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George Town, Grand Cayman

George Town is a city situated on Grand Cayman island of the Cayman Islands. It serves as the capital of the Cayman Islands, in the British West Indies. 

George Town is the heart of the Cayman Islands financial services industry (there are close to 600 Bank and Trust companies in the Cayman Islands).


The Caymanian government offices are located in George Town. These offices include the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands, the Court Houses, and the Government Administration Building. The Government Administration Building houses the offices of the Premier and other members of Cabinet, the Deputy Governor, and his staff as well as other elected officials and civil servants. The former Old Courts Building located at the corner of Shedden Road and Harbour Drive is now the National Museum of Grand Cayman.... Read more

George Town, Grand Cayman


George Town is a city situated on Grand Cayman island of the Cayman Islands. It serves as the capital of the Cayman Islands, in the British West Indies. 

George Town is the heart of the Cayman Islands financial services industry (there are close to 600 Bank and Trust companies in the Cayman Islands).


The Caymanian government offices are located in George Town. These offices include the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands, the Court Houses, and the Government Administration Building. The Government Administration Building houses the offices of the Premier and other members of Cabinet, the Deputy Governor, and his staff as well as other elected officials and civil servants. The former Old Courts Building located at the corner of Shedden Road and Harbour Drive is now the National Museum of Grand Cayman. The building was built more than 150 years ago and has served the Caymanian government not only as a court building but as a jail and the island's first official Post Office.


George Town's city limits extend from the east at the edge of the South Shore District, north just beyond Owen Roberts International Airport, south to Hog Sty Bay and west to Seven Mile Beach and the West Bay District. George Town's famous Seven Mile Beach is a long crescent of coral-sand beach extending up to the West Bay region of Grand Cayman and is the most popular and populated area for tourists on the island.

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George Town, Grand Cayman: Port Information

George Town is a popular port of call for the Caribbean with cruise ships anchoring in George Town Harbour Tuesday through Friday. Cruise ships calling at George Town anchor offshore and ferry their passengers ashore by tenders, also known as shuttle boats. Passengers disembark in George Town, in the center of the Grand Cayman shopping district and usually remain anchored from early morning until mid-afternoon.

Everything is within walking distance. 

Activities available to tourists in George Town include submarine tours of George Town Harbour, glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, charter boat tours, rum distillery tours, art galleries, a historical museum, and of course, shopping and eating. George Town's waterfront is also home to a Harley-Davidson shop, a Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville franchise, and a Guy Harvey art studio and restaurant.

Get around George Town, Grand Cayman

  • There is a small walkable area of shops around the George Town harbor. Seven Mile beach is not within walking distance of the harbor cruise docks.
  • Taxis are available at the cruise ship docks in downtown George Town and at all resorts.

By bus

  • Grand Cayman Public Bus Transport, Edward St. next to the library, Georgetown, Phone: 945-5100. Licensed buses are identified by blue license plates. Daily service starts at 6 AM from the depot.

By vehicle

Car rentals are readily available. You must be 21 years old to rent a car. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road and seatbelt use is mandatory. Visitors must get a temporary driver's license from the police station or car rental agency. This is obtained by showing a valid drivers license from their home state, county or parish and paying a fee.
Mopeds and scooter rentals are available on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Helmet use is required. 

What to see in George Town, Grand Cayman

The first three sites below are within walking distance in George Town.
  • Cayman Islands National Museum, Harbour Drive, George Town, ☎ +1 345 949-8368, fax: +1 345-949-0309. M-F 9 AM-5 PM, Sa 10 AM-2 PM.
  • Ft. George

    remains. Harbour Dr. and Fort St., George Town. Remains of a 1790 fort built to protect the harbor.
  • Cayman Maritime Treasure Museum, North Church St., George Town. Boat building, turtling, and pirates.
  • Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, ☎ +1 345 947-3558, fax: +1 345-947-7873, e-mail: Daily 9 AM-6:60 PM. North Side. Much to see here, with a visitor center, short walking trail, endemic blue iguanas, and a c. 1900 Cayman farmhouse and sand garden.
  • Boatswain's Beach, 825 Northwest Point Rd, ☎ +1 345 949-3894, fax: +1 345-949-1387. West Bay. Over fourteen thousand turtles from the tiniest to over 600 pounds. Visitors are allowed to pick up turtles from some of the hexagonal pools.
  • Pedro St. James Castle

