Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island can be a relatively expensive place to visit. This fact definitely includes taxis and rental cars, though, depending on the length of your stay, car rental is the "lesser of two evils."

Of course, if you plan to be a beach bum or a couch potato while on Grand Cayman Island, you can rent accomodations near the beach and let your feet do the driving, and take an occasional cab to a restaurant or island attraction. In either case, here's the lowdown on both taxis and rental cars.

Driving is on the left side of the road and for this reason, some people prefer to utilize taxi services, no matter the cost. In addition to set rates (which fluctuate), you must pay extra for luggage, waiting time, and late night travel.

You will probably want to rent a car for at least part of your stay in the Cayman Islands. You'll find just about every type of vehicle to rent including compact, small, mid-size and full-size cars, SUVs, vans, minivans, Jeeps, etc. Some companies also rent scooters and bicycles.

In order to rent a vehicle you will have to be at least 21 years old and will need to obtain a visitors' permit which costs US$20.00. If you will be renting a car from one of the local agencies you can purchase the permit at their office. Visitors who may be staying with friends and would like to drive their friend's car will need to purchase a visitors permit from the Department of Vehicle & Drivers' Licensing. You may visit their web site for more information. Always ensure that you are covered for accidents under the insurance policy for the vehicle that you will be driving.

Foreign drivers are advised to be particularly careful when driving in the Cayman Islands, and especially so if not used to driving on the left-hand side of the road. The Cayman Islands are no different than anywhere else when it comes to driving habits and certainly has its share of bad drivers. Overly courteous drivers will seemingly stop for no reason to let you into traffic, even if there is no other vehicle behind them.

Grand Cayman has a growing number of roundabouts and these can be particularly tricky to negotiate if you are not used to them. Here are some tips for driving on roundabouts:

  1. When entering a roundabout, always give way to traffic already on it
  2. Always give way to traffic coming from your right
  3. Always use your indicators; right if you're continuing around and left if you're exiting
  4. Never assume what other drivers on the roundabout are doing, especially if they are not using their indicators.