The three islands that comprise the Caymans each have their own personality. Grand Cayman is by far the largest and most developed of the trio, the financial heart of the country, seat of the government, and home to the majority of its residential and tourist buildings and facilities. Cayman Brac marches to the beat of its own drum; it’s small population of less than 2,000 “Brackers” an amiable and relaxed lot. And Little Cayman is the place to truly get away from it all. Take a closer look at our islands and discover which Cayman you want to get to know.
Your journey in Cayman begins in Grand Cayman, and many tourists choose never to explore beyond its shores. Many of Cayman’s most exciting attractions can be found here. On the western side of the island lies the magnificent Seven Mile Beach, which might not actually be seven miles but certainly is a breathtaking stretch of sand and azure water. With powdery beach as far as the eye can see, many of our guests at the Westin Grand Cayman are happy simply to return to this beach day after day.
For a closer look at both modern-day Cayman and its historic buildings, visit quaint and colorful George Town, where you’ll find the island’s thriving financial district, many of its best restaurants and exclusive shopping. Additional retail and dining can be enjoyed at Camana Bay, a beautiful open-air complex that lies close to Seven Mile Beach.
Grand Cayman abounds in activities for the whole family. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and its resident blue iguanas, the unforgettable Cayman Turtle Farm, the unspoiled Mastic Trail and the unparalleled Stingray City in North Sound will delight nature lovers. Bodden Town, the island’s first capital, and Pedro St. James, offer a further glimpse into Cayman’s past; and Rum Point invites you to lay back and enjoy a bit of leisurely downtime in the Caribbean.
Add some of the Caribbean’s most famous dive sites and wrecks just off shore, and you’ve got something for everyone at Grand Cayman.
Roughly 90 miles from Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac is an easy 30-minute plane ride from George Town. Less than half the size of Grand Cayman, Brac gets its name from its dramatic bluff, (Brac is Gaelic for “bluff”). At the eastern end of the island, the bluff rises to 140ft before dropping to the sea. Brac is pockmarked with limestone sinkholes and caves, the most famous of which is Rebecca’s Cave, so named for the grave of a little girl who sought refuge from a hurricane in 1932. The island is home to a smattering of small hotels, hamlets and restaurants, but its visitors tend to spend most of their time outdoors. Hikes and runs along the bluff or amid verdant forests, rock climbing, and bird watching are popular activities here. Brac is home to unspoiled and near-isolated beaches, and just beyond these lie crystalline waters that offer some of the best wall dives and wreck dives in the region.
Only a mile wide and 10 miles long, Little Cayman is a short plane ride from Grand Cayman and a world away from the stress of the daily grind. The population on this island numbers less than 200. It’s the destination of choice for those who want to unwind at an unspoiled and practically deserted beach, swim the variegated blue waters of the South Hole Sound Lagoon, or row out to tiny Owen Island for a slice of solitary paradise. As with its sister islands, Little Cayman is a diver’s dream, with its famous Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park an annual draw for divers from all over the world.
Bird watching is a big deal on Little Cayman; the island is home to the largest colony of red-footed boobies in the western hemisphere, and the Booby Pond Nature Reserve is home to about 20,000 of them (along with a large colony of frigate birds). Come before sunset to catch the boobies battle the frigate birds for territorial rights to their nesting grounds.
Island hopping on Cayman is a treat that will show you some of the best attractions and natural beauty in the Caribbean. Ask your concierge about flights to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and explore what our three islands have to offer.