The most easterly of the Cayman Islands, the Brac is 12 miles long and just over a mile wide. Early Scottish fishermen who settled here gave the Island its name; Brac being Gaelic for bluff, named after the limestone ridge that runs down the centre of the Island reaching an elevation of 140ft at the eastern end – the highest point on all three islands.
The 1,500 friendly Brackers share their island with over 200 bird species and numerous iguanas. The dramatic scenery and rugged terrain boasts a plethora of hidden caves, winding trails, a unique cultural history and is ideal for a number of outdoor land–based activities, in addition to the superb diving which it is famous for.
Christopher Columbus sighted Cayman Brac and Little Cayman on the 10th of May 1503, on his second voyage to the New World. He named the Islands “Las Tortugas” (The Turtles) and claimed them for Spain. Eventually they came to be known as the Cayman Islands. Cayman Brac was a prominent home for pirates, known as the “Brethren of the Sea,” seeking a hiding place for stolen treasures. Of these swashbuckling pirates, the most famous one to roam the Island’s shores was Edward “Blackbeard” Teach. Legend has it that Blackbeard’s booty is still buried or hidden in the recesses of a Cayman Brac cave. The Brac is the most easterly of the Cayman Islands. Cayman Brac (Gaelic for bluff), known for its charm, friendliness and the most dramatic scenery of the three Islands, is a great spot for couples or families. The small towns have names like West End, Watering Place, Cotton Tree Bay, Creek and Spot Bay. A haven for a multitude of bird species, Cayman Brac has a Parrot Reserve created by the National Trust of the Cayman Islands. It also features an international airport, boasts Cayman’s oldest museum and has the highest elevation of the three Islands at 152 feet.
There are no ferries operating between the Islands, so access is by air only. Cayman Airways and Cayman Airways Express (345) 949 2311 operate several flights daily between Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. There are also direct flights to Cayman Brac from Miami. Cayman Islands Helicopters also fly to the Sister Islands.
There are no buses on the Brac so you may want to hire a car to explore the Island. Hotels and resorts often supply complimentary bikes and cycling is a great way to get around the south shore (which borders the Bluff), particularly for days when you are exploring caves and trails, as you will be off the bike and on foot for at least half the time.
Navigating is easy: main roads run along the north and south shores, with a few secondary roads crossing from one side to the other, but it is not possible to drive all the way around the Island. Please see the Information section for details on taxis and car rentals.
There is just one bank on Cayman Brac with one ATM. Debit cards, Visa, Master Card and Discover are accepted at most establishments, but few accept American Express
Two popular restaurants are the Cayman Brac Beach Resort restaurant and the Captain’s Table, located next to Carib Sands. If you want to sample some wholesome local food, particularly seafood, try Paradise Creations, La Esperanza or Star Island Restaurant.
Outdoor Enthusiasts will find plenty of activities to keep them occupied on the Brac. Get ahold of a Nature Tourism brochure (available at the airport, car rental agencies and hotels) for information and details on all manner of outdoor activities. Free Guided Tours are available Monday to Friday through Nature Cayman. Tours last three to four hours and cover all the main points of interest on the Island, but it can also be tailored to your specific interests. To book a tour call (345) 948 2222 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.