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Close to home. Far from expected. www.caymanislands.ky

Quick Guide

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Welcome to the

Cayman Islands Rising up from the blue depths, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac lie just an hour south of Miami. Whether you’re an explorer on a quest for adventure, a couple in search of romance or just a family looking for a safe, serene stretch of beach to call your own, you’re sure to find it here. To help you enjoy all there is to see and do, we’ve prepared the following list of “fast facts” to be used on-island or in the comfort of your home as you set about planning your next perfect Cayman Islands vacation.

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Entry Requirements Guests of the Cayman Islands are required to present a valid passport or proof of citizenship, i.e. a certified copy of a birth certificate with photo ID, and must complete an Immigration Form. Do note that voter registration cards are not accepted as a form of identification and that all guests must possess a return airline ticket.

Climate With a very predictable climate controlled by warm, breezy trade winds, the average year-round temperature is 82°F / 28°C. The Cayman Islands is blessed with wonderful weather for much of the year. The water temperature is equally pleasant, remaining at around 80°F / 27°C all year.

Getting There Scheduled flights to Grand Cayman are available on Cayman Airways, Continental Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, US Airways, Air Canada, Air Jamaica and British Airways. A host of charters also provide non-stop flights from other U.S. cities. Interisland travel is available with Island Air and Cayman Airways Express.

Time Zone Eastern Standard Time is observed in Cayman, but there’s no change for Daylight Savings.

Attractions While Cayman is famous for its world-class diving and snorkeling, it’s possible to enjoy our sparkling waters without strapping a mask on your face or a tank on your back. Right from the beach, you can rent a wave runner or sailboat; go parasailing, windsurfing, waterskiing or take a ride in a submarine or semi-submersible craft. There are a host of land-based attractions to immerse yourself in as well. On Grand Cayman, there’s the legendary Cayman Turtle Farm, the breathtaking Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, romantic and tranquilizing Rum Point and perhaps the most beautiful stretch of sand in all the Caribbean, Seven Mile Beach. On Cayman Brac, be sure to check out the impressive caves and rock formations of “The Bluff”, or look for one of the 400 Cayman Brac Parrots still in the wild. On Little Cayman, visit the Little Cayman National Trust and observe the largest Red-Footed Booby colony in the Western Hemisphere.

Under The Sea With dozens of certified instructors and dive operators located on each of the three islands, there’s no better place on earth for both children and adults to experience firsthand, the joys that await in the undersea world. SCUBA, SNUBA and SASY (Supplied Air Snorkelling for Youth) classes are offered by many dive operators. Cayman also welcomes those wishing to complete their formal certification with well-supervised “open water” dives. For the more advanced diver, each island has a number of operators who offer technical diving and training.

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Island Weddings

Dress Regulations

Whether you’re planning a grand, sophisticated event or a small, intimate beachfront ceremony, the Cayman Islands offers dozens of picturesque locales, perfect for tying the knot. There are many wedding coordinators who can assist you with all your arrangements, from legal requirements to party planning. Couples can marry the same day they arrive in the Cayman Islands, including those arriving by cruise ship.

Cayman Islands law prohibits all forms of public nudity, including topless sunbathing. In accordance with local customs, we also request that you put on a shirt, dress or beach cover-up as you leave the beach or travel outside your resort.

Arts, Culture, Heritage As Caymanians, we’re proud of our culture and heritage. We’re equally anxious to share it with interested guests who visit the birthplace of our democracy, Pedro St. James, our Craft Market in George Town, the Heritage House in Savannah, our historic National Museum and the numerous National Trust sites, art galleries and local shops sprinkled throughout the islands.

Duty Free In George Town, our modern capital, duty-free shopping is a high art. Be sure to check out the merchandise from names like Versace, Tiffany, Gucci, Baccarat, Cartier, Rolex, Nikon, Louis Vuitton and other well-known brands.

Foreign Exchange & Tipping The Cayman Islands dollar (CI$) is on a fixed exchange rate. $.80 CI equals $1.00 U.S. The U.S. dollar is accepted throughout the Cayman Islands. Automated Teller Machines are also available. Many local hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10-15% service charge. If not, please examine your bill and feel free to reward those who serve you with any added tip you deem appropriate.

Credit Cards American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.

Communications & Technology Our telephone service is completely modern and efficient. Worldwide calls can be made twenty-four hours a day, and prepaid calling cards can be purchased in many locations. Fax and telegraph services are available, as is Internet access at many hotels and Internet cafes around the islands. Cayman runs on the same current as the U.S. (120V/60Hz).

