Are the Cayman Islands safe?


Are the Cayman Islands safe?

Specifically, is Grand Cayman a safe destination for families to visit during a vacation?

In this article, I will answer that question. I grew up in the Cayman Islands, meaning that I have the “authority” to cover this topic.


Short answer:

Yes, it’s extremely safe for both tourists & residents.

Violent crime in the Cayman Islands is very low; and when it does occur, it is among locals and not targeted at tourists.

Let’s look at the numbers:

Violent crime in the Cayman Islands is very low compared to other Caribbean islands.

Below is a chart that shows shows the intentional homicide rate per 100,000 people of different Caribbean islands, as well as the United States:


It is important to note that all of the homicides in the Cayman Islands are committed between locals, and not towards tourists. If you are a tourists visiting on vacation, it is almost inconceivable that you would have any issues relating to crime.

Is Grand Cayman safe for hotel/condo guests?

If you are staying in the Cayman Islands in a hotel or condo, then it is very safe.

You can leave your resort without having any issues. Certain Caribbean islands, such as Jamaica, can be more dangerous.

If you are staying on Seven Mile Beach, for example, then you can even walk down the streets at night with your family with no problems.

Ritz Carlton hotel on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman.

Is Grand Cayman safe for cruise ship passengers?

Yes, it is very safe for cruise ship passengers.

Cruise ship passengers arrive in George Town, Grand Cayman.

You can walk around George Town without having to be nervous about any danger. You can also take taxis with the knowledge that they are not dangerous.

There are a lot of shops and restaurants in George Town outside the cruise ship port; you can leave the cruise ship port and walk anywhere as a tourist.

Cruise ship in George Town, Grand Cayman.

Places to avoid in Grand Cayman

There aren’t many places that tourists or residents need to actively avoid in Grand Cayman.

Avoiding local George Town bars on a Friday night would probably be a good idea, but even then, it is still pretty safe.

Grand Cayman safety is something that almost all first time visitors think about; fortunately, there aren’t any areas that you need to actively avoid.

Aerial picture of Grand Cayman.

Is there terrorism in the Cayman Islands?

There is no terrorism in the Cayman Islands.

There has never been a terrorist attack in the Cayman Islands.

Cayman Islands police.

Political stability

The Cayman Islands is very politically stable.

We are a British over-seas territory, following a a legal system modeled off of the UK legal system.

The Cayman government is democratically elected by the people of the Cayman Islands. None of the political parties are extreme in their ideology, all of which advocate for the continuation of Cayman’s relatively free market economy.

This is one of the reasons why the Cayman Islands real estate market has seen so much sustained growth over recent decades, and is forecasted to continue to grow long term.

Picture showing the government building in Grand Cayman.


The Cayman Islands is a very safe location.

This is one of the reasons why so many families vacation here every year.

Over 2 million tourists visit the Cayman Islands every year, and virtually no one has any issues.