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Cayman Brac Bluff.

Cayman Brac

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Cayman Brac Bluff.
PHOTO: Cayman Brac Bluff. (photo courtesy of Will Burrard-Lucas/Cayman Islands Department of Tourism)

For a slightly rugged island getaway, the sinkholes and limestone caves of Cayman Brac call to adventurous travelers. Named for the spectacular 153-foot bluff (brac means bluff in Gaelic) that thrusts vertically from the ocean floor, Cayman Brac is one of three islands that make up the Cayman Islands.

Although it is a mere 30-minute plane ride from Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac is a world apart, worth a visit alone for its spectacular views. Be sure to take in the vistas from the lighthouse located on the bluff, high above the water.

Not sure what to do next? Don’t worry, itineraries on this 18-square mile island are not necessary as it won’t take long for locals to share the island’s lore and give you tips on the best places to visit.

They’ll probably tell you, with pride, of the diverse flora and fauna that can easily be spotted from island’s many hiking trails. The island’s forests are home to more than 200 bird species, but there’s also the 180-acre parrot reserve, a respite for a number of rare birds, including the endangered Brac Parrot. Keep wandering along the trails and you’ll probably also find a reptile habitat or two as well as a number of historical sites. Cave exploring is also a must, with the Bat Cave, Peter’s Cave and the Halfway Ground Cave being among the most-visited sites.

Of course, the island locale also means there are plenty of water activities ready to be experienced. Sure, there’s swimming, diving and snorkeling, but you’ll also want to try the awe-inspiring wall dives or choose from a number of wreck dives. While on the water, be sure to try some fishing, either in the shallow waters, or on a specially outfitted game fish excursion. Bring back your catch, and your hotel chef will happily prepare your bounty, turning it into an island-style culinary feast.

If you'd rather just enjoy some much-needed downtime during your island getaway, there are plenty of hammocks to be found, so grab a book and enjoy the island breezes on some of the most secluded beaches in all of the Caribbean.