In a few weeks schools will close for the summer vacation and families are finalizing arrangements on ways to spend their six weeks of free time. For many, the economic crunch still limits their vacation plans as reductions in disposable income, resulting from the high cost of living related to increases in Interest and insurance rates have hit home. Many readers have indicated that they wil be staying at home this year rather than taking the annual flight to North America or other destinations.
However, spending the summer at home is not a bad idea. It will be a chance to enjoy the sea and sand, the envy of many countries and the reason visitors come to this island paradise.
In the past we have heard of reports of descrimination against local vacationers at at a local establishment. This should not discourage us from enjoying a vacation here in our homeland.
Even in light of the increase in criminal activity that has kept the Police Service very busy this year, the country is still very safe.
Staying at home provides an opportunity to complete those home weekend projects including the painting job, planting a backyard garden and organizing the garden shed. It also creates an environment for bonding which is extremely important to family life.
For those who must get off the ground, consider a trip to the Sister Islands and participate in domestic tourism by contributing to the local economy.
For the next eight weeks, Caymanian Times will be publishing a series of articles highlighting our local tourist attractions. Readers will be pleasantly surprised to see the gems that exist on our shores and today we have chosen to highlight our West Bay attraction, the Turtle Centre.