    , ☎ +1 345 947-3329. Savannah. This 1780 stone structure, surrounded by a preserve, has hourly multimedia shows.
  • Hell, West Bay. This is a common tour stop, often shrugged at by those who go there. It consists of black volcanic rock formations that are thought to resemble what Hell might be like. You can get postcards postmarked there, and there are a couple of gift shops selling all the Hell-themed souvenirs imaginable.
  • Cemetery Beach, Seven Mile Beach. This is the northern end of Seven Mile Beach, beautiful spot with snorkeling right offshore. Access is off the road through a small path. Next to a small island cemetery, hence the name.

What to do in George Town, Grand Cayman

The island's most famous excursion is to Stingray City, where boatloads of tourists debark at nearby Stingray Sandbar and squeal nervously while adjusting to the presence of large rays, which they can feed and "pet" while snorkeling in waist-deep water. Once fed, the rays will placidly let you do just about anything to them, including being lifted up to pose for photos while jetting water out of their mouths.

  • Cayman Stingray City United - Stingray City
  • Moby Dick Tours - Stingray City, ☎ +1 480-626-5429. 
  • Carib Select Watersports, ☎ +1 888-452-7928. P.O. Box 30146. Carib Select provides trips to Stingray City that include free transportation to and from the Cruise Ship dock. Specializes in Stingray City tours and snorkeling at Coral Gardens/The Barrier Reef (snorkeling equipment and refreshments included), with photo packages of the excursion burned to CD and ready for purchase on board as you return to the dock.
  • Native Way Watersports, ☎ +1-345-916-5027. Cayman Yacht Club. Locally owned and staffed with a variety of tours available.
  • Soto's Cruises, ☎ +1 345 945-4576, e-mail: Seven Mile Beach. Stingray city tours. 
  • Nautilus Undersea Tours, 2 state-of-art air-conditioned 80 ft. semi-submersible vessels take you on tour of shipwrecks and reefs offshore in Georgetown. Snorkeling is also available. Launch from Rackmans Pub. Short walk from Cruise ship docks ".
  • Allura Catamaran Stingray City Snorkeling/Sail trip sails to famous Stingray City from Cayman Yacht Club. Short walk from Cruise ship docks.".
  • Boatswain’s Beach, formerly the Cayman Turtle Farm, is a 24-acre marine park. The world’s only commercial Green Sea Turtle farm, it is home to over 16,000 sea turtles, ranging in size from six ounces to six hundred pounds and now even houses an alligator. Boatswain’s Beach features a 1.3 Million Gallon Saltwater Snorkel Lagoon where visitors can swim with turtles and other marine life; a Predator Tank (viewable by snorkelers)is filled with sharks and huge turtles; an Aviary and Iguana sanctuary; a Nature Trail and “Blue Hole” Sunken Cave, turtle farm tours with full access around the breeding ponds; Caymanian Heritage Street with porch-side artisans and crafts and restaurants featuring classic and contemporary Caymanian cuisine;a large pool with a waterfall and a state of the art research and educational facility focusing on the conservation of sea turtles.

Across from Boatswain's Beach is Dolphin Discovery where people are allowed to swim with dolphins. There are two dolphin parks in Cayman which were very controversial at the time of development.

  • Atlantis Adventures, ☎ +1 345 949-7700. South Church Street, George Town Harbor. See the reefs from a 48-person submarine.
  • Silver Thatch Excursions, ☎ +1 345 945-6588. Eco-tourism award winning biologist Geddes Hislop. Walking tours and eco-tours to the rainforest, or historical tours.
  • Blackbeard's Nancy, West Bay Rd, Seven Mile Beach, ☎ +1 349-949-8988. This replica schooner offers a variety of options, including a dinner cruise.


