There are a few options for getting around the Cayman Islands, including buses, taxis and private cars. The islands are home to two international airports.
Expats will find that the roads are in good condition and that navigating the islands is relatively simple. Traffic drives on the left-hand side and the easiest way to get around is by car.
Public transport in Cayman Islands
Public transport in Cayman Islands is not that extensive, but it suits the small population’s needs. Expats may be surprised to learn that ferries do not travel between the three islands because of how deep the water is. In order to reach the other islands, private boats can be hired.
On Grand Cayman, a bus connects all districts of the island. While there are some bus stops along major routes, one can flag down a passing point at any stage. Passengers can alert the driver when they need to get off. Expats should be aware that the buses look like shuttles rather than the domestic buses that they may be used to.
Buses generally operate from 6am to 11pm on weekdays, with extended hours over the weekend. Depending on the location, buses leave every 10 to 20 minutes.
Taxis in Cayman Islands
Taxis are available throughout the islands. Expats should note that taxies are not metered, but rather operate by fares set by the government. Conditions such as bad weather, late-night or early-morning trips and more than three passengers affect the fare. It is recommended that expats confirm the fare before getting into the taxi. Apps such as Uber and Lyft aren't available in Cayman Islands for now.
Driving in Cayman Islands
In order to drive on the islands, expats will need either a visitor’s permit or have a valid international driver’s licence. If driving a privately owned car, expat’s need to visit the Vehicle and Drivers' Licensing Department. Paperwork needed includes an expat’s passport and domestic driving licence. A visitor’s permit will then be issued for the duration of one’s stay.
Scooters and mopeds can be rented on Grand Cayman and Little Cayman. Expats must wear helmets at all times when on a scooter or moped, and be cautious when changing lanes.
Cycling in Cayman Islands
The well-maintained roads and naturally flat terrain of the islands make getting around by bike very easy. Bicycles can be rented along the beachfront. Expats should make sure to lock up their bicycles properly with a bicycle lock.