Cayman Islands - Frequently Asked Questions
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- When is the best time to go?
- Do you need a visa?
- How can I get there?
- What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
- What is there to see and do?
- How big is the island?
- Would you recommend the Cayman Islands for children?
- What is the time difference between the UK and the Cayman Islands?
When is the best time to go?
The Cayman Islands has two seasons - summer and winter. The former, which runs from mid-May to October, is also known as the rainy season, while November to April is the dry period. March and April are usually the driest months of the year. Temperatures don't normally drop below 21 degrees Celsius in the winter and can be up to 35 degrees Celsius in the summer. The Cayman Islands does experience a hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November.
Do you need a visa?
British nationals, those with a permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain in the UK as well as those whose country of nationality belongs to the Commonwealth or the European Union do not require a visa to visit the Cayman Islands. Your passport, however, needs to be valid beyond the duration of your stay, needing only to exceed the date of your onward flight back home. Nevertheless, a passport with six months' validity is preferable (and this would be required if transiting through the U.S.).
How can I get there?
There are two direct flights per week from London to Grand Cayman, operated by British Airways. There are daily direct flights to the Cayman Islands from various cities in the U.S. as well, including Miami and Kingston. The average flight time from the UK is just over 12 hours.
What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
The local currency is the Cayman Islands dollar, although U.S. dollars are also widely accepted throughout the islands. It is easy to exchange other major currencies at banks in the Cayman Islands and there are plenty of ATMs on Grand Cayman, although only one on Cayman Brac and none on Little Cayman.
What is there to see and do?
The Cayman Islands, like many Caribbean destinations, is renowned for its wonderful beaches. Seven Mile Beach on the west coast of Grand Cayman is one of the best-known stretches of sand. There are also outstanding coral reefs here, which make it a paradise for scuba divers and snorkellers. One of the top attractions is Stingray City on Grand Cayman, where you can swim with vast numbers of friendly stingrays. Other water sports on offer in the Cayman Islands include paddleboarding, windsurfing, kayaking and parasailing, as well as fishing. On dry land there are some wonderful walking routes, such as the Mastic Trail on Grand Cayman and the Parrot Reserve Nature Trail on Cayman Brac. Horseback riding is another option if you'd prefer to rest your legs and explore the islands in a different way. If it's sheer relaxation you're after, you'll be well taken care of at any of the Cayman Islands' outstanding spas and wellness centres, while shopaholics can splash some cash at the duty-free ma
How big is the island?
There are three islands - Grand Cayman, which is the largest, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Grand Cayman is around 76 square miles in size and is approximately 22miles long. Cayman Brac is much smaller, being just 12 miles long and having an area of roughly 15 square miles. Little Cayman is the smallest in the group, measuring 10 miles in length with an area of 11 square miles.
Would you recommend the Cayman Islands for children?
The Cayman Islands is a very family-friendly destination, with many of the hotels here providing kids' clubs. There is also a wide range of fun family activities - particularly water sports - on offer at most hotels. Outside of the resorts you'll find several child-friendly attractions, such as the Cayman Turtle Farm and the Cayman Islands Museum, while there are always activities aimed at kids during festivals such as Pirates Week and Batabano.
What is the time difference between the UK and the Cayman Islands?
The Cayman Islands is in the GMT-5 time zone, which means it is typically five hours behind the UK. However, it does not observe daylight savings time, which means the time difference is reduced to four hours during British Summer Time.
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Luxury hotel operator Mandarin Oriental has revealed plans to open a new resort on Grand Cayman, the largest of the tropical Cayman Islands in the western Caribbean. Slated to open in 2021, the new 100-room beachfront resort will be the company's second hotel in the Caribbean.
The island of Grand Cayman will host a brand new festival in 2019. The Kaaboo Cayman will make its debut on 15th and 16th February 2019 on the picturesque Seven Mile Beach and will be a mix of music, comedy, and entertainment. The line up so far includes Duran Duran, Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, Flo Rida, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Salt-N-Pepa, Wanda Sykes, and David Spade.
The Cayman Islands are already recording successful tourism numbers this year. According to preliminary numbers from the Department of Tourism, the island nation received 39,185 stayover visitors in January, which was a 23.87 percent increase compared to the same month in 2017. It was the country's most successful January ever, and the eighth consecutive month of record-breaking growth.