As the Cayman’s is not believed to have any indigenous people, the island’s history begins with colonialism and slavery. As you walk around downtown, there are statues dedicated to the history of slavery and the abolition of slavery on the island.
Grand Cayman is a port city with both an airport and a cruise port. Cruise ships are unable to dock. The sips anchor offshore in downtown Georgetown and smaller boats tender passengers to shore. For those who are able to walk around for about one to three hours, the downtown area is a must see. Georgetown unique places to shop and eat including a popular lingerie store and a large, popular holistic medicine company store. We were extremely excited when we saw the holistic medicine store so we posed for pictures in front of it before going inside.
Disabled access notes- the roads are as bumpy as average United States roads and the sidewalks downtown are as uneven and bumpy as U.S. sidewalks as well. This makes adventuring out whether walking or in a wheelchair difficult for many disabled people. Unfortunately the downtown is so small, I don’t think it’s practical to pay a car to drive you around downtown.
Transportation options- downtown you can walk around or pay a taxi to take you around the island. I didn’t see a ride share/ bus situation or prominent car rentals at the cruise port like I have in many countries. The taxi drivers are available but not aggressive. If you fly in, however, most car rental locations seem to be at the airport. I had absolutely no apprehensions around any of the people or areas in Grand Cayman.
There are limited free wifi spots in Grand Cayman. A couple places I found access were outside of stores and a couple busy bars. My suggestion is to always be careful when using free wifi. The most important is never to do anything that requires a password or that contains sensitive information like accessing your bank while on free wifi in or outside the U.S.; you never know if the hotspot has been set up to phish. Margaritaville’s have free swimming pools and advertise free wifi but I have found in some countries they require purchase.
Access to street venders- The souvenir shops in the downtown area are very large and appear to be chains or at least high profile. To access smaller vendors near the cruise port, head south on Bay road.
What I did- We have only been to the Cayman’s once. We walked around the cruise port area/ downtown Georgetown. We were about a 20 minute walk from the nearest beach; too far from the beach and we chose not to take a taxi to get to a beach. We walked around downtown and saw a few statues, window shopped and took pictures. It began to rain so hard that our ponchos were useless so we began looking for a place to slip into to escape. We were in the government building area instead of a shopping area and a courts employee invited us to stand inside of a doorway.
The Caymans are known for its wildlife so if you have time, I suggest going to a location where you can see the starfish, turtles, stingrays and more.
Take with you- Take cash. Grand Cayman is small but if you decide to venture away from downtown Georgetown, follow my advice about downloading a good map before you go; it’ll be useful and is really easy to follow. Be sure to wear whatever shoes make you comfortable. ALWAYS wear sunscreen. I also always take a cheap poncho because you never know when it might rain in the Caribbean like it did on us.
Diamonds International downtown so don’t forget you Cayman Islands charm.
There are two Margaritavilles but neither is within walking distance from the cruise port or airport.