I’ve been thinking about all the things I love about Cayman. The most obvious one is the climate. Sure, we have a rainy season and a hurricane season, but it’s pretty nice here almost all the time. The summers are hot and humid and can be unbearable, but that’s where being surrounded by water is a blessing! It’s always nice enough to go for a swim.
Speaking of weather, I love how people talk about the weather here. I thought everyone talked about the weather because we certainly did in Canada. Apparently it’s not so, but here, people love to talk about the weather. Right now it’s still hot and humid, so we’ve heard locals complaining about summer going on too long. It’s the opposite of Canada, where we wonder when summer will begin.
I love the diversity here. We’ve met people from Ireland, Italy, Costa Rica, Canada, the United States, Columbia, Honduras, Jamaica, Britain, Phillipines, India, Scotland, Bermuda…the list goes on. In our little complex alone, we’ve known people from six different countries in eight units!
People here are mostly friendly and open. We love to try new restaurants to support the efforts of the new owners, and almost without fail we end up chatting to the owner and getting to know them. People are welcoming and open to new friendships.
Speaking of diversity and restaurants, I love the wide variety of foods available. The restaurant scene in Cayman is very impressive. It’s a tough business so we’re happy to support it. We can get Thai food, Indian food, Caribbean food, Chinese, Italian and best of all Fusion!
I love conch! Conch season opened on Nov. 1 and I’m looking forward to the fresh conch on restaurant menus.
I love mangoes and we had an amazing mango season. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much over now. However…we have coconuts! I didn’t like coconut flavoured food as a child. I think I objected to the sweetened coconut flakes that were often used in cookies and bars. Now I love coconut! I can’t get enough. I love coconut milk, coconut curry and I’ve developed a taste for fresh coconut water straight from the coconut!
I love to snorkel and dive. We have so many wonderful options of where to go. If it’s too rough in our back yard, we can try Eden Rock or one of the spots along Seven Mile Beach, like Cemetery Reef. Occasionally we’ll try the North side and combine it with lunch at Over the Edge.
I love the spontaneity! If there’s a movie on at the theatre that we want to see, we go see it. If we find out at 2:45 pm that today is the last day the movie is here, we can still make it in time for the 3:30 showing! If we’re home on a Friday at 5 and the weather is fine, we can join the neighbours by the pool for a happy hour before our respective dinners.
I love being by the sea. The colours change throughout the day, from the muted tones of early morning to the brilliant shades of blue and turquoise later on. When the sun is high it glistens on the water like millions of diamonds. The sunsets offer up varying shades of pink and red. The full moon casts it’s own brilliant light.
The public buses here are great! For only two dollars C.I you can flag down the bus and take it right to your destination, as long as it’s on the route. The buses are small enough that sometimes they’ll even take you right into your driveway, provided they aren’t busy and the driver is feeling particularly helpful. You can get anywhere on Seven Mile Beach on the bus!
I love the resident discounts! After years of playing tourist here and in other tropical locations, it’s nice to actually get a bargain. I can even use the discount for my guests.
I could list a few things that I don’t like about Cayman, but the good things outweigh the bad in my opinion. I miss a lot of things about Canada, but my life is here how and we’re going to make the most of it. Every day I think of new things to love about this beautiful island I now call home!