Caribbean Tourism

Travel Information

Sir Turtle

Turtles have always played a large part in the islands’ folklore, dating back to 1503 when Columbus named them Las Tortugas. Generations of sailors stocked up on turtle meat while in the area and today there is a turtle farm, designed to replenish wild stocks and satisfy demand for the table. In 1963 Suzy Soto designed the ‘Sir Turtle’ logo, of a peg-leg,...

Little Cayman

Little Cayman is small and low-lying with large areas of dense mangrove swamps, ponds, lagoons and lakes. The diving is excellent. Underwater visibility averages 100-150 ft all year. Bloody Bay wall, a mile-deep vertical drop, is one of the major dive sites worldwide and is highly rated by marine biologists and photographers. The first inhabitants of Little...

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is a prosperous island with a very British feel. The island is green with luxuriant vegetation, especially at the East End where there are pastures and grazing cows. North Sound is a 40-square mile lagoon with mangroves, although dredging schemes and urban growth threaten the mangrove habitat and the reefs. Some low-key but sophisticated...

George Town

The largest town and capital of the islands is George Town (pop: over 18,000), which is principally a business centre dominated by modern office blocks. However, many of the older buildings are being restored and the government is trying to promote museums and societies to complement beach and watersports tourism. The Cayman Islands National Museum, in the...

Tourist Information

Local Tourist Office Cable and Wireless, in conjunction with the Department of Tourism, provide a Tourist Hotline. By dialling 9498989 you can find out the week’s events and local information. Further information may be obtained from the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, The Pavilion, Cricket Square, Elgin Avenue, George Town, PO Box 67, George Town,...

Communication

Telephone Services The Cayman Islands have a modern automatic telephone system operated by Cable and Wireless, which links them with the rest of the world by satellite and by submarine cable. International telephone, email and facsimile facilities are available and about 108 countries can be dialled directly. There is also a telephone route to the UK via...

Getting Around

Air Cayman Airways and Island Air provide inter-island services from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman and return (US$110 day return, or US$149 to both sister islands). Reservations for Island Air are not possible through any CRS systems. You can have a full day on either sister island by booking Island Air’s daily flight 6131, departing Grand...

Getting There

From Europe: British Airways has two scheduled flights a week from London Gatwick via Nassau, so two-centre visits are possible. From Europe: British Airways has two scheduled flights a week from London Gatwick via Nassau, so two-centre visits are possible. From North America: The national flag carrier, Cayman Airways, has regular services between...

Before Travelling

Climate Average temperatures in winter are about 24°C & in summer are about 26°-29°C. The Cayman Islands lie in the trade-wind belt and the prevailing northeast winds moderate the temperatures, making the climate delightful all year round. Most rain falls between May and October, but even then it only takes the form of short showers. Hurricane season is...