Enjoy on Mid-Sized Budget
Grand Cayman Island
rand Cayman has a reputation of being one of the most expensive islands in the Caribbean. But I have good news for you! You don’t have to be rich to go on vacation there! But apparently after meeting with their Minister of Tourism, they do seek out the high-end tourists. In fact, I was quite taken aback during my meeting with the Deputy Premier & Minister for District Administration Moses Kirkconnell and the Councilor for Tourism and Transportation Joseph Hew from the Cayman Island Government who stated that their target tourist makes $200,000 a year from the USA and Canada! “In our summer season, we need our visitors to make over $200,000 a year and in winter they need to make over $300,000,” Kirkconnell told a group of travel writers. “We have an extremely targeted marketing plan and we basically look at pockets of wealth. Our core business is the United States and North America – parts of Canada – and we look at the pockets of wealth and attack that by zip code.” I do realize there are two extremes in the Caribbean – one is to open the flood gates and let them all in at a cheap price and the other is to keep the invasion of tourists down to a less-than-horde proportion, but charge them a lot. There are plenty of islands that use this model to either control the onslaught, like Turks & Caicos, St. Barts, Anguilla, and of course, Grand Cayman. Or at the other end, you find the flooded areas that make a buck-fifty off each of them, like Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas. I do get it, but let’s be smart about it and see how we can get around the affordability factor in the Cayman Islands. One of the issues the Cayman Islands does have is that virtually everything has to be brought in by ship. I
am talking everything from a bottle of water to almost all types of supplies. So you can see what a challenge it is for them to keep things affordable. However, after speaking to a colleague who writes for a magazine for travel agents, he says that arguably the only story that hasn’t been written up much is how to enjoy Grand Cayman Island on a mid-sized budget. I am here to tell you and your family how to do it, since I believe it is completely worth going! The Cayman Islands are a much better choice for vacation in my humble opinion than the Bahamas or Jamaica. Those islands are filled to the brim with tourists from the cruise ships to the all-inclusives that never let you leave their resorts for exploration. The Cayman Islands are a completely different experience. The weather is warm year-round with the average highs holding steady in the 80’s! The early spring months though are their most popular months to visit. There is plenty for individuals, couples or families to do from Sting Ray City to Rum Point to visits to turtle farms, shopping and of course, amazing diving and snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach.