How to Save on a Caribbean Vacation Home 

Dreaming of a luxurious Caribbean vacation getaway? How about one that you can call ‘your own’?

A place in the sun, overlooking pink-white sands and sparkling blue ocean, is an aspiration many of us have. But it’s also huge financial commitment – one that, given the high price tag attached, remains a pipedream for many.

Or does it? Having millions in the bank is no longer a prerequisite to claim a little piece of paradise. There are other options available – the kind that the vast majority of us regular folk can afford.

But where, how, why and when? Let’s take a closer look. 

 

Where? The Cayman Islands!

Nestled in the western fringes of the Caribbean – just northwest of Jamaica and south of Cuba – the Cayman Islands is long-established as a dream vacation spot. 

A safe and family-friendly destination, Grand Cayman – the largest of the three islands – is just a 90 minute flight from the US. 

With some 30,000 expats living on island; some 2 million vacationers visiting every year; and attractions such as Seven Mile Beach, Stingray City and the Cayman Turtle Centre – as well as a whole host of watersports, sunspots and pirate caves to enjoy – it’s no wonder that so many visitors come back year after year.

But – beachfront real estate aside – given the cost of a cruise or luxury resort stay, surely a visit to the Cayman Islands is more an anniversary trip or retirement vacation than an annual occurrence? 

Not when the price is just US$100 a month.

And yes – just two zeroes. 

 

How? Fractional Ownership

Fractional ownership – aka timeshares – have had a bad rep in the past. Or more specifically, timeshare salespeople have.

But you won’t find any high pressure sales tactics or buyers remorse here at Morritt’s. We let our surroundings speak for themselves. 

After all, who wouldn’t want year-round access to an oceanfront luxury resort, righin Grand Cayman’s exotic East End? Where you’ll find on-site restaurants; a spa; access to scuba diving, snorkeling and other land and watersports – as well as swim-up pool bars! 

That’s exactly what we offer our guests – access to all of this through affordable ownership. Plus, they never have to worry about maintenance, security or other costs – it’s all included. 

You don’t get that when buying a vacation home. 

 

Why? Quality Time for You & Your Loved Ones

For many people, from all walks of life, fractional ownership is a chance to experience luxury year after year: for themselves and their families. 

Family life, as demanding as it can be, is fleeting. One moment, the kids are heading out for their first day at school, and the next it seems they’re graduating college.  

18 summers. Each one counts. But the memories families make are there forever. This is what our guests tell us, year after year. It’s what keeps them coming back.  

From a practical perspective, fractional ownership guests have the opportunity to upgrade or downgrade the number of rooms they can access as their family grows.  

 

When? Right now!

No time like the present! Dollar for dollar, fractional ownership is a lot cheaper than any other vacation home option.  

But… what if you want to experience something different? A new destination or resort? Well, all Morritt’s owners can swap their weeks at locations all over the world, via our partner Interval international. 

However, we think you’ll like it here. After all, where else can you have your cake and eat it – in lush tropical surroundings? Where all you have to do after you arrive is check-in, grab your key and start enjoying your own piece of paradise. 

Ready to find out more? Visit our website and discover Morritt’s for yourself! 

January 13

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Caribbean Wildlife: Creatures of the Cayman Islands

For only having 100 square miles across all three islands, Cayman is home to an impressive variety of native wildlife. Whether you’re above or below in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, opportunities to encounter these special creatures in their natural habitats are plentiful. Check out our blog, Things to See and Do Around Morritt’s, for a list of places where you can see and interact with a few of the animals mentioned below.

 

Birds 

Did you know that over 200 different species of birds can be found in Cayman? This includes several endemic species, such as the Cayman Parrot (the Islands’ national bird is a beautiful bright green and usually seen in pairs), the Grand Cayman Woodpecker and the Cayman Bananaquit (a small bird boasting a bright yellow chest that is lovingly referred to by locals as a “banana bird”) – to name a few.  

Two of the best places for bird watching is the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the Mastic Trail (further details on both can be found in our blog mentioned above). 

 

Iguanas 

There are three types of iguana found in the Cayman Islands: the common green iguana, the rock iguana and the blue iguana. Most iguanas you will see in Cayman are the green iguanas, however they are considered an invasive species. The protected rock iguanas reside on the sister islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Blue iguanas can most easily be found at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which runs a conservation programme for the endangered reptile. 

 

Stingrays 

No trip to Cayman would be complete without visiting Stingray City! Wild Southern Stingrays are plentiful in this area of the North Sound, where you can easily stand thanks to a natural sandbar. Tour boats depart daily to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to interact with these gentle creatures – and legend has it that a kiss on one of their noses will bring you seven years of good luck! 

 

Turtles 

Much like the iguanas, Cayman is also home to three species of turtle: the green, loggerhead and hawksbill. Some of these can be seen diving or snorkelling around the Islands, and if you’re lucky enough you might happen upon a nesting female during a beach walk or a group of hatching babies making their way from the beach to the sea. Guaranteed sightings and encounters can be found at the Cayman Turtle Centrean attraction showcasing these magnificent creatures that also includes a research and conservation centre. 

