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The Staycation

A weekend family vacation to an exotic land

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There are a few items that are clearly Caymanian.

One being the famous saying, "Not today bobo.".

Another would be conch fritters on Seven Mile Beach.

Another one is the staycation.


The only way to leave the island of Grand Cayman is by plane. There are no ferries that visit other islands in the Caribbean from here, so your only option is jumping on a plane. And even people living on the whale shaped slice of paradise still need a vacation. So the staycation provides the best option. You simply stay at a hotel on the lightly populated East End (whale head) of the island away from the hustle and bustle of the West End (whale fin).

Do you see the whale shape?

Our highly anticipated fall break arrived and Nadine and I decided to take our first staycation and hang out with the Roney family.

Early Friday night, we packed our 2007 Ford Taurus with bags, 3 children, a baby swing, and one mother-in-law, and made the long 45 minute drive east.


The weekend weather welcomed us with a bang . . . as in a lightning show followed by buckets of rain. This show coincided with Jon and I's maiden voyage to the outdoor bar.

The beds that pulled out of the wall mesmerized our kids. Simply having a huge open space on the water with her mother nearby thrilled Nadine. And little Annabelle was satisfied to sip on some milk and swing in her swing.


The kids spent the weekend occupying every possible body of water in the vicinity except for that one big body of water called the Caribbean Sea.

Purely by happenstance, the Kyrs 30K Solo run road race started at East End. Morritt's Resort was right next door to the Reef. There had the 19 mile race, but hey, there was no way I was going to run 19 miles while on "staycation". For slackers like myself, they had a much shorter 5K race. I decided to go with that one.

The 5K was scheduled to start at 7:00, so I woke up at 6:20. When I signed up, I (mis)understood that they were going to start the race at 7:15. So I returned to my room 200 yards down the road and waited in the comfort of a sofa chair. Around 7:10, I decided I should make my way to the starting line. Yet once I set foot on the road, I noticed a large group of people in the distance clumped together. A quick glance at my watch indicated it was only 7:11. Strange enough, that same group of people in neon outfits became more distant as I walked. The race had already started. My race started immediately and I easily added an eighth of a mile to my run. When I reached the actual starting line, everyone had rounded a corner and was out of sight. In my defense, I caught the seven year old girl at mile 2.

Our first staycation left us all refreshed and happy. In the end, the kids liked the staycation enough that they decided that they would rather live at the Reef instead of our current apartment in town.


Posted by TulsaTrot 08:54 Archived in Cayman Islands Tagged cayman_islands the_staycation the_reef

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