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Little Cayman - Fantasy Beaches and Ugly Iguanas

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A February 2006 trip to Cayman Islands by beach_lvr

Owen Island Off Little Cayman Coast Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Little Cayman Island—a tiny, pristine, untouched little island with a population of only 100. It is accessible only via a very small plane.

Little Cayman - Fantasy Beaches and Ugly Iguanas

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Overview

Little Cayman Beach Resort Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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Little Cayman is the kind of island that you dream about, but weren’t really sure existed. Before you even land on the tiny, mostly grassy airstrip, you might think you are living out an episode of "Fantasy Island." I kept waiting to hear Tattoo say "The plane, the plane." The airport terminal/check-in counter consists of one tiny room located right next to the airstrip. Flying in on a tiny Twin Otter DC6 plane and landing on a short, grassy airstrip was kind of an adventure in and of itself. This island is known for its incredible diving opportunities, but even if you’re not a diver, this island paradise is a wonder to behold. It’s a beautiful, pristine island ringed by bea...Read More

Little Cayman Beach Resort

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Hotel

Little Cayman Beach Resort Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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Little Cayman Beach Resort is a small, moderate, all-inclusive resort (meals included, but not alcoholic beverages). Total number of rooms: 40. This beach front property offers ocean view rooms and stunning views. We paid for a pool view room (1,085 per person, per week; peak season). We were pleasantly surprised with a partial ocean-view room for no extra charge. The beach is white, laced with just the right number of coconut palms and hammocks as well crystal clear blue waters. The beach is kept clean. It can be sharp to step on because of the coral; bring rubber soled shoes. The ocean here is clear and was slightly choppy when we were here earlier in February. Service was very good with a very p...Read More

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Little Cayman Beach Resort
Blossom Village
Little Cayman Island
(345) 948-1033

The Hungry Iguana

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Restaurant

The Hungry Iguana Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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The Hungry Iguana is located just a stones throw from the airstrip, on the south side of the island. This restaurant is one of the few on the island. We found one or two other small, hole in the wall, restaurants on the south east side that didn't look very savory. By comparison, The Hungry Iguana looked like something from Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous. The environment reminds me slightly of a beach version of Chili's, only the tables and chairs inside the restaurant are much nicer and nautical. You will see a lot of rich, deep wood was used to build this restaurant. Outside, it is painted white with blue trim in a very Caribbean style. We walked from Little Cayman Beac...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

The Hungry Iguana
Blossom Village, Little Cayman Island
Cayman Islands
(345) 948-0007

Owen Island

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Attraction

Owen Island Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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Owen Island is by far, one of the loveliest gems I have ever laid eyes on. The island is tiny, uninhabited, and ringed by crystal clear, sky blue ocean. Even from a distance, you can see the extra clear ocean surrounding it, as well as swaying palms. Its location is just south of Little Cayman Island, and can clearly be seen standing on the beach at the Little Cayman Beach Resort, or from anywhere on the south, southwest, or southeast side of the island.For the first few days after landing at Little Cayman, I eyeballed this little island with great interest. It seemed as though it were a magnet to me. The more I looked at it, the more I knew I just had to explore it. On day 4, I ...Read More

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Owen Island
Uninhabited, Near Little Cayman Island
Owen Island - Cayman Islands

Little Cayman Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Beach and Island Bike Tour"

Little Cayman Beach Resort Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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Since we were staying at Little Cayman Beach Resort (LCBR), I knew in advance that bicycles would be available for rental from the resort itself. By the third day of our vacation, I was ready to start exploring the island on bicycle. The bikes here are free for the first 2 hours, and $5 an hour per person thereafter. Once we had gone through the speedy sign out process at the front desk for the bikes, we were on our way. Note: Maps of the island are available free at the front desk.There is only one narrow road that encompasses the entire island, with one road right down the middle of the island (for shortcuts). Little Cayman is 10 miles long, and only one mile wide. The narrow road is ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

Little Cayman Beach Resort
Blossom Village
Little Cayman Island
(345) 948-1033

Resort Guest Van Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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I read somewhere that there were more Jamaicans working in Cayman Islands resorts than any other nationality. I began to believe this when our Little Caymans resort van driver pulled up and screeched to a halt (sending sandy dust clouds into the air). The minute he arrived, we could hear the rhythmic reggae music he was playing on the van’s stereo. I mused to myself "Oh yeah, he’s from Jamaica." I went on something of a quest to find out more about why Jamaicans choose to work in the Caymans, and what their lives are like being away from the home they know in Jamaica. Where might a Jamaican resort employee live on this expensive, very minimally populated island? How do they manage to f...Read More

Two 40-Year-Old Kids, One Small Island

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Story/Tip

Attack of the Iguana! Photo, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
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Going to Little Cayman will make you feel like you have slipped into a time machine and been sent back to your completely carefree childhood years. The lack of populous here, along with a complete sense of safety (there is no crime here), combined with the natural, untouched beauty of this island, are sure to give you delightful goose bumps. The butterflies, iguanas, and hermit crabs trickling their way across a deserted beach road are likely to make you feel like a kid on a very special vacation that no one else gets to go on.It all started with boarding the tiny plane in Grand Cayman, headed for Little Cayman. As we walked up the four or five steps of the plane, I saw that the cabin was only ab...Read More