Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac’s rugged 14 square miles retains the charm and friendliness of a traditional seafaring community – yet it offers the country’s most dramatic scenery.

The Country’s Most Dramatic Scenery
“Brac” is the Gaelic word for bluff, the Brac’s dominant natural attraction. It is a limestone ridge which rises gradually from the west along the center of the island to 140 ft. at the eastern tip, plunging as a sheer dramatic cliff into the indigo Caribbean Sea below. It sculpts the landscape into unexpected vistas carved with caves and covered with a startling variety of flora and fauna.

Experience the breathtaking view on the bluff from the lighthouse. Explore the enticing caves and sinkholes, high above water. Wander through the woodlands filled with exotic flowers and plants. Bird watching on the bluff is stunning. Frigate birds, brown boobies, peregrine falcons and the rare Cayman Brac parrot can be spotted in their natural environment.

A Traditional Seafaring Community
Just as fascinating are the Brackers themselves; a warm and independent population of fewer than 1800. They take pride in their homeland and enjoy sharing it with visitors. Small towns have names like West End, Watering Place, Cotton Tree Bay, Creek and Spot Bay. Tropical flowers bloom year-round in carefully-tended yards surrounding charming ‘Caymanian’ style homes. The Brac’s special peacefulness refreshes – but its startling contrasts will awaken your adventurous spirit!

In Cayman Brac, diving is what attracts most people to this small island. The newest attraction for divers is the wreck of the 330 ft. M/V Captain Keith Tibbetts, a Russian built Cuban naval frigate which was sunk off the island’s northwest coast in September 1996. It is already the home for a variety of marine life. There are two other small wrecks off the Brac’s coast.

Activities and Attractions

Ashore, attractions include the Cayman Brac Museum at Stake Bay, a variety of dramatic caves; such as Rebecca’s Cave, Peter’s Cave and Halfway Ground Cave, nature trails exploring the bluff and ironshore beneath it at the eastern tip, small, charming homes restored in traditional seafaring architectural styles. The delightful people of this unusual community are its main attractions.

Fisherman will revel in shallow waters filled with bonefish and deeper offshore waters teeming with gamefish. For those simply wanting to relax, indulge yourself in the solitude of quiet beaches.

The National Trust chapter has activities scheduled throughout the year. A one – mile long nature trail on the bluff adjacent the 281 acre Parrot Reserve was opened in July 1996. Birdwatching has long been considered an excellent, and underpromoted attraction of this tiny island. The Sister Islands have over 200 bird species.

Nature Tours

Cayman Brac has serene beaches that are not inhibited by many visitors and is a great place to crawl into a hammock and spend the aftertoon. Brac Reef Resort and Carib Sands have beautiful beach front just a few steps form your room.


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