December 22

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Things to See and Do Around Morritt’s

The eastern districts of Grand Cayman are the least populated on the island, however they are full of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s a selection of the attractions that are just a short drive away from Morritt’s. 

 

Cayman Parrot

Cayman Parrot Sanctuary

Located just before Tukka restaurant on Austin Connolly Drive, the Cayman Parrot Sanctuary is one of the island’s newest attractions but it is already growing in popularity. As the name implies, the facility is a place where injured Cayman parrots (the Islands’ national bird) can be rehabilitated with the ultimate goal of being released back into the wild. The sanctuary offers a fun, interactive and educational experience where families of all ages can see, hold and feed a variety of Cayman’s native animals. 

 

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park showcases the best of Cayman’s natural beauty, where guests can enjoy guided or self-guided tours through colourful gardens, botanic, lake and nature displays. You might even see an endangered blue iguana or two, which roam freely throughout the park. They are found nowhere else in the world — only in the Cayman Islands! 

 

Tukka Restaurant & Bar

Visit Tukka for a casual Australian and Caribbean fusion lunch or dinner any day of the week while taking in the calm sea views from their deckKids will also enjoy watching the Frigate Bird feedings that take place daily at 5:00pm!  

 

Cayman Flora

Mastic Trail

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, grab your hiking shoes and water bottle for a 2.3-mile hike through the Mastic Trail to see some of the last remaining untouched old-growth forests of the Caribbean as well as several species of birdsreptiles and insects that live within the reserve. Guided tours are also available. 

 

Rum Point & Kaibo

Enjoy a fun day at the beach in North Side at Rum Point Club or Kaibo. Both locations offer casual beachside restaurants and bars, loungers and watersports activitiesKaibo also has a coffee shop and a fine dining restaurant for dinners. From Rum Point you can catch a catamaran to visit world famous Stingray City, where you can swim and touch the rays.

 

Starfish Point

A short walk from Kaibo on Water Cay Road, Starfish Point is a popular destination for these special creatures to naturally congregate in the shallow waters. Just be sure to not remove any from the water when you pay them a visit!  

 

Cayman Crystal Caves

A guided walking tour through the Crystal Caves and flora and fauna of the surrounding tropical forest will not disappoint!  

 

Bioluminescence Tours

Kids and adults alike will delight at this glowing natural wonder in the Bio Bay. Night tours are available via kayak or boat where you will be able to view the natural splendour of glowing dinoflagellate plankton that twinkle like stars at the slightest movements in the water. The tour companies go out only when the moon phases are favourable and some provide gear for you to swim in the water to see the magic up close.

Of course, Morritt’s is packed with on-site activities and amenities including watersports, swim-up pool bars, diving and snorkelling – so you never have to leave the resortBe sure to check out our daily activities programme, which includes a little fun for everyone! 

December 12

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Memories at Morritt’s

Read the stories and fond memories below to find out what has kept our family of guests coming back for over 30 years.

 

(Hint: It’s not just the sandy beaches or the 5-star experience you’ll get at our amenity-rich resort!)

If you have a Morritt’s family memory you’d like to share, contact our sales team here. Or you can always reach out directly to your favourite staff ambassador.

 

Cat M. and her son make lifelong friends

“My first visit to Morritt’s in 2010 was one where I got a taste of the island, scuba diving, and made life-long friends. I KNEW it would be the first trip of many!

While visiting each year (leaving my son at home), I fell more and more in love with the island, resort, and friends I made from all around the world…enough so, that I brought my son WITH ME for his first visit in 2014.

Needless to say, when Morritt’s beaches are the first a child ever experiences in their life, you KNOW he will be hooked!!! And he was! I chose to purchase that year when I realized that the friends my son made and would make at Morritt’s and the experiences he would have over the years were memories I HAD to give him!

As my son has gotten older, he has helped in timing the vacations to ensure his lifelong friends will be on-island the same time we’re there. And my friends are both on-island and tourists, so I’m HOME with every visit.

For anyone thinking about visiting Morritt’s, imagine the most friendly people you’ve encountered in your life…they are the ones who will greet you on arrival and make your stay AMAZING! The accommodations, while gorgeous, pale in comparison to the customer service you will get at the resort!

Wishing all future guests and owners many happy “blue days”!”

 

Jenny L. takes up rooms for the whole family

“Magnificent Morritt’s is always where we want to be! The moment our eyes see the beautiful lavish Morritt’s Resort, there is wondrous knowledge of the glorious vacation that awaits!

For over 20 years, we have relished the serenity, tranquillity and immaculate resort and beach of Morritt’s.  All the buildings, pools and grounds are phenomenal and every detail is perfect.

