Moving Considerations

Moving to Cayman may be one of the most exciting decisions of your life but there are a lot of details to consider and take care of before you arrive on the Island, move into your new home, unpack your belongings, start your job and then finally put your feet in the sand. The whole process can be overwhelming but hopefully we can help you feel more comfortable by laying out the steps you will have to take.

We give some tips on getting to Cayman, things to consider before signing an employment contract and set out the cost of living in Cayman. Then, to help you understand the moving process and getting all your belongings here, we explain the three main shipping options you have to simplify your move and ease you into island living.

Gateways to Cayman

The national carrier of the Cayman Islands is Cayman Airways which travels to and from 12 destinations. The main gateway to Cayman is Miami, but you can also catch a flight from Chicago, Havana, Jamaica, La Ceiba, Tampa, New York, our Sister Islands and, as of March 2019, Denver. Other airlines that service Cayman are: Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United Airlines and WestJet. They offer gateways to the Bahamas, London, Panama, Toronto and more. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are serviced by Cayman Airways Express. Please note that some airlines and destinations only operate in high season which is generally from December to April.

Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport is a relatively busy airport for a Caribbean island; it processes over one million passengers each year which include tourists, business visitors and residents. The airport is located in the capital, George Town, and is approximately five minutes from downtown and a 15 minute drive from Seven Mile Beach. In addition, the airport processes approximately 359,488 pounds of cargo and 128,748 pounds of mail. The runway is 7,008 feet long and 150 feet wide, which means that large transatlantic aircraft cannot land. The airport is currently undergoing a CI$55 million expansion which is due to be completed in late 2018.

Many airlines also provide weekly, daily and charter services into Grand Cayman.

Cost of Flights & Flying Time

The average cost of a return ticket from Miami is US$400, from New York US$500 and from London US$1,300. Please note that these are average prices and will vary according to high or low season.

The flying time from Miami to Grand Cayman is 1 hour and 5 minutes. The journey from London takes 10 hours (including 45 minutes on the tarmac in Nassau). From Toronto, the flight time is 4 hours. Just under 4 hours from New York.

Airport Transportation

If you want to ensure your arrival or departure from Cayman is as stress-free as possible, here are a few reliable companies that offer special services to help you through arrivals and departures:

Relocation Services

It is often helpful for individuals or families to enlist the help of a relocation consultant. ‘Destination services’ as it has come to be known, offers private and corporate clients unbiased assistance and invaluable insight into island life in Cayman.

Before Signing your Contract

When planning a move to the Cayman Islands you will need to know what to expect in terms of both the cost and the standard of living, as they may be very different from what you’re used to.