Inevitably, questions remain, and always someone will ask something silly. And then, just when you think you have heard it all, well … let’s just say that neither you nor we have. Our top ten FAQ list mixes the sublime with the ridiculous and covers most of the ground between. Remaining formally unaddressed on this list, however, is a question tourist authorities say they hear again and again: Can you actually swim under Grand Cayman Island, coming out the other side? The answer, for your edification, is “no”.
Top Ten Faq's
Can you swim to Cayman from Miami?
No. While it is only a short, 75-minute flight, you need to travel by air or ship. Cuba, by the way, intervenes between Miami and George Town.
Do they speak English?
Yes. English is the official language of this British colony, but you will also find many people speak Spanish – and the nearly 110 nationalities that comprise the Cayman population speak a host of other languages.
Do they really eat turtle in Cayman?
Yes, they do. The Cayman Turtle Farm: Island Wildlife Encounter carefully calibrates within its breeding programme a limited amount of commercial supplies for restaurants and private citizens. Turtle meat remains a traditional and much-loved local delicacy.
Why is everything closed on Sundays?
By law and out of respect for Cayman’s strong Christian religious traditions – the day of rest is preserved and most people attend one of the hundreds of churches throughout the islands. As a result, most businesses are closed on Sundays, although some pharmacies, most gas stations, and a number of restaurants and hotels remain open.
Can I sunbathe topless on the beach?
No. Cayman designates no nude beaches and public nudity is against the law.
Can you walk to the Sister Islands?
No, but the Sister Islands -- Cayman Brac and Little Cayman -- are less than 90 miles from Grand Cayman. You will need a boat charter or airplane to either one. Although Little Cayman and Cayman Brac lie only 5 miles apart, there is no ferry service between them - you will still need to fly.
Do I need a passport to go to Cayman?
Yes, but not everyone needs a visa. The Caymans Islands Department of Immigration website (www.immigration.gov.ky) lists countries that require visas.
Can I use US dollars/Euros there?
US dollars are accepted everywhere in the Cayman Islands, though change will be given in Cayman Islands dollars. Euros are not accepted and must be exchanged for either US or CI dollars.
Will my cell phone/mobile phone work there?
Some overseas cell phones will work in the Cayman Islands, though rates per minute are very expensive. Check with your local carrier to see if they offer roaming service in Cayman. Or you can buy a Cayman SIM card when you arrive (check with local operators Digicel or LIME to see if your phone is compatible) and top up your phone card as needed.
Can you drive to Stingray City?
Only if you are in a boat. Stingray City is out in the North Sound and you can book with one of many local tour operators offering trips that include Cayman’s famous stingrays, swimming, snorkeling and even diving.