Note: Travel to any
destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited)
to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and
culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination,
check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice
about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
When to go:
Year-round, however, the hurricane season and the rainy season last from June through October; calmer (and dryer) weather in the winter months of November through May.
Marine Life Seasons:
Silversides pack the caverns at many sites from early August through September. Coral spawning takes place just after the full moon in September.
When to Get the Best Deals:
Generally the low season coincides with the hurricane season. But, if there are no storms, the diving can be the most spectacular of the year.
What to Pack:
In summer, generally board shorts, bikini’s or rash guards are sufficient. In winter, a 3/2 mm wetsuit is comfortable. Sunscreen is always essential, and light, but nice, summer clothing for going out to some of the nicer air-conditioned restaurants. Grand Cayman also has great nightlife, so dress accordingly. DAN card.
Seasonal averages: 25°C/78°F in winter and up to 30°C/86°F in summer.
Seasonal averages: 24°C/75°F in winter and 30°C /86°F in summer.
The official currency is Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD). Credit cards are widely accepted.
Valid passport; check with local immigration office for visa requirements.
A departure tax of $25 USD is part of the cost of your ticket.
None recommended for travel to Cayman.
What to Eat:
With hundreds of restaurants, you can find almost anything you want in the Cayman Islands. Local food takes conch, coconut, plantain, cassava, breadfruit, yams, rice, beans, fish, tropical fruits and Caribbean spices (to name a few ingredients), and blends them into a variety of sumptuous dishes – fried, stewed and baked or Run Down (mixed into a soup). Try Heavy Cake or a famous Tortuga Rum Cake for a sweet treat.
What to Drink:
There are also hundreds of bars in Cayman, many on the beach or overlooking the water, perfect for your after-dive relaxation. The Cayman Island Brewery makes the popular Caybrew along with several other beers, including a light option. Seven Fathoms is the local rum aged down at, you guessed it, seven-fathoms. Don’t miss having a creamy mudslide – a milkshake for adults – allegedly invented on Grand Cayman.
Stop at Mahogany Bay on Little Cayman to see the island’s most populous local, the Cayman iguana; on the Brac, go bird watching or rock climbing; on Grand Cayman, you can shop for duty free jewelry downtown, wander through the gardens of the Queen Elizabeth II Botancal Gardens, or lounge the beach with a drink at Rum Point.
Customs and Culture:
Caymanians are renowned for their friendliness and are devout, church-going people, which means that most of Cayman’s commerce shuts down on Sundays. They are proud of their multiracial and multicultural origins, and are happy to share that with visitors.
Pirate’s Week, which last six weeks in the fall, brings out the brigand in the locals; the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Induction takes place each November.
Electricity and Internet:
Electricity on the Cayman Islands is 110V, 60Hz. Internet is widely available.
Drink the water?
The water is safe to drink.