When it comes to traveling, many people jump head first into an adventure they’ve never been on. Many a times, travelers are learning-as-they-go, while making a path for future voyagers. However, if you’re lucky enough, you get the chance to discuss your travel plans with someone who has had first-hand experience, prior to your departure. For those of you traveling to the Cayman Islands for the first time, or are even gathering info for a friend, we have compiled a list of general travel inquies as answered by a local. (Source- CaymanIslands.ky)
Q: Do I need a passport to enter the Cayman Islands?
A: Yes, or some other type of valid document that shows their identity and place of permanent residence. You may also produce proof of citizenship with a photo ID and a copy of your birth certificate.
Q: In what time zone do the Cayman Islands function on?
A: The Cayman Islands operate on -5 hours GMT. Since we do not observe daylight savings time, we operate on Eastern Time in the winter and Central Time in the summer!
Q: What is the weather supposed to be like when I’m there?
A: The year divides into two seasons: Summer (aka “rainy” season) is usually from mid-May through October, while winter, or the “dry” season, is from November to April. With March and April as the driest months, May and October have the most rainfall.
The average temperature during the winter season is about 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit, and 80-95 degrees during the summer!
Q: What do I do if I get sick?
A: If this were to happen, you have a few options of places to choose from. The government of the Cayman Islands’ Health Services Complex is located in George Town. It offers modern equipment, highly trained personnel and a 24 hour hyperbaric decompression chamber. Their number is (345) 949-8600.
In addition, you can go to a private hospital, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial, in George Town. While in Cayman Brac, there is a government hospital, called Faith Hospital (345) 948- 2243/2245. There is also a small clinic in Little Cayman (345) 948-1051. Call ahead for hours of operation.
Q: Do they Cayman Islands have their own currency?
A: Yes! The Cayman Islands currency was first introduced in 1972, with the basic unit as the dollar issued with denominations of CI$100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1. There are also coins valued at 25, 10, 5 and 1 cent. Despite the fact it has its own currency, the American dollar is still widely accepted.
For additional questions regarding overall travel, romance on the islands, sister islands, and more, check out http://www.caymanislands.ky/askalocal/faq.aspx to help you guide through the Cayman Islands!