Cayman Islands: Day 1

March 10, 2013

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, DominicaDominican 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.

Cayman Islands

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.

We arrived just in time for us to throw are things inside of our villa and run over to the property’s private beach for the sunset.

Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands

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.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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63 thoughts on “Cayman Islands: Day 1

  1. Driza

    Amazing! Just amazing photo’s Andi! You really have a good eye in capturing unforgettable moments that entice all of us your readers. How I wish you create a book with all your travels and photos in it. I’m pretty sure it will definitely be sold out 🙂

  2. Alex

    I’ve been waiting for this! So sorry to hear about Andy’s, as I’m pretty sure I pointed you in their direction — ha. Hope it didn’t cause you too much annoyance! At least that car is cute as heck 🙂

  3. Mary R

    This is a lovely post! I love your idea of sitting by the window when flying over beautiful islands. Cayman Islands has been on my list for a long time. I’ll be checking back to see your updates on this trip.

  4. Karla

    Wow love your aerial photos bella. I remember last time I flew back from San Salvador to Miami I kept looking down in awe at the islands 😉

    The Cayman Islands look like paradise & it must be right?

    Hope to visit some day 🙂

  5. Cata

    I’ve considered going to grand cayman many times bc there is a direct flight from TPA! Can’t wait to see the rest of your pics 🙂

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  7. Andrea

    I wanna gooooo!!!! Haven’t been to the Caribbean since sailing with family through the British Virgin islands, but that was back in like 2000 — WAY too long…

  8. Jenna

    Wow, great photos–it looks like such a beautiful island! I haven’t been to the Cayman Islands yet, but I love the Caribbean too; it’s such a great area to visit, especially for long weekend trips when you don’t have time to go farther!

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