First time Cruising to The Cayman Islands? What you should know

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First time Cruising to The Cayman Islands? What you should know

Here are a few things you should know when you cruise to The Cayman Islands (or Grand Cayman) for the first time.

Documents required to enter The Cayman Islands

Residents of some countries do not require visas to enter the Cayman Islands but if you’re from China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jamaica and Turkey you will definitely need to get an entry visa before you travel.

The official website to apply for a Cayman Islands visa is

Applicant will then submit their documents to the nearest Visa Application Centre, of which you will be advised during the application process.

The cost for using the FCO website is USD$175.00 (or local currency equivalent).


The official currency of the Cayman Islands is the Cayman Island Dollar (KYD). As at September 2016 the exchange rate for the United States Dollar (USD) is:  1.00 USD = 0.82 KYD

It’s safe in Grand Cayman

With little crime and a more relaxed atmosphere compared to other Caribbean islands, Grand Cayman rerpesents and ideal place to bring the kids.

Dress modestly

The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory and this impacts how Caymanians dress. Like the British, they tend to wear reserved attire, so walking around in your bathing suit, other than on the beach, may make you stand out in a crowd.

After docking – Things to do, places to go in Grand Cayman

Here are some of the places you can visit:

Harbour Drive: Harbour Drive is lined with shops  and restaurants, as well as the ruins of what was once Fort George.

Cayman Islands National Museum: At the National Museum you will see exhibits covering the Island’s natural, cultural and artistic roots.

Seven Mile Beach: The reputation of the Seven Mile Beach is well known. White sand, crystal clear water, beautiful palm trees, this is one of the Caribbean’s favourite beaches.

Popular Tours

The following tours are very popular

Stingray City Snorkeling: This is, without a doubt, one of the most popular attractions on the island.

Turtle Farm Exploration: The Cayman Turtle Farm, a sanctuary for Green Sea Turtles, is Grand Cayman’s largest attraction. Visitors can get up close to the reptiles and actually hold them.

Cayman Islands Scuba Diving: There are over 200 diving sites on Grand Cayman, proof that the islands are indeed renowned for their amazing diving spots.

Cayman Islands Submarine Tour: Another breathtaking  way to enjoy the Cayman Islands’ spectacular underwater life is by submarine.

Atlantis Submarines take visitors 100 feet below the sea to explore the picturesque underwater scenes.

Try our seafood

Restaurants: Seafood is a major staple of the dining scene in the Cayman Islands. Favourite local dishes include conch fritters, fish soup and turtle stew.

Among the favourite restaurants near the port are The Brasserie, Blue by Eric Ripert, and Sunshine Grill


Rent-a-Car: In the Cayman Islands they drive on the left, so you should too, if you decide to drive. Usually, the best way to get around Grand Cayman is to drive and several reliable car rental companies are available.

To drive in Grand Cayman, you will need a visitors permit which you can get at the car rental agency with a valid driver’s licence and passport.

Taxi: Taxis are readily available and will take you to your destination safely. They do not run off meters but charge a fixed rate.

Buses: Public passenger buses are available to any part of the island. Buses usually run from around 6:00 am to 1:00 am depending on the day.

Fares usually start at 1.50 KYD.

Article written for by Mr.Carl Gilchrist
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