The most common mode of transportation in Cayman is by car, though many people take advantage of scooters or cycling, as these are a great way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. There is also an inexpensive bus service that may be a good option for some. According to Government records, there are 28,599 cars registered on Cayman roads, as well as 5,867 trucks, 413 motorcycles and a total of 413 school buses and regular buses combined.
Where you live on the Island can dictate what form of transport will work best for you, since the bus service is not offered everywhere. If you are a couple or have a family, then the discussion will arise as to whether you need one car or two. In our experience, you will need two cars, unless you are prepared to be entirely beholden to the person who has the car!
Most people do not walk here, one reason being that it is hot and in the summer it rains torrentially, but also because roads have little or no verge for walking along. Riding a bicycle may be an option, but many motorists don’t give cyclists the respect they deserve and roads don’t offer much of a shoulder to ride on.
Please note that some people ride their bikes on the right-hand side of the road (the wrong way) believing that they will be more visible to oncoming traffic. However, this is illegal and a huge liability for the cyclist and any motorist exiting a road or car park and turning left. Lights, a reflective vest and extreme caution are essential if cycling at night.
This section provides detailed information on the legal criteria for driving in Cayman; how to licence your vehicle to make it legally roadworthy, how to get a driving licence, how to import or export a vehicle, how to clear your car through Customs including the duty costs, how to buy, rent or lease a car in Cayman, a list of Cayman car dealers and what they specialise in, including hybrid and electric cars, alternative transportation possibilities and more.
In Cayman there are drivers from all corners of the world, where traffic laws can be quite different. For this reason drivers should be alert and exercise care.
Obtaining a drivers licence in Cayman is not a complicated process… but it can be if you don’t know your way around the system. Here we outline the various steps involved in legally getting on the Cayman roads.
Car insurance covers you if your car is involved in a road accident. It also protects other road users if you cause damage to their vehicle or property.
In the Cayman Islands there are plenty of options to consider when looking for car insurance. You can purchase both 3rd party insurance and full coverage policies, depending on your needs.
If you would like to import a car to the Cayman Islands, a brief summary of the process is as follows: you will need to get the car to the Port of Miami or Tampa, clear US Customs and book the car on the next ship sailing to Cayman.
Unlike some other islands, there are no size restrictions on cars in Cayman (except Hummers, which cannot be wider than 6.7ft). Almost every make of car, whether new or used, is available to purchase and you can own as many cars as you want.
The combination of sunshine and salty air can be hard on your car, but fortunately road conditions in Cayman are much better than virtually every other Island in the Caribbean.
Driving in Cayman however, is similar to city driving where you are stopping and starting constantly and that causes the most wear on your engine, suspension, brakes, battery and tyres. We recommend checking your tyre pressure and fluid levels regularly, since the humidity here will cause a loss of fluids.
While Cayman might not yet have ‘Uber’, we do have an abundance of taxis that are readily available and also a competent system of public omni-buses that run island wide daily. Read on for bus schedules and airport transportation options.