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Conservation

Safety

Blessed with an abundance of scenic beauty and natural wonder, the Cayman Islands is a nature lover’s dream. We welcome you to look at, photograph and admire our beautiful wildlife, including the Blue Iguana, the rare Cayman Parrot and the Western Hemisphere’s largest population of Red-footed Boobies. Many species are endangered, however, and the Cayman Islands is dedicated to keeping them alive. Our strict Marine Conservation Laws prohibit the taking or disturbing of any marine life while in SCUBA gear or while in areas designated Marine Parks or Replenishment Zones. In general, we ask that you respect and do not harm Cayman’s flora and fauna, whether marine or on land, and do not remove it from its natural setting. The possession or use of spear guns anywhere in Cayman waters is illegal. Littering is also strictly prohibited throughout the islands and carries a CI$500 fine.

Cayman Islands law strictly prohibits begging, selling and soliciting of any kind by individuals on the street or beach. While we pride ourselves on having little criminal activity, we do ask our guests to take the necessary precautions in securing their valuables. Do not leave purses, wallets, cameras, jewelery, passports or any valuables out in the open, unattended on the beach, in your rental vehicle or other public places. Please report any violations to the local police.

Road Safety Renting a car or motorbike is the best way to see our islands. You must be 21 to drive or rent a car in the Cayman Islands, but some rental agencies will not rent to those under 25 years of age. Please check with your rental company in advance. A temporary local driving permit (US$7.50) is required and this can be obtained from the agency at the time you collect your car. An important note: in Cayman, we drive on the left hand side of the road. Pedestrians are asked to stay on the sidewalks and roadsides and to use our crosswalks for safety. A seatbelt law is also in effect, so please buckle up.

Medical Facilities The Cayman Islands has a full complement of modern medical facilities on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, including government hospitals and private medical centers. Little Cayman is staffed by a full-time nurse. The Cayman Islands Hospital Complex on Grand Cayman also houses a decompression chamber.

Places of Worship Residents and visitors to the Cayman Islands have a choice of over 90 places of worship. Additionally, there are religious fellowships and associations that work with local denominations and are supported by the local community.

Department of Tourism Offices U.S. Toll Free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877.4CAYMAN Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800.263.5805 or 416.485.1550 United Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .+44 (0) 207.491.7771 Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .630.705.0650 Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972.335.3540 Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .713.461.1317 Miami . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305.599.9033 Mid-Atlantic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .301.767.8955 New England . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .781.431.7771 New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212.889.9009 Philadelphia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215.333.7575

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Helpful Numbers AIRLINES Air Canada (Canada and U.S.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888.247.2262 Air Jamaica (U.S. and Canada) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800.523.5585 Air Jamaica (UK) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .+44 (0) 208.570.7999 American Airlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800.433.7300 British Airways (UK) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0845.77.333.77 Cayman Airways (U.S. and Canada) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800.G.CAYMAN Cayman Airways (UK) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .+44 (0) 207.491.7771 Continental Airlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800.525.0280 Delta Air Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800.221.1212 Island Air Reservations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.949.5252 Northwest Airlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800.225.2525 United Airlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800.538.2929 USAir Reservations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800.428.4322

GOVERNMENT/ASSOCIATIONS Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.949.8090 Cayman Islands Tourism Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.949.8522 Government Administration Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.949.7900 Pirates Week Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.949.5078 Sister Islands Tourism Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.948.1033

PLACES OF INTEREST Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.947.9462 Cayman Islands National Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.949.8368 Cayman Turtle Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.949.3893/3894 Pedro St. James Historic Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.947.3329 National Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.945.8111

POLICE/EMERGENCY Central Police Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.949.4222 Emergency/Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .555 or 911 Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.949.8600

1. Fort George, Historic Site 2. Statue of James M. Bodden, Cayman’s First National Hero, Heroes’ Square

TRANSPORTATION Taxi Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.945.4491 24-Hour Taxi Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345.947.1173

3. Legislative Assembly Building

345.949.4236

4. Law Courts Building

345.949.4296

5. Public Library

345.949.5159

6. Pirates Week Office

8. Elmslie Memorial Church and Veteran’s War Memorial 9. Seamen’s Memorial

Call your travel agent or visit

www.caymanislands.ky

345.949.7900

16. Broadcasting House (Radio Cayman)

345.949.7799

17. Department of Immigration

345.949.8344

18. Department of Tourism Offices

345.949.0623

19. Heritage Market/Public Restrooms 20. George Town Hospital

7. 1919 Peace Memorial and Clock

CAYMAN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM Telephone 345.949.0623 Fax 345.949.4053 P.O. Box 67 GT Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands B.W.I.

15. Government Administration Building and Currency Board

345.949.8600

21. American Express Services Office Cayman Travel Services 345.949.8600 22. Federal Express

345.949.5911 345.949.8092

10. Post Office and Philatelic Bureau

345.949.2474

23. Government Information Services Office

11. National Museum

345.949.8368

24. Chamber of Commerce

345.949.8090

12. North Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal & Department of Tourism Information Kiosk

25. Cable & Wireless (Tele-communication)

345.949.7800

13. South Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal

26. Quincentennial Square

14. Central Police Station

27. Public Restrooms

345.949.4222

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