The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. The nation is known for its islands, tourism, but also for being a tax-haven… interesting.
George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands, is the main cruise ship for those going on a cruise ship to the Cayman Islands. It also has the national museum and the famous Seven Mile Beach.
Rum Point is great for snorkeling and jet skiing. West Bay has turtles and dolphins, and East End is lovely for scuba diving. The Cayman Islands is for the adventurous peeps among us.
What may be an unpleasant adventure is dealing with an expensive roaming bill you will get from roaming with your provider in the Cayman Islands. Roaming can be expensive in many cases, which is why many travelers prefer to buy local SIM cards, like a Cayman one.
In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in the Cayman Islands. Let's get started.
Telecom Providers in the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands has 2 telecom providers: Flow Cayman and Digicel Cayman. Both operators have 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks. However, Digicel Cayman is planning on shutting its 2G network down on the 1st of July 2020.
Luckily, 2G is basically useless for data usage, so you will not be affected by it if you have a modern phone (one that is at least less than 10 years old).
Best SIM Card in the Cayman Islands
If you want to buy a SIM card in the Cayman Islands, I would recommend going with either Flow or Digicel. Both providers have good coverage and speeds throughout the Cayman Islands while offering a variety of packages.
Do note that the market share and coverage of both providers are almost identical, although Flow has an upper hand while Digicel is cheaper. Many locals have a SIM card from both operators so that they do not have to pay any off-net fees (a fee for texting a Flow Cayman number while being a Digicel Cayman customer and vice versa).
SIM Card Registration Regulations in the Cayman Islands
Unlike most countries in the Caribbean, you do not have to show your passport when buying a Cayman SIM card.
Currency in the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands Dollar, KYD, is pegged 1:1.20 to the US Dollar, meaning that 1 KYD is 1.20 USD.
With that being said, let’s see what the Cayman Islands have to offer to us.
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Flow Cayman, just Flow, is the original telecom operator in the Cayman Islands. They had a monopoly until Digicel barged into their backyard. Now, both operators have a market share of around 50/50 because Caymans like to have a SIM card of both operators.
Flow SIM cards are sold for 11 KYD in Flow stores. Ask for a 4G SIM card if you want to take advantage of Flow’s 4G/LTE network. Top-up vouchers are sold in various stores throughout the country, but you can also top-up online with a credit card or with PayPal. To check your Flow credit balance, dial *120# or use the Flow app.
Flow has several Prepaid Combo plans, which come with data, minutes, and unlimited SMS:
- 10 KYD: 1 GB and 250 minutes for 5 days. Activation: dial *140*8#
- 20 KYD: 2 GB and 500 minutes for 7 days. Activation: dial *140*16#
- 50 KYD: 2 GB and 1000 minutes for 30 days. Activation: dial *140*50#
Only need data and are staying in the Cayman Islands for less than a week? You can get one of Flow’s short-term Data Only plans:
- 3 KYD: 250 MB for 1 day. Activation: dial *146*50#
- 8 KYD: 1 GB for 3 days. Activation: dial *146*250#
- 15 KYD: 2 GB for 7 days. Activation: dial *146*1007#
Staying in the Cayman Islands for a bit longer? Then these long-term Flow Data Only plans will be interesting:
- 20 KYD: 1 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *146*1030#
- 30 KYD: 5 GB for 15 days. Activation: dial *146*2000#
- 40 KYD: 5 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *146*4000#
- 50 KYD: 15 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *146*10000#
Digicel Cayman, just Digicel, is the cheaper option in the Cayman Islands. The “downside” is that the coverage is slightly worse than the one of Flow. Remember, Digicel will shut down its 2G network on the 1st of July 2020 to make room for 3G and 4G/LTE coverage.
Digicel SIM cards can be purchased at Digicel stores. Recharge cards are sold in various stores throughout the country, but you can also top-up online with a credit card.
Digicel has a few Quick Pick Bundles, which are their combo packs that come with unlimited on-net minutes:
- 6 KYD: 250 MB and 20 anywhere minutes for 2 days
- 22.50 KYD: 1.5 GB and 100 anywhere minutes for 10 days
- 50 KYD: 3 GB and 300 anywhere minutes for 30 days
Anywhere minutes include calls to Flow Cayman and Digicel Caribbean numbers, which include:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- French Guiana
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos
You can activate a Digicel Quick Pick Bundle online or on the My Digicel App. Unused data and minutes will roll-over to the next month if you renew your bundle.
Only need data? Then the Digicel Prepaid Data Packs should be interesting:
- 2 KYD: 100 MB for 1 day
- 5 KYD: 500 MB for 3 days
- 10 KYD: 1 GB for 7 days
- 25 KYD: 2 GB for 30 days
- 30 KYD: 4 GB for 30 days
You can activate a Digicel Prepaid Data Bundle online or on the My Digicel App.
The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in the Cayman Islands
Getting a SIM card from either Flow or Digicel would be your only when considering a Cayman SIM card. Be sure to explore the roaming options your provider offers you, as they may offer free or cheap roaming bundles.
You could also consider getting an international SIM card or using a portable hotspot. International SIM cards like OneSimCard, SimOptions, Surfroam, BNESIM, and SimCorner are attractive for those visiting multiple destinations at once or within a year. Portable hotspots like Skyroam, Vision Global Wireless, and Travelwifi will be useful when traveling with multiple people so that not each individual has to get a SIM card but can use the hotspot.
Visiting other countries in the Caribbean? Check out my Caribbean SIM card buying guide covering the other Caribbean destinations, such as Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French West Indies, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French) & Sint Maarten (Dutch), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.
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