We have put together a few of the more important things you may want to know about the Cayman Islands before you make your trip.
On this site you’ll find details of just about everything in the Cayman Islands. Visit the links on the left, or check out our Ecay Cayman islands Business Directory
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The Cayman Islands are on Eastern Standard Time and do not adjust for Daylight Saving Time. The Islands are therefore five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.
Cayman has its own currency; the Cayman Island Dollar (CI$). This is tied to the U.S. dollar and does not fluctuate from it. The cash exchange rate is CI$1.00 = US$1.25.
There are plenty of international banks in the Island. Banking hours are normally 9am-4pm Monday to Friday. ATM (cash) machines are located island wide.
Click here for details of banks and information on offshore financial services.
Cable & Wireless, Digicel, Telecayman, Cingular and Caymanone all provide a local and international telephone service and Internet access. It is possible to direct-dial anywhere in the world from Cayman.
Electricity is supplied at 110 volts, 60 Hz, the same as in the United States and Canada. Plugs are of the flat, two-pronged variety.
There is a central supply of desalinated water. It is safe to drink, although bottled water can be purchased in the island from local stores.
In Grand Cayman a local Government hospital and a private hospital provide modern medical facilities. There is also a government hospital in Cayman Brac and a medical clinic in Little Cayman.
Government and private dental facilities are also available as are several private medical clinics and opticians. Employers are mandated by law to provide health insurance and share the expense with their employees.
While the quality of medical care in the Island is high, an air ambulance service to Miami is available when necessary. Executive Air, a local company, maintains a roster of some 20 air ambulance providers. They can order a custom-equipped ambulance in accordance with instructions from an attending physician. Generally the air ambulance can be in the Cayman Islands within two hours.
The best weather is during the winter season (December - April). There is little rain, lots of sunshine and the trade winds generate a refreshing breeze. These months constitute the main tourist season. The rainy season is from May to November with the hurricane season from June to November. Humidity is higher in the summer months.
We drive on the left hand side of the road in Cayman, and you must wear your seatbelt. A visitor’s driving license can be obtained on production of a valid driver’s license from your place of residence. This can be done at any car rental agency or at the Vehicle and Driving Licensing Department, next door to the Police Station in George Town.
It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or consume alcohol. Drinking and driving carries a heavy penalty.
The Cayman authorities have declared the Islands a zero tolerance zone for drugs.