The wedding is over and you both said I do. The last of all the vendors are paid, your TSA friendly bags have been packed and you are honeymoon ready.
So why should you choose the Cayman Islands?
Located in the western portion of the Caribbean Sea, the British territories are made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The population is approximately 56,000 people, a mix of African-European descendants. The area is said to have about 120 nationalities, with English being the primary language.
The islands are governed by the Queen of England, with an appointment every four years. The people on the island totally depend on tourism from the ships, hotels and visitors to support the economy. George Town, once a swamp territory, has quickly become a destination playground for the well-to-do. Not known for party scene, the capital represents relaxing and pleasure for those looking for peace away from fast city life.
While visiting the main island, we had the pleasure of being taken around by one of the locals, Miss Babeth Shelley, our fiery Jamaican entrepreneur who filled us in on what’s what on the islands.
From politics to beaches and to news we got an earful. We heard the backstory of how the town of Hell received its name and saw it up close and personal.
Aside from lounging in our resort’s air-conditioned room, poolside bar, full service restaurant, beach side water activities include kayaking, jet skiing, and sailing, we also enjoyed good old fashioned snoozing on the hammock by the sea. The property is on the 18-hole golf course club run by the Ritz Carlton, if you’re looking to relax or work on your swing while tanning in the heat of the sun.
So if you seek a honeymoon hot spot, the Cayman Islands may just be the cure the doctor ordered for your winter blues for those who endured this last torturous season.
Here are our top 10 reasons to go:
1. Based on your origins of travel and preferred airlines, there is a flight everyday. Many of them are from Miami, which is just over an hour away, and many airlines also fly direct.
2. There are over 120 nationalities on the island. English is their primary language because it is a British colony.
3. They accept foreign currency if you don’t have time to exchange your money.
4. Access to hotels range from luxury 7-star hotels to affordable resorts that are all-inclusive and family friendly for every wallet size.
5. The food is magnificent. Fresh fish from this island makes for healthy eating.
6. The beaches, specifically Seven Mile Beach, is rated number four in the world.
7. If you’re a golfer, the courses are groomed just right for your next game.
8. If you enjoy water activities, you have your choices of snorkeling, surfing, diving and swimming with dolphins.
9. Night clubs and DJs are plentiful from the traditional restaurant and bar scene to a more planned list of seasonal activities (check your calendar or the tourism board).
10. The beaches are perfect for lying in the sun with a drink and do nothing.
All images are courtesy of Victor Amos.