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Advice for Renting a Car in Grand Cayman

To Rent or Not to Rent

Christopher Columbus Condos has many guests that call and ask whether it's necessary to rent a car for their stay, and where the best places are to rent them on the island. It's not a complete necessity to rent a car (there are taxis on the island), but we highly recommend renting one for the following reasons:

  • You'll most likely save a lot of money. Cabs are expensive!
  • You'll have the chance to see more of the island and take impromtu trips. We recommend taking at least one day to just drive around the island and experience the beauty and unique offerings of each district. For a quick lesson on island geography you can read this post.
  • If you're used to driving on the right side of the road you'll get to experience driving on the LEFT side! (It's fun to drive on the opposite side of the road, but make sure to take extra precautions when driving on a new side of the road. It definitely takes some adjustment.)

Where to Rent

There are several great car rental agencies to rent from on the island, and most of them are within a 2 minute walk from the airport. We typically recommend Andy's or Avis

Tips for Renting

Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind when renting a car in the Cayman Islands:

  • You will likely have the choice between having your steering wheel on the right (usual in Cayman) or left side of the car. We suggest renting a car with the steering wheel on the right side as that will put the driver next to the center line which is more comfortable for most drivers. (On my first trip to Cayman the group I was with made the mistake of getting a car with the steering wheel on the left side because we're American and thought it would be best to get the steering wheel on the side we're used to, however that meant that when driving on the left side of the road that the driver was nearest to the shoulder which felt very awkward and unnatural. It's actually better, in our opinion, to opt for the steering wheel on the right side.)
  • We recommend asking for a smaller vehicle because the streets in Grand Cayman are narrow especially in downtown Georgetown. 
  • You will be charged a small fee of CI$16 ($20 US) for a temporary driver's license per driver, and the license is good for one year. If you have an international driver's license some companies will waive this fee.
  • Call your personal car insurance company to see if they offer international insurance with your coverage. Also, call your credit card companies to see if any of them offer international rental car insurance. Many credit cards offer some form of this service to their card holders. Make sure to ask about the details of the coverage and the stipulations. In order to be eligible for the coverage from your credit card, most creditors require that you pay for the rental with your credit card and that you do not accept the insurance offered from the rental agency. You'll want to compare all of your options though (personal insurance, credit card insurance & the rental car insurance) to determine which is best for you and which option you are most comfortable with. 

For me and the group I traveled with, having our own car to drive around during our visit was our private ticket to discovering the island at our own pace. I'd definitely recommend it! Just remember to stay to the left!

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GoCayman Carrental APRIL 22 2015
This post is very useful for people who are planning a trip to Cayman Islands. Tips are great and for low prizes you can rent a car make your vaction even more amazing!
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Theresa Burns JULY 9 2019
Good Day, My name is Theresa Burns, i would like to know if you are available for a transportation service and do you accept all major type of credit card for your means of payment?, my two children are coming for 7 days vacation and they need a private car transportation service standby daily, kindly get back to me with the needed details if you available, also please advice how much you charge for airport transfer roundtrip and per hour trip. ​Best Regards. Theresa Burns
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Carrie Walker JULY 10 2019
Hi,Theresa, The Condos themselves don't offer any transportation services. You can use the tips above to look into rental car services, or check out this link regarding a variety of taxi services that are offered around the island: https://www.explorecayman.com/getting-around-in-cayman/getting-a-taxi-in-cayman Thank you!
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