  • Deep Blue Divers, ☎ +1 345 916-1293, fax: +1 345-947-0116. George Town.
  • Sunset Divers, ☎ +1 345 949-7111, fax: +1 345-949-7101. At Sunset House, South Sound.
  • Red Sail Sports, ☎ +1 345 945-5965, fax: +1 345-945-5808. Seven Mile Beach.
  • Don Foster's Dive Cayman Islands, ☎ +1 345 945-5132, toll-free: +1-800-833-4837.
  • Ocean Frontiers, ☎ +1 345 947-7500, toll-free: +1-800-348-6096. East End.
  • Liz's Awesome Fun Bay, toll-free: +1-800-945-7884, fax: +1 345-945-6875. North Side.
  • Living the Dream Divers, 1114B West Bay Rd, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, ☎ +1-345-526-3483.

Horseback Riding

  • Nicki's Beach Rides, ☎ +1 345 945-5834.
  • Honey Suckle Trail Rides, ☎ +1 345 947-7976.
  • Pampered Ponies Ltd., ☎ +1 345 945-2262.

Skateboarding, BMX Riding & Inline Skating

  • The Black Pearl Skatepark, ☎ +1 345-526-3294, e-mail: skate@blackpearl. Eclipsed in size only by the SMP Skatepark in Shanghai, the Black Pearl is an enormous concrete park that, due to its remote location, is almost never crowded. The flow and lines in this place are fantastic. Pros and beginners alike will be impressed. Best time to go: in the morning before it gets too hot - this is, after all, the Caribbean.


  • The Cayman Islands National Museum. The Cayman Islands National Museum has reopened following damage during Hurricane Ivan. It is well worth a visit and can be done thoroughly in 2-3 hours.


  • Batabano. The Grand Cayman carnival occurs near the end of April or early May. Batabano is a weekend of live steel band music, revelers parading the streets in colorful costumes, and eating exotic foods. Cayman Brac holds a celebration called "Brachanal" the next Saturday after Grand Cayman's.
  • Pirates Week Festival, George Town with events country-wide, Tel: 345-949-5859, Fax: 345-949-5449.2 Mid-November (2008: November 6–16). Fireworks, "pirate landings", street dancing, heritage day events in Cayman towns, more.
  • Gimistory: The Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, ☎ +1 345 949-5477, fax: +1 3456-949-4519. November.
  • Cayfest: The Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts, fax: +1 345-949-4519. Celebration of local arts, crafts, music, dance, drama etc. April

What to eat and drink in George Town, Grand Cayman


Any restaurant food can be expensive on Grand Cayman, even fast food.

  • SeaHarvest (at Sunset House), South Church St, ☎ +1 345 945-1383. Spectacular Seafood and East and West Indian dishes. Great value.
  • Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Bar, Fort Street, George Town (across from Senor Frogs), ☎ +1 345 949-5747. Contemporary International, Menu changes daily. Great dishes- Lobster bisque in cognac cream and lobster quesadillas. Excellent Service. 
  • Breezes By the Bay!, Downtown George Town, ☎ +1 345 943-8439. Two decks, right on the waterfront, Casual, fun Caribbean food & "Umbrella Drinks"!
  • Casanova's by the Sea, Georgetown, Awesome Italian food, right on the water. Romantic.
  • Chicken! Chicken!, West Shore Centre, West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach, ☎ +1 345 945-2290. Slow roasted and inexpensive.
  • CIMBOCO - a Caribbean Cafe, Seven Mile Beach (next to the Marquee Cinema), Phone: 345-94-PASTA (947-2782), 4. Eclectic, Caribbean Cafe with Exhibition Kitchen; reasonably priced, local spot, all from scratch.
  • Corita's Copper Kettle 1 & 2, Edward St or 32 Town Hall Rd West Bay, ☎ +1 345 949-2696, +1 345 945-8552. Reasonably priced, tasty Caymanese food by the friendly Corita Mendoza. Recommend the turtle stew.
  • Cracked Conch by the Sea, N. West Point Rd (next to Turtle Farm, West Bay), ☎ +1 345 945-5217. Good family restaurant with a nautical theme.
  • Hemingway's, ☎ +1 345 945-5700. Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman, West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach. Outdoor fine dining.
  • Lone Star Bar & Grill, West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach, ☎ +1 345 945-5175. Tex-Mex, burgers, and steaks. 
  • Portofino's, ☎ +1 345 947-2700. East End by the ocean. Beautiful site, view of the famous "Wreck of the Ten Ships," casual, friendly family atmosphere. Cayman style cuisine: jerk chicken, excellent fish, mixed drinks.
  • Neptune's, Trafalgar Place, West Bay Rd., West Bay, ☎ +1 345 946-8709. Great food and not overly fancy.
  • Reef Grill at Royal Palms, West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach, ☎ +1 345 945-6358. Indoor and outdoor dining. Great views of Seven Mile Beach and great seafood dishes.


