For a long time now, the Caribbean has held a special place in my heart. The Bahamas was my first foreign country that I ever stepped foot in at the age of eleven and I have returned to the island chain over twenty times since. I have also visited Aruba, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. Personally, I believe that many Americans have become jaded with this region, since it is in such close proximity. However, to me it is easily one of the most beautiful and vibrant parts of the world! Thus, I could not have been more excited when QC Exclusive magazine recently sent me on assignment to visit the Cayman Islands, a country I had never visited, and that I was able to bring my husband, Lucas, along for the journey. Unfortunately, we were not on the direct flight from Charlotte, rather we had to first stop in Miami, however the layover went by quickly thanks to some refreshing mojitos.
I always sit aisle when I am flying, except when I am en route to the Caribbean, because I know that the views are going to be spectacular.
Lucas and I decided to splurge on our rental car by getting a convertible. Unfortunately, the car we reserved was given away before we arrived and instead we were given an old Volkswagen Beetle that had a lot of problems and we were charged $100 more than we had originally agreed upon. The service we encountered was dismal as well, so I strongly do not recommend using Andy’s Car Rental if you should find yourself on Grand Cayman.
The place we would call home for the next three days was Cotton Tree, the only luxury boutique hotel on the islands. It was about a thirty minute drive from the airport.
As the sun disappeared over the horizon and the sky became illuminated by a haze of pink, Lucas and I could barely contain our happiness about exploring a new country together. The Caribbean is a place where minutes easily melt into hours, a place where you can leave all of your worries behind as you watch life pass you by, a place where the saltwater air kisses your lips and intoxicates you.