Little Cayman

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Travel Guide Caribbean Cayman Islands Little Cayman

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Introduction

Little Cayman is one of the three main islands of the Cayman Islands, next to busy Grand Cayman and its nextdoor neighbour Cayman Brac, which is less busy.

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Geography

It is located in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 100 kilometres northeast of Grand Cayman and 8 kilometres west of Cayman Brac. Little Cayman is by far the least populous, with a permanent population of about 170. It is about 16 kilometreslong with an average width of 1.6 kilometres and most of the island is undeveloped. Almost the entire island is at sea level. The highest elevation is about 12 metres.

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Sights and Activities

Little Cayman is known for its excellent scuba diving and birdwatching, unspoiled wildlife habitat and laid-back atmosphere.

The most popular dive site areas, Bloody Bay and Jackson's Bight, are both located on the north side of the island, just west of its midpoint. The deeper sites on its south side are generally visited on winter days when the north side is too rough. Little Cayman features dive sites as shallow as 20 feet and its walls are deep enough to effectively be infinite

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Events and Festivals

Little Cayman Mardi Gras Festival

Little Cayman’s annual Mardi Gras celebration begins on the last Saturday before Ash Wednesday. Among the festival’s highlights is a lively float parade which begins at Head O’Bay and ends at Edward Bodden Airfield. Participants come from as far as Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman to dance and celebrate. Local musicians perform during the masquerade ball and dinner follows the procession. All proceeds are donated to the Little Cayman National Trust.

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Weather

Cayman Brac has a perfect climate with warm and humid weather with almost constant sea breezes. Temperatures hoover around 28 °C to 30 °C during the day and 24 °C at night. The months of June to September are slightly warmer. During these months, extending into November is the rainy season on the other hand, with a small chance of a hurricane passing by now and then. December to April is the dry and slightly cooler period which is a good but popular time to visit. May and November are good months to visit if you want to avoid crowds, high prices and very bad weather.

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Getting There

By Plane

Edward Bodden Airfield (LYB) has flights with Cayman Airways to Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac and with Island Air to Grand Cayman.

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Getting Around

You can rent a car.

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Eat

  • Hungry Iguana Restaurant, ☎ +1 345-948-0007, fax: +1 345-948-0009. At Paradise Villas.
  • Birds of Paradise Restaurant, at Little Cayman Beach Resort.

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Drink

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Sleep

  • Sam McCoy's Diving & Fishing Lodge, ☎ +1 345-948-0026, toll-free: +1-800-626-0496, fax: +1 345-948-0057. North Side. The locally-owned resort. Bar, pool, all inclusive. $150-$250.
  • Little Cayman Beach Resort, ☎ +1 345-948-1033, toll-free: +1-800-327-3835, fax: +1 345-948-1040. Blossom Village. The largest and most crowded resort on the island. $200-$350.
  • Southern Cross Club, ☎ +1 345-948-1099, toll-free: +1-800-899-2582, fax: +1 317-636-9503. South Hole Sound. Duplex cottages, nine rooms and 3 suites on outstanding beach. Package including meals. No TV. $250-$300.
  • Pirates Point Resort, Phone: +1 345-948-1010, from US and Canada dial direct +1 345-948-1010 (e-mail: piratept@candw.ky)[4] . The best food on the island, by Little Cayman's only award-winning chef. Eleven rooms in cottages, 4 of which are oceanfront with ceiling fans/floor fans and porches on the oceanside. Five of the 11 rooms are set back from the oceanfront and have AC. One of the rooms is designated for singles only. $350+.
  • Paradise Villas, ☎ +1-877-322-9626. 6 duplex style villas, 12 units, all oceanfront, restaurant, bar, and pool.
  • Conch Club Condos, South Hole Sound, ☎ +1 345 948-1026, +1 561 283-1715 (from the US). Luxury 2 and 3 bedroom ocean front condominiums. Fully-equipped kitchens, swimming pools, hot tub, kayaks and bicycles. All units are air conditioned and have ceiling fans. Internet access via free WiFi. $250+.
  • Blue Lagoon, ☎ +1 345-948-1065. Box 10010, Wonder Lane. Low-cost alternative to the big resorts. Restaurant, bar, and 12 oceanfront rooms, all with AC, starting at US$80 dbl occ

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