How to Get Around in the Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman is paradise in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. With so many unique experiences to enjoy here, you can make memories you’ll never forget. But to make sure you see and do everything you want to, you need to know the best ways to get around.

At Red Sail Sports, we have been the leader in Grand Cayman boat excursions, as well as watersports and beach activities, since 1987. We know this special place inside out, so we have used our insights to put together this guide on the best ways to get around in the Cayman Islands.

Scroll down to get started! And if you have any questions about our activities or tours, please feel free to get in touch.


Do You Need to Rent a Car in Grand Cayman?

Your approach to transportation when in Grand Cayman will depend on the kind of vacation you want to have. Do you want to get out and explore as much of the island as possible, including Grand Cayman’s best beaches? Your best option is to rent a car and hit the road with freedom and independence.

There are numerous car rental agencies at the airport and around the Seven Mile Beach area, so it’s easy and convenient to find the perfect vehicle for your needs.

Just some of the benefits of renting a car in Grand Cayman include:

  • You have complete control over your vacation schedule
  • You won’t waste time waiting for taxis
  • If you plan to do plenty of travelling, it’s usually cheaper than taxi fares
  • Driving the roads yourself gives a more local perspective
  • If you have children, having your own vehicle is less stressful
  • What’s more, you can also add a child’s car seat if needed
  • With a spacious trunk, you have more room to take gear for adventures
  • You can enjoy all the different snorkelling spots around the Island 

If you’re planning to base yourself in the Seven Mile Beach area while you’re here, be sure to read our Ultimate Guide to Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman when you have finished here. It’s filled with essential information about the most popular part of our island!

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Helpful Information for Renting a Vehicle in the Cayman Islands

If you have decided to rent a car during your vacation in Grand Cayman, you must have a credit card and a valid international driving license. Of course, a Cayman driving license is also fine! 

Drivers must be over 21 years of age to rent a vehicle here. However, some rental companies may not offer full coverage to people under 25 years of age. In some cases, those under 25 may not be allowed to rent a car at all.

And remember, the Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory. This means we drive on the left-hand side of the road. No matter how comfortable or experienced you are with this, we strongly recommend learning the rules of the road for the Cayman Islands before your visit.

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Alternatives to Renting a Car in Grand Cayman

If your priority on vacation is to relax and enjoy the area around your hotel or resort, a car rental isn’t necessarily the best option available. Of course, there is always a loss of freedom and spontaneity when you don’t have your own vehicle. But if this is the approach you’re taking, you will be able to transfer to and from the airport using a reliable taxi service.

Grand Cayman also has a public mini-bus system connecting all districts on the island. You can identify these vehicles by their numbers inside a coloured circle. While there are bus stops on major routes, you don’t need to be at one to catch your bus. If you see the bus you need passing, simply flag it down and the driver will pull over. And when you want to get off, just tell the driver and they will stop where convenient. 

However, car rentals start at low daily rates, so you should weigh up whether the loss of independence is worth it. For example, Rum Point, located on Grand Cayman’s picturesque north coast, is the quintessential Caribbean Island experience. No trip here is complete without a visit!

Rum Point is a 25-minute drive from Morritt’s Tortuga Resort on Grand Cayman’s east coast, and around a one-hour drive from George Town and Seven Mile Beach. With white sand beaches, hammocks, water activities, and our own Rum Point Beach Club, a drive out to this peaceful retreat is always rewarding. You can also join one of our excursions from Rum Point while you’re there!

Read our Guide to Rum Point, Cayman Islands to learn more about this enchanting part of our island.

Limousine cars lined up

Complimentary Transport with Red Sail Sports

You can find Red Sail Sports locations at luxury resorts and hotels across Grand Cayman. We also operate five full-service dive and watersports centres. We offer complimentary pick-up from our partner hotels for stingray excursions.

If you’re diving, we can arrange pick-ups from condos and resorts along Seven Mile Beach. Unfortunately, we cannot provide complimentary transport for evening trips and snorkelling excursions.

Are you looking for local tips and insights for accommodation? Check out some of the most highly recommended hotels in Grand Cayman to help make your decision. 

Our Tours and Activities Offer the Complete Grand Cayman Experience

Grand Cayman is easy to navigate and has numerous transportation options, so you should have no concerns about moving from place to place. Now you know how to get around in the Cayman Islands, it’s time to start planning your adventure! 

Browsing our Grand Cayman beach activities and boat excursions is the perfect place to start. If you have any questions for the Red Sail Sports team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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