Little Cayman, population 125, is approximately 60 miles northeast of Grand Cayman and is one of our favorite spots for a family getaway. This beautiful little island has plenty to offer. Visitors can rent bikes, kayaks, snorkel, scuba dive, spend time exploring local wildlife and flora, fish or just relax in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Jacques Cousteau declared Little Cayman’s waters to be among the top three diving sites in the world. Bloody Bay Wall, descending over 3000 feet, is a stunning sight for snorkelers and scuba divers.
We typically come for the weekend and stay in one of many available vacation rentals. Visitors can choose from full service resorts to self-catering condominiums.
The island is easily accessible via a short Cayman Airways flight from Grand Cayman. The flight in and of itself is quite an adventure. Children (big and small) will enjoy a seat right behind the cockpit and the incredible views of the Cayman islands, the reefs and the Caribbean Sea.
According to legend, Pirate treasure may still be buried on the island, hidden in the dense interior of what is now the largest bird sanctuary in the Caribbean. Little Cayman also has the largest population of rock iguanas in the entire Caribbean and is home to one of the oldest species of reptiles in the New World — the tree-climbing Anulis maynardi (yes, that is the only name by which this lizard is known!). This rare lizard is difficult to spot because they are well camouflaged. The females are green and the males are brown, so they easily blend into local vegetation.
What to bring
If your family is staying in a self-catering vacation rental, and you are travelling from Grand Cayman or Cayman Brac, then we recommend a trip to the supermarket. While it is possible to buy food and drinks on the island, selection is limited and costs are substantially higher than on the larger islands. Cayman Airways is extremely accommodating with luggage and supplies when travelling to Little Cayman, but it is best to check ahead with the airline before planning a large shopping trip. Some baggage restrictions will apply. Otherwise, don’t forget the sunscreen!