Weclome to Cayman Brac
Cayman Brac is the middle sister of the three Cayman Islands. It is a
coral island surrounded by reef with a population of about 1200 residents.
It has changed very little since it was discovered in 1503 by Christopher
Columbus. Despite its history of pirate adventure and hidden treasure, it
remains a peaceful quiet hideaway not only for divers and snorkelers, but
also for sports fishermen, bird watchers, rock climbers, and those who
just want to relax.
The Brac retains the
distinct charm of the Caribbean of many years ago. Gingerbread details on
pastel colored houses are the creations of local carpenters trained as
woodcraft artists for shipbuilding. The quiet of the streets is broken
only by friendly greetings and welcomes for visiting tourists. On the
bluff, cattle are tended and locals utilize the land for vegetable crops.
Hikers will find unlimited areas to explore. The natural vegetation of the
island includes many tropical plants and fruit trees - mango and papaya -
as well as beautiful wild orchids.
Listen to pirate tales of Black Beard, Anne Bonny and buried treasure. See
where Brackers have sought refuge from storm and flood. Experience the
breathtaking view from the lighthouse overlooking the sea below. Tour the
local museum for an interesting glimpse of the past.
Cayman Brac is truly unique in its structure, as well as its population—a
mixture of settlers from throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.
These friendly, warm “Brackers” as they are called, welcome visitors to
their island with open arms. The pleasant, uncomplicated lifestyle of the
Brac surely must have some influence on the amicable attitude of the
locals and has definitely been responsible for infusing some harried
visitors with a healthy dose of mellow relaxation. Unlike its more
developed sister, Grand Cayman, the Brac has managed to remain relatively
unspoiled, although modern enough to provide the comforts of home. The
people of the island have always been linked to the sea, with many of the
men leaving home to sail and others remaining to build ships.
Brac Reef Beach Resort provides a Caribbean retreat away from the
pressures of modem life while catering to the comfort of guests. On the
beautiful southwest shore of Cayman Brac, the resort is like a little bit
of paradise nestled among the palms, sea grape trees and lush tropical
landscaping. In sharp contrast to this serene delicate scene is the
Island’s eastern side with its spectacular 140-foot limestone bluff rising
majestically and forcefully from the sea. The Brac lies in the middle of
the sea, the exposed tip of an underwater mountain. These islands differ
from many others in the Caribbean in that they are limestone rather than
volcanic in composition. Cayman Brac has a history of Scotch influence and
takes its name from the Gaelic word “Brac,” which translates to “bluff.”
All along the walls of Brac’s enormous cliff are the petrified remains of
eons of marine life—fossilized corals and sea creatures immortalized
forever in this monument to nature.
Brac Reef Beach Resort
Brac Reef Beach Resort
boasts four and a half acres of beautiful milky white beachfront property,
forty guest rooms, an award-winning restaurant, day spa, boutique, fitness
center, and cyber beach, our Internet access facility. Our first class
amenities will spoil you and guest’s return often because of the warmth
and service of our friendly, dedicated staff. The resort is also home to
the renowned Reef Divers Dive Operation.
Here you will find
yourself immersed in lush tropical foliage, the serenity of the natural
beauty of the surrounding crystal blue Caribbean water, swaying palms,
amazing sunsets and starry midnight skies. Whether you are looking for a
place with superb diving or uncluttered beaches or to just relax in a tree
shaded hammock, you’ll be amazed with all that the resort has to offer.
Be lured to the laid
back luxury of Brac Reef. Upon arrival, enjoy a cool rum punch. Kick off
your shoes and bask in our island paradise painted with secluded beach
vistas and hammocks sprinkled amidst sea grapes and coconut palms.
Located on a private
beach on the southwest end of Cayman Brac, Brac Reef’s architecture
reflects the quaintness and charm of the Caribbean. Our
rooms are spacious, air-conditioned and
tastefully decorated. Most rooms have a balcony or patio. We also have
rooms dedicated as handicapped accessible. Other resort amenities include
a pool, Jacuzzi, lighted tennis court, beach volleyball, bicycles, kayaks,
paddleboats and a two-story pier.
The Palms Restaurant
tempts you with the taste of the tropics as well as serving American and
continental cuisines. Our internationally trained chefs feature menus
including delicious seafood, island favorites and gourmet desserts.
The Tipsy Turtle Pub
is the place to meet after the day’s activities are done. The poolside bar
overlooking the beach specializes in refreshing tropical drinks and all of
your favorite sodas, beers, and wines.
Polly’s Landing Boutique and Gift Shop
offers island souvenirs, t-shirts, beautiful resort clothing, treasure
coins, jewelry and giftware. Everything you can think of for the diver and
Tropical Touch Day Spa is the only spa on
the island. You deserve to treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation and
rejuvenation experience. Choose from an extensive menu of massage, body
treatments and facials, or enjoy a manicure and pedicure at our spa.
Island Shapes Fitness Center
lets you keep to your health routine with equipment including a stair
stepper, free weights and a treadmill.
