The crossing to Cayman Brac on a Cayman Airways Express flight may only take less than an hour, but it’s a world away from the fast pace of the Island’s big sister of Grand Cayman. People head to the “middle” sister for its slower pace, incredible natural environment and to soak up all the charm this small —only 12 miles (19.3 km) long and 1.5 (2.4 km) miles wide — but special island has to offer.
On the Hook
Spending a half- or full day shore and deep-sea fishing is not uncommon for the average “Bracker,” but if time is of the essence, you can throw a line from shore and still catch some great fish. Whether you are after a red- or yellow-tailed snapper, sergeant major, barracuda, parrot fish or the bigger game fish such as wahoo, tuna or blue marlin, fishing is a wonderful way to participate in what has been a tradition of the Cayman Islands for years.
Birding on the Brac
Birdwatching is a great way to connect with nature, and there are a ton of species to spot on the Brac. Look out especially for the Cayman Brac parrot, the red-legged thrush, the West Indian whistling duck and the brown booby. The magnificent frigate is a particularly majestic bird that always captures attention. Migratory species such as egrets, ducks, plovers and sandpipers flock to the Island as well.
Brave the Bluff
Adventure lovers are drawn to Cayman Brac predominantly for the Island’s natural topography — the majestic Bluff, or cliff, that rises to almost 150 feet (45.7 m) and is the highest point of all three Cayman Islands. The Bluff puts the “Brac” in Cayman Brac, as Brac is Gaelic for “bluff or cliff.” Rock climbers who love a challenge flock to the Bluff because of its craggy limestone surface.
Heritage on Display
The Heritage House is a modern version of an old Caymanian home and holds the great privilege of providing a living example of Caymanian heritage. Set on over an acre of land in North East Bay, this cultural hub is often the host site of numerous community cultural events, artistic and historic exhibits, and a variety of cultural programmes. Tours of the grounds highlight the wealth of both native and imported trees and flora, as well as the Lazzari leather tannery troughs. Admission is free.
Cool Down in a Cave
Studded along the Brac are a range of caves, including Peter’s Cave with its magnificent views of the Island; the notorious Rebecca’s Cave, where a young girl died in the terrible hurricane of 1932; and Bats Cave, which, as the name suggests, is full of our furry nocturnal friends. Also check out the stately stalactites and stalagmites in the Great Cave.
Dine at the Captain’s Table
Cap off the day’s activities with dinner at the Captain’s Table. Enjoy a cool brew at its poolside bar, stay for the sunset and a light evening meal (its menu serves American, Mexican and island fare) and mix and mingle with the locals and other guests.
Before turning in, cosy up in a hammock or take in the fiery sunset and watch the night sky light up. Stargazing is amazing here, as light pollution is next to none.
Getting There with CAL
Visit Cayman Brac today with multiple daily flights from Grand Cayman on Cayman Airways Express. To book your visit, contact us at 1-800-422-9626 (toll-free in the U.S.) or 345-949-2311, or go to caymanairways.com.
Author: Stephanie Peacock