welcome to Little Cayman

Take a Quick Tour Around the Entire Island

With a permanent population of around 200 people, the island’s primary residents are birds and iguanas. Most of the island’s residents live on its southernmost tip near a community called Blossom Village. Here you’ll find island services, including the airport, car rental, grocery / hardware store, gas station, real estate office, Museum, Gift Shops, and restaurants. The island’s main road carves through town, but there’s certainly no need to worry about traffic.

A sand street winds through Blossom Village (the historic settlement), curving past the community Park and traditional Cayman cottages. A small cemetery, many of its graves marked with conch shells and white crosses bleached by the Caribbean sun, marks the final resting place of former Little Cayman residents, some from a time and lifestyle very different from today.

On the other side of the main road the National Trust has a wonderful facility for viewing and identifying the birds and wildlife as well as offering local crafts and homemade ice cream. In this brackish wetland pond, called the Booby Pond Nature Reserve, Mangrove trees are dotted with white birds, the juvenile red-footed boobies, and overhead the distinct shape of the magnificent frigate bird (locally called Man-o-War) can been seen soaring on the tradewinds. Not to be missed - Adult Boobies returning from fishing trips far out to sea can be viewed every evening in an exciting display as they dart past the waiting Frigates looking for a free meal.

Beyond Blossom Village, the main road known formally as Guy Banks Road, follows the southern coast of the island past Little Cayman Beach Resort, with a bar and restaurant, and a few private houses. Stop for a drink at the Southern Cross Club and check out the activity. They also serve great dinners every night and dock parties on Friday nights. Continue right to our own Mangrove Cove. Here convenient access through a mangrove channel to the beautiful waters of the protected sound can be enjoyed on any of the multitude of watercraft that are at your disposal. Take Kayaks, Sailboat, or a runabout to Owen Island. This uninhabited island spans just 11 acres and is a great day trip for picnickers. The calm waters around the Island are known as South Hole Sound. Keep your eyes open for abundant conch which can be collected in the turquoise waters to the west of the island: Delicious when marinated or in chowder. Please obey the Marine Park Regulations including Protected Areas as well as the different seasons based on species.

The flats on Little Cayman are said to offer some of the best bonefishing in the world. Bonefish and Permit are often seen feeding on flats around the island on an afternoon rising tide. Flats fishing in front of the Beach House is exceptional. Most calm evenings offer a show of bonefish, boxfish, stingrays, and jacks, tailing in the turtle grass a few feet from the beach.

On the road and just around the corner is the Cross Island Road (signposted as Olivine Kirk Drive) that leads past the power station to the North Coast road and Bloody Bay Beach - the best shore diving and snorkeling in the Carribean.

Back to the South Side again – and continuing East along Guy Banks Road and on to a wide variety of undisturbed native seagrape and mixed forest filled with interesting and unique plants and animals, past Kingston Bight Lodge now called The Blue Lagoon (local bar and restaurant with great fresh seafood dinners) and on to a 15 acre inland brackish lake (Tarpon Lake). This offers a challenge to serious anglers to fish for the hard fighting tarpon ranging from 1 to 15+pounds. Local guides are available with assistance and guided trips. As an exciting night outing - take your unsuspecting guest on a sublime moon or star lit paddle.

Travel on for a mile and you are at the Little Cayman Beach House. Look for the sign Casa Cassiopeia on the main road. Here a sand driveway leads past mature seagrape trees and thatch palms to your island escape.

Driving east from the house you make your way past ponds with diverse seasonal wildlife as well as numerous welcoming beaches until you arrive at Point of Sand. Swimmers, snorkellers and picnickers will all agree that this is an excellent spot. This beach is definitely the island’s prettiest. You very well might spend the entire day on this stretch of beach and never see another person. Occasionally on weekends visitors from Cayman Brac come over to enjoy the beach. A covered picnic table invites you to enjoy a quiet lunch with the sound of the sea as background. Check for current before venturing too far out and stay south of the boat channel by the reef. Excellent Snorkeling! World Class – plenty of big fish and beautiful coral in shallow clear water.

To the north an iron shore bluff is visible. This is the East Point of the island. From here you can easily see nearby Cayman Brac seven miles across the channel. Scrubby undergrowth becomes thick as you continue along the road north. This bluff land is the island’s driest part and is marked by sharp inland ironshore and tall cacti and century plants (agave). For information on this ecosystem look for the sinkhole interpretation sign. Large Iguanas sun themselves on the road in the mid afternoon. This stretch of Little Cayman is nearly deserted. The road then turns back west, passing an old rusted barge, and traces the northern coast of Little Cayman.

Check out the snorkeling at Mary’s Channel for big fish action including inquisitive sharks, or stop at any deserted beach and explore. Snorkel along the inside of reef in the calm waters. Conchs and snappers abound. In Lobster season this area pays off big time for those willing to go for it. Please follow local regulations outlined in the Marine Parks section.

Fishing Flats galore. Iron Shore Bluffs filled with interesting native vegetation and wildlife. Empty beaches. Great Snorkeling. Explore and enjoy the seclusion.

CCMI – the Central Caribbean Marine Institute tropical field station is the big yellow building close to the water that you will certainly see. They are a wealth of information regarding coral life and ecosystem health. The research centre is equipped for scientific research and education programs and is open to the public when possible. Stop and chat to whoever is there and find out what is going on.

Passing Jackson Point you enter the calm waters of Bloody Bay. On the paved road again and at the north end of the Cross Island Road you are at Bloody Bay Beach. Stop and enjoy the best snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean! Hang out in the shade or use the kayaks. Easy beach entry almost every day. Take advantage of this often. It is worth it.

Carrying on west along the North Coast Road will take you past lots of beaches and great diving that should not be missed. Check out our shore diving map for details.

Past the Spot Bay Road, which leads South back to Blossom Village and the airport, is McCoy’s Lodge. Great for BBQ on Saturday night (reservation only if you are a big group) or Superb Turtle stew on Sundays for lunch (reserve early as it always sells out). Good bar for local atmosphere and dinner any night on request.

Next is Salt Rock Dock the government commercial area. This is where the barge from Grand Cayman unloads the island’s cargo every Thursday afternoon or evening. Drive by to see the action. It turns out to be quite a social gathering on occasions. No Diving allowed but great for jumping into the deep water below. Back you vehicle up to edge for that extra bit of height. Make sure it is calm as it can get rough and make exit from the water dangerous. Take a cooler with drinks as this is a nice place to enjoy the peaceful sunset.

Further west along the road is the West end Lighthouse that is great for more active sunsets as this area sometimes has big rollers coming in. This is a great place for shell collecting on the beach.

Around the corner is Preston Bay. This wonderful beach can be the calmest water on the island on days with strong east winds. Very nice protected shallow snorkeling on the inside of the reef. On calm days strong swimmers can swim through low spots in the reef and out to the deeper and more exciting terrain. Again please judge conditions and stay within your limits.

Mahogany Estates on the inland side is where lots of Iguanas hang out. Please remember they are wild animals so watch your fingers if you feed them. They love fruit and are most visible on hot sunny afternoons. Slamming the car door is the dinner bell.

Pirates Point Resort is just down the road. For a treat – make dinner reservations with Gladys who will keep you well fed and entertained. You can also find her at the National Trust in the mid mornings when the dive boats are out.

Next is the Airport and you are back in town. Look for the Hungry Iguana restaurant in behind the airport “terminal” building. It is great for burgers and sandwiches, beers or drinks, lunch and dinner.

For optimum safety, enjoyment and underwater visibility - choose your beach location based on weather conditions. One side of the island is always calm. The other side may or may not be rough. If it is rough on the north – spend you day on the south, and vise versa. Both sides of the island offer enough to keep you busy for more than a week, and rough weather on any side rarely lasts for more than 3 days at a time.

Thousands of birds inhabit the numerous ponds and deserted shores around the island. Walk, ride a bike or drive slowly and take you time to appreciate the tranquility and diversity that this beautiful island has to offer.