We recently spent 5 nights on Little Cayman at Paradise Villas and loved it.
The island is very quiet with beautiful, deserted beaches. Don't expect nightlife or shopping, but if you are into diving, snorkeling, relaxing and exploring beaches, this is paradise! It's easy to get around the island by bike, scooter or hire car. We mostly biked (Paradise Villas has lots of bikes available) and hired a scooter for 1 day to get to the more remote Point of Sands beach.
This is a small place with a small population, so everything is very safe. We never locked our villa or possessions, and leaving stuff on the beach whilst swimming is completely safe.
Whilst there are a lot of beautiful sandy beaches for sunning and walking, access to the water is often rocky and made difficult for swimming by sea grass. However, the little beach next to Paradise Villas provides good access for swimming. Point of Sands at the Eastern end of the island is amazing, and provides great swimming and snorkeling. Again, it's very quiet - we only shared it with a few other people in the morning, and had it all by ourselves in the afternoon. Jackson Point is also good for snorkeling (we were up close & personal with a large stingray and a nurse shark!) and it has a pretty beach - it's easy to reach by bike from Paradise Villas.
Food is expensive (as we expected), given that everything is imported. The local grocery store is only 5 mins walk from Paradise Villas and is well stocked, even for a vegan (they have several types of soya milk!). We had breakfast and lunch on the gorgeous porch of our villa (with beach and sea view), and dinner at the Hungry Iguana in the 'resort' . I was a little worried about their vegan options, but needn't have been - they were very accommodating and we found a good vegan choice every night.
McCoy's is a great bar for a pre-dinner sunset drink. Maxine, who runs the bar, is a great source of local knowledge and great fun to talk to; and it's a great place to meet the locals. We have also been told that their BBQ's on Saturdays are very good.
Paradise Villas are well located, right next to the airport and Blossom Village, which has the grocery store, liquor store, car/scooter hire etc - the planes are more of a welcome entertainment and certainly no hassle. The villas are pretty and extremely clean. The kitchens are not designed for cooking elaborate meals, but certainly well enough equipped for making breakfast and simple food. The villas are right by the sea with a fantastic back porch with ocean view. The villa grounds also have lounge chairs and hammocks - perfect for relaxing and reading. And there are plenty of trees by the beach, so there is lots of shade for those who want it. There is a little pool, but we didn't use it due to having the sea right there.
Mark and Sabine, who run Paradise Villas, are very helpