Living in Cayman
Learn about the many aspects of living and working in the Cayman Islands. For those relocating here, knowing some basic facts about housing, banking and other essential information can make your move much less stressful.
Most newcomers to the island like to rent before buying. If you are not certain how long you might be staying in Cayman renting is a wise choice. In the long run, buying your own property will make sense if you put down roots. There are many types of housing available both in rentals and purchases with condos being the most common.
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Utilities & Phone Service
The power company, water companies, phone companies and cable TV company all have several offices in convenient locations in George Town and the Seven Mile Beach area. A deposit is required to set up these accounts. Service for cable TV may take several weeks to connect, but the other utilities are generally connected within a few days.
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Driver's License and Auto Registration
First off, you will need to get a driver's license. This can be done at the George Town or West Bay offices of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing. You will need to show a valid driver’s license from your home country.
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Opening a Bank Account
Due to strict Know Your Customer regulations, you will need a letter from your employer as well as a bank reference letter from your home bank in order to open an account here. Each retail bank offers checking, savings, and fixed deposit accounts for personal and business entities.
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Groceries and Pharmacies
Cayman has three major grocery chains and numerous convenience stores. The groceries are large and well-stocked and carry a selection of international foods and a varying range of organic products. There is at least one grocery store in each district. Small and independent food marts are scattered everywhere, and the gas stations also carry grocery supplies.
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If your rental does not come with all the basic supplies, you can finish fitting out your new abode at any of several home wares stores. There are several large stores carrying all types of home, kitchen, garden and patio supplies. There are also several boutiques where you can find luxury home goods.
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