You aren’t late for a meeting, you haven’t overshot the deadline, and you haven’t missed your train. You are on a Caribbean holiday, where it’s all about enjoying life in the slow lane. These sun-kissed islands are famous for their laidback vibe, where you have all the time in the world to wind down. As you take a well-deserved break in this part of the world, it makes eminent sense to explore the islands at your own pace.
Renting a car works out as the best option to do just that since it gives you the flexibility to customize your Caribbean holiday – on a whim if you so desire. Moreover, public transportation, even when it exists can be erratic, and may not cover all the areas you want to explore. Nor can you just stop the bus wherever you want to take some photographs. If you rent a car and feel you want to hang out on the beach today. Well, you can. Swim with the stingrays? The spot’s only five miles away, so let’s head there. Go diving? Eat at that restaurant everyone’s been talking about? I’m hungry, so we’ll drive down there right now.
Most major centers in the Caribbean have reputed car rental companies offering a complete package and varied options, including insurance and permits. Driving rules vary from island nation to island nation, as do driving conditions. While some islands have unpaved roads and basic facilities, others offer excellent roads and orderly traffic. Despite these differences, and the challenges some of these may throw your way, renting a car ensures flexibility, independence, comfort, and cost-effectiveness, and is therefore popular.
The Cayman Islands are no exception when it comes to renting a car for your dream vacation. This beautiful trio of islands distills the best of the Caribbean – white sands, blue waters, perfect diving, balmy weather, and friendly people. With one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean, the islands have excellent facilities for tourists, a plethora of breathtaking places to see, and are renowned for their diving sites.
The largest of the three islands,Grand Cayman, is the most tourist-friendly in terms of facilities – largely because it is the most developed and has the largest population. As you head from the Seven Mile Beach to Stingray City and from Conch Point to Rum Point, having a rental car ensures you can take in the sights at leisure.
You can rent a car as soon you land, from a Georgetown car rental or even before, online. In fact, booking in advance is recommended since availability of cars may be a problem in peak season. You need to be 21 or 25 years of age (depending on the rental company) in order to rent and need to buy a driving permit for $20 in addition to having a valid driver’s license. There are larger companies, and smaller local players, but do go for a reputed one. And yes, remember to drive on the left hand side of the road.
So just fill up the tank, and you are ready for a fun-filled ride.