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Top tips for renting a car in Grand Cayman
Renting a car while visiting Grand Cayman is a great decision. The road conditions are ideal, meaning that renting any type of car, such as an SUV, would work. You’ll encounter occasional roundabouts, but the roads have no potholes and are well-marked and well-lit. SUVs are the top-rated type of vehicle to drive on the island. Nine-seater full-size vans and mini-vans are great choices for larger families or traveling groups.
You can easily rent a car at the airport. However, before driving off the parking lot, make sure that any children have their seatbelts buckled. If any child in the car is younger than two, then you'll need a car seat. Car rentals in Grand Cayman usually offer car seats, but at an added cost. Never put a child in the front seat of a vehicle with an airbag. Remember that seatbelts are also mandatory for adults, and check to see that the headlights are working. Once on the road, stick to the left-hand side, follow the speed limits, and always slow down in a school zone. Remember that pedestrians have the right of way at crossings, so be sure to slow down when nearing such areas.
The best time to book your car rental is a few hours or days before your arrival. Of course, this depends on the season and the company you're booking with. When making your booking request, be sure to mention your traveling intentions—that is, whether you plan on crossing any borders using the rental car. Not all car rental companies allow this, but you may be permitted, depending on their car rental policy. Ensure that you also have the necessary documents for crossing the border, such as your proof of insurance, International Driving Permit, driver's license, visitor's driver's license, etc. You'll need a credit card to pay for the car rental and any other extra charges along the way.
FAQs about renting a car in Grand Cayman
There is an existing public transportation system in Grand Cayman. However, it is not very reliable and is limited in the areas it can reach. If you opt to use a bus, you may have to wait at least 15min before it arrives. Opting for a taxi means often spending a lot of money. Unfortunately, Uber and other rideshare companies aren’t legally allowed to operate on the Island. Renting a car is cost-effective in comparison and will give you the freedom to travel on your own schedule, driving to whatever locations in Grand Cayman you wish to visit.
Most, if not all, drivers in Grand Cayman are relaxed and generally courteous on the road. It helps that the roads are in perfect condition, making your vacation that much easier. However, watch out for wildlife, such as turtles, which can often be found in the middle of a road. Hence, sticking to the speed limits and staying alert will help avoid any accidents. You’ll see signs consistently located on the side of the road on a circular board outlined in red. Luckily, you won't find any toll roads in Grand Cayman.
When it comes to renting a car, your age can make a huge difference. Individuals under the age of twenty one cannot rent a car in Grand Cayman. However, the age restriction can vary depending on the type or category of car you can rent. After proving that you've had your driver's license for two years, make sure that you obtain a visitor's driver's license. The company you're renting a car from should be able to provide one. You can also get one from the George Town Police Station. Those under twenty five years of age should expect an extra surcharge when renting a car.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Grand Cayman.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Grand Cayman are Payless (8.3, 60 reviews), and Budget (7.0, 334 reviews).