Cayman Brac is one of the planet’s treasures. Not only is the diving incredible, but there’s the fabulous, unique central bluff, bird sanctuaries, hiking and those intriguing caves.
Not only that, the hotels are well-appointed and boast excellent restaurants. All this and only 35 minutes from Grand Cayman, too. It’s staycation season, folks, and the Brac is a brilliant choice of destination.
Erin Bodden of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association explains why people flock to the 12 miles-by-1 mile island, whether from far away or residents taking advantage of the many packages that are currently on offer.
“I always tell people I feel like I am going away to Cottage Country – as a North American that’s the best way to describe it. Grab a chair and sit out with a glass of wine! It is the ultimate of kicking back and the landscape and terrain is so different from Grand Cayman.
“Grand Cayman is flat but once you get out to the Brac you just soak it up and take it in; it is such a different feel to the big island, which is really down-to-earth and grass roots.”
Much to explore
The destination is very outdoorsy, with much to explore, Erin adds.
“You can go to the caves, look for birds and wildlife, go for a hike – those are wonderful things for somebody who loves to be outdoors. They have some great hotels which have put a lot of money and effort into rebuilding after Hurricane Paloma. They need our support right now, too.”
Divers are among those pleased to note that it is an incredible spot, with the MV Keith Tibbets this year celebrating the 15th anniversary of her sinking. The vessel was originally a Russian frigate, which was bought from Cuba and sunk deliberately within swimming distance of the northside shore. The visibility is more than 100 feet and scuba and snorkelling are rightly incredibly popular. Remember, too, that you can zoom over to Little Cayman for even more dive sites.
The island is safe and welcoming for all, with the natural beauty and historical cultural aspects both easily accessible.
“It’s definitely family-friendly; the children can learn more about the flora and fauna. It is a really good experience for them, and the Alexander Hotel has some family weekend explorer camps coming up. They are learning about sea turtling, which is how we were founded, and other things like thatch rope weaving.
“So the kids are getting some Caymanian culture and the parents get to share in the fun. It creates a lasting memory and experience as a family. It is a great reminder of Caymanian history and makes the kids proud to be Caymanian as well,” says Erin.
You can view all of the staycation offers online – more are being added every day,so please continue to check www.staycation.ky
Staycation offers for 2011
The Alexander Hotel:
Book two nights between now and 30 September and receive the third night free. Contact: 948-8222 or [email protected]
Carib Sands Beach Resort: One bedroom condo, seven nights $665, three nights $297; two bedroom condo, seven nights $780, three nights $447; three bedroom condo, seven nights $925, three nights $537. Contact: 926-1341 or [email protected]
Brac Reef Beach Resort: Two nights accommodation, two round-trip airline tickets and one dinner for two, $449. Children under 10 stay free and eat for half price. Resident rates starting at $99. Contact: 948-1323 or [email protected]