Little Cayman, only 10 miles long and a mile wide, is 87 miles northeast of Grand Cayman and 5 miles west of Cayman Brac. Most of the island is at sea level with the highest point of elevation being about 40 ft, Its famous Bloody Bay wall Marine Park has been called one of the world’s best dive sites. Inland, the 203-acre Booby Pond Nature Reserve is a RAMSAR site and nesting ground for the Caribbean’s largest population of Red Footed Boobies. Little Cayman supports a permanent human population of less than 170.
Nature is the main attraction in Little Cayman. You are surrounded by idyllic beaches, wetlands, bird sanctuaries, iguanas, woodland forest and, of course, magnificent Bloody Bay Wall for snorkeling and diving. Eco-tourism is growing on this small island, with nature guides available to take you off the beaten path. Let the museum and your accommodation hosts help you discover the best of this tiny paradise.
At just 8 miles long and 1 mile across, Little Cayman is easy to tour. If bicycling and walking aren’t your thing, then rent a car for an easy day tour. Those favoring self-catering condos can land at the airport, pick up their car and stock up on groceries all in one location.
Cayman Brac Government
Government services are present on Little Cayman covering the basics. The post office and fire department are located at the airport complex. Police and health services, plus customs, environment and others also have a presence. Other government services covering administration and infrastructure are performed out of the sister islands’ District Administration offices on Cayman Brac.
When you spot that vacation hide-away you’ve always dreamed of, there are professional real estate agents to help you with the purchase. Of course, Little Cayman’s realtors can help with any kind of transaction – commercial, land, investment, home, villa or other. International and local companies are represented here. And ownership is available to any nationality. So don’t be surprised if you come for a vacation and go home with a 2nd home.
It may be a small hidden treasure, but Little Cayman won’t let you go hungry. Every resort has full restaurant service in addition to grill food at the bar. And if you want a change of scenery for a meal, there’s the Hungry Iguana, or you can call ahead to make reservations at one of the other resorts. The grocery store near the airport carries a fair range of basic foodstuffs.
Scuba Diving & Water Sports
Though small and seemingly remote, Little Cayman has different options for scuba diving and water sports adventures. You can book a dive package with your resort, live aboard the Cayman Aggressor which tours the 3 Cayman islands, or arrange dive services from one of the dive shops. Fishing, snorkeling and sailing are also on the activities list here.
Until recently, there were no special services on Little Cayman outside of water sports. The island is increasingly drawing sophisticated tourists who want to add special features to their vacations. At present, spa services are available at a few of the resorts. No doubt, other services will appear in the future to meet the growth of tourism here.
If photographs and memories aren’t enough for you to take home as reminders of your time here, visit one of Little Cayman’s gift shops. Souvenir items reflect the specialties of this small island and run to the fun, whimsical and casual. And the bottle shop carries duty free liquors. No need to go home empty handed.
Resorts predominate on Little Cayman because they are able to offer full services and comfort. However, there are several villas, apartments and condo-style rentals to choose from. So search below and find what you had already pictured – as long as palm trees are in your vision, Little Cayman has the accommodations to suit you.
Minister – check. Photographer – check. White sand beach – check. If you need more for your ceremony, just ask your resort – they will be happy to help you arrange food and activities or special features for your special day.