Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are a nature lover’s paradise. Both of these small islands are filled with charm both on land and under the water. But to truly embrace these islands, there’s nothing like slowing down to connect with your surroundings by either biking on land or paddling in the ocean — or both.
Little Cayman, the smallest of the three Cayman Islands, is a beach oasis. This flat, 10-mile-long island is a road biker’s dream, as there are no hills and almost no cars. Pirates Point Resort, Southern Cross Club, The Club at Little Cayman and Little Cayman Beach Resort offer bike rentals to their guests. If there are no bicycles at your accommodation, you can rent one from Little Cayman Beach Resort at a nonguest price of just $15 a day.
Highlights to visit on Little Cayman include Blossom Village, which is home to the iconic Hungry Iguana restaurant, Little Cayman Museum, the National Trust House and Mule Enclosures historical site. Point O’ Sand beach is another highlight that offers rewarding views of Cayman Brac.
When exploring the ocean, try paddling either by kayak or paddleboard, which will allow you to see Little Cayman’s coastline from a different angle. Paddlers can explore the mangroves or sandy coastline. More adventurous types can paddle around Owen Island, in South Hole Sound. Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent from Reef Divers at Little Cayman Beach Resort and Southern Cross Club.
Rugged yet charming, Cayman Brac offers a very different landscape. One of the 15-mile-long Island’s biggest highlights is The Bluff, which shoots vertically 140 feet above sea level. However, don’t let the elevation stop you from cycling. There is a ring road circling the coast that makes it easy for cycling this picturesque island.
When cycling along the Island’s coast, make sure to stop and explore the dozens of marked caves such as Bat Cave or Rebecca’s Cave. Entry into the caves is free, and each has a unique story and distinct look. Another highlight is West End, where you can see a blow hole and admire views of Little Cayman.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can battle the 140-foot elevation to the top of The Bluff. Once you’ve reached the top, you can explore Lighthouse Point, which has beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea from the highest point of all three Cayman Islands. Bikes are available for rent from Carib Sands Beach Resort; however, calling first is recommended, as resort guests get first priority.
Paddling in Cayman Brac’s surrounding waters offers stunning views of the dramatic bluff from a different vantage point. More experienced paddlers can journey to North East Point. Here you can enjoy views of brown boobies nesting on rocks and rock climbers making their way up and down the bluff. For equipment rentals, head to Brac Scuba Shack for paddleboards, Reef Divers at Cayman Brac Reef Resort for kayaks, or if you’re after both, Le Soleil d’Or offers both for rent.
Visit the Sister Islands
Whilst many local businesses offer rentals, Cayman Airways also offers passengers the opportunity to check-in their own bike from home for a fee. Non-motorised, single-seat bicycles are accepted as a checked bag, as long as they are wrapped properly and packed in a container weighing less than 99 pounds. Various charges apply, dependent on weight and dimensions. Visit CaymanAirways.com for more details.
Author: Stacie Sybersma
Photographer: Photos courtesy of Little Cayman Beach Resort