You either will be tendered to the North, South or the Royal Watler cruise terminals of George Town, all within easy walking distance from town.
Printable map to take along.
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Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands in the Cayman Islands. George Town is the largest city and capital of the Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman's Seven Mile beach is one of the finest beaches in the world.
The main tourism office is in Georgetown and tourist information is available at both the north and south ports.
Within walking distance you can visit:
You can take a submarine ride on the Atlantis or ride on the partially submerged Nautilus to get some great underwater views if you prefer not to get wet. You'll find access to them located at the harbor, as well
The most popular attraction in Grand Cayman is Stingray City. Stingray City is a string of sand bars in shallow water where the stingrays have grown accustom to humans after being feed over time by fishermen. A tour should cost around $39 if you book locally.
A great way to see Grand Cayman is to take a tour. A tour through the cruise line will cost around $50 each. However, the same tour can purchased through a local on the island for as little as $15-20 a person. The tours stop by the Governer’s mansion (you briefly stop in front of it), Hell, the Tortuga Rum Factory, Sea Turtle Farm/Dolphin Discovery Cove, and a stop at 7 Mile Beach. Your tour guide will also give you the history of the island and people as your ride from one stop to another.
By Taxi: Cabs without meters are available at the dock. Rates are fixed and posted, but be sure to confirm the fare before the driver takes off. New cabs have meters. Most cabs are actually van-sized, and drivers will require a four passenger minimum before they'll take you anywhere.
Car rentals are readily available. You must be 21 years old to rent a car. Driving is on the left hand side of the road and seat belt use is mandatory. Visitors must get a temporary driver's license from the police station or car rental agency. This is obtained by showing a valid drivers license from their home state, county or parish and paying a US$7.50 fee.
Mopeds and scooter rentals are available on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Helmet use is required. Usual daily rate is US$25 for helmet and permit.
This is a British Crown Colony and everyone drives on the left side of the street, be very careful and pay close attention where you are walking or driving.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
The island's most famous excursion is to Stingray City where boatloads of tourists debark at nearby Stingray Sandbar and squeal nervously while adjusting to the presence of large rays which they can feed and "pet" while snorkeling in waist-deep water. Once fed, the rays will placidly let you do just about anything to them, including being lifted up to pose for photos while jetting water out of their mouths.
Cruise visitors can't go to Stingray City on their own. It's a sandbank in the middle of the ocean. If you don't have your own boat, the only way to get there is to go with an excursion of some kind.
Some providers who offer this tour: Captain Marvin, Moby Dicks, Captain Brian, Buccaneer Excursion etc. Just google.
Hell is a group of short, black, limestone formations located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Located in West Bay, Grand Cayman, it is roughly the size of half a soccer field. People are not allowed to be amongst the limestone formations but viewing platforms do exist for visitors. It is rather touristy.
Seven Mile Beach. Pure white sand, tranquil turquoise waters dotted with resorts, condos, shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants and every conceivable water sport, make this one of the top beaches in the world. Taxi is about $5 pp, bus about $2.50 pp.
George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands and offers the very best duty-free and souvenir shopping with a vast selection of items to choose from. Many duty-free stores are also now located within walking distance of the cruise terminal for your shopping pleasure.
Beware of the 'Cruise Line Recommended' slogan when considering where to shop. 'Cruise Line Recommended' simply means that the merchant has paid the cruise line a fee for advertizing his business on board the ship, and the products purchased at these stores are usually no better than in any other store. In fact, you may pay more at a 'Cruise Line Recommended' store to cover the cost of that advertising.
You'll find that most restaurants automatically add a 15% gratuity on your tab.
The currency of Grand Cayman is the Cayman Dollar.
CI$1 = US$1.25 = €0.78 = UK£0.62
Beware of how merchandise is priced. Usually everything is marked in Cayman Dollars. One U.S. dollar is only equal to 80 cents Caymanian. The first time you hand over a U.S. $20 bill and they ring it up as $16, you may go into shock... so be prepared.
The official language is English.
Cable & Wireless is the main communications provider in the Cayman Islands. They have a Communications Station in George Town, located next to Columbian Emeralds near where the Cruise Ship docks, that features 5 internet terminals. Open Monday to Saturday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
All the shops in George Town are closed on Sundays. About the only places open on Sunday are restaurants and dive shops.
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