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The blue seas and white beaches are the major draws of the largest Cayman Island. On diving and snorkeling trips, you’ll encounter stingrays, turtles and a rainbow of colorful fish. Back on dry land, unwind with fresh seafood and rum galore. Renting a car is the easiest way to get around this tropical paradise.
Discovering Grand Cayman’s distinctive culture, exhilarating watersports and rich nature is an experience you’ll never forget. Not sure where to get started? Here are some tips.
Grand Cayman’s best-loved beach is a pure white strand dotted with glitzy hotels. If you’re looking for the full Caribbean experience, this should be your first stop. Relax on a sun lounger with a rum cocktail in hand or take advantage of the excellent watersports facilities and head out on a diving, snorkeling or kayaking trip.
Known for its excellent diving, this area is the place to get close to all types of marine wildlife. You can also meet locals animals in a more controlled environment by swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Cove or Dolphin Discovery, or handling turtles at the Cayman Turtle Center. Driving here from central George Town takes less than 20 minutes.
This lush garden in the island’s North Side area is around a half hour away from George Town by car. Along with a range of beautiful birds, the park is home to some of Grand Cayman’s most charismatic residents: its striking blue iguanas. The annual Orchid Show, usually held in February or March, is another highlight.
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Join the many tourists who choose to rent a car in Grand Cayman each year and you’ll find your visit a whole lot simpler. Here are the basics.
George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands and has a great selection of car rental companies. Choose from international brands such as Hertz and Budget, as well as smaller local options including Cayman Auto Rentals. There’s a good concentration of car firms at the exits to Owen Roberts International Airport, which is also located in George Town.
You need to be at least 18 to rent a car here. Between the ages of 26 and 69, you’ll normally pay the basic rate. If you’re 25 or under or 70 or over, most firms will charge you extra. Shop around to see the different rates on offer.
You’ll need to show a valid domestic driver’s license and passport in order to pick up your rental car in the first place. To drive it, you’ll also need a visitor’s permit, which your car rental company can provide. If you have an International Driving Permit (IDP) you won’t need the visitor’s permit, however.
When you collect your rental car, you’ll need to pay the rental charge as well as a deposit that you’ll get back in full on returning the car. Most companies expect credit card deposits, but some do accept cash and debit card payments.