The friendly Brackers share their Island with over 200 different bird species and numerous iguanas. The dramatic scenery and rugged terrain boasts a plethora of hidden caves and winding trails that the whole family will love exploring. The atmosphere is tranquil, crime is almost non-existent and the people are friendly and welcoming. Cayman Brac is also famous for its superb diving, which should not be missed.
Getting to Cayman Brac
There are no ferries operating between Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, so access is only by air. Cayman Airways operates several daily flights from Grand Cayman to the Sister Islands. The flight to Little Cayman takes about 35-40 minutes on a Saab 340 B+ aircraft. There are also direct flights to Cayman Brac from Miami.
In Cayman Brac’s West End you will find the airport, two grocery stores, a gas station and couple of condo complexes in this area. Hence, the north shore of the West End has the highest population of residents on the Island. The famous Russian wreck dive, renamed M.V. Capt. Keith Tibbetts, lies just offshore. The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism Information Centre is located here, as well as West End Primary School (a Government Hurricane Shelter) and the Island’s only airport: Charles Kirkconnell International Airport.
On the north side, Stake Bay roughly refers to the middle section of the Island. Stake Bay is the capital of the Island and is where you will find the main Government building, the hospital, the museum, a grocery store and the Island’s only high school – the highly respected Layman E. Scott Sr. High School.
The most easterly of the Cayman Islands, the Brac, is about 12 miles in length and just over a mile in width. Early Scottish fishermen who settled here gave the Island its name.
The Island’s gentle ascent eventually leads to the limestone cliffs which are its namesake. A lighthouse crowns the 150ft tall seaside edge of the bluff, providing beautiful ocean views. The birds circling overhead may eventually lead you back inland to the ancient woodlands of the Brac Parrot Reserve. It is home to many endemic flora and fauna species of the Cayman Islands. The Bluff has seen a significant increase in housing developments and it also has the Government owned, Cayman Brac Day Care Centre.
Continue east to Watering Place, Creek and Spot Bay and you’ll find a true Cayman Brac welcome. “Mom and Pop” stores and small local restaurants showcase authentic souvenirs and traditional Caymanian fare. The Cayman Brac Heritage House is located between Creek and Spot Bay and compliments the Cayman Brac Museum, offering reenactments of our country’s past, with displays showing how islanders of the past used natural resources to create houses and tools. There are two primary schools, Creek Primary School and Spot Bay Primary School, in this area.