It's about time for a vacation, right? At least, that's the thought on everyone's minds right about now. While many Caribbean getaways were placed on hold during the last year and a half, some islands are beginning to open their doors - and their plane runways - to tourists once again.

If you're already planning a future trip to the Caribbean, consider one of the lesser-visited of the Cayman Islands: Cayman Brac. This small island boasts so much without the crowds of Grand Cayman, along with a few secret surprises of its own.

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The details of each island should be checked prior to booking a trip, and at the time of writing, the Cayman Islands have not yet announced their reopening date. When they do reopen, visitors need to apply via the Cayman Portal for approval. Additionally, medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage, a negative PCR test, a 14-day quarantine, and a wristband stating traveler status is required. 

Getting To Cayman Brac

Getting to this smaller island is surprisingly easy compared to many other lesser-visited islands in the Caribbean. Since Grand Cayman is such a popular destination for tourists, it's simple enough to fly from the major island into the airport in Cayman Brac. This flight would be through Cayman Airways, which operates regularly (COVID-19 restrictions aside) to the sister islands.

However, if traveling from the U.S., a flight can be taken out of Miami that will fly directly into Cayman Brac. Therefore, travelers can plan to spend a few days on the main island before flying out to one of the sister islands or fly directly to Cayman Brac from Florida.

What To Explore In Cayman Brac

West End

For such a small island, Cayman Brac has plenty to offer its visitors. Of course, the classic Caribbean landmark beaches are part of the experience, but there's so much more to see and do here. In the West End, which is also home to the airport - Charles Kirkconnell International Airport -  in which visitors will be flying, many common amenities can be found, as well. This is where you can find grocery stores, condos, and gas stations - although it's probably not likely that visitors will need to visit any of these. In short, it's the residential part of the island.

The only thing that visitors will likely remain in this area of the island for (if it's not a vacation rental) is for diving purposes. The Russian shipwreck, M.V. Capt. Keith Tibbetts, as it's known now, is just off the sure of the West End.

The Bluff

Those looking for a bit of recreational hiking will thoroughly enjoy The Bluff, which is the part of the island where the terrain begins a gradual ascent over the ocean. It's not a tough path to walk and will lead visitors to the edge of the island's cliffs, which are made of limestone and make for a dramatic landscape. For even steeper views, visitors can head to the lighthouse that can be found on The Bluff, which reaches a height of 150 feet on top of the ascent given by the natural incline of the cliffside.

After taking in stunning oceanside views, visitors can head back down and explore the Brac Parrot Reserve, which is home to many of the island's natural bird species.

Eastern Districts 

The Eastern Districts are a true gem of Cayman Brac. This area of the island is home to a welcoming community of people who run the mom-and-pop stores that line the streets, making for a truly charming shopping experience. The island's restaurants serve up traditional Cayman food, while its shops specialize in unique, local gifts and products.

This is also where visitors can get a feel for the history of the Cayman Islands, specifically Cayman Brac, should they choose to visit the Cayman Brac Heritage House. If so, it's also recommended to tour the Cayman Brac Museum, both of which sit not far from Creek and Spot Bay.

Stake Bay

Stake Bay is also home to many residential stops, but it's also a quiet area with a few things for visitors to explore. For one, it's the capital of the island so it's the main point for locals and a way for visitors to get a feel for the island - especially with a stop to the local museum. Captain Charlie Kirkconnell's Historic House, as well as the Stake Bay Walk, are both points of interest for those seeking a little adventure.

The museum is called the Cayman Brac Museum, and it also holds the title of being the oldest of any in the Cayman Islands.

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