On her last day in office, Cayman’s former governor Helen Kilpatrick told a story about her first day in office. She had arrived at Government House, her new home on Seven Mile Beach, and asked one of her aides whether the residence had a swimming pool. The quick-thinking aide pointed to the glistening Caribbean Sea and replied, “Governor, this is your pool!”

Not a bad benefit, but our beautiful beaches and our crystalline seas are the most democratic of amenities. There is no entry fee, they’re available to everyone, regardless of status or stature, and they are without a doubt the most-valuable (and most-valued) resources these islands have to offer.

We could populate this essay with any of the thousands of beautiful photographs of beaches we have in our archives but, alas, we can offer only a few in these upcoming pages.

We hope our selections are to your liking . . .