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Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

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Cayman Brac

While travelers may head to Grand Cayman for its bustling Seven Mile Beach or to Little Cayman for its quiet allure, Cayman Brac has its own unique assets and charms. This middle child of the Cayman Islands trio is increasingly known for its eco-tourism attractions that include world-class diving along undersea walls, hiking in the most rugged terrain found in the Cayman Islands, strolling the new system of Heritage Sites and Trails, exploring numerous caves, birding, sunning, and much more.

Its people are another of this island’s true treasures. “Brackers are all nice and enjoy talking,” explains Terri Scott, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism representative on the island. “People come back often to the island because they feel welcomed and feel like they know people here.” We found that Cayman Brac was indeed a friendly destination. After a few hours on the island, we noticed how many residents stopped working in their gardens or stopped their conversation along the side of the road to wave to oncoming cars (still somewhat of a novelty on this tiny isle).

Cayman Brac has its own special qualities, assets that include world-class diving along undersea walls, hiking in the most rugged terrain found in the Cayman Islands, caves that tempt exploration, birding, and much more. The island is named for the “brac,” Gaelic for bluff, which “soars” 140 feet up from the sea on the island’s east end. It’s the most distinct feature of this 12-mile-long, one-mile-wide island situated 89 miles east-northeast of Grand Cayman and just five miles from Little Cayman.With a population of only 1,300 residents, Cayman Brac is closer in pace to Little Cayman than its big brother, Grand Cayman.

Last updated February 2, 2012
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