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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.

Port security operate on VHF channels 16 & 14 and work efficiently 24 hours a day. Call them for clearance instructions.

Customs and immigration are at the main commercial dock and will normally ask you to go alongside to complete formalities (see photo, courtesy of Brian Simm). It is possible to decline to do this if conditions are such that the concrete dock might damage the boat. In this case, it's likely that the harbour patrol boat will come and collect you.

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

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 January 2018.

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

Moorings

Visiting yachts are normally directed to the 5 free moorings 250m north of the port. These are large red buoys. If all are occupied then ask permission to anchor.

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. This anchorage is exposed to Northerly winds.

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.

Enter North Sound carefully, through a poorly marked pass which should not be attempted in Northerly winds, or any weather above 20 knots approx.

Inside North Sound there are several anchorages amongst the mangrove creeks and millionaires' houses (mostly depths of 2.5 to 3m) and marinas. Governor's Creek, lies on the west side of the Sound near the Cayman Island Yacht Club, which has fuel etc. (see photo taken by Brian Simm with the yacht club in the distance).

At the southern end of Governor's Creek is Mitchells Creek. Both these anchorages are sheltered and convenient for shops. Max. draft 6ft.

Getting Ashore

Dinghies can be landed almost anywhere, except where cruise ship passengers are being landed (due to security concerns). See photo of dinghy docks north of Georgetown, taken by Brian Simm. 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 in the SW corner of North Sound 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.

A more recent alternative for docking (max. depth 5.5ft) is in the large commercial shopping village of Camana Bay, where new canals have been dug.

Last updated January 2018.

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.
Camana Bay
North Sound - 19 degrees 19.489N / 81 degrees 21.787W
Tel:+1 345 640 4000
Purpose-built waterfront "town" with shops, restaurants and entertainment. Enter via the north canal and exit via the south canal. Can accommodate boats with up to 5.5ft draft.
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 but some slips available for visiting yachts. Free water, electricity, free Wi-Fi and shower facilities.
Boatyard with 150 ton boat lift, full range of repair services. Chandlery.
Kaibo Restaurant and Marina
585 Water Cay Rd, Rum Point KY1-1701, Cayman Islands
Tel:+1 (345) 9479975
Docking, 24 slips. Max. Length: 100’ (30.48m), Max. Beam: 43’ (13.21m), Max. Draft: 7’ (2.13m). Restricted Access, Video Monitoring. Free Wi-Fi. Power and water available on consumption. Overnight berthing free to diners at the restaurant.

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.
Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 20, 2017 06:20 PM

As reported by the CSSN - 12 May, 2017:
For three weeks a yacht’s dinghy/outboard was pulled ashore well above the tide line at 6PM and left unlocked in downtown George Town while the owners went to the weekly happy hour nearby. When they returned at 8PM the dinghy/outboard had been stolen. A police report was filed by phone. Owners advise locking to the Lobster Pot dive center dock instead.

Eric Loss
Eric Loss says:
Mar 10, 2014 02:32 AM

When arriving in Georgetown hail "Georgetown Port Security," not Port Authority - they tend to not respond to anything but Port Security.

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