50 years ago: ‘3 cheers for Little Cayman’

In the March 2, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, contributor Florence Blum wrote:

“As one New York Times writer said, ‘Cayman, once a pirates’ hideout, now shelters fugitives, from telephones and other forms of progress.’ I have echoed his phrase over for 7 years. I have been coming to Little Cayman with the Harper Brothers every winter for 7 years and we thoroughly enjoy the climate, the hospitality of the island folks and, of course, it is a refuge and retreat from our business appointments and the daily work which plagues us the entire year.

“After first finding these lovely tropical islands that time has forgotten, we fell in love with them and 7 years ago we purchased property on Little Cayman where we had a small cottage built.

“We shipped over the necessary furnishings to ensure our comfort, and a 16 ft. aluminum boat with 2 motors to give us adequate transportation and safety while fishing the sea and the coral reef for the many wonderful fish that abound in these waters.

“Bone fish are so plentiful that it is a daily habit to battle several each day just to keep our hand in, as they feed right past our front door.

“We are the only inhabitants on the entire 12 miles of the North Shore of Little Cayman; so we feel completely alone and relaxed from the hum-drum life of the busy world. We never feel too lonely, for the fishing boats from the Brac occasionally stop in with our mail and supplies, or just drop in for a drink or a chat while eating some of our homemade bread.

“A month or more on Little Cayman gives us a perfect relaxed vacation that sends us back home ready for another year’s grind, and full of desire to return again next year.”