Grand Cayman Map and Road Rules
How big is Grand Cayman?
Being the largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman is the busiest, most populated, and is the center of government and commerce. Grand Cayman is twenty-two miles in length and approximately four miles wide. The total land area is estimated to be at around seventy-eight square miles. Since Grand Cayman is an island filled with beaches and surrounded by the sea, almost half of its total land area consists of wetlands.
The most striking feature of Grand Cayman is the North Sound. This large shallow, reef-protected lagoon that has a total land area of about thirty-five square miles gives Grand Cayman its odd shape. Because the beautiful Seven Mile Beach is on the west side, most of the activity is concentrated there. Traffic patterns in West Bay and George Town can be a bit confusing to the newcomer. But the wide open roads of East End and North Side are very easy to navigate.
Traffic circles are common in place of intersections or traffic lights. If you've never experienced a roundabout, simply merge slowly into the outside lane and work your way around the circle until you exit.
Who can drive?
The road rules in Grand Cayman are similar to those of any developed nation, if perhaps a bit more casual. Driving rules stipulate that the minimum driving age for locals is eighteen years. As for non-residents, they can rent and drive vehicles provided that they are twenty-one years of age, although some car rental agencies have a minimum age requirement of twenty-five years.
People can drive legally in Grand Cayman if they have a valid driver's license. Non-residents are allowed to rent and drive vehicles only if they have a valid driver's license issued from their home country. In addition, non-residents must also purchase a temporary driver's license from the car rental agent. The fee charged for a temporary driver's license is set at USD 8.00.
You drive on the left in the Cayman Islands. If you pay attention and move at a reasonable speed, you will find this no problem. Unofficially, pedestrians have the right of way. So don't be surprised to see cars slowing or stopping in traffic to let a pedestrian cross, even when it is busy. Because Cayman is so small, traffic conduct can be casual at times - you will come to appreciate the common sense conduct of Cayman drivers.
Grand Cayman enforces rules concerning speeding, seat belts and drunk driving. Speed limit signs are posted frequently. The maximum speed anywhere on the island is 50mph in East End. If you are not sure, play it safe and observe the lowest speed limit of 25mph - it's a great way to see and enjoy more of the island.
Police officers in Cayman are also quite serious about seat belts, and fines are heavy if you are caught not wearing one.
Grand Cayman road rules also prohibit drivers and motorists from driving drunk or under the influence of illegal substances. Motorists who are caught driving under the influence are issued tickets, and may even be invited over to the police station for questioning and for filing of formal complaints.
Scooters and motorcycles are allowed on all three islands provided that the driver and the passenger, if any, are wearing helmets.
The primary law enforcement agency that oversees the road rules in the Grand Cayman is the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS). They are the ones who issue the tickets for violations and invite erring drivers and motorists for questioning and filing of complaints. They also oversee that all road rules are being followed properly.