Today’s Editorial December 19: The Holidays in Cayman

For those of us lucky enough to be spending the next couple of weeks in the Cayman Islands, the holidays offer us a chance for a welcome break from our busy work lives.

Most of us have at least seven days off out 10 starting Saturday. Some companies are closed down for all of next week.

While the holidays are a time for dinners, parties and other indoor get-togethers with family and friends, they also offer time for other activities.

Rather than just spend all of the time off at home, we encourage our readers to get out and enjoy some of the things this beautiful country has to offer.

Cayman is an island surrounded by the sea, but it’s amazing how many people haven’t set foot in the water for months. Get out and go for a swim, or if swimming isn’t for you, relax and read something near the water. Just watch and listen to the waves for a while.

Go diving, or try some other watersport like parasailing, jet skiing, or sailing.

Take a drive to the Eastern Districts, or to West Bay. Visit a tourist attraction like Hell or the Turtle Farm; stop at a small local restaurant, if only for an appetizer.

Visit the Blow Holes, even if you have already done so 50 times. Find or buy a nice green coconut and drink the water.

Eat some heavy cake, and if you don’t know what that is, find out what you’re missing. Don’t worry about the calories; it’s Christmas.

Find a dominoes game somewhere, and learn how to play if you don’t already know.

Talk a walk – or two or three – on the beach, in one of the Dart parks, or through South Sound.

Go out at night and look at the Christmas lights and stars. Cayman is beautiful at night this time of year.

Visit some of Cayman’s resort hotels. Have brunch at one, or try out a massage at the spa.

Check out the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. It’s something to behold, and everyone in Cayman should know what we have in the Ritz.

We may not be dancing after midnight on New Year’s Eve, but there are plenty of people in the world who would love to spend the holidays in the Cayman Islands none-the-less.

If you’re lucky enough to be spending the next couple of weeks in the Cayman Islands, take advantage of what relatively few people in the world get to experience: the holidays in a tropical paradise.

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