Cayman Cottage within the 'GOLDEN MILE'
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Cayman Cottage is a wonderful, clean and fully equipped vacation home on the south side of Cayman Brac. The cottage is located about a mile or two from the west end of the island. The owner/caretaker is named Sue, and she lives right next to you. On the night we arrived, she graciously showed us around the property and then offered her own bug spray for us to keep for the trip. If you have any questions at all, she's there for you and will help kindly.
The outside of the home is lush with tons of trees for shade including palm trees, lots of potted plants, a hammock right outside the front door, an outdoor table and chairs and a ton of friendly hermit crabs eager to eat whatever food you toss on the ground. We usually gave them some toast for breakfast.
Sue's home is on the beach, but the cottage is close too. You're closer to the road than her home, but don't worry. Before I arrived with my girlfriend, we were a bit worried it wouldn't be as enjoyable not being right on the beach, but it ended up not being an issue at all. You can see the water from the kitchen window when washing dishes, which is enough for me. Also, the beach is yours when you're there. Sue told us she always lets the people that are renting have the beach. Her beach includes two long chairs that lay back, two normal plastic beach chairs that don't lean back and several small tables. We brought some rum and rum cake out there one night, and watched the sunshine go away for about 3-4 hours. Very relaxing.
The beach is beautiful. There's a hose on the side of the cottage if you want to wash sand off your feet, but we didn't need it. The water hits rocks about 200 feet or more out from shore, so waves aren't crashing on you as you try to get into the water. Instead, what you get is a beautiful large blue lagoon. Yes, the water is very blue in Cayman Brac. Just like Morgan Freeman wished when he was searching for Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption. So blue.
The inside of the cottage is very cozy, and I don't say that as a nice word that really means "small". It's cozy. When you walk in the front door, you're in the dining room area with a dining table and chairs. This is usually where we took off our shoes. You'll track a lot of sand right there (we swept before leaving). There are three couches, one of which is a futon that turns into a bed. There's a television with about 31 channels. Sue said they're working on getting more availability on the island. We only watched at night after dinner, as a way of winding down. At the time we were there in April 2013 we had HBO, Starz, Encore, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN, Lifetime, HGTV and several other stations.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything but food. Utensils, pots, pans, etc. There's an oven, toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, two sinks with one faucet, a toaster, and other things. There are lots of ice trays in the freezer that you can use to fill the ice chest that's in the laundry room (there is a washer and dryer). We used it in the trunk of our rental car several days. In the kitchen pantry, people leave behind some items, such as no stick cooking spray and spices. Very helpful.
In the bathroom, there's lots of stuff left behind too, like razor blades in their packages, shaving cream, unopened deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. Sue doesn't stock it. It's whatever is available from past renters. I ended up not using the shampoo I brought since there was an unopened full sized bottle there. There's a shower (no tub), a sink and toilet with lots of cabinets and towels, including plenty of beach towels.
The bedroom is a Queen I think. Sue mentioned she might be replacing the mattress soon. She keeps the place clean and well-maintained. There's a large chest of drawers, more than enough room to store clothes for a month really, and there are two closets. An alarm clock is on the night stand, and a large mirror is right above the chest of drawers with an outlet right there for when you're getting ready to go out.
As far as going out is concerned, it's probably good but not 100% needed to have a rental car while there. We thoroughly enjoyed the Brac Reef Beach Resort bar which was about a 5 minute drive west down the road, but probably a 20-30 minute walk. You wouldn't want to walk there in the daytime when the sun is bearing down on you, but at night it's likely no big deal. And at night you're safe. The island is absolutely safe. People do leave their doors unlocked and their keys in the car. The island is about 12 miles long with a small population I think of around 2,200 people. Just about everyone knows each other. Anytime we mentioned Sue to people, they said "oh yeah Sue". The island is very, very safe. Guns are illegal, and even the police don't carry firearms.
All shops and restaurants accept US or Cayman Island currency. We brought lots of US dollars and it was fine, though two days before we left we went to the bank to get more money, and the ATM wouldn't let us get anything but Cayman Island currency, even though US dollars were available according to the ATM screen. Still, it was fine.
Captain's Table restaurant and outdoor bar is about a 5-10 minute walk west down the road, and you can order food at the bar or sit inside the nice dining room. The Alexander Hotel is about a 5 minute walk east down the road, complete with a dining room and a poolside bar where you can order food if you don't want to sit inside. There's also a second nearby bar with just drinks about a 10 minute walk east down the road. A liquor, wine and beer store is also an extremely short walk east down the road, about 5 minutes.
There are several markets, but the "main" one is near the airport/bank/post office/doctor's clinic. If you don't have a car, going to the nearest market might be a 30 minute walk. About 3-5 minutes by car. Prices are higher due to the price of having to import things. Expect to pay quite a bit more than normal. Near the market are pizza and Chinese places, both run by the same people. We tried the Chinese place, and it was good. I recommend the General Ching's chicken.
I could go on and on about the cottage or tips for the island, and if you want you can contact me with questions. We drove around the entire island several times, went in tons of shops and small markets, tasted great food and had a really fantastic time snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, dining, drinking, swimming and relaxing. Stay at Cayman Cottage. It's low cost, very quality and makes a perfect home for a getaway on the tiny island of Cayman Brac.
Guest Reviews from Homeaway (3)
- mary a.
Well equipped cottage with beautiful private beachCayman cottage shares a property with the larger owner's property. Although the larger house is mostly in front of the cottage, all the beautiful sandy beach is very much yours while you stay there. The cottage has everything you need, and the own... ...read more
- Joe and Ann
We loved the Cottage. The island is fascinating.My wife and I just retuned from a three week stay in Cayman Brac at the Cayman Cottage. The cottage was very comfortable for. We loved it. The outside was inviting, lush and tropical just as the pictures show. We really enjoyed lounging on the ... ...read more
Peace and quietWe are always looking for a vacation spot that is VERY quiet and laid back. Sue's place was all of that and more ! We did not rent a car so we did lots of walking. We decided that we picked the best place on the island ! We found that much of ... ...read more
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