Almost 16 per cent of the respondents to last week’s cayCompass.com online poll said they will staycation in the Cayman Islands for their summer vacation.
Although the results of the poll were close to the results of a similar poll conducted in early July last year, one of the most significant differences was the 5 per cent increase in the number of people who would said they were planning to vacation in the Cayman Islands. Of the 513 total respondents, 81 of them – 15.8 per cent – said they were staycationing in Cayman. Last year, 44 people – 10.9 per cent of the total respondents – said the same.
“Why leave this most beautiful vacation spot to go somewhere else?” asked one person.
“I’m staying to vote in the referendum,” said someone else.
“No money,” commented another respondent.
Another 155 people – 30 per cent – will also be staying in the Cayman Islands for the summer, but not taking a summer vacation at all. This percentage was slightly down from the 31.4 per cent who said they weren’t taking a summer vacation last year.
“I’m building a house here instead,” said one person.
“I am unemployed, so vacations are non-existent in my life these days,” said someone else. “A job is much more important than a vacation.”
“I haven’t been able to afford a vacation for the last four years,” said another person. “This year will be the same again.” “I’m not going anywhere,” commented one person. “I have a ludicrous house insurance bill to pay.”
Of those taking a vacation off island, once again North America was the most popular destination with 170 people – 33.2 per cent – saying they were heading to the US or Canada. This number was up a little more than the 29.2 per cent of respondents who said they were going to North America last year.
“I’m taking my kids to Florida for a two-week summer camp,” said one person. “The variety of cultures and languages there will be worth the trip. Otherwise I would staycation.”
“I would have liked to go to Europe or South America, but I’ll have to settle for a visit to family in the US this year,” said someone else.
“My first true vacation in years,” said another respondent. “It will be a few more years before another one happens, unless I change jobs or start a very successful business.”
“I need a break from all the negativity around here,” commented someone else.
“Vegas!” said one person.
Those going to Europe this summer – 75 people or 14.6 per cent – represent a 2 per cent increase more than the 12.6 who said that was where they were going last year. One possible reason for the increase was expressed by two commenters who said they were heading to the Olympics in the UK.
Another 33 people – 6.4 per cent – responded “other” to the question.
Several respondents living in the US said they’d be coming to the Cayman Islands. One US respondent said they wished they were coming this summer.
“My husband and I have been coming to visit since 1995 and I love it more than any place on Earth,” the respondent said. “Unfortunately, we can’t afford to come this year and it makes me very sad. I wish so badly that I could live there and hope all of you who do realise how very blessed you are to be in such a beautiful, friendly place. Grand Cayman is truly a little piece of heaven on Earth!”
“A Caribbean cruise,” said one person.
“Golf in various Caribbean locations,” said another respondent.
Panama was the intended destination of three people and Honduras for two respondents.
“Panama is lovely and offers so much,” said one person. “And it is affordable.”
Other intended destinations names included Thailand, Jamaica, Cincinnati, Brazil and Mexico.
“To relax and ease stress, I head to the mountains and chill under a cool waterfall and river – there’s nothing more fun to me,” said one respondent. “The best place near to Cayman for this is Cuba, Jamaica, Belize or Honduras. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but will do so very soon.”
Next week’s poll question:
Which statement best describes your situation regarding Cayman Islands’ homeowners insurance?
I can afford it and I have it.
I can’t really afford it, but I have it.
I don’t have it because I can’t afford it.
I don’t have it because I don’t want it.
I don’t own a home in Cayman so I don’t have it.