George Town’s hotel scene in 1968

The year was 1968. There was no radio, no roundabouts or Internet in the Cayman Islands. There were few hotels, guest houses or footprints along Seven Mile Beach. As far as visitor occupancy goes, it was estimated that there were approximately 300 beds for rent.

Diving had already started to take off, spearheaded by the vision of Bob Soto.

Outside the hotels, there were not many restaurants or gift shops, but C0-Mart LTD had its grand opening in George Town.

That same year the Cayman Islands Tourist Board released an official rate sheet for hotels along Seven Mile Beach.

Selected summer rates, quoted in USD included:

  • The Beach Club Colony (36 rooms): $10.50 – $15.50 per night
  • Coral Caymanian (20 rooms): $12 per night
  • Galleon Beach Hotel (37 rooms): $12 – $15 per night
  • La Fontaine (47 rooms): $16 per night
  • Cayman Resorts (condo style) – $150 per week

Except Cayman Resorts, all prices included two meals per day.

By 1973 the luxurious Grand Caymanian Holiday Inn was built, where you could stay for $54 per night in high season. An average return air ticket from Miami cost just $78.