Hammocks capture the essence of life in the Cayman Islands and have been synonymous with the region since the times of its earliest inhabitants.
Christopher Columbus introduced hammocks to Europe, taking them back from his voyages to the West Indies, but the word itself derives from a tree of which the fibres were used for weaving.
Nowadays, hammocks are loved for the lifestyle they encapsulate; swinging gently back and forth in the cool Caribbean breeze, book in hand, under a shady tree or lying beneath the velvety sky, watching the stars glittering above.
If you have a garden, hang a hammock between two trees, and if you live in an apartment, string it up on hooks on the balcony.
There are a variety of hammocks to suit all tastes and budgets, with many boasting bold colours, beautiful patterns and flowing fringes to make them a design statement in their own right.
Types of hammock
- Rope: these are lightweight and easy to store but can be uncomfortable to lie on, especially in swimwear, leaving “diamond” impressions on your skin. They often have a wooden bar at either end, so take a pillow into the hammock with you for comfort.
- Cloth: usually made from cotton, these are much more comfortable and come in a variety of patterns, many with elaborate fringes.
- Netted nylon: lightweight and strong, these are a usually less expensive than cotton and roll up into a small ball for storage. These are also good if you want to take your hammock with you to the beach, as they are easy to carry.
- Double hammock: for a touch of romance, get a hammock-for-two to double the fun.