Only about 12 miles long
and a mile across at its widest point, Cayman Brac is a haven
for both divers and nature lovers. The pea pod-shaped island
is surrounded by deep ocean, and rises, at a gradual slope,
toward its eastern end, where a limestone bluff drops precipitously,
140 feet, to the sea. "Brac" is Gaelic for "bluff,"
and, thus, the island gets its name. With just over 1,600
permanent residents, a few small villages and a handful of
resorts, dive operations and condominiums, the Brac offers
a natural getaway, yet one with all the comforts of home.
There are excellent restaurants and modern amenities, including
a jet airport, car rentals, television, cell phone, e-mail
and fax service.
diving around the Brac is dramatic and unspoiled. There are
shallow reefs, walls of various slope and depth, and wrecks,
including a 330-foot-long Russian frigate, purposely sunk
in shallow water to create a dive site. The clear, warm waters
of the Caribbean support a vibrant reef community here, including
a variety of corals and sponges, colorful tropicals and, in
the deeper areas, Eagle Rays, sharks, turtles and other pelagics.
Brac's topside attractions are nature-oriented, and the kind
explore-at-your-own-pace activities that let you decompress
from the everyday world. Among others, these include hiking,
birdwatching, rock climbing and exploring caves.
a friendly population, breathtaking natural beauty, pristine
diving and just enough "real-world" for comfort,
Cayman Brac is the kind of place you might want to make your
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