The beautiful sands, warm,
ultra-clear waters and relaxed, happy ambience of the Caribbean are hard to
Cayman has a plethora of truly
world-class beaches to enjoy, as well as some magnificent hotels and a
brilliant range of restaurants offering top-notch cuisine from around the
world. No wonder people flock here for their holidays, having saved their
hard-earned cash for a year for two precious weeks in paradise. And no wonder,
too, that couples regularly identify Cayman as a prime destination for their
weddings. These islands truly are treasured worldwide as a centre of romance,
as well as for lazy days spent lying in the sun. Add to this the gorgeous Rum
Point, the wonders of Stingray City, the new addition of the Kittiwake wreck
dive attraction this summer, a huge selection of water sports options and the
most colourful sunsets on the planet and it becomes clear that the Cayman
Islands are a cut above the rest.
We might be lucky to live here, but
it’s also true that in the whirl of work and day-denying stress we don’t always
get as much time as we’d like to concentrate on these wonders and to celebrate
living in an awe-inspiring destination.
And that’s where the concept of the
staycation comes in. Designed by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to show
what its private business membership can offer to help you relax, unwind and
truly enjoy the islands, the staycation programme features a host of compelling
offers at condos, villas, hotels, restaurants, water sports activities and more
that allow local residents to enjoy a summer holiday without the travel expenses.
The association represents well over 200 local businesses in many different fields
and 2010’s offers are now online at www.caycompass.com/staycation.
“The Cayman Islands Tourism
Association is proud to present incredible offers from our members that will
allow residents of the Cayman Islands to experience our tourism product first-hand,
whether it’s a day of activities or a longer staycation at one of the
condo/villa or hotels. All three islands have so much to offer. Having a staycation
gives our local economy a boost while giving you a chance to relax, spend some
time with family and friends and enjoy Cayman’s piece of paradise,“ said Erin
Bodden of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.
Promotion of offers
More offers are being added every
day as more and more businesses come on board with the programme, and
businesses themselves can still sign up with their special offers online or by
contacting CITA with their information, said Teritia Peart, business manager of
Cayman Free Press.
“CITA’s promotion of its members’
resident offers until the end of October 2010 is a great way of providing
various options for locals to help you rest or play on our islands.
www.caycompass.com/staycation will be continuously updated with any new offers
of the summer,” said Ms Peart.
So perhaps it’s time to forget the
waiting around in immigration, the necessary ignobility of security checks and
the tiring travel trudge and look a bit closer to home. Don’t just walk a mile
in a tourist’s shoes – take ‘em off and feel that gorgeous sand between your
tootsies as the sun starts to set over Seven Mile Beach. And remember, it’s
helping our local economy too – a weekend at home is such an under-rated
pastime, after all.