THE CAYMAN ISLANDS – Visit the Serene Sister Islands for Equal Parts Chill & Thrill

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Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the Western Caribbean, the Cayman Islands is comprised of three island gems. While most visitors know the destination for cosmopolitan Grand Cayman, its more tranquil siblings, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman should not be overlooked. Romantic strolls on secluded beaches, world-renowned scuba diving, farm-to-table dining and the opportunity to be at one with nature, all conspire to nourish your body and spirit.

 

CayDOT Aerial Photography-110 Visit the Sister Islands for serene beaches, spectacular diving and incredible wildlife.
Credit: James Tibbetts

NATURE AND NURTURE

Hop aboard a quick flight to the Sister Islands via Cayman Airways, and feel yourself downshifting within moments of arrival. Cayman Brac has a quiet yet adventurous spirit, appealing to nature lovers and explorers alike. Brac is Gaelic for bluff, and aptly identifies the remarkable coral limestone cliff that soars to a massive 140 ft at the eastern point of the island. Climb to the top to be rewarded with a breath taking panoramic view. Visitors can also explore the numerous caves on the island that were reputed to have been used by Blackbeard the pirate to hid his ill-gotten gains plundered from Spanish ships.

 

Brac Bluff - Credit Will Burrard-Lucas Take in spectacular sunset views atop the Bluff.
Credit: Will Burrard-Lucas

Throughout the island, nature trails and wetlands abound. Some 200-bird species can be found here including Frigate birds, brown boobies, owls, peregrine falcons, the indigenous Vetelline Warbler and Red-Legged Thrush and the rare Cayman Brac parrot. The early seafaring history of the island is documented at the charming Cayman Brac Museum and the Heritage House has cultural and historical artifacts on display in an architectural replica of an old Caymanian house.

Parrot - Credit Will Burrard-Lucas Can you spot the rare Cayman Brac parrot?
Credit: Will Burrard-Lucas

Need to refresh and re-balance? Head straight for Le Soleil d’Or, a boutique luxury wellness resort on Cayman Brac that features a sprawling 20-acre organic farm full of fresh ingredients that are integrated holistically into everything from savoury dishes to spa treatments. Take a cooking class, head to the private beach for ocean side yoga, or cycle to the farm to choose delicious items for collaborating with the chef on your next meal. Other accommodations on island include charming villas and guesthouses like Walton’s Mango Manor, to resorts that cater to scuba divers, including the Cayman Brac Beach Resort with its picturesque ocean view pool and resort grounds.

 

Cuisine - Al Fresco Table Dine al fresco on organic produce and fresh seafood at Le Soleil d’Or in Cayman Brac.

Divers will delight in spending their days discovering some of the world’s best scuba sites. Cayman Brac beckons with fascinating shipwrecks like the 330-foot MV Captain Keith Tibbetts – the only Russian warship for divers in the Western Hemisphere – and sunken sculptures including a replica of The Lost City of Atlantis. Local artist, Foots, has sculpted some 50 pieces and statues that can be found on the Radar Reef. An incredibly diverse marine life and crystal clear waters make the Brac a must-do for scuba divers.

 

Beach at Brac Reef Beach Resort Head out with the divers or sit under the swaying palms in Cayman Brac.

 

A WORLD AWAY

Just eight minutes apart by air is tranquil Little Cayman, where tensions are sure to slip away. Spend a lazy day drifting off in a hammock by the shore or hike along the Salt Rock Nature Trail to discover orchids, mahogany trees, blue land crabs and butterflies. Visit the Booby Pond, a Ramsar site, which protects the largest colony of Red-Footed Booby, a magnificent Frigate bird colony and a large heronry.

Iguana - Credit Will Burrard-Lucas Little Cayman has more than 2,000 iguana residents.
Credit: Will Burrard-Lucas

Little Cayman’s sleepy pace – the island has less than 200 inhabitants and is populated by more than 2,000 iguanas – is sure to soothe, but if you need to achieve full chill status, kayak to Owen Island for the day. With a sandbar that stretches as far as the eye can see, spend the day swimming, snorkeling and enjoying a picnic on the shoreline.

 

CayDOT LC Beach Romatic Activities-95 Kayak to secluded Owen Island for a day of sun, sand and seclusion.

BEAUTY BENEATH

For water lovers and scuba enthusiasts, it doesn’t get much better than Little Cayman. Regarded as one of the world’s best places to dive due to its incredible Bloody Bay Marine Park, the reef plummets to 6,000 ft, offering dazzling views of deep-water corals, turtles, sharks and rays. Offshore snorkelling is also plentiful, with incredible sites just a few feet from the shoreline. Little Cayman is also a popular spot for light tackle and fly fishing, where anglers will find action with bonefish, small tarpon and permit.

img_3848 Take your vacation to new depths at Bloody Bay Wall.

For those who truly yearn for getting away from it all, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman don’t disappoint. If you’re ready to ditch the smartphone and fill your days with diving, hiking, bird watching, hammock swaying and so much more, make the serene Sister Islands your next getaway vacation.

To Learn More, Visit www.caymanislands.ky or http://www.flightnetwork.com/pages/visit-cayman-islands

 

Content Provided by:   CAYMAN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

Author:  CAYMAN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

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