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Move to the Caymans??

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Move to the Caymans??

Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 2:32 pm

Hi there,

I'm a single woman in my mid-30s and am currently considering a move to Grand Cayman and so I'm looking for as much info as I can get. I have been working overseas for a few years now and have lived in a number of places including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Toronto, Beirut, Damascus and Hong Kong so I'm not a total newbie at this and have lived the island life before. But of course, every country and every city has it's own quirks.

I understand that the Caymans are expensive. But then again, so was Hong Kong!! However, for anyone who's familiar with Hong Kong, I was clearing US$2,750/month (and did not have to pay for accommodation) and I was doing fine. In that case would I be okay with US$3,000 in the Caymans (where I WILL have to pay my own rent)??
For those who aren't familiar with HK, baiscally, I like to go out to nice dinners and I enjoy partying a bit and going to the cinema. Aside from that, I'm happy to spend my time on the beach. I would however, want to be able to travel around a bit in the region and to be able to put some money aside.

Next... what's the deal with transportation?? I get the impression one simply HAS to have a car. Can one not manage with the mini busses and taxis? Are taxis ridiculously expensive or something? In Abu Dhabi, we took taxis EVERYWHERE and it couldn't possible cost you more than US$3 to get to pretty much anywhere you needed to go. Not so in the Caymans??

As for rent... If I wanted to rent about a 600sq.ft. flat that does NOT have to be ON the beach but that is not difficult to get to and from (if that even exists), how much might I expect to pay in rent?

And finally, re lifestyle... A number of people have looked at me as if I was growing a second head when I told them I might be moving to the Caymans and asked if I wasn't going to get terribly bored. Why?? Am I missing something. They seem to think that the place is populated ONLY by retirees and "stuffy" bankers (their words not mine!). Is there really no part of the popultaion made up of single 30- and 40-somethings? Is there really no night life?

That's about it for the questions. But if anyone has any advice they'd like to share, please bring it on!

MANY thanks


Re: Move to the Caymans??

Post Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 2:42 am

Hello, my name is Angela, I am in the same situation. And have heard some of the same things, as far as night life and living, I have a few friends there and they say you almost HAVE to get a roomate. the cost of living is high. I am 30 and have alot of the same interest as you. If you wanted to get a place together, that would be great. My diresct email is angelatalor hotmail. I am currently in Canada and am looking to move by April.



Hello my name is Angela I am looking to relocate to the Cayman Islands, Any advice. Work, roomate advice would be greatly appreciated.. Thank you so much angelatalor hotmail


Re: Move to the Caymans??

Post Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 10:28 am

look at these sites lots of great advice
its expensive here TonysToys are good for cars although mine broke down on day 2 but they did lend me one and fix it in 4 hours butterfield is the best bank. its hard to find accomidation as alough if buying all the agents share listings they don't for rentals try the trader site. there are lots of private adds in fridays papers as well.

Traffic is busy here and you need to be near work to avoid long jams (west bay into Gearge town 40-45 mins) bikes are great as its very flat but hot in the summer.
Taxis are not cheap either as from the airport to Gearge town we paid $20us for a 5 min ride, Car hire even more (no long term rentals especilly nov- april) $400 a week with insurance for short term.

Not so many bankers lots of young accountants (most on 2 year contracts) there are lots of tourist industry staff here, hotels shops, diving staff, watersports, Pay not great in these industrys but tips can be high. Severn mile Beach (SMB) has lots of rich tourists and condo owners many over $1M for 2 beds upto $40m at the Ritz for penthouse so large tips can be had.

there are also lots of criuse ships here (9 in 1 day is the most i've seen) but 4-5 normanl (monday - Friday) thats at least 10000 people here extra a day (in the winter)

Lots of people from lots of countries and no problems eveyone mixes well

one point No shops open on Sundays except petrol stations and resturants.

good luck see you in the sun.


Re: Move to the Caymans??

Post Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:06 am

Hi All

The best place for info is this forum that is everything Cayman will help you out with what ever advise your looking for in cayman

good luck


Re: Move to the Caymans??

Post Posted: Mon May 15, 2006 12:38 am

I am looking to move my consulting firm from the US to the Cayman Islands. The issue is that I have a felony conviction (13 months) in my past (1999). I know that they want a "Police Certificate of Good Conduct" prior to granting permanent residence. Is there some type of rehabilitation (i.e., after some period of time) whereby such a move becomes possible?



Re: Move to the Caymans??

Post Posted: Sun May 21, 2006 2:00 am

Hi pelmore2000
I know someone else here who had a possesion of cannibis charge from the uk. he is not allowed to work and cany only stay as a dependant on his wifes work permit.

Basically declaire anyconviction and you can't come, dont delare it and come, if they find out you could end up in prision here then deported at the end of the term.

no real solution i'm affraid.


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