Given the growing popularity of the Festival, it's advisable to make reservations early, particularly for that first downtown weekend with the mock ‘pirate invasion’, the parade, the two free street dances, and the big fireworks show. Hotel rooms are in short supply during the run of the Festival, as are rental cars. For more information please visit our Official Cayman Islands Tourism website at www.caymanislands.ky
Many of the major events are free, such as the Fireworks Show, the Pirate Landing, the Float Parades, the three harbour-side Street Dances, the Teen Dance and the Children's Fun Day. Heritage Day functions are free during the day but at night events begin at CI$5/US$6. For most sporting events, participation fees begin at CI$25/US$30.
This Pirates Week don't be caught walking around without a costume! Get your costumes, hats, boot tops, hooks, swords and other novelty items at the Pirates Week Festival Gift Shop. You can also find the Official Pirates Week Souvenir T-shirt. The shop is located on 10 Shedden Road, behind the National Museum and is open Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm (seasonal). Call 949-5078 for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a list of items that are restricted from importing into the Cayman Islands. Please click the link below to find out what you cannot bring into the islands. Illegal items can mean arrest and prosecution by local authorities. Travellers are asked to declare any replica guns and swords as for use in the participation of the Pirates Week Festival.
The downtown activities, on the first weekend and the last, are within 5-10 minutes' driving from most hotels in the Seven Mile Beach area, while the Heritage Days-out of town-are about a 30-minute drive. Taxi service to any evening function should be arranged in advance as they can be difficult to get at night. Some bus service is also available; ask for assistance at your hotel or condo.
All of the evening functions (11th,12th and 19th November) feature local dishes, well prepared and served in convenient take-away containers. The prices are reasonable (approximately CI$15/US$18). The Food Festival is just off the waterfront/Harbour Drive along Shedden Road.
Several bar facilities (fruit juices included) are available at the street dances and drinks are reasonably priced. Signs indicate the location of portable toilets at the various sites. If you're not sure about something, ask our volunteers in the yellow/orange shirts marked – they will be happy to help. And – bring your camera, casual clothes and comfortable footwear.
The Cayman Islands offers our visitor many choices of accommodations with a variety of fine hotels, condos, private homes and guest houses available for rent all over the islands. Whether you prefer the quiet seclusion of the east and north coasts, or the busier Seven Mile Beach area of Grand Cayman, you'll find something to suit your needs.
A Government board of control monitors all the various establishments and regulations ensure that your accommodations will be clean, safe and worth the price. For reservation information call the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism on 1-800-346-3313 or visit their website at www.caymanislands.ky)
Travel & accommodation package deal information flyer can be found here.
Pirates Week Office,
10 Shedden Road,
P.O. Box 5,
Grand Cayman KY1-1101,