleek cafes, it is no wonder that the Caymans regularly claim that their island is the most habitable in the world. Add to the mix a premium food scene and a growing list of adventures, excursions and cultural attractions on its doorstep and you can just agree with them. We will give you many reasons to go to the beaches in the rain or glitter with our useful guide for the need to know
Turn on your signal
It’s so hot that almost everyone drives, and the rules for participation are to signal everything. From saying “morning!” to “move yourself!” wherever you go, you will hear the sound of horns. It is also common for local buses to beep to see if you need transportation.
Occupying a country
Grand Cayman is roughly divided into two parts. The west is the place for those looking for Seven Mile beach and a more cosmopolitan atmosphere. The East, though not so polished, compensates for it with island charm.
Here’s a tip
Whether you’re thanking your Mudslide or trying to join this new club, don’t be ashamed of your money – it’s common to tip and that’s what keeps the service at the top of the game.
Take a walk on the wild side
The caiman is lively with all kinds of flora and fauna. Forget the clichés about dangerous things – there are no poisonous spiders here. So get off the beaten path and explore the wild side of the Cayman.
Hot under the collar
It’s either hot or really hot, so the shorts are practically the same, although much of the business community still wears suits. However, the average temperature of 77F in the cooler months (December – April) means that you may need an evening jacket for these formal occasions.
Late night tales
The Cayman is more of a morning island than a night island. There is no access to bars and clubs after midnight on Saturdays and drinks are not usually served after 3am. That said, there is a growing cocktail scene and pool parties.
Cayman is a very safe island, but if you still find yourself in a pickle, here are some useful numbers: Emergency services: 911; Country Code: 345; International access code: +1; George Town Hospital: +1 345 949 8600; Kirk Pharmacy: +1 345 949 7180 (closed on Sundays)
Cycling is growing as a good way to get around, although keep your sanity! Indicate your direction by reaching out and keep in mind that moving to the right takes precedence. Helmets are optional, but the lights at night are. Bicycles are usually offered by local hotels and apartments.
Getting to know
From island jeeps to personalized convertibles, renting a car is the best way to get around the island and there are a number of reputable local and international car rental companies to help you.