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

Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) is a relatively busy airport with over 1.4 million passengers passing through it each year. The airport is located in the capital, George Town.

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 costs will vary according to high or low season.

The flying time from Miami to Grand Cayman is 1.5 hours. The flight from London is 10 hours (with 45 minutes on the tarmac in Nassau). Flying time from Toronto and New York is four hours.

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.

Cayman 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.

Time Zones

While the US employs daylight savings, the Cayman Islands keeps the same time all year. This means we are on Eastern Standard Time from November to March but Central Daylight Time for the rest of the year.

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.