Little Cayman was the site of the Cayman Islands’ first settlement, when turtle fishermen set up fishing camps in the 1600s. Raided by a Spanish privateer and abandoned in 1671, Little Cayman was not settled permanently until 1833, when a few families established Blossom Village.
By the early 1900s, several hundred people lived on the Island, exporting phosphate ore, coconuts and marine rope. The smallest and least developed of the three Cayman Islands, Little Cayman, is located 80 miles northeast of Grand Cayman. A nature lover’s dream, the Island consists of 10 square miles of unspoiled surroundings, including more than a dozen secluded beaches, numerous lagoons, mangrove forests, salt ponds and tropical forests strewn with orchids.
Today, the Island is most commonly known in the diving community as the “Mecca of the Caribbean”. Bloody Bay Marine Park draws the majority of visitors to the Island and most of the resorts have their own dive centres catering to all your underwater needs. Increasingly, visitors also come to enjoy the privacy, quiet and timeless beauty of the Island’s unspoiled natural splendour.
Little Cayman also boasts a number of natural and cultural attractions. Venture to remote Point of Sand for a private swim or row out to tiny, deserted Owen Island to enjoy nature in its most pristine form. If you fancy a little more action, it is definitely worth renting a scooter to explore the island to find things like the quaint island-style drink stand in the East End that offers complimentary refreshments, a hammock and a picnic table (as well as unique photo opportunities).
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Getting Around Little Cayman
For car hire, contact McLaughlin Car Rentals at (345) 948 1000.
For scooter rental, call Scooten! Scooters! at (345) 916 4971, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.scootenscooters.com. Rent their Yamaha 50cc scooters for US$35 for three hours or US$50 for eight hours, with special weekly and monthly rates available. You need to be 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s licence to rent a vehicle or scooter.
Accommodation on Little Cayman
There are four hotels and resorts on Little Cayman along with villas, condos, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts available.
Here are our recommendations for accommodation on Little Cayman, but for more ideas and options see www.itsyourstoexplore.com.
Sights & Activities
From bird watching, bicycling, beach picnics and sun bathing to exploring, diving, fishing and observing the enormous Sister Island rock iguanas, there are a lot of things to do on such a small island. To unwind, contact The Little Cayman Spa at Little Cayman Beach Resort on (345) 948 1033 for spa treatments and a wide range of spa offerings.