Little Cayman is the smallest of the Cayman Islands with only about 170 permanent residents. It’s just 10 miles long and a mile wide at its broadest point, meaning you can explore it all in one day. It’s always worth visiting Little Cayman — but once you do, you’ll never want to leave, as it’s the definition of a tropical paradise.
What’s hard to believe is that there wasn’t even electricity on Little Cayman until 1990 — phone service arrived one year later. But Little Cayman has since transformed to a tropical, luxury getaway. Here are the best things to do on the island.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities on Little Cayman. Some areas are known as the best bonefishing spots in the world. It’s often done in the South Hole Sound flats and you can find guides who will help you snag three to eight pound fish. Tuna, wahoo, and mahi mahi are caught all year round. You barely have to leave the shore to find great spots. If you have a permit, you can also go fly fishing. Sports fishermen will also try to catch tarpon in Tarpon Lake.
Scuba diving and snorkeling is huge on Little Cayman. It’s been called one of the best diving spots in the world. When you go scuba diving, you’ll see a wide variety of tropical, colorful fish and sea life. There are areas with coral and even shipwrecks. It’s even said that pirate treasure may still be buried on Little Cayman…
There are a ton of serene, quiet, private spots where you can have a relaxing swim on the beach. Check out a blue lagoon and have a picnic. The clear water and calm beaches make for the greatest spot if you want to check out the water away from throngs of tourists, boats, and water sport enthusiasts. Owen Island is a small islet just off the southwest shore that is the epitome of a tropical escape.
Little Cayman has the largest bird sanctuary in the Caribbean. It’s full of exotic birds and parrots that you can meet face to face. There are educational opportunities as well, teaching you more about the island’s unique wildlife.
It’s not just birds that steal the show on Little Cayman. The island also has the largest population of rock iguanas in the entire Caribbean. It’s no stretch to say you’ll see a few even if you aren’t looking for them. Just keep in mind that they can be hard to spot thanks to their color.
Located on the north shore across from McCoy’s pond and overlooking McCoy’s Wall, this restaurant has astounding views by the ocean. You can wind down after a day out on the water by having cocktails on the patio or chilling at the bar. McCoy’s is known for their BBQ chicken and ribs, which come with rice, peas, and potato salad as well as homemade heavy cake. It’s a great spot for all occasions, full of Caribbean-inspired dishes and festive vibes.
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