Can I bring my pets to live in the Cayman Islands?
Yes, though the process is lengthy. It may take up to six months to obtain the required import permit to bring a cat or dog into the country. Your pet must have a microchip and updated vaccinations. This includes a rabies shot. A veterinarian must provide proof of blood tests, tick treatments and tapeworm treatments.
How much does it cost to live in the Cayman Islands?
In comparison to the United States or the United Kingdom, living in the Cayman Islands is more expensive. This is because most products are imported to the islands. Part of the cost results from customs and shipping. The costs of rent, water and electricity here are also relatively more expensive than in the areas most expatriates come from. When it comes to shopping for groceries and other household items, there are many options to choose from. They are just slightly more expensive than most expats will be used to. One thing expats should know is that the majority of rental properties are fully furnished so there may be no need to purchase furniture and similar household items.
What educational systems are available in the Cayman Islands?
Caymanian children are offered free education from elementary to high school. This is a total of 13 years total, much like the American school system. Upon graduating from high school, students must take leaving exams. Private schools are also available, many of which operate under a religious institution. After graduating from school many Caymanian students begin community college or law school. Those who are not Caymanian may still attend public school at the Cayman Islands, though there is a required fee for each grade level. Students must also pay for their books.
What is the weather like in the Cayman Islands?
The Cayman Islands have a tropical marine climate. This means that the summers, which run from May to October, are generally warm. In spite of the heat, you can expect to experience plenty of rain during this time. The winters, which run from November to April, are typically dry. The winters are cool but not intensely so. It is possible for hurricanes to hit the islands. Hurricane Ivan, in 2004, was the most devastating storm in recent years.
What forms of transportation are available on the Cayman Islands?
Many people, even visitors, on the Cayman Islands drive. Rental cars are available while you adjust to your new home. You must be 21 years old to rent a car and you must also obtain a temporary driver’s license. It is a good idea to read up on local safety regulations and the differences between driving in your country and the Cayman Islands. Many locals also use mopeds and scooters to get around. The islands also have several airports, all of which are serviced by Cayman Airways. A bus service also runs on the islands.
What is there to do on the Cayman Islands?
One of the biggest attractions to the Cayman Islands is the ocean. Visitors can pass the time diving and snorkeling. Beach access is easy to find and walking along the beach is legal everywhere. Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach is one of the most popular options. There are plenty of historical sites on the islands, including the Pedro St. James house. There are also plenty of natural sites to view the environment. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park features a colorful garden, lake and gazebo.
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