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Driving to Christopher Columbus Condos from Owen Roberts International Airport? Follow the route below to easily navigate your way. In 14 minutes (without traffic), you’ll arrive at our Cayman paradise. 

  • Head West on Roberts Dr. toward N. Breezy Way (1 km)
  • Turn Right onto Dorcy Dr. (500 m)
  • Turn Left onto Portland Rd. (500 m)
  • Turn Right onto N. Sound Rd. (140 m)
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (2.5 km)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (750 m)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (1.1 m)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (850 m)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (900 m)
  • At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Esterly Tibbetts Hwy (1.1 km) 
  • At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto W Bay Rd. (800 m)
    • Christopher Columbus Condos will be on the left after 800 m. Look for the red turtle!
    • 2013 West Bay Road, KY1-1102, Cayman Islands

Time to get excited...we can't wait to see you!

You can also follow these directions directly on Google's interface here.

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Rita Bush of Rita's Cab Service has been working in the Cayman hospitality industry for the past 47 years, and has been an adored taxi driver on the island for the last 17 years. She started her first resort job on January 12th, 1968 at the old Galleon Beach Hotel on Seven Mile Beach and has been in love with the tourism and hospitality industry ever since.

Rita has worked at several Cayman hotels and restaurants over the years (more recently the Holiday Inn where she worked for over 20 years until it closed in 1998) and has been cited as a great tourism ambassador by many. She has even won tourism awards for her warm, welcoming nature. Rita was awarded the Silver Medal of Merit under the category of Order of the Cayman Islands during National Heroes Day 2013 as well as the Vocational Service Award from the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman in 2012.

She's met so many nice people while driving her cab and enjoys sharing past and present stories of Cayman life with them. Rita always goes the extra mile and says her job doesn't ever feel like a job because she loves doing it so much! She is truly CaymanKind!

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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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An Expedition to Rum Point

After a few days on Grand Cayman, my friend Aimee and I got up the courage to announce that we were going to drive around the island to Rum Point. It took courage for us because we weren't used to driving on the "other" side of the road and the 49 kilometer trek (about 30 miles) seemed like a challenge... but one we were willing to accept. Once it was official we got really excited thinking about the adventure ahead of us.

Tip: Before heading out take screenshots of directions from Google Maps to avoid using international data! (Both Aimee and I are American and using your phones here can be pricey. There are also some great maps in some tourist publications. Ask someone in the office to point one out.)

With directions in hand, we made our way through Savannah and were nearing Bodden Town. Since the roads weren't clearly labeled, we questioned if we were going the right way, but somehow we never got lost!

As we were approaching Bodden Town we passed a produce stand. I threw my hands up against the window and squealed "Courtney!!!" like a kid yelling "Candy" passing a candy store. Courtney is a produce salesmen I met on my first trip to the Cayman Islands last year. We found him on a remote stretch of road between Savannah and Bodden Town and there he was in the same remote spot so many months later! Aimee and I were on a Rum Point mission, so we didn't stop, but my heart lifted so high knowing Courtney was still in his usual spot. I would be back to visit him.

After Bodden Town we drove for a long stretch of secluded island land and saw several remote condos and resorts along the way. As we got closer, we began to see signs for Rum Point, heightening our excitement. We knew we had finally arrived when barrels labeled with individual letters spelling out Rum Point welcomed us at the front. A nice couple offered to take a photo of us together at the barrels so we hoisted ourselves up to the barrels and posed away. We were ready for Rum Point, but was it ready for us?

The entry to Rum Point set the island vibe with palm trees dotted along the planked pathways. There were cool colorful signs made with driftwood that told us to, "Relax, You are on Cayman Time." Aimee & I take orders very seriously, so we headed straight to the Wreck Bar and asked the bartender to make some recommendations.

Aimee got the Rum Point Sunset and I went with the Cayman Lemonade then we picked out a seat at one of many open colorful picnic tables. Lights were strung above the picnic tables and food/drink menus tied to coconuts were at each table for Wreck Bar. We scoped out the rest of our surroundings and took some time in lounge chairs while doing some people watching. There were a few people playing sand volleyball and some others in the ocean hanging out with drinks in hand.

 

After our first drink, I grabbed one more. (Aimee was driving.) I tried the mudslide as I had heard Rum Point was known as the birthplace of the mudslide. It was divine. We went out on the pier to enjoy the view of the massive waves that were further out. With them came massive wind and a great photo opp.

We finished off our time at Rum Point lounging in the hammocks and taking in yet another breathtaking Cayman sunset. As we left we saw a few cats hanging around and tried to coax them over to us, but were unsuccessful. We ran into a worker and asked about the restaurant and Dak Shack. He informed us they were closed for the low season. The low season had it's perks though because although there were enough people around for a small buzz there was still an extremely peaceful lull that hung in the atmosphere.

As we pulled away we both felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride. We had done it! We made it to Rum Point, and we had enjoyed Rum Point. Now we just had to make it back 30 miles to Christopher Columbus Condos... in the dark!

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