The Little Magpie: Discovering the Cayman Islands

The Little Magpie: Discovering the Cayman Islands

15 July 2019

Well hello from the Cayman Islands! I was lucky enough to spend a wee five days there last month so today I thought I’d share a round-up of our trip! It’s around a 12 hour flight from London – stock up on those snacks – or about an hour and a half’s flight from Miami, an hour’s flight from Cuba or a 45 minute flight from Jamaica if you’d like to tie it in with another trip! We visited in June, which is technically wet season, but the weather was lush – I think we only had one wee rainy spell the first day we arrived and from then on it was in the low 30s the whole way through.

So, a quick bit of history about the island before we get into the nitty gritty (if nothing else it might serve you well in a pub quiz one day) – Christopher Columbus was the first explorer to record seeing the Cayman Islands all the way back in 1503, naming them ‘Las Tortugas’ after all the turtles he spotted on and around the island. Fast forward a couple of hundred years and Cayman Brac had become a popular haunt for pirates looking to stash treasure in the late 1600s to early 1700s and was also used as a base from which to attack ships headed for Europe; legend has it that there’s still buried treasure just off of the island so, if you have extra space in your case, get that metal detector in there stat. It wasn’t until around 1730 that settlers came to the islands and now the population is made up of a whopping 120 different nationalities. There are three islands – Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, so I’ve split today’s post in two around that!

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