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About Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands. With over 52,000 inhabitants, it is the location of the region’s capital, George Town. The island is the ideal opportunity to be swept away by incredible natural attractions. Prepare to endeavour upon attractions such as the blow holes in the East End, Crystal Caves and Barkers National Park.

Cheap flights to Grand Cayman are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to hop on to this fantastic island! Grand Cayman is home of Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), which is located approximately 40 minutes from the city centre. Owen Roberts International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Cayman Airways and British Airways. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Grand Cayman is approximately 23 hours and 10 minutes!

Why visit Grand Cayman

forest path

Mastic Trail

The 200-year-old trail is a must see for all nature lovers. Mastic Trail is surrounded by some of the island’s most colourful and exotic plant life. This trek is marvellous!

scuba diver touching stingray

Stingray City

Along your journey, a stop should be made at the incredible Stingray City. Interact with Atlantic Southern stingrays. Enjoy these amazing creatures by snorkelling or with a scuba trip.

prawns coconut dip

Grand Cayman Dining

The island has strong ties to Jamaican cuisine, with British influences. Flavoursome dishes are to be enjoyed. Meals are frequently prepared with seafood and spices. Turtle is a traditional delicacy!

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Cayman Islands
Currency Cayman Islands Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.06 KYD
Language English
Hub Airport Owen Roberts International Airport
Airline Cayman Airways
Time Zone GMT -5
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Grand Cayman

Tourists can expect sunny and hot weather year-round. The weather from mid-December to mid-April is ideal for relaxing on the beach. These are the winter months of Grand Cayman, and make up the high season. Hotels charge their highest prices during this peak winter period. During the off season (mid-April to mid-December) beaches are less crowded and the island has great deals. To experience the best weather that the Grand Cayman has to offer, April is the best month to go. Grand Cayman has the perfect warm weather, during this time. Tourists should note that hurricane season occurs from June 1st to November 30th. Do not fret, as there are satellite forecasts, which provide enough warning to afford people the opportunity to take safety precautions.

Weather & Climate in Grand Cayman

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 21°C 21°C 22°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 26°C 26°C 23°C 24°C 22°C
High °C 29°C 29°C 30°C 30°C 31°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 29°C
Rainfall (mm) 90 60 20 40 100 140 90 120 130 220 120 90

Overview

The Grand Cayman offers a glorious mix of glamorous shopping and humble encounters with local cultures. The island’s Seven Mile Beach does not fail to meet expectations, with its turquoise waters. Enjoy the bountiful island activities that are to be discovered. Whether you are looking for relaxation or an enthralling nightlife, you are sure to experience the best of both worlds on this lush destination.

Once on Grand Cayman, explore the island districts such as Bodden Town – an authentic locals’ town. Mingle with the locals and encounter the beautiful atmosphere and fine cuisine. Tourists are treated to dishes including coconut shrimp, Cayman-style lobster and conch soup.

A trip to this serene destination is worth taking. Cheap flights to Grand Cayman are now available, why wait any longer to explore this incredible getaway?

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do not require a visa for stays of 60 days in Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands. Ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the date of your return. You should have at least 2 blank pages for stamps.

Health & Safety

All travellers to the Grand Cayman must be up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and yearly flu shot. Vaccinations that are recommended include hepatitis A and typhoid.

Grand Cayman is a safe place with little criminal incidences on the island. Tourists are still encouraged to take precautions when touring the island.

Staying safe in Grand Cayman:

• Do not walk alone in remote areas or at night. • Be vigilant of pick-pockets and bag-snatchers in crowded spaces. • Ensure that all valuables including your passport are kept in a safe place.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Grand Cayman
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R398.05
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R63.69
Cappucino (regular) R23.00 R22.57 R67.67
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10.00 R10.00 R79.15
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R39.00 R40.00 R127.38
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