No, I did not get a sunburn by spending too much time at Seven Mile beach.

One of the things that you can observe in the Cayman islands (and probably anywhere in the tropics) is the abuse cars take in these parts of the world. Here in Cayman we get 300+ days of sunshine, so they essentially get roasted in the parking lots.  (plus they get battered by massive rain and hurricanes in the summer, but that is another story …)

If you are going to buy a car here, I would highly suggest that you get a white car like me.   White will keep the car cooler and the paint will stay nice for a much longer time.  Black cars, when you touch the hood are usually scorching hot when in the blazing sun.   Inside, the dash is literally burning up.  Most people put a “sun screen” in the windshield.  I do also.  It makes a huge difference in the car.  It keeps the inside cooler by reflecting out the sun.  Without it and even with air conditioning it takes many minutes to cool down the inside.  I have seen many times people who do not use these shades with massive cracks in their dash boards.  Obviously not a good thing for resale value!

Here is a sample of cars on which the sun did some heavy damage.  Obviously, the hood and roof are the most sun damaged.





White 2002 CRV … still looking great 🙂  The perfect Caribbean color and a coat of wax +- every 2 months has done the trick so far.

Lastly, found this little guy in the house.

Its probably the smallest little gecko I have ever seen.  To demonstrate the smallness, I put him on my Blackberry.  S/he must have been terrified since it did not move the whole time I was taking the pictures.  I then put it outside so it can live happily ever after.  🙂