Are you considering or planning a move to the Cayman Islands? Here are 10 things to know if you’ll be living in Grand Cayman for the first time.
1| Finding the Right Residence
City-dwellers who are spoiled for choice with the conveniences of eateries, shopping and entertainment within walking distance will be drawn to The Terraces at Camana Bay, a luxury waterfront residential community with the amenities of an urban lifestyle; restaurants, shopping, wineries, find foods, cafés, gyms, a spa and health facilities are all located in the town. Boaters and families wanting the freedom to design a home that suits their personal tastes, however, may find the canal-front lots at North Creek to be more aligned with their needs. And with homes ranging from cosy, functional studios to stately five-bedroom penthouse suites at The Residences at Seafire, there’s a floorplan to suit any prospective home owner. For even more residential listings, contact our team at Provenance Properties.
2| Fitting Your Home with Everyday Necessities
Turning a new house into a home comes naturally to the food, wine and home goods experts at Camana Bay. Fit your interior spaces with designer furniture and furnishings from the Design Studio and Bedside Manor, stock up on cookware and accessories at Bon Vivant and specialty foods at Bay Market, settle your pets into their new domain with toys and treats from Must Love Dogs, frame your family photos at Picture This and purchase your Apple gadgets from the Cayman MAC Store.
3| Settling Your Children into School
From tots to teens and beyond, there are several education-based establishments within the Dart Real Estate properties. Cayman International School, conveniently located at Camana Bay, is a Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools-accredited institution for students from Nursery through high school and features an international baccalaureate world school diploma programme for Grades 11 and 12. Also located at Camana Bay are Starfish Village – an innovative enrichment centre for infants, toddlers and pre-teens – and Cayman Music School – excelling students in the fields of music and dance.
At Regatta Office Park, university-aged scholars from near and far travel to the Cayman Islands to attend St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, which specialises in the schools of medicine and veterinary medicine.
For a comprehensive list of schools in the Cayman Islands click here.
4| Receiving Mail + Shipped Items
Perhaps one of the most overlooked tasks to check of your to-do list is the opening of a postal box. Postal mail in the Cayman Islands is delivered to and sorted by the nation’s Postal Service before it is distributed to the various district post offices and Camana Bay-based Mail Boxes Etc. In addition to a private, fully-accessible postal box located in the heart of the thriving town, Mail Boxes Etc. also provide shipping services to and from Grand Cayman, US address for online shopping, courier shipping via DHL, FedEx and UPS, printing services, binding and laminating. It’s a one-stop shop for your home and business.
5| Getting Connected to a Local Network
Digicel is the fastest-growing mobile operator in the Caribbean. Offering a hassle-free plan for newcomers to the island that appreciates your need to focus on critical decisions: a no-commitment plan, ready-for-pick-up SIM card and best-value package of minutes, texts and data so you can share photos from Starfish Point with your family back home right away. LTE home broadband packages can also be pre-paid so you can freely binge watch your favourite Netflix series while settling into your new space.
6| Opening a Bank Account
Friendly faces and exceptional service are only two of the reasons Cayman National Bank should be your bank of choice when moving your wealth to the Cayman Islands. Whether your needs include personal bank accounts to cover your everyday expenses, personal lending options to get you on your feet, the convenience and reliability of an internationally-accepted MasterCard or a mortgage with competitive interest rates, Cayman National Bank is the premier choice.
7| Attending to Your Health
A team of terrific doctors and nurses at TrinCay Medical Centre in Camana Bay can attend to all of your general medical, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatric, cosmetic, dermatological, internal medicine and urgent care needs; and just next door is TrinCay Pharmacy, open seven days a week for your convenience. Schedule your bi-annual dental consultation and cleaning at Cayman Dental and Cayman Orthodontics and stop by Vision Wear to have your eyes tested.
Sign up at CrossFit Cayman or Anytime Fitness to keep your health at the forefront of your mind and visit the professionals at Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa for a relaxing massage or Align if you need physiotherapy, acupuncture, core conditioning or massage therapy.
Mental health, anxiety, sleeplessness, stress management and more are addressed by the team at OnCourse Cayman in Regatta Office Park.
8| Organising Convenient Laundry Services
If your linens and delicate clothing are a bit musty from shipping, hand them over to the laundrists at Fluff n’ Fold, the only certified eco-friendly dry cleaning and laundry service provider in the Cayman Islands. Stop by their Camana Bay location or take advantage of their free pick-up and delivery service throughout George Town and Seven Mile Beach.
9| Booking a “Speed Dating” Dinner Experience
One of the best things about living in Grand Cayman is the extensive array of cuisines available; the country is widely considered to be the culinary capital of the Caribbean and it’s great fun exploring them all. To get your feet wet, we recommend our Flavour Tour, a weekly guided walking tour of Camana Bay’s signature restaurants. The evening begins with a wine tasting and is followed by three small-plate courses – each at a different restaurant – and a scoop of gelato. Each course is paired with a complementary cocktail and the night is capped with a digestif. This is a “two-fer” experience with the opportunity to meet others in a relaxed atmosphere.
10| Recycling for a Greener Cayman
Now that you’ve unpacked and settled in, we encourage you to recycle your moving boxes and familiarise yourself with recycling customs and drop-off centres throughout the island. Cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminium items can be de dropped off at any grocery store throughout the island. Glass and aluminium canisters can also be discarded in the recycling bins at Camana Bay and at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club.
For more information about moving to the Cayman Islands, visit Cayman Resident