Little Cayman Museum, Little Cayman

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Little Cayman is one of three islands comprising the Cayman Islands. It is located in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 60 miles northeast of Grand Cayman and five miles (8 km) west of Cayman Brac. Little Cayman is by far the least populous, with a permanent population of about 170. It is about 10 miles (16 km) long with an average width of 1 mile (2 km) and most of the island is undeveloped. Almost the entire island is at sea level. The highest elevation is about 40 feet (12 metres).Little Cayman is known for its excellent scuba diving and birdwatching, unspoiled wildlife habitat and laid-back atmosphere.Despite its small size, the island hosts a heritage festival and parade as part of Pirates Week, the annual Mardi Gras celebration of the Cayman Islands and the Sister Islands Cook-off.HistoryThe first recorded sighting of Little Cayman, along with Cayman Brac, was by Christopher Columbus on May 10, 1503 on his fourth and final voyage, when heavy winds forced his ship off course. At that time, he named the islands "Las Tortugas" for the many sea turtles found living there. The islands were later renamed "Las Caymanas" for the iguanas that were thought to be caimans living there.The first settlement on the island was in the 17th century, when turtle fishermen set up camps. After a raid by a Spanish privateer, the settlements were abandoned in 1671 and the island was not resettled until 1833, when Blossom Village was established by a few families. By the early 20th century, a few hundred people lived on Little Cayman and exported phosphate ore, coconuts, and marine rope.
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  • This museum is very professionally done with some really interesting exhibits - including lots of information about life on this small island before it really became connected to the world. The highli...  more »
  • Meet Tanja if she's still there, and learn all about the Sister Island Rock Iguanas living all around the museum. This is the best place to see them, and you'll easily find 20-30 all over the yard beh...  more »
  • I liked the museum. I will say that I walked out of there feeling like I knew very little about who the original inhabitants of the island were and how/why they got there. But research at home seems t...  more »
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  • Must visit Owen Island, Point of Sand and Bloody Bay
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