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Old December 13th, 2009, 12:32 PM
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When you get off in Georgetown, are there taxis there to take you to the beaches? I had read somewhere that they charge triple when they pick you up at the port. Will they pick you up at other areas? Any help appreciated. Just want to go to a beach and do some snorkling, not interested in the Stingrays. Can't find any info on taxis.
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Yes, there are plenty of taxis right on shore when you get off the tenders. If you want to go to a beach it is very important to arrange for a pickup - you do NOT want to be stranded at an isolated beach without a ride. One good thing is that cell phones work far more regularly worldwide than they used to - so if you can, get the number of a grand cayman taxi company that can dispatch a driver to you - but don't rely on that.

The best thing is to ask the same taxi driver to pick you up at the same beach at a specific time. Pre-negotiate the price both ways so that there won't be any surprises, but don't pay for the ride home until you get back to the ship.

If you really don't want to trust the taxi system (although there are many taxis) you can always rent a car. They also say the bus system is excellent, though I have never tried it. Make sure you get a schedule so you can catch a bus to get you back to the ship ontime.

By the way - they have a peculiar custom in Grand Cayman - everyone hitchhikes if they don't have car (I am referring to locals). And they pretty much expect you to pick them up.
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We would like to know about this as well.

Did a quick look around and found the tidbits below. We used mass transit in Vancouver easily but suspect the islands are quite different.

Do exercise caution with taxis or buses. Be very clear about destination and price as well as pick up times.

Cayman Islands Taxis | caymanislands-guide.info

Grand Cayman Islands - Taxi Service

We might have to check out the pedicab here...
WHEELS - Cayman Pedicab Services

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"The local public buses leave from the library on Edward St. They are like VW buses and sit up to 10 people in a pinch. The cost runs up to $2-3 usd to go about Grand Cayman. They all have blue license plates to identify them by..."

"Long rows of cabs are waiting on Harbour Drive located adjacent to the cruise tendering area. The cabs are mostly new, clean and safe. Best of all, most have fully-functioning air conditioners. Fares are determined by destination per person. The amounts are given up front so there will be no surprises at the end of the trip.."

"I would recommend a taxi if you've only got a short time (ie arriving/departing via cruise ship).."

"The best way to get around for those on a budget is the bus.
They are in fact mini-vans and don't really have designated stops (exept its departure point).
You can find the bus just behind the Library in George Town.
They are quite frequent, efficient, not expensive and a good solutions for those who stops on Grand Cayman during a cruise. "
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Plenty of taxis (vans) at the pier that will take you to the beach. We took one to the first beach stop on 7 Mile and there were plenty of taxis available for the return trip. Don't remember the pp cost but it was very reasonable maybe $5 or $6 each way. They did wait until there was a full load but this is a very popular destination so not a problem. One thing to remember: Traffic can be really bad for the return trip so allow plenty of time.
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Thanx to all of you for your replies. We were in Grand Cayman once, but took the ship excursion. Really wanted to just go to a beach this time on our terms.
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