Car rentals are available at the airport as well as other locations. An variety of vehicle types are offered, including Jeeps or mopeds for those who want to enjoy a more adventurous trip. You will need to show your drivers license and purchase a visitors permit for approximately US$7.50.
Caymanians are some of the most friendly and courteous people in the world. However, use caution as you would in any vehicle in any other country.
Dine at the pool’s swim-up food and beverage bar. Or, you may enjoy Caribbean Cuisine. You can take-out or have dinner in your condo. “Caymanian” cuisine may include many items unfamiliar to you as well as well-known favorites such as conch, lobster and shrimp. Don’t be afraid to sample local dishes such as stewed turtle, oxtail, salt beef & beans and ackee & codfish. Other staples include plantain, breadfruit, cassava and rice & beans. Local dessert items include rum cake and cassava cake.
In addition to the local cuisine you’ll find Jamaican, Cuban, Central American, Italian, German, British, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indian. Fast-food chains include Pizza Hut, Dominos, Wendy’s, Burger King, Subway and KFC. There are over 100 restaurants in the Cayman Islands including fast-food outlets and small native style diners.
Shorts are acceptable in most restaurants as the island is very casual. However there are some that do require slacks of men. More formal restaurants require slacks for evening dinner. You will find that restaurants usually add a service charge of 15% to your total food and drink bill automatically. If you see this extra charge on your bill, please know that tipping is not required so do not leave extra for the tip!. The waiter/waitress only receives a small portion of the gratuity.
Foster’s Food Fair has several locations and is the island’s supermarket for the widest selection of groceries and fresh produce.
The world-renowned Cayman Islands are known by sport fishermen as a premier destination for all types of sport fishing. Try deep-water trolling for Blue Marlin or casting for Bonefish in the knee-deep waters of a lagoon – everything you want is here.
May, June, and July are the most favorable for Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Bonefish as they are most plentiful at that time. December through March are best for Whaoo and other sports fish.
You will not require any special license to fish in the Cayman Islands; and you may bring your own gear with you. There are certain restrictions on where you may fish, and these areas are marked on information booklets which are available locally. Upon arrival, you may contact the Department of Tourism for one of these booklets.
Feel free to use the links below to visit sport fishing operators on the island who can accommodate you with fishing opportunities and supplies, including the tackle and bait: Bayside Watersports; Charter Boat Headquarters; Just Fish’n; Sam McCoy’s Diving and Fishing Lodge.
Fishing tournaments: For those of you who consider themselves an “old salt”, opportunities exist throughout the year to take home – not only the “big fish”, but cash rewards for breaking the local record for various species of game fish. Many guests visit regularly just to compete and reservations fill up so if this is your ticket – register early!
You might opt for an excursion which includes a hunt for conch, feeding stingrays, and eating your catch out of its own shell.
The Cayman Islands are known to have the best scuba diving in the Caribbean. Most of our come for the diving alone. It is their passion – if it is yours, you will not be disappointed. The number of dive sites alone is amazing.
Dive opportunities abound with options to experience:
coral garden dives
Stingray City dives
There are several hundred named and regularly visited dive sites on the three islands. Each one so memorable, you will never forget it. Underwater visibility is well over 100 feet! Beautiful water, and incredible dives!
You do not have to leave the resort to schedule a dive or even take lessons! At Treasure Island you can walk into our on-site Dive Shop/Sport Shop to schedule this one-of-a-kind experience. We feel it is the best resort the island of Grand Cayman has to offer.
Grand Cayman offers a multitude of activities. Treasure Island Resort is one of a kind because we offer on-site services to provide you with anything you need.
Snorkeling – Choose from hundreds of sites where the water is shallow enough to snorkel and where you can experience the amazing diversity of our marine world – Treasure Island is the only resort on the island that offers a sandy beach and a snorkeling reef! Walk right in to our on-site water sports shop. They offer snorkeling trips and will take you where the fish are plentiful. You can snorkel in the reef off our own beach or take a boat to one of many exotic snorkeling sites. Popular sports include the West Bay Cemetery Reef, Smith’s Cove and Eden Rock.
Parasail – 200 feet in the air, towed by a powerful speedboat, enjoy the view of Grand Cayman. Awesome perspectives of Seven Mile Beach, George Town harbor, cruise ships below and even marine life! 100′ visibility underwater and 200′ in the sky combine to make a intense and wonderful experience. Parasail operators offer both single and double rides.
