When you live on an island known
the world over for its white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and delicious
seafood, why would you ever want to leave?
If you are looking to escape the
hum-drum of daily routine, take advantage of the paradise in your own backyard:
The Eastern districts offer even residents the chance to get away from it all
with an atmosphere far removed from the hustle and bustle of George Town.
Staycations are a great way to get
away without breaking the bank.
Where To Stay
With three hotels, the Reef Resort,
Morritt’s Tortuga Club, and Compass Point Dive Resort, and a host of
condominium complexes to choose from, East End and North Side offer plenty of
options for accommodation.
Depending on what atmosphere you
are looking for in a staycation, there are both advantages and disadvantages to
choosing a hotel over a condo, or vice versa.
Condos are usually equipped with a
full kitchen, a washing machine and a dryer. When travelling with large groups
or small children, these amenities are often invaluable.
Staying at a condo also usually
means more space to sprawl out and less neighbours to worry about disturbing.
If you do choose to stay at a
condo, however, there is the chance that you will have to clean up after yourself
regularly and do a few chores on the way out.
On the other hand, hotels offer
services that make for a more relaxing vacation.
Complimentary breakfasts, room
service, an on-site bar and restaurant, daily maid service, and access to watercraft
rentals means that you never have to venture far for food or fun.
And, should rainy weather threaten,
hotels also usually offer a variety of activities to keep you from being
confined to the couch all weekend.
Hotels are often also more flexible
in terms of offering the chance to book one-night stays, while condos may only
be available for two or more night stays.
Eating out East
Whether you choose to stay at a
restaurant or a hotel, however, good food is never far in the Eastern
In Cayman Kai, where the majority
of condominium complexes are located, Over the Edge, Driftwood Sports Bar, the
Kaibo Yacht Club Restaurant and Bar, Rum Point Restaurant and the Wreck Bar all
offer solid fare for reasonable prices.
In East End, Pelican’s Reef and the
Rusty Pelican Bar are located at the Reef Resort, while Morritt’s Tortuga Club
also includes a restaurant and bar.
In addition to hotel restaurants,
great restaurant options in East End also include: Portofino Wreck View
Restaurant, Arlain’s Restaurant and Vivine’s Kitchen.
For those with a part or full
kitchen at their disposal, Foster’s Food Fair Express at the Morritt’s Shopping
Centre in East End and Chisholm Supermarket in North Side are both well-stocked
with snacks, meats, dairy and produce.
What To Do
If, for some strange reason, you
feel the need to leave the beach during your staycation, there are a variety of
things to do in the outlying districts.
First, you might want to head out
on the water, where everything from diving to kite boarding lessons are
available at Compass Point Dive Resort.
But, if being on or under the waves
is not really your thing, check out the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in
Frank Sound where you can wander through colourful mixtures of native and
non-native flora and even get a glimpse of a rare Blue Iguana in its natural
There is no shortage of things to
do in the Eastern districts, so book your staycation and be a tourist in your
own backyard this summer.