The Cayman Islands are known for white sandy beaches, perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. But Long Beach on Cayman Brac serves another purpose as it’s perfect for hiking and boasts dramatic views of the bluff.
Cayman Brac lies 90 miles north-east of Grand Cayman, five miles east of Little Cayman, is 12 miles long and on average 1.2 miles wide. Its most distinguishing feature is ‘the bluff’, a limestone outcrop that runs straight down the centre. This is, in fact, how the island gets its name as ‘brac’ is a Gaelic word for a bluff.
The limestone ironshore on Long Beach makes for rugged terrain so sturdy footwear is a must. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare brown booby and frigate birds that nest on the islands and enjoy uninterrupted views of the ocean.
After reaching the end of Long Beach head up to the lighthouse at the top of the bluff for breath-taking cliff-top views. En route to the lighthouse you will see the Cayman Islands’ national tree, the silver thatch palm, as well as many other indigenous species of flower and cactus. You may even see fluffy-headed Brown booby chicks nesting on the cliff sides when you reach the top. Hiking on Cayman Brac is best done early in the morning to avoid the midday sun. For those up early enough, the cliffs provide the perfect vantage point to enjoy the spectacular sunrise.