Experience the magic of Christmas on Grand Cayman ­ without breaking the bank

By Lindsey Turnbull on 8th September, 2014

Few people realize that traveling to one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious destinations – Grand Cayman – during the holiday season doesn’t have to break the bank. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, airports are less crowded and hotel rates drop exponentially to the lowest point of the year, making it the most affordable time to visit. It starts around the same time that Thanksgiving ends and lasts until five days or so before Christmas, but that doesn’t mean travelers have to miss out on holiday fun like photos with Caribbean Santa at Camana Bay.

Hotels tend to drop their rates by as much as 70 percent between Thanksgiving and Christmas. For example, the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman offers rates starting at $359 a night as well as a complimentary fifth night free through Dec. 15, compared to $1,159 on Dec. 19. The Westin Grand Cayman also offers a fifth night of stay free through Dec. 19, as well as a $100 resort credit. Rates begin around $265 per night, compared to $739 on Dec. 21.

Travelers who visit this time of year can experience the magic of Christmas at Camana Bay, a sprawling 600-acre family-friendly community situated between Seven Mile Beach and the North Sound on Grand Cayman, without the heavy crowds that pick up closer to Dec. 25. Each year, Camana Bay is transformed into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, starting Nov. 22 with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the Crescent. Parents can shop for unique gifts for everyone on their list while visiting Grand Cayman, both at Camana Bay’s chic boutiques as well as Georgetown’s duty-free shops. Additionally, every Tuesday from Nov. 25 through Dec. 23, special holiday films will be shown during Christmas Moonlight & Movies.