Cyber Beach is our
Internet access facility allowing you to stay in touch with the outside
Reef Divers and
Reef Video operate on the property to
provide all of our guests with a world-class “valet diving” experience and
underwater photography and video.
So, whether you come to
explore the world beneath the sea or enjoy the sites of Cayman Brac, you
will find Brac Reef Beach Resort to be the island’s premier resort.
Rated as a premier worldwide diving destination by leading dive magazines,
Cayman Brac is recognized for the unspoiled natural beauty of its
spectacular marine environment. Much of its coral reef has been protected
for future generations to enjoy by its designation as a marine park by the
Cayman Marine Conservation Laws. Shore diving off the white sandy beaches
or iron shore is excellent.
Reef Divers Dive Center
Reef Divers offers
guided SCUBA diving boat tours; snorkeling trips; complete PADI, NAUI and
SSI instructional programs (including one-day resort courses, 4-day full
certifications, advanced training and Nitrox certification); an
air-conditioned classroom; 150 aluminum 80 cu. ft. and 63 cu. ft.
SCUBA tanks, as well as 15 complete sets of Sherwood rental equipment; and
an equipment repair service. The Dive Center sells a complete selection of
SCUBA diving equipment, accessories and Reef Divers and Brac Reef Beach
Resort logo dive sportswear.
The Reef Divers dive
center provides fresh water rinsing tanks, fresh water showers, a dive
gear storage area, and restrooms. Reef Divers uses Mako 20 cfm and Bauer
16 cfm electric-powered, air-cooled dive compressors, complete with
state-of-the-art filtration system and plenty of air storage capacity.
- Site of the world’s
newest wreck dive, the Russian Frigate 356, now named the MV Capt. Keith
- Turtles, Spotted
Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks, Nassau Groupers, Moray Eels, Stingrays,
Horse-Eye Jacks, Barracuda, Flying Gurnards and more!
- 100 different hard
and soft corals and over 500 types of fish.
visibility...usually 100 to 150 feet...with little or no current.
- Warm water...Winter
78° to 80°, Summer 82° to 86°
- Trips to Bloody Bay
Wall Marine Park are offered during the week depending on the weather.
Reef Diver's Boats
Reef Divers guests enjoy
the advantage of three custom-designed “super” dive boats, Twin Sister,
Big Sister and Little Sister. Custom designed for diving at Cayman Brac,
these dive boats were built by Newton Boats, Inc., Slidell, Louisiana.
Fabricated to American Bureau of Shipping specifications, they are powered
by twin Caterpillar 300 hp 3116 diesel engines. These Newton dive boats
are a diver's dream, 42 feet long and 16 feet wide with a cruising speed
of 20 mph! Twin Sister, Little Sister, and Big Sister provide:
- Fast, smooth boat
rides to the best dive sites.
- Comfortable, padded
bench seats, convenient gear storage area and tank racks.
- Plenty of shade with
a sunning area on the forward deck.
- Sheltered cabin area
providing protection from the wind and spray.
- Easy giant stride
entry from the large stern dive platform.
- Easy exit from the
water using dive ladders and handrails.
- Padded camera table
in the cabin area to protect underwater photo gear.
- Freshwater shower.
- Ice water, fruit and
- Restroom facilities
- A VHF ship-to-shore
radio, an emergency oxygen kit, First aid equipment and United States
Coast Guard approved boat safety equipment.
- A hang line and
regulator, a descent line, a current line and no decompression tables.
Diving Services: A
"Valet" Diving Expererience
- Divers don’t have to
lug gear every day from their rooms. Upon checking in at the dive shop,
divers receive a Reef Divers bag. They put their gear in the bag, place
it outside their door the first morning, and the dive staff will take it
to the boat. The diver does the initial set up of his or her gear the
first time. After that, the staff changes the divers’ tanks after every
dive. At day’s end, gear is taken off the boat, rinsed, and stored.
Divers take their wetsuits and skins to the storage area to dry and
their photo/video gear to their rooms.
- Dive boats anchor
only to buoys attached to permanent moorings.
- Divers are welcome to
use computers to maximize bottom time.
- Dive boats are
limited to a maximum of 20 divers.
- Divers are provided
an orientation at the dive shop, a briefing, dockside, on the dive
boat before departure and a briefing at the dive site.
- Diving packages do
not include diving on day of arrival or, for safety reasons, on day of
departure. However, divers arriving at the resort in the morning may
request a 1-tank afternoon boat dive.
World-class bone fishing is found both inside and outside the reef. Light
tackle spinning and fly-fishing the shallow flats for bone, tarpon and
permit is second to none. Offshore fishing is a short boat ride out of
the channel. Anglers can do battle with big game fish such as marlin,
sailfish, kingfish, wahoo, tuna, and dorado dolphin aboard one of the
several charter boats on island.
Contact Caribbean Travel
on 1-888-741- DIVE (3483) or
for you scuba diving, vacation and dive travel arrangements in Cayman Brac.
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