Jet skiing – Jet Ski Operators will provide you with a quick lesson in operating the watercraft, and some safety tips – then your on your way to fun on the water. Again, safety (yours and swimmers) is our main concern. Please remain aware of any signs, flags or bathers in the area – take the training the shop provides seriously.
Cayman sailing – What could be better? Sailboat rentals are available for you to explore remote areas to snorkel, swim and picnic. The entire beach around the island is considered public property to the Caymanian government. So anchor in almost any spot that suits your whim. Or – for a evening of romance – book an evening dinner sail into the Caribbean.
Windsurfing – If you are not experienced, beginners may take lessons to learn the basics of keeping yourself afloat and the fundamentals of the sport. Think you are too good for the tame side of the island? Experienced windsurfers may want to take on the east side winds.
Such a tiny island and so much to do! If the choices above do not appeal to you, try a banana boat ride, kayaking, water skiing or knee boarding.
In addition to water sports you’ll find other above- and below-water activities including:
Glass-Bottom Boat Rides
Semi-Submersible Boat Rides
Submarine Dives to 100′, 800′ or 1,000′
Sailboat Dinner Cruises .
Direct jet service to the Cayman Islands is available from several countries including: Canada, the US, England, Honduras, Cuba and Jamaica. Cities served by regularly scheduled flights or seasonal charters include: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Charlotte, Houston, Miami, New York, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa, London (England), Kingston & Montego Bay (Jamaica), Havana (Cuba) and Toronto (Canada). There are over 100 commercial flights into the Cayman Islands each week and the most popular gateway is Miami International Airport with over 70 flights per week on the route.
Other airlines serving the Cayman Islands include: American Airlines, Air Jamaica, British Airways, Continental, Cubana Airlines, Delta, US Airways, Northwest, and Isleña. Contact your travel agent for more service details.
Taxis and car rental agents will be available just outside the airport arrival area. When departing, allow for traffic and arrive at the airport two hours prior to your scheduled departure time. Also, please note that unless already included in your ticket price, a departure tax of CI$20.00 or US$25.00 per person is payable at the airport.
Visitor Entry Regulations
US, British and Canadian citizens, and citizens of British Dependent Territories do not require passports, but must present proof of citizenship (passport or birth certificate and current photo ID – a driver’s license or voter’s registration card alone is not sufficient) and a return or ongoing airline ticket. Please note that according to a new US law passed in 1996, a Voter’s Registration Card is no longer considered valid proof of US citizenship and is therefore not valid ID for re-entry into the US. Visitors from all other countries require a passport and return or ongoing ticket.
Arriving visitors may bring in duty-free any personal items for use while on vacation – laptop computers included. In addition, visitors 18 years and older can bring in duty-free either one liter of alcohol, four liters of wine or one case of beer (not exceeding eight liters) and 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco.
Returning residents are allowed CI$350 worth of goods duty-free and this privilege does not apply to visitors. Remember that any gifts you are bringing into the Cayman Islands may also be subject to duty. Duty is never charged on books and camera equipment.
Importing or possession of any kind of illegal drugs including marijuana (ganja) and cocaine is strictly prohibited by law and violators will be arrested and prosecuted by local authorities. Also prohibited without a special permit are: firearms of any kind (including BB guns); spear guns (or pole spears or Hawaiian slings); live plants and plant cuttings; raw fruits and vegetables because they may carry diseases or shelter harmful insect pests. You may contact the Collector of Customs, (345) 949-2473 if you have questions about any item, prior to your arrival.
Each US citizen is allowed to return to the US with up to US$400 in purchases without paying duty, as long as they have been out of the country for at least 48 hours and have not claimed the exemption in the previous 30 days. A couple may claim US$800, a family of four US$1,600, and so on. A duty of 10% will be charged on the excess amount. US citizens may return with one carton of cigarettes duty-free and 80 cents per carton will be charged on any additional cartons. US citizens over age 21 are allowed 2 liters of alcohol duty-free. A duty of 15% will be charged on excess alcohol.
When leaving Cayman, visitors from the US should be aware that products made from farmed green sea turtles, such as available at the Cayman Turtle Farm, may not be taken back home. The importation of genuine sea turtle products is strictly prohibited by any countries which have signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (1978) including the US, Canada and UK. In addition, US Customs prohibits the transshipment of turtle products through the US. Any products discovered will be confiscated. You will not be allowed to bring back any plants or plant seeds, vegetables or fruits unless you have official permits from US Customs. Otherwise, these will be confiscated by Customs at US gateways.