Here is a
little information to help you get to know our little island. We hope you love
it as much as we do. The Cayman Islands is an autonomous British Overseas
Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. The 264-square-kilometre
(102-square-mile) territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman
Brac and Little Cayman, which are locate to the south of Cuba and northeast of
Honduras, between Jamaica and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The capital city is
Georgetown situated on Grand Cayman the most populous of the three islands.
TIME ZONE IN
THE CAYMAN ISLANDS:
Islands, being nearer to the equator, has fairly equal periods of day and night
year-round. There’s only about an hour’s difference in daylight between June
20th and December 20th. So, all year, Cayman has the same time, -5 hours
Coordinated Universal time (UTC). This means the Islands share Eastern Standard
Time (EST= -5 UTC) with Miami and New York from November through April. When
the USA switches to Daylight Savings Time in April, Cayman then shares Central
Daylight Time (CDT= -5 UTC) with Chicago and Houston.
The Cayman Islands has a tropical wet and dry climate, with a wet season from May to October, and a dry
season that runs from November to April. Seasonally, there is little
temperature change. A major natural hazard is the tropical
cyclones that form during the Atlantic hurricane season from June to November. The best time to visit
is from December to April, but any time of the year you can expect temperatures
to range from the low 70s to mid-90s.
International Airport (ORIA) commenced commercial operations in 1952 and is the
major gateway linking the Cayman Islands to destinations worldwide and provides
the main point of entry and exit to Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little
Cayman. It is located in the capital, George Town, and is approximately five
minutes from downtown, the banking and financial district and the cruise ship
terminal and is also within close proximity of Seven Mile Beach, the heart of
the islands’ tourism industry.
If you do not plan on
renting a car with Budget while on vacation. Taxis are available throughout the Islands. Cayman
taxis are not metered, and fares are set by the Government with the initial
fare based on 1–3 passengers. For each additional passenger over three, one
third of the fare is added. Between the hours of midnight and 6am, 25% of the
fare is added. In very bad weather when there is lots of flooding many taxis
add 25%. The minimum fare, for any journey under 2.2km, is CI$8. However, we
recommend that you confirm the fare before you get into the taxi and discuss
additional charges for multiple drop–offs, extra passengers, extra bags, etc.