When you live in the Cayman Islands, you get the benefit of spending every day in a place that others dream of visiting. Sometimes it’s nice to go that one step further and feel like a tourist for a day.

Staycations are popular in the summer, when the kids are out of school and the prices of resorts tend to be less expensive or even offer local rates.

If you don’t want to do an overnight stay, however, there are other options. A few venues on the island have swimming pools and loungers available to the public and, very importantly, toilets nearby. Alternatively, take a catamaran ride out on the water and mingle with people from near and far.


Ever since Hemingways reopened, residents are flocking to the place to hang out by the pool or on the beach. Why? Well, the drinks and food are terrific, but beyond that, residents are welcome to use the facilities if they patronize the venue. That means getting yourself a lounger, taking a dip, swimming up to the pool bar or setting up under an umbrella on the beach. They even rent out cabanas for the day for a very reasonable price, including some bubbly. Come for the sun and stay for dinner – the Asian fusion menu will bring you back.

Royal Palms

Royal Palms is a favorite hangout for residents with its large bar a stone’s throw from the beach. It has a great swimming pool area vibe with cabanas around the periphery and a dedicated pool bar. Sundays are particularly popular with the brunching crowd. It’s a well-beaten path between all the brunch venues and Royal Palms – an unspoken ritual. At nighttime, you can lounge around while DJs play music until late. It’s like South Beach without the cost of a plane ticket.

Red Sail Sports

Red Sail Sports covers a wide range of watersports, and usually has some fantastic summer offers for locals. When was the last time you went out on a jet ski on Seven Mile Beach? One of Red Sail’s worst-kept secrets, however, is its awesome catamaran tours for day and night. With a cash bar onboard and some dinner cruises on the schedule, you’ll not only feel like a tourist – you’ll feel like you’re a world away from the everyday.