Just 80 miles northeast of Grand Cayman, but worlds apart in terms of atmosphere, Little Cayman is tailor-made for visitors looking for secluded scuba diving, fly- or spin-fishing, and nature. Appropriate to its name, Little Cayman is only 11 miles long and two miles at its widest point. Boasting none of the glitz of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman does greet guests with all the basic comforts, including several small lodges and condominiums with air conditioning, satellite TV, and telephone service.
With just over 100 permanent residents, the island’s largest population is of birds and iguanas. Over 2, 000 Little Cayman rock iguanas inhabit the island, so many that “Iguana Crossing” and “Iguana Right of Way” signs are posted throughout the island to protect these lizards, which can grow up to five feet in length.
Little Cayman’s chief draw is its eco-tourism: diving, fishing, and bird-watching. The late Philipe Cousteau called the island’s Bloody Bay Wall one of the best dives of his life; today it’s still a favorite with divers.
Anglers come to this tiny isle for its excellent bonefishing. Bonefish and permit, both caught in the flats, and tarpon, reeled in from brackish Tarpon Lake, draw fishermen. The Southern Cross Club fishing lodge first attracted anglers to these waters; today McCoy’s Diving and Fishing Lodge also caters to fishermen. Guests at other island resorts can arrange fishing guides from these lodges.
Birders enjoy the Booby Pond Nature Reserve. Operated by the National Trust, this brackish mangrove pond covering 1.2 acres is the home of the Caribbean’s largest breeding colony of red-footed boobies and a breeding colony of magnificent frigate birds.
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