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The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, is part of the Cayman Ridge, which extends westward from Cuba. Situated 150 miles south of Cuba and 180 miles west of Jamaica in the central Caribbean, the largest of the three Cayman Islands is Grand Cayman – 22 miles long by 8 miles wide. Her sisters, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, are located northeast of Grand Cayman. Together all three islands are situated on the edge of the Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea at a depth of more than four miles.
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AIRLINE SERVICE: The main passenger airport in the Cayman Islands, Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), is located in George Town on Grand Cayman. Our Sunrise Villa is only 10 miles away! There are more than 55 weekly flights into the Cayman Islands including 28 flights each week between Miami and Grand Cayman with connections to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Direct service from many U.S. cities. Carriers to Grand Cayman include American, Delta, Continental, Northwest, Spirit, Cayman Airways, USAirways, Air Canada, and British Airways.
GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND: Renting a car is the best way to get around Grand Cayman. Rental car agencies at the airport include Budget, Thrifty, Economy and Avis. Be sure to make car rental reservations ahead of time. To pick up your car after you arrive, walk out of the airport, go left and cross the street.
DRIVING FROM THE AIRPORT: Sunrise Villa at Turtle Nest Condos is only 10 miles from the airport. From the rental car building, turn right onto Owen Roberts Drive to exit the airport. (From the airport terminal, turn left to exit airport.) At the stop sign, just beside the post office, turn left (this is Crewe Road although it is not marked here) and continue past Foster's Food Fair until the "give way" sign. After the "give way" sign, keep to the left and follow the road which curves left around the end of the runway. At the roundabout, follow signs for Eastern Districts. At the next roundabout, follow signs for Bodden Town. Get into middle lane (left lane will end). Continue to follow signs to Bodden Town. After you go about 9.5 miles from the airport, look for the Esso gas station oceanfront on the right. Go a short distance farther and look for the Turtle Nest Inn sign on the right. Turtle Nest Inn is a two-level, white, Spanish-style building with two illuminated signs at the road -- if you see a post office on your left, or a church on your right, you've gone too far! Turn right into the drive PAST the entrance to Turtle Nest Inn (Turtle Nest Condo sign).The Sunrise Villa is number 7, the first two story condo on the left (closest to the street). After you park, walk next door to Turtle Nest Inn to check-in and get your key. We suggest that you print a copy of this page, and take it along on your trip.
DRIVING TIPS: Driving is on the left-hand side of the road in The Cayman Islands. Driving in Grand Cayman is easy and safe, but get used to driving on the left side of the road. Speed limit signs are in miles per hour, while your odometer may be in kilometers. One kilometer is .62 miles. For instance, 62 mph is 100 kph. To make your island excursion even easier some rental companies (Avis) offer cars with the steering wheel on the left or right side of the vehicle. All you have to do is ask. A provisional driving permit is required in order to legally drive in the Cayman Islands. One will be issued when you rent a vehicle and will be valid for 6 months or until you depart the Cayman Islands, which ever comes first. You can drive from one end of Grand Cayman to the other in less than one hour - with no stops along the way! The road system is one of the best in the Caribbean, most major roads are lit at night and 95% plus of the roads are paved. The few roads not paved are the newly developed private and secondary roads. During the "busy season" - the winter months, cars should be reserved several months in advance - especially Christmas, Spring Break and Easter weekend.
Taxis are available at Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman and offer a fixed rate per vehicle or per person to all points on Grand Cayman. This information is available from the taxi dispatcher at the curb. Hotel vans cannot provide courtesy arrival pickup at the airport. There are several private limousine services on Grand Cayman, for special events and airport transfers.
BUS: In October 1998, Grand Cayman launched its first ever-official public bus transportation system. The new bus terminal is located adjacent the Public Library on Edward St. in downtown George Town and serves as the dispatch point for buses to all districts. There are 38 mini-buses operated by 24 licensed operators, serving eight routes. Daily service starts at 6 a.m. from the depot and the schedule is as follows from George Town to:
West Bay - every 15 minutes, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday - Thursday; 6 a.m. - midnight, Fri. & Sat. Fare is CI$1.50 each way.
Bodden Town - Every 30 minutes, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday- Thurs.; 6 a.m. - midnight, Fri. & Sat. Fare is CI$1.50 each way.
East End and North Side - Every hour, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday - Thurs. and Saturday. On Friday, buses will operate until after Midnight. Fare: CI$2 each way.
The new system uses colour - coded logos located on the front and rear of buses to identify routes as follows: Route 1 (yellow) and Route 2 (lime green) cover George Town to West Bay; Route 3 (blue) provides service between the depot in George Town and Bodden Town. Route 4 (purple) operates between the depot and East End. Route 5 (red) goes from the depot to East End and North Side. Route 6 (dark green) operates from North Side to West Bay. Route 7 (dark green with white numbers) is an inter-district service for George Town. Route 8 (orange) runs from the depot to Hutland in North Side. Licensed buses are identified by blue licence plates. To maintain consistency in fares, each bus must display a fare table outlining standard government-authorized fares. The hotline number for public comment and feedback is 345-945-5100.
CLIMATE: Average Temperatures: Winter 60 deg F; Summer 86 deg. F; annual humidity 83 percent. Temperatures seldom drop below 70 deg F or rise above 90 deg F. Hurricane season is June to November. Rainy season starts in May with maximum rainfall in September/October.