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Nassau Bahamas Vacation Getaway

So everyone is going on their summer vacations and I’m over here like, 3 more days of work until the weekend comes.  I love vacationing during non-peak seasons/months, it’s not as busy and I don’t have to deal with huge crowds, long wait times, or high hotel rates…what’s there not to love?  Oh yeah, the vacation FOMO you get when everyone is traveling and having fun on their summer vacations and you’re stuck at work.  If I can’t be on vacation, I can at least reminisce!  I have a bunch of vacation pictures that I haven’t posted from a few vacations so I’ve decided that I’m going to do a couple of posts on them 🙂

Here are some shots from my short trip to Nassau during my Bahamas birthday cruise several months ago.Nassau Bahamas

The blue waters and cute lighthouse reminds me of a postcard you’d get from your vacationing friend.  When I think of Nassau, this image always comes to mind.  If you’re ever in Nassau, you can find this spot by walking past Senior Frog’s towards the beach just beyond all the restaurants and buildings and before the brightly colored stands on the beach.

1_0851How often do you see bright crayon-colored buildings when you’re out and about?  Not often enough, I bet.  I love fun, festive things with lots of character!
1_0800You can’t go to a white sand beach and not write in the sand so here’s my obligatory sand drawing, sorry for the cheesiness!
Black Romper in NassauI love wearing rompers as opposed to swim cover-ups when I’m out at the beach.  Swim cover-ups often have a undergarment-y feel to them; most of the time they aren’t a stand alone piece and are sheer!  Rompers are extremely versatile, you can slip it off and hit the beach, then slip it back on and grab lunch or hit up some stores without looking like a tourist in your wet sheer swim cover-up at the souvenir shop.Clubmaster Sunnies in Nassau1_0728a1_0930

 

If you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed at work, you should definitely take a vacation.  Even if you can’t take the vacation right away, just the act of planning it and having that getaway to look forward to will put you in a slightly more positive mood.  Let’s face it, how can be made if you’re going to be going on vacation soon?

 

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How awesome does this water look? It instantly puts me in a good mood. I love the clear calm cayman water, wishing I was still there 😙

How awesome does this water look?  It instantly puts me in a good mood. I love the clear calm cayman water, wishing I was still there 😙

How awesome does this water look? It instantly puts me in a good mood. I love the clear calm cayman water, wishing I was still there 😙 #tbt #grandcayman #vacation #vacationlife but mostly #worklife #workgrind #picoftheday #cayman #7milebeach #sevenmilebeach #beach #beachpics

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Pina Coladas for days

Pina Coladas for days

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white sands & clear blue water 🌞

white sands & clear blue water 🌞

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grand cayman vacation, what to pack

7 Mile Beach

7 Mile BeachThe Cayman Islands are most popular during the winter and spring months (December-April), the rainy season just ended, and temperatures are in the low to mid 80’s and it is just pure PERFECTION!  I went in May shortly after the high/peak season ended and the likelihood of rain increased.  Luckily for me, the weather was still amazing with the exception a few early morning showers and honestly it wasn’t even a big deal because the dark clouds disappeared and the hot sun came out almost immediately and dried up all the rain.  If you decided to sleep in late on one of the rainy mornings, you probably wouldn’t have even known that it had rained.  Weather is not the only thing that you should account for when deciding what to pack for your Grand Cayman vacation.  The Cayman dollar (KYD or as the islanders called it “CI”) is worth more than the US dollar (USD), ~ 4 CI = 5 USD, so what that means is that everything on the island is 2 levels more expensive than in the US(specifically, CA)…the 1st level is due to the island prices; everything is marked up to account for shipping costs.  Based on the prices I saw, it was about 30-50% more expensive(and that was before I realized that the the USD was worth less than CI/KYD!) so tack on the monetary conversion rate and everything was just way more expensive than i had anticipated, think amusement park prices but slightly more expensive.

Must Haves!

Sunblock – The sun is especially hot in Grand Cayman because it is closer to the equator and receives the highest intensity of sunlight; in other words, the sun’s rays are most focused on this area (I got the tannest I’ve ever been in my life in about 4 days, no need for tanning oils!). We picked up the only SPF 50 sunblock they at the gas station for ~15CI$(~$18.75USD), I’ve seen similar ones in CA for ~$8/9 USD.

My absolute favorite sunblock is Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydration, this stuff is amazing!  It smells great(light pleasant tropical smell), is easily applied, not difficult to rub in, and best of all, it doesn’t leave you with that sticky sunblock feeling. It applies like a lotion and keeps your skin hydrated, I love love love this stuff!  It’s available in various level of SPF and also  has a version for your face!

  • Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydration Facial SPF 30 (buy here)
  • Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydration SPF 12 (buy here)
  • Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydration SPF 30 (buy here)
  • Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydration SPF 50 (buy here)

 

Sunburn opRelief Gel (Cooling) – It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re laying out on the beach or in the water and get sunburnt, so make sure you bring some sunburn relief gel with cooling effect.  You and all your sunburned friends/family will thank me for suggesting this when 1 of you gets sunburned like a lobster and you can feel the heat permeating from sunburns.  Most of the sunburn relief products contain “Lidocaine” which helps to numb the area and hence reduce pain.  If you’re a naturalist and don’t want any lidocaine in your gel, check out the next section on Aloe Vera.

  • Ocean Potion Burn Relief Ice Gel (buy here)

Sunglasses – Obvi!

Bathing Suit/ Swimwear – Obvi!

Bug Repellent – There were bugs and tiny mosquitoes everywhere, especially at night and in/by the water….as soon as the sun goes down, the bugs come out.  After getting BIT UP my 1st night whebug sprayn I went out to dinner, I made sure to spray myself in all the areas where my skin was exposed, rubbed it in, and washed my hands.  I went out to dinner thinking I was fully protected and those stealth little buggers bit up my hands/knuckles and the skin along my hairline!  They literally found the only areas that weren’t sprayed or covered and bit me up, WTF?!?  I have sensitive skin so I look for DEET-free options.

  • Gardencense All Organic Insect Deterrent (buy here)

 

 

Anti-Itch Cream – Definitely bring this because you WILL NEED IT!!  I forgot to pack any anti-itch cream so I went to the closest store and bought the only one they had left and that thing was like ~8 CI$(~$10 USD) for something I could’ve gotten in CA for under $7 USD!

Aloe Vera – This is the perfect option for those who are limited on space and don’t want to pack itch cream and sunburn relief products because aloe vera works for both!  Aloe Vera is also a good non-lidocaine option for my naturalists out there =)

  • ArtNaturals Aloe Vera Gel for Face, Hair & Body – Certified Organic 100% Pure & Cold Pressed (buy here)

Light/airy Long Pants – Probably one of the best way to protect your legs from the bugs at night is to cover them up.  It’s most likely still going to be very hot on the island so you’ll want something that is lightweight and airy.

Light and airy long-sleeve shirt or light jacket – Cover up to avoid bug bites on your arms, make that is lightweight and airy otherwise you’ll get too hot and uncomfortable because it is quite hot and humid.

Shawl, Sarong, Cover-Up, or Kimono – For my fashionistas out there, I got you! 😉 You basically just need to cover any exposed skin so you don’t get bit.  If you’re wearing insect repellent, you should be fine but I prefer to just cover my exposed skin with something temporary when I’m outdoors instead of covering myself with bug spray and getting it on my clothes, etc.

Snacks – If there are any snacks(pretzels, beef jerky, nuts, trail mix, cereal bars, dried fruit, etc) that you like to eat or might want to have, make sure that you bring it because snacks and groceries are expensive too!  We tried to save money on meals by going to the grocery store to buy a few snacks, water, basic sandwich making materials, etc…probably under 12 item and the total bill was something ridiculous and converted to ~$72 USD for what would’ve cost less than $40 USD in CA.

Nice to Haves!

Dry Snorkels – Have you ever gone snorkeling and got water in your snorkel?  It sucks!  Dry Snorkels will help eliminate that!  So you’re probably thinking, what is a dry snorkel?  It’s a snorkel with a mechaniscressim that lets a minimal/nowater into the snorkel even when you accidentally submerge the snorkel.  Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands in general are known world-wide for it’s seemingly infinite water visibility.  The water is so calm that it feels like you are floating in pool.  You can snorkel less than 6 feet away from the water’s edge on 7 Mile Beach and see more fish
than you can see at Hanuma Bay in Hawaii.  You can rent snorkels on the island but who wants to have to use some janky snorkels that hundreds of others have put their mouths on?!?

  • Cressi Dry Snorkel – Snorkel Only (buy here)
  • Cressi Dry Snorkel Kit – Snorkel & Mask (buy here)
  • Cressi Dry Snorkel Kit – Snorkel, Mask, Fin, & Gear Bag (buy here)

Water Shoes – Most of the beaches west of George Town are very rocky so water shoes watershoesare a definite “nice to have” especially in Bodden Town.

 

 

7milebeachGrand Cayman is an expensive island but it is well worth it, simply go to 7 Mile Beach and you will see why.  Nothing beats 7 Mile’s pristine beaches with it’s powder fine white sands, calm clear waters, and coral reef filled with exotic fishes just steps from the water’s edge.  It is simply amazing, just thinking about it makes me feel more relaxed and at ease =)

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wishin' i was still on vacation, nothing beats that calm clear cayman water!

wishin' i was still on vacation, nothing beats that calm clear cayman water!

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swimup bar, dj, some 90's shaggy, & a pina colada…relaxin' to the max

swimup bar, dj, some 90's shaggy, & a pina colada...relaxin' to the max

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lovin' this view from our room's balcony

lovin' this view from our room's balcony

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