By Darwin Porter
This booklet was once very precious, particularly the customs details, maps, currency,and eating places. I want there were a chart for Cay dollars/U.S. funds. It used to be complicated to pay in U.S. funds and get Cay money as swap.
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PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS 32 GETTING THERE & GETTING AROUND 2 Tips Renting a Car 101 All the major car r ental c ompanies maintain k iosks within walking distance of the airpor t terminal on Grand C ayman, although some visit ors find it easier t o take a taxi t o their hotel and arrange for their car to be delivered there. All major companies suggest that car rentals be reserved at least 6 to 36 hours in advance of arrival in the C aymans. In midwinter you should r eserve days in advanc e because of heavy demand.
Avoid exchanging money at commer cial exchange bureaus and hotels, which often have the highest transaction fees. The Cayman Islands are one of the most upmarket destinations in the Caribbean, although prices ar en’t as sky-high as on the F rench island of S t. Barts or the B ritish-affiliated island of Anguilla. N evertheless, a frugal traveler will do better in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. The cost of living is about 20% higher in the Cayman Islands than it is in the U nited States.
However, it does not rain ev ery day. Often the sho wers are short bursts (though intense) that are followed by clear skies and plenty of sun. Even though the Cayman I slands ar e one of the world ’s leading scuba-diving destinations, div ers often av oid the islands in A ugust and September, when tropical storms can churn the waters. However, because the islands hav e so many div e sites, y ou can almost always find places to dive, even in August and September. Average Temperature & Rainfall in Grand Cayman Jan Temp.