  • Ye Old English Bakery, Harbour Dr., George Town, ☎ +1 345 945-2420. Breakfast and lunch. Cash only. Try the scones. 



  • My Bar at Sunset House, South Church St, George Town. Infamous open aired, thatch roof bar. Rated Best in the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel & Life.
  • Coconut Joes, West Bay Rd, Seven Mile Beach, ☎ +1 345 943-5637. Grand Cayman's liveliest outdoor restaurants and bars.
  • Pirates Den Pub & Restaurant, Galleria Plaza, Seven Mile Beach, ☎ +1 345 949-7144. English pub type. Good place to kick back and watch sports.
  • Billy Bones, West Bay Rd, Treasure Island Resort, Phone: 345-943-BONE (2663). Cayman's most exciting and relaxing outdoor bars. Dine surrounded by palm trees with the sound of a cascading waterfall in the background.
  • Legendz, West Bay Rd, Seven Mile Beach, ☎ +1 345 945-1950. Extremely popular, busy sports bar with a variety of entertainment.
  • Fidel Murphy's Irish Pub, Queens Court, West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach, ☎ +1 345 949-5189. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the only traditional Irish pub in the Cayman Islands.
  • Sapphire Lounge, Seven Mile Shops, West Bay Rd, Seven Mile Beach, ☎ +1 345 946-3496. The only true martini lounge on the Island. Try any one of the 130 unique creations of martinis or any one of the 225 cocktails.


Shopping in George Town, Grand Cayman

  • Caymanite is the Cayman Islands' own semi-precious stone. It is a very hard stone which varies across the earth colors. Available at most jewelers. Black coral is also a Cayman jewelry staple.
  • Tortuga Rum Company, ☎ +1 345 949-6322. Georgetown. A favorite stop of many for their rum cakes. Free tasting of the cake and rum.
  • Farmer's Market Cooperative, Thomas Russell Way. Local produce, jams, sauces.
  • Rumstop, Harbour Drive, George Town. Surprisingly decent prices for a good selection of liquors.

Safety in George Town, Grand Cayman

Cayman has a very low crime rate, especially involving tourists. Something like a wallet or an iPhone might be a temptation, but leaving items like a beach bag, towel, shoes, etc, on the beach should be no problem. The local police are reliable. Dial 911 for emergencies.

Hurricanes are rare but do occur. Hurricane season is June through November. The main risk is property damage.

Gay visitors can expect the same levels of hospitality and service as any other visitor but should expect some hesitation from older Caymanians. Young Caymanians are very liberal and for the most part, won't care either way. Public displays of affection are generally discouraged, even for straight couples.

Health care services (both standard and emergency) are very good and hospital standards are on-par with any other major health care facility in the USA or Europe.
  • Many locals won't eat barracuda because it is likely that it is poisonous. Be aware of that. Other reef fish (groupers, amberjack, red snappers, eel, sea bass, and Spanish mackerel) are not likely to cause ciguatera (fish poisoning).
  • No natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies are met by desalination plants and rainwater catchments.
  • Make sure you have sunscreen on if you plan on walking around town. It is sunny all year.
Caymanians are very respectful and well known for being a very welcoming people. Greetings and pleasantries are common and expected, even to shopkeepers when entering their stores. Most islanders use titles of respect, such as Mr. and Ms., followed with the given or first name when addressing other islanders. It is not uncommon on Grand Cayman island to hear the question "Who you fa?" (hoo – yoo – fah) It's part of the local dialect that means “Who you belongs ta?” Definition: 1. Who are you, and who are your parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.

Language spoken in George Town, Grand Cayman

The Commonwealth variety of English is the official written language and the local creole is spoken by virtually everyone. Native Caymanians have a pleasant and unique accent with many charming turns of phrase. For example, in Cayman rumours are not heard "through the grapevine", instead they're heard "along the marl road". Locals pronounce Cayman as Kay-MAN, and not KAY-min.


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