In most places in the world, summer means fun in the sun, beach days and lots of time outside. While that is true for Grand Cayman most of the year, summer takes on a different meaning. Summer in Cayman means extreme heat, hot and humid air, sporadic rain storms and of course, mosquitoes.
The mosquito proliferation can get particularly bad during summer months. The hot air and sun showers create the perfect atmosphere for mosquito breeding grounds and if you’re outside past sunset, you’d better have a can of OFF! nearby.
If you’re new to Cayman or have yet to experience this, you might be thinking: “No way can it be that bad.” Oh, it’s that bad and it’s definitely getting worse. My mom lives in a canal-front home with a stunning view, but as soon as the sun goes down, mosquitoes swarm. They can smell sweet blood from seemingly miles away and if you’re outside, believe me, they will find you.
You might be thinking, “Summer is hot everywhere! That’s totally normal.”
Not in Cayman.
Here, summer heat is defined by parking your car 20 feet from any store, restaurant or office, and being absolutely covered in sweat by the time you reach where you’re going. Summer heat means at least two showers per day, loads of sunscreen on any patch of visible skin, always carrying a water bottle to remain hydrated and taking a gamble at sitting outside and praying you won’t be eaten alive.
Summer rains are common here and only add to the humidity you experience outside. Girls, don’t bother spending hours on your hair and make-up if you want to have a night out hitting some of those outside/beach bars. You’ll only end the night with frizzy hair and looking as though you just cried with half your make-up smudged off.
Of course, there is always a chance you’ll actually get caught in one of these summer rain showers. They’re usually short, but unpredictable, and instead of cooling things off, they just make it more sticky, wet and hot. That’s how you’ll feel if you get caught in one of these tropical rainfalls.
The key is to stay prepared during the summer by keeping these items handy at all times:
OFF! or your favourite brand of insect repellent
A towel to dry off from either rain or sweat
A change of clothes, also for the above
Spare make-up for girls
Hair clips for girls — trust me on this.
Comfortable shoes that you won’t mind getting wet from puddles
Sunscreen and reusable water bottle