Sometimes we forget that many people around the world envy us our address. Have you ever told someone that you live in the Cayman Islands and been greeted with anything less than gasps implying how lucky you are?

It is so easy to take our surroundings for granted, until perhaps we see them through others’ eyes. They marvel at the white sands, the impossibly clear blue seas and the warm temperatures. They squeal with delight when feeding the stingrays and bask in the beauty of a perfect afternoon with a mudslide in their hands.

It can be expensive to go on vacation, particularly if you have a large family. The airline tickets, accommodation and ground transport alone can really add up, not to mention the hassle of airports and luggage. Of course it’s nice to get away, but you can still have that feeling of a real break on a staycation as well.

Spend some private time at a boutique resort like Cotton Tree in West Bay; live in the lap of luxury at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; or pack a suitcase and head to East End where there are numerous accommodation choices from rooms at Morritt’s Tortuga Club and the Reef Resort, to full homes in Cayman Kai available for short-term rental.

There is a wealth of land and water-based activities to keep you occupied, or just set up a chair on the beach to read that book you’ve wanted to open.

Take a short flight to Cayman Brac to explore the caves in the bluff, or land in Little Cayman where a bicycle is the preferred method of transport and Bloody Bay Wall awaits you just off the coast.

There are many resident specials available this summer, including excellent hotel rates, discounts on activities and restaurant deals.

Take a look through our Staycation and Adventure feature to find out about just some of the great ways you can rediscover the Cayman Islands for less.

Happy exploring!