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Grand Cayman is the most visited of the Cayman Islands and the best for supplies (but these can be expensive) and services. Good for snorkelling as well as diving.

It is a popular stopover for yachts on passage between Panama and Key West, Florida.

It is also a popular stop for cruise ships and the prices charged reflect that..

Position 19° 18'N, 81° 23'35"W.

Clearance

See the Noonsite/CaymanIsland/Formalities page for full details.

Boats are normally directed to one of the orange mooring buoys (with a blue stripe - free). Occasionally boats are asked to go directly to the commercial dock near Customs to complete formalities but it is possible to decline to do this if conditions are such that the concrete dock might damage the boat.

Boats must arrive with an outbound clearance from their last port of call.

Immigration will normally come out to the boat in a launch to deliver the necessary paperwork and then guide you to the jetty adjacent to the offices to complete formalities.

Officials are reported to be very polite, helpful and friendly.

Clearing out can be done on shore and all the crew must attend.

Cruisers have reported being fined for failing to fly the "Q" flag upon arrival, dropping an anchor on coral (you must anchor in sandy spots only), or failing to report directly and immediately to George Town (unless advised otherwise by George Town Security).

If any cruise ships have recently arrived, yachts will need to wait until they have been cleared first.

If there is a strong north westerly wind, then the Authorities may direct you to anchor at Spotts Bay on the southern side of the island (be sure to avoid anchoring in coral!)

Last updated November 2016.

Customs
2nd Floor, 42 Owen Roberts Drive, George Town, Grand Cayman
Tel: (345) 949-4579
Opening hours: 08:30-16:30(Mon-Fri), 08;30-12:00(Sat)

Docking

Contact the Port Authority for information on the location of their 10 orange mooring buoys.

There are many moorings around the island and should be used in preference to anchoring if possible. Moorings at dive sites are identified by a white buoy with a blue strip and are available to the public at no charge. Normally they should only be used for an hour or two, but can be used overnight when diving for the day has finished.

Anchoring
There is very limited anchoring off George Town and it is generally uncomfortable due to the movement of the many cruise ships and ferries. North Sound is much calmer and quieter and from here it's possible to hire a car and explore the island.

Beware of the shallow depth (max. 7ft) in North Sound. Inside North Sound there are several anchorages and marinas. Governor's Creek, lies on the west side of the Sound. At the southern end of Governor's Creek is Mitchells Creek. Both these anchorages are sheltered and convenient for shops. Max. draft 6ft.

Dinghies can be landed almost anywhere, except where cruise ship passengers are being landed (due to security concerns). Cruisers recommend locking dinghies to the Lobster Pot dive centre dock, but always secure your dinghy and outboard when coming ashore.

Marinas
The marina, run by the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, in North Sound, has been extensively re-built and has visitor berthing.

Harbour House Marina and Boatyard is mid way along the South side of North Sound. This is less of a marina and more a yard with tie ups along a channel.

Barcadere Marina is the newest facility in the SW corner of North Sound (opened 2010) and is just north of the airport.

The restaurant, Kaibo, in the NE corner has some berthing, although it is rather remote from the town.

Last updated May 2017.

Barcadere Marina
Location 19°18.190’N/81°21.521’W ,
612 North Sound Road, PO Box 12084 , Grand Cayman KY1 1010, Cayman Islands
Tel:+1- 345 949 3743 Fax:+1 -345 947 3743
This marina lies about 7 miles inside the reef on Grand Cayman’s North Sound. Max. draft 8ft at HW. If draft over 6ft contact for advice.
Full service marina, 82 slips with electricity and water, free WiFi, very good shower block. Scotts Landing fuel station featuring Valvtect Marine Fuel and complimentary sewage pump-out service for customers and marina guests.
George Town Yacht club with bar, restaurant and swimming pool available to marina guests.
Scotts Marine Boatyard with 110 ton boat lift, shore storage, service and repairs, chandlery.
May be able to arrange clearance with Customs and Immigration (and pilotage) if required, but a min. of 48 hours advance notice is necessary.
Airport & car hire 5 min walk, supermarket and post office all nearby. An airport shuttle runs regularly from the George Town Yacht Club.
Harbour House Marina
Marina Drive, Prospect, Grand Cayman
Tel:+1.345.947.1307 Fax:+1-345-947-7844
Located at the end of Marina Drive in Prospect. Principally a boatyard.
All facilities, fuel, laundry, WiFi, chandlery.
Boatyard with 150 ton boat lift, full range of repair services.
Kaibo
585 Water Cay Rd, Rum Point KY1-1701, Cayman Islands
Tel:+1 (345) 9479975
Docking, 26 berths (some with water and electricity. Overnight berthing free to diners at the restaurant. Water taxi service.

Yacht Clubs

Cayman Island Yacht Club
164 Yacht Drive , West Bay , Grand Cayman
Tel:+1 345 747 2492 / mob +1 345 326 4985 Fax:809-947-4432
Extensively re-built after being destroyed by hurricane Ivan.
All facilities, fuel, pump-out, WiFi, chandlery, dive tank refills, provisions, bar, cafe, restaurant. Boatyard with repair services.
George Town Yacht Club
Located at The Barcadere Marina , 612 North Sound Road, PO Box 12084 , Grand Cayman KY1 1010, Cayman Islands
Tel:+1- 345 947 4892
Opening hours: 1100 to 2300 Mon-Fri, 0800 to 2300 Sat-Sun. (kitchen closes at 2100 every evening)
Location 19°18.190’N/81°21.521’W
The GTYC is a restaurant and bar with a pool and lounging area, offering inside, poolside and dockside dining, private bar and balcony and free WiFi. A free airport shuttle runs regularly to and from the GTYC.
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