We first purchased a one-bedroom unit when on an exchange and did not want to leave paradise. Now we own many two-bedroom units so our children and grandchildren will be able to cherish Morritt’s!

There are endless amenities for the energetic active person or if you prefer there is incredible quiet calming contentment on the beach also. We have met ultimately kind, gracious men and women at Morritt’s and they have become very special friends who we meet at Morritt’s every year.

Morritt’s radiates pure bliss, happiness and joy! Morritt’s Resort is the ONLY place in the whole wide world my husband will vacation – Morritt’s is absolutely the BEST!”

 

Loren G. and his wife relive their honeymoon year after year

“Our first experience with Morritt’s vacation club was on our honeymoon five years ago. My wife and I were gifted a week from her father and stepmother.

Grand Cayman is a place I had dreamed of going for many years, and we were also lucky enough to find the friendliest resort I have ever been to. Not only are the accommodations warm and inviting, the entire staff is dedicated to making your stay as amazing as possible.

We purchased a unit the same visit as our honeymoon, and we just recently purchased a unit in Mont-Tremblant. We cannot express how thankful we are to be a part of such an amazing organization.”

 

Angela G. dove over 100 times and is still logging

“My first trip to Grand Cayman and Morritt’s was in 2008 on an RCI exchange. Grand Cayman was recommended by another scuba diver who was an owner at Morritt’s. I decided to give it a shot. That first year it was in November.

As a diver, I quickly determined it was a place worth returning, which then turned in to returning again and again. Almost immediately I also fell in love with the resort and the East End.

It is 2020 and this will be my first year that I won’t get the chance to go. I have already booked 2021 and cannot wait to get back. I have been to Cayman in March, May, June, July, August, November, and December. Over the years, I have made friends with other guests (who we now sometimes return together) as well as friends on the island. I have unlimited Cayman memories created over the last decade; they make me smile, laugh, and remember the joy from each trip. I am always ready to plan the next trip.

Almost every trip I have spent time diving; logging more than 100 dives in Cayman over the years. The walls on the East End are amazing and the shallow dives have just as much character. As an underwater photographer I continue to enjoy capturing shots each trip. I fell in love with macro shots many years ago, so the shallow dives are probably my favorite for taking photos. The wall dives continue to impress. The local dive shops continue to take care of the ocean and their actions over many years tackling the lionfish population is part of why the diving continues to be top notch. I have logged more dives in Cayman than any other single location and am ready for my next dive trip.”

October 15

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Three ‘Must-Have’ Caymanian Dishes

Delicious foods to try on your next visit!

There are certain flavours that come with Caymanian cuisine and Morritt’s adds its own special flare at our on-site restaurants.

Here are a few dishes we offer on our menus, as well as a recipe to try at home so you can feel that Caymankind spirit when you’re away from our shores. And if you are just browsing our site and have never experienced these foods, well you are in for a treat!

Breadfruit
Similar in texture and flavour to a potato, breadfruit is a popular side dish in Caymanian cuisine. It can be prepared much in the same way as a potato, with roasting in the oven being one of the most popular. Here at Morritt’s we turn it into fries and serve it with a light sprinkling of salt.

Cayman-style Beef
Beef has a special place in Caymanian culinary history. Several decades ago, before Cayman became the thriving tourism and financial centre it is today, beef was hard to come by and therefore expensive. This meant that it was typically only enjoyed as a special treat at Christmas time (also known as ‘Christmas beef’).

Cayman-style beef is stewed low and slow to yield tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth shredded beef that is flavoured with onion, garlic and peppers (scotch bonnet, or seasoning peppers if you can’t take the heat!). Served up with a side of rice and beans, roasted breadfruit and fried plantain and you have yourself a perfect hearty meal!

Cassava Cake
Cassava is a starchy root that can be enjoyed in savoury applications, such as roasting, or in sweet dishes such as cassava cake. Like Cayman-style beef, many Caymanian families have their own recipe and secret tweaks for cassava cake – so much so, that it’s not unusual to see cassava cake competitions at local food festivals! Cassava cake is dense, sticky and deliciously sweet. Grating the cassava for this dish is labour intensive, but man is it worth it!

 

Cassava Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Cassava, grated
  • 2 lbs Dark brown sugar
  • 2 cans Coconut milk (plus additional 3-4 cups of water)
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Nutmeg, grated
  • 1 teaspoon All Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Bring coconut milk to a boil. Add sugar, stirring until completely dissolved and continue to boil for about 45 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the coconut milk/sugar mixture for later.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir until well blended. Add hot coconut milk mixture and stir well. Mixture should be of a thick liquid texture.
  3. Use 2 tablespoons of coconut milk mixture to grease 9” baking pan. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake at 350ºF (basting occasionally with reserved coconut milk mixture) for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Spread any remaining coconut milk mixture over top of cake. Place cake on top of stove to cool completely.

Recipe courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism – check out their website for this and other traditional Caymanian recipes!

October 1

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