Ten miles long and a mile wide, Little Cayman is truly little: the airport, post office and fire station are all housed in one building, there is one shop and one bank on the Island, and with a permanent population of about 150 people, humans are vastly outnumbered by birds and iguanas.
A genuine island hideaway, you cannot avoid slowing right down, resetting your watch to true “island time” and enjoy doing a whole lot of nothing. One of the last undeveloped islands in the Caribbean, Little Cayman offers peace, relaxation and unspoiled natural beauty on land and underwater. For those that want to explore its unspoiled surroundings after a few days of resting in a hammock with a book, there are secluded beaches, numerous lagoons, mangrove forests, salt ponds and tropical forests strewn with orchids. For the diver the sea holds a plethora of world class dive sites.
The smallest of the Cayman Islands, Little Cayman was the first to be settled by turtle fishermen in the 1600s, although it was not until 1833 that permanent settlers established Blossom Village. By the early 20th century, several hundred people earned their living trading in phosphate ore, coconuts and marine rope. The great hurricane of 1932 caused much destruction and in the wake of it many people left. By the late 1950s, the population was down to a mere 12 people.
Cayman Airways Express fly to Little Cayman from Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman several times a day.
One main road circles the Island, hugging the coast so you may want to hire a car, SUV or scooter to explore. Alternatively, many of the resorts have complimentary bicycles available, although it is unlikely that you will rent anything for more than a day as your resort will pick you up from the airport.Take it slow – iguanas have the right of way on the roads and have their own crossings, (you will see signs indicating this), and anyway the speed limit is a gentle 25mph. Points of interest are sign-posted along the way so stop to explore frequently and enjoy views of the largely undeveloped coast and the Caribbean Sea.
There is one bank, Cayman National Bank, which has an ATM. The branch is only open on Mondays and Thursdays. Visa and MC credit and debit cards are widely accepted, but AMEX less so.
The Hungry Iguana at Paradise Villas offers an à la carte menu. Birds of Paradise at Little Cayman Beach Resort offers a buffet. The restaurant at Pirates Point serves a set menu which changes daily and the food is very good. Visitors who are not staying at the resort must reserve before 12pm. Southern Cross Club also has a restaurant. There is a small grocery store in which you can buy the basics (and a multitude of frozen goods) but most people staying in private cottages will bring a cooler full of fresh food with them from Grand Cayman.