Moving to Grand Cayman? 9 Great Tips for Getting Settled in and making Cayman your home!
Moving comes with lots of packing and unpacking, as well as getting your family used to a new environment. What is very useful in making the moving experience more natural, is to quickly make as many connections with people as possible in your new community. Often it can feel a little weird trying to meet new people after you've just moved, but if you can get past the awkward beginnings, it can be an enjoyable and welcoming experience. Check out these nine ideas to help you quickly settle in and make your move as comfortable as possible.
1. Ask your Realtor from Engel & Volkers to introduce to a few people in the community in Grand Cayman. After all, we were either born in Cayman, went to school here or have lived here for years. You have spent a lot of time with your Realtor looking for a home to buy in Cayman, so if they are interested in you, they already know a lot about you. They can introduce to people they know.
2. School. If you have children in school, try to get involved right away with the other moms and dads, volunteer to help out at after school and weekend events. You already have something in common; you love your children and the island.
3. Meet people before you move, Cayman may be a small island, but the people are very welcoming that is why our tagline is Caymankind. By just asking your current network of friends to see if they know anyone who already lives here, or even finding people online through social media, you can have friends before you even move. Once you're there, you can reach out via email and maybe meet up for coffee. If it works out correctly, that’s fantastic. However, if you don't, they can introduce you to more people and give you some great advice.
4. Ask people over once moved into your rental or home. Inviting a bunch of strangers into your new house may seem a bit daunting, but it is a straightforward and easy way to meet some new people in your area. On top of that, your new neighbors are probably very interested in whoever has just moved in and want to see your new place. By making your house feel casual, you will be able to meet your neighbors and get a feel for the community, as well as not feeling too overwhelmed. Schedule it for only a few hours on a quiet Sunday afternoon with some simple appetizers and snacks, and you'll be sure to have a good time.
5. Go for a walk. Though moving is one of the biggest adventures you can go on, a much simpler and more relaxing experience might be right outside your door. Take some time off from unpacking to explore your new home. Cayman has many beautiful places to visit, and many could be very close to you. By merely going for a walk down the beach to get a drink or to swim, you're bound to meet some lovely people along your way.
6. Visit local shops and markets. After days of unpacking, you should give yourself some time off and do something fun – shopping. Cayman has many little stores around the island, as well as fantastic and exciting shops and restaurants at Camana Bay. Spend some time looking around to get to know the best shopping and food spots. Also, there is a farmers and artisans market at Camana Bay every Wednesday with local Caymanian fresh produce and products. By at least going and looking, you can enjoy some time outside and support your local community. You might even meet some friends there too.
7. Go for a walk - with a dog! If you own a dog, you might already know that dogs can be huge people magnets. Dog walking on the beach is welcomed and can create great opportunities to meet new people. Dog owners will often ask you about your dog, and from there a friendship may start. Luckily for you, even if you don't own a dog, you can quickly get one to go for a walk with. The Cayman Humane Society is continually looking for people to walk their dogs, and you would be a great help. The dogs there only get walked on the weekends, and sometimes not at all. Also, by helping at the Humane Society, you will meet plenty of other dog walking regulars.
8. Hobbies. On Grand Cayman, there are hundreds of groups to join. By merely indulging in one of your hobbies, you can meet so many people who have similar interests. Or, if you are daring, pick up a new hobby! One of the many things Grand Cayman is famous for is its excellent scuba diving sites. If you are interested, by learning how to dive you can meet some great friends. Plus, you always need a buddy to go for diving with.
9. Stuff some mailboxes. Another great way to let people know you just moved in is to give them a card or a letter. Just write a little about yourself and your family to make your presence known gently and kindly.
"Or make a batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookies and share it," suggests Heidi Kiss from Engel & Volkers Cayman Islands. "Pick up inexpensive containers and make little gifts to drop off as you introduce yourself," she says. Simple gestures like this can have an impact on people.
Heidi Kiss, Broker, License Partner and Advisor