Airport: The main passenger airport in the Cayman Islands, Owen Roberts International Airport (Airport Code: GCM), is located on the largest of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman. Our sister island of Cayman Brac also has its own airport, Gerrard Smith Airport (Airport Code: CYB). These two airports serve as the Cayman Islands main ports of entry for visitors. Little Cayman is served by daily inter-island flights.
Currency: The Cayman Islands has its own currency, first issued in 1972, whose basic unit is the dollar, issued in notes with denominations of CI$100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 and coins valued at 25 cents, 10, 5 and 1 cent. The CI dollar has a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar of CI$1.00 equals US$1.25. Or, the US dollar equals CI $.80.
Climate: The year divides into two seasons, the summer or “rainy” season, generally from mid-May through October, moving into the winter or “dry” season, from November to April.March and April are our driest months and May and October are traditionally the highest rainfall months.
The average temperature in the winter is 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 85 degrees in the summer. Winter or summer, the temperature generally stays within the range of 70 – 90 degrees. The months with the least humidity and lowest temperatures are December through April, February occasionally recording night-time temperatures in the mid 60′s, and March probably being the most “temperate” month of the year. We should also point out that most properties offer air-conditioned rooms, and the seasonal trade winds in our region help to make our islands even more enjoyable.
Water Temperature: Water temperatures in Grand Cayman range between the high 70′s Fahrenheit in winter to the mid to high 80′s Fahrenheit in the summer and fall months.
Language: The official language of the Cayman Islands is English, spoken with an accent reflecting the British Isles. Jamaican patois is also widespread.
Dive Landscape: There are a lot of reasons why the diving is so good in the Caymans. First of all we aren’t mountainous and don’t have rivers, so we don’t have run-off into the oceans, inhibiting reef development. Second, all three Cayman Islands are actually submerged mountains tops so we have incredible walls all around the islands, reaching in some areas 20,000 feet or more in depth! Third, we have always been very conscious of our precious resource and guarded it by establishing Marine Parks, limiting fishing, virtually all spear fishing, outlawing anchoring, educating divers and self-policing the behavior of our dive operations.