Traveling to and Getting Around Grand Cayman Island
Out of the Cayman Islands, which include Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac as well as Little Cayman, Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands. The island is made entirely of limestone reef and is approximately 22 miles long with an average width of four miles. Located just south of Cuba and Miami and northwest of Jamaica, the Island has been home to a variety of people who share the common juxtaposition of the easy-going lifestyle and luxurious living.
Traveling To Grand Cayman Island
Most commonly, airplanes are the best way to reach the Cayman Islands, as it is the quickest and most direct means of transportation there. There are several airlines that serve the Islands, including the national airline named Cayman Airways that serves Miami, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Washington, Honduras, Tampa, Kingston, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Havana, as well as Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
Airlines that fly from the Mainland and other countries include American Airlines, USAIR, Northwest, Delta, Continental, Air Canada, British Airways and Air Jamaica. British Airways offers four direct flights from London to Grand Cayman and Air Canada operates flights directly from Toronto. All international flights enter through Owen Roberts International Airport. If none of these work for the customer, most carriers offer worldwide connecting flights, however the frequency of flights may vary seasonally. The airport also has a private terminal that accommodates private jets, a popular way for many luxury travelers to get to the island.
Grand Cayman Island is also a very popular cruise ship port in the western Caribbean, as there are also many cruises that either stop in or have the Cayman Islands as their main destination. Various cruise lines that either have a stopover or final destination include Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Radisson Seven Seas as well as the Royal Caribbean.
The Caribbean is also known for its incredible sailing. The best time for this mode of transportation will be from January to March, as July through November bring the summer rains and hurricane season. There are a number of different charters to choose from including bareboat, skipper bareboat as well as crewed charters.
Getting Around The Island
When the vacationer lands, most of the luxury homes in Grand Cayman are only a fifteen-minute ride from the airport either by boat or vehicle. In fact, vacationers can choose to take a private water taxi to the resorts or luxury homes to really take in the scenery. Many luxury resorts will arrange private luxury transfers to guests.
Living in Grand Cayman, there are a number of options for getting around on the island. Taxis are readily available at the dock and easily found all around the island. There is also a reliable bus system that runs throughout Grand Cayman, with the routes color-coded for tourists.
Car rentals are a popular way to go, with a number of well-known services offering car rentals. The one downside of renting a car is the vacationer must obtain a temporary driver’s license from the car rental agency or the police station as there are some obstacles to overcome such as driving is on the left side of the road. Many rental car companies offer cars with the steering wheel on the right or left side so it’s important to make that selection when reserving a car.
Grand Cayman Island may be a sliver of paradise, but that doesn’t mean that there are not convenient modes of transportation for both getting to the Island as well as traveling around it. The ease of transportation makes getting to and from the luxury homes in Grand Cayman convenient for the vacationers.