Posted December 15th, 2005, 07:46 PM
We just got back from Grand Cayman and we rented a car while we were there. We were there on the Grand Princess from 11:00-6:00. We rented a small compact car big enough to seat 5 people from Avis for only $45 for the entire day including the driving permit, insurance, and gas. The total price including tax was $47.50. I think their website is www.aviscayman.com
Avis gave us a real good map and showed us on the map how to get where we wanted to go which was the turtle farm and hell. Driving on the left side felt weird, but it wasn't as hard as we thought it would be. Just follow the flow of traffic as many people are headed the same way you are. The only difficult part was the little traffic circles they have where you go around the traffic circle on the left and then turn back onto the street you were on. It may seem a little daunting, but as I said earlier, just follow the flow of traffic and you'll be just fine. There are only a few main roads on Grand Cayman so it's hard to get lost. The roads are all marked real well and most of them run parallel to the beach.
We wanted to go to Rum Point but the kids had their hearts set on Hell and the Turtle farm, so that's where we went. The kids got a real kick out of holding the turtles and it made for a great picture. Also, it was very educational for the kids to see every stage of the turtles developement from conception to adulthood. Hell is just a small place with hellish looking rocks but the real fun is sending postcards marked from Hell saying "I went to Hell and back to get you this postcard" or "Hell aint so bad after all." The t-shirts were really fun with sayings like "I'd rather be in Hell than in school" or "I'd rather be in Hell than work." I got one that said "I drove on the left side of the road in Hell and survived." That t-shirt got lots of comments when I wore it on the ship.
Overall, we really enjoyed driving around in Grand Cayman and would do it again in a heartbeat, we just wished we were there longer so we could explore some more. I guess we'll have to just go on another cruise to do that.