Thanks to Gabi & Becky for sharing with everyone (especially our Canadian readers) your vision of how perfect wedding in Cayman could be. Now its my turn! But before we get into my vision I want to cover a bit more detail about Cayman Islands by giving you the 411 on a bit of history, ideal time of travel for Canadians, etc-etc.
Cayman Islands (pronounced CAY-MAN not caymen!) is located in the western Caribbean Sea. The territory is comprised of 3 islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac & Little Cayman. It is located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. Coming from Toronto no time change is required. Further the main language is English as the influences of culture comes from the United, Kingdom, Jamaica and North America. Although the Cayman Islands have their own currency known as KYD (Cayman Island Dollar) US dollars is accepted throughout the island. And finally the capital city located on Grand Cayman is George Town.
The Cayman Islands were first sighted by European explorers on 10 May, 1503, when the wind blew Christopher Columbus’s ship off course. On his fourth trip to the New World, Columbus was heading to the island of Hispaniola (Haiti & the Dominican Republic) when his ship was thrust westward toward “two very small and low islands, full of tortoises (turtles), that looked like little rocks, for which reason these islands were called Las Tortugas.
I have traveled to Cayman now during January, February & June. Where some people would say, “June? Why June? It’s so hot!”, I personally LOVED IT but then again I love the heat and why not since you’re on the beach! That being said June 1st to November 1st is considered hurricane season. Obviously when planning a wedding you would want to avoid this time -just case.
And speaking of weddings! Cayman is a total WIN for convenience. Canadians if you don’t already know WestJet AND Air Canada both fly direct from Toronto right into Grand Cayman. For the amount of time & aggravation it takes for you to grocery shop, gas, pack up the car & drive into bumper to bumper traffic heading north to the cottage, you can find yourself relaxing aboard a lovely direct flight, 3 hours flight time, from gate to gate. For instance we flew from Toronto on WestJet, departing 9:40am, we arrived in Grand Cayman before 12:45pm… Just in time for lunch & a full day on the beach! And I’d like to add I bought our tickets through one of WestJet seat sales at $199 each way CDN. How’s that for a deal?
One of things that I want to address especially when I talk to Canadians about travel or hosting their wedding in Cayman is the “B” word, also known as BUDGET. Here’s what I hear when I bring up Cayman Islands, “Oh I haven’t been there before but I heard its expensive” or “I’ve visited Cayman once when our cruise ship ported there, its expensive.” Alright, alright, enough! Times have changed! A trip to the Cayman Islands is no different to going anywhere else it all depends on your preference of travel, i.e. vacation dates, flight, accommodations, length of stay, etc. Regardless if you want to stay at the Ritz-Carlton or Marriott, I can assure you can do Cayman on a budget. In January I spoke to friends of mine who have 3 kids about their upcoming family vacation. Although they wanted cheap & cheerful but they did not want to forgo quality and safety. In ten minutes I had mapped out their entire Cayman vacation, where to stay, flights, restaurants, even where to buy baby formula! And when they compared it to another Caribbean vacation they were thinking about -the cost was the same if not better, the flight time was shorter (important with 3 little ones!)… I could seriously go on. And NO for the record they did not compare it to Cuba or Dominican Republic!
I digress! Lol. Anyhow I hope you enjoyed my totally “Random Cayman Islands” post. Check back tomorrow morning for my perfect Cayman Wedding.