Living on an island and marketing it for a living…..

I grew up swimming in the ocean and going fishing with my father on Saturday mornings. Eating fresh fish, conch, lobster and an island delicacy ” green sea turtle”. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that jumping off the dock into the sea and helping my mom cook fish run down …..would help me position the Cayman Islands as a premier Caribbean vacation destination as a career. I worked in hotels for many years particularly in event planning and wedding coordination. But my current job with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has afforded me the opportunity to sell the wonderful attributes my islands to the world. I’m a marketing manager and my largest responsibility is management of a multi-million dollar media plan. I love what I do it never feels like work. Here’s one of my favourite photos.

Point of Sand, Little Cayman

Three islands make up the Cayman Islands; Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. All three have their own personality with Grand Cayman being the most inhabited described as “Cosmopolitan”

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Cayman Brac “Adventurous” home to the captivating Bluff that rises 160 feet above sea level and Little Cayman the most quaint and laid back of all “Tranquil” with 100 permanent residents year round.

The Cayman Islands is also known as one of the best places to dive in the world. The warmest water and best underwater visbility . Here’s a video of the recent sinking of the Ex USS Kittiwake Ship in January 2011 our newest diving attraction. Click here to view on You Tube:

What’s amazing to me is that there are so many different nationalities represented in the Cayman Islands over 120 in fact. There are large groups represented from the United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Jamaica and the Philippines. In saying that you can’t have a bad meal in Cayman; there are so many restaurants and local eateries to choose from. Check out the Good Taste Guide online for a comprehensive listing.

My favourite activity on the weekend to hang out on the beach and sip on a mudslide. It’s a frozen cocktail that has Kahlua, Vodka and Bailey’s, so amazingly good!!!

yummy yummy and it goes down so well!

I thank my luck stars that I get to live in such a beautiful country where there’s just so much to do and see. We have a turtle farm, I mentioned earlier that we eat turtle. turtle meat is regulated by the Cayman Islands Turtle Farm. This delicacy dates back to when Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands in 1503 and the land had an abundance of alligators and turtles and these were hunted for food to sustain families. We have a strong sea faring heritage whereby our men went to sea traveling the world. Our women and children lived off the land and sea with turtle, fish, conch and lobster. This is an very much a part of our culture and who we are as  a people.

So this is a very brief synopsis of the Cayman Islands there’s so much to learn but I love the idea of being able to share with you what I love so much about my country.


~ by rosaviola on August 26, 2011.

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