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Thanks for the quick responses. Still 90+ days til we leave, I can’t wait!
Basically, when people talk about the “duty free allowance” this refers to how much someone is allowed to bring into another country without having to pay duty on it. You asked about alcohol……..when traveling to the Cayman Islands, you are allowed to bring EITHER 1 liter of alchohol, OR 1 case of beer OR 4 liters of wine PER ADULT 18 years or older, without having to pay duty. We always advise people to take advantage of this because the cost of liquor in the Cayman Islands is very expensive.
However, if you buy the liquor at your local liquor store, it must be packed in your checked luggage. If you really want to bring alcohol on as carry-on, then you have to buy it at your airport, AFTER you pass through the security check point. Now, some airports (maybe most….not sure) have a “duty free” liquor store. This means that you might be able to find a bargain if you wait to buy your liquor there, but don’t let the “duty free” thing confuse you — it has nothing to do with “duty free” once you arrive in another country. It just means that it came into the US duty free so ends up costing you less to buy.
We always buy our liquor at our local liquor store and then pack it very carefully in our packed luggage, rather than trying to buy it at our airport and carrying it on.
Hope that helps…
Even though I’ve been going to Cayman for over 30 years, I don’t remember how much the liquor is-my husband is in charge of that-but I will tell you that we just pay whatever they charge and try not to worry about it too much.
I’m with you on not wanting to pack it in my luggage-although Char does it and doesn’t have any problems with it. I have so much other stuff that I want to bring that I don’t want to have to deal with packing liquor too.
Beer is pretty expensive there. But I can’t see bringing a case of it from the states. That would take up way too much room.
Use the coupons for the liquor stores in the Cayman Activity Guide to save a little….but if I remember correctly, it doesn’t apply to beer, just wine and liquor.
And vodka marinated clothes is a drag. I’d much rather marinate MYSELF….
My wife and I along with another couple are scheduled to arrive in the Cayman’s on Dec. 21st. 2007. I want to know if there is a restriction other than having to pay a duty on how much alcohol you can bring with you?
The reason being being is my poison of choice is Kentucky Sour Mash Bourbon. More specifically Makers Mark. If I decide to get serious I can trash a gallon in a week. Please advise
As far as I know there is no restriction on how much you can bring in…….just that the first liter of alcohol is duty free. Anything above that is most likely subject to paying duty.
As to clothes detergent, if you live near a Target – they have small bottles of Tide and one bottle will do four loads. They cost about $1.00. I never do laundry on vacation, but it’s a handy little bottle. Other places might sell it too, but Target is the only place I’ve ever seen it.
I would bring any prescription medicines with you on the plane as well as an extra pair of glasses if you need glasses.
Have a great time!