ABOUT The largest of the three islands, it is on Grand Cayman that you will find a lively mix of cosmopolitan charm. Whether it’s the endless list of activities and attractions, fantastic restaurants, nightlife or the majestic underwater sights of the surrounding reefs, it’s hard not to find something for everyone. The largest of the three islands, it is on Grand Cayman that you will find a lively mix of cosmopolitan charm. Whether it’s the endless list of activities and attractions, fantastic restaurants, nightlife or the majestic underwater sights of the surrounding reefs, it’s hard not to find something for everyone. The west side of Grand Cayman features the famous Seven Mile Beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of soft white sand lapped by turquoise waters and the perfect spot to relax. Grand Cayman Island’s Seven Mile Beach is often rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in all the Caribbean. Dip into the North Sound and visit Stingray City, where visitors have the rare opportunity to pet a few hundred friendly stingrays. When you're looking to get off the beach, visit the lively capital of Grand Cayman, George Town. Enjoy a range of waterfront bars and restaurants and duty-free shopping on signature brands such as Versace, Tiffany, Gucci, and more. Shopping opportunities are plentiful on Grand Cayman from the many local vendors and craftsmen who work from their homes to well known brands available in Camana Bay, the upmarket fashion and entertainment district. The east side of Grand Cayman is a more undeveloped area of natural beauty that extends even beyond its azure waters and white sand beaches. Tour through the QEII Botanical Park and catch a glance of the rare indigenous blue iguana. The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic or consular representation in the Cayman Islands and the local authorities deal with all requests for consular assistance. The only form of local public transport is minibuses which are safe to use but run only on the main routes. For other journeys, taxis are readily available or you can hire a car. If hiring a vehicle, remember to drive on the left.
CLIMATE Very warm, tropical climate throughout the year, with high temperatures moderated by trade winds. The best time to visit is during the dry months, December to April, when temperatures are generally cooler than in summer. The rainy season is from May to October but showers are generally of short duration. The hurricane season in the Cayman Islands normally runs from June to November. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation. You can also access the US National Hurricane Centre for updates.
BEWARE The Cayman Islands have a relatively low crime rate. Nevertheless, take the usual sensible precautions in respect of your personal safety and belongings. Do not leave valuables lying about. Keep them in a hotel or other safety deposit box There are harsh penalties for those caught with drugs of any kind. A number of British nationals have been arrested in the past, attempting to smuggle marijuana on British Airways flights to London. As a consequence, these flights are still being closely monitored by the local customs authorities. Observe the customs regulations on the importation and exportation of agricultural products and the protection of marine and animal life. There are a number of marine and animal specimens that may not be taken from the islands. If in doubt, please check with the customs office prior to the purchase, importation or exportation of such items. For those returning to the UK, please observe the UK Customs rules on the illegal importation of meat and animal products.