The Cayman Islands are beautiful; nowhere else in the world can you find such a wonderful, compelling mix of ultra-clean white sand, wonderfully clear waters, intriguing local flora and fauna and an amazingly welcoming attitude.
It is easy when living here to let the monthly, weekly, daily and hourly business of work, shopping and chores to take over. We’re all guilty of getting caught up in the rush; all of us can benefit from giving ourselves the opportunity to take a day or two to relax, look around, turn off the phone and simply realise what a joy it is to be based here.
“Cayman Islands Tourism Association members are offering Cayman Island residents incredible rates to enjoy the sea, sun and sand,” says Erin Bodden of the association. “Escape to a hotel or villa, play in the water, have a massage, do some shopping or enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the islands culinary gems. Staycations are the perfect opportunity to get some quiet time on your own or reconnect with your family. Whether you choose to eat, dive, stay or play – rediscover your piece of paradise right here in the Cayman Islands,” she says.
The offers are categorised on the website www.staycation.ky and include special rates from hotels, a host of dive offerings, plenty of chances to eat at participating restaurants for a great price and a brilliant bunch of activities to enjoy both on and out of the water. These are being updated constantly so please continue to check the great website for the very latest on all counts.
Jane van der Bol is the executive director of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, which is comprised of more than 200 tourism-related businesses across the Cayman Islands. She tells us that staycationing is a relatively recent innovation, but is one that has been brilliantly-received and is definitely here to stay.
“Staycations give you the opportunity to enjoy what Cayman is famous for – our beautiful beaches, waterfront properties, unique villas and condos, luxury resorts, incredible restaurants, fun attractions, unsurpassed marine life – but most of all – the chance for togetherness with our most valued treasure – our family and friends.
“The Cayman Islands Tourism Association members are offering locals much more than a discount, but the chance to make lifetime memories,” she says, quite rightly. In these more austere days, taking advantage of the brilliant rates is not only great for us staycationers, it is also a vital part of the summer strategy for businesses, too.
So even whilst we are enjoying these awesome discounts in paradise, we’re helping the economy at the same time. If ever there was a win-win situation, it’s gotta be this. Something to ponder, indeed, whilst sipping on a cocktail after diving or playing, before a great local dinner and staying in our hotel room where for a change it’s somebody else’s job to do the laundry. And is that a catboat in the distance we can see on the horizon?
Anyone lucky enough to live in the Cayman Islands knows how gorgeous a place it is and the very act of staycationing is carving out a precious couple of days to remind ourselves of how fantastic this land of soft, fresh breezes and verdant trees so fair truly is. By: Joe Shooman | firstname.lastname@example.org