Cayman Brac is second in size and population of the three Islands, certainly closer to Little Cayman than to Grand Cayman, as it is in proximity. It’s typically called the Brac, named after the bluff (from the Gaelic) which dominates the Island. The Brac is around 90 miles northeast of Grand Cayman (only 30 minutes by plane) and 14 miles east of Little Cayman (10 minutes by plane). The Brac is about 12 miles long and 1.2 miles in width with a population of a little over 2500. Brackers, as the locals are known, express the charm and friendliness of a traditional seafaring community. The imposing limestone bluff that emerges 140 feet above the sea, boasts more than 170 caves and offers nearly 200 part- and full-time resident species of birds including the endangered Brac parrot.
The Brac’s Charles Kirkconnell International Airport
Frigate birds, brown boobies, peregrine falcons and the rare West Indian whistling-duck can also be spotted in their natural environment. Flocks of Emerald Green Parrots can be seen at the National Trust Parrot Reserve. Cayman Brac’s crystal clear, warm waters provide awesome diving. There are a number of hiking trails throughout the island, many of them offering exotic flora and fauna and leading to wildlife habitats and historic sites. Another popular attraction on the island is the Brac Museum at Stake Bay.
The Sister Islands are a birder’s paradise
Among the many caves around the island, some offer glimpses of delicate underground formations, steps and, in some cases, ladders have been constructed to allow visitor access to more remote caves. Rebecca’s Cave contains the grave of a young girl lost in the struggle against the ravages of the great 1932 hurricane, and it is a Cayman National Heritage Site. Among dining spots on the Brac are Star Island Restaurant, Barry’s Golden Jerk, Tippy Turtle Bar, Barracudas Bar & Restaurant, Captain’s Table, Asian House Restaurant, Pat’s Kitchen, PoPo Jeb’s, Island Prime Steaks & Seafood, and The Palms Restaurant. Hotels on the Brac include Le Soleil d’Or and Cayman Brac Beach Resort. Small towns around the island have names like West End, Watering Place, Cotton Tree Bay, Creek and Spot Bay.