Transportation

Cayman’s roads have seen many changes recently. In an attempt to alleviate the Island’s rush-hour traffic congestion, many new road developments have occurred, such as the expansion of the Linford Pierson Highway, the extension of Elgin Avenue and the Crewe Road realignment.

Although this has significantly improved traffic, it has pushed the bottleneck elsewhere, meaning new road developments are perpetually underway – this year’s being the East-West Arterial expansion and next year’s, a new Airport Connector Road. With Cayman’s population growing, and a reported 370 cars being added to the roads each month, it will be interesting to see if these changes will have a lasting effect on reducing traffic congestion; widening the roads is perhaps a momentary solution

2019 Overview

In better transport news, Cayman’s taxis are having a much needed technological transformation. The recently launched Government’s digital taxifare calculator, CI:GO, and the upcoming Flex – an Uber-style app from local entrepreneurs Alex Cowan and Rachel Smyth – hope to solve the problem of inconsistent and extortionate taxi fares that burden the Island and its guests.

Rules of the Road

There are over 135 different nationalities represented in Cayman, which means there are drivers from all around the world where traffic laws can be quite different. It is therefore crucial that drivers know the rules of Cayman’s roads.

Driving Licences

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

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.

Importing a Car

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.

Renting & Leasing a Car

Cayman has great options for both rental car companies and also car leasing companies – please note that if you live on-Island, it never hurts to request resident rates when seeking out a rental car/hire car quotes.

Buying a Car

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.

Car Repair & Maintenance

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 monthly.

Scooters, Motorcycles & Bicycles

Cars are not the only way to get around in the Cayman Islands – there are a growing amount of people who choose to ride Scooters/Motorcycles and an increasing amount who choose to ‘go green’ and bike it from place to place.

Public Transport, Taxis & Airport

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.

The Department of Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL) 2019 Amnesty

In an effort to deal with the mounting backlog of licensing fees, the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL) has announced a six month amnesty across the three Islands beginning Monday 29th April 2019 and lasting until Friday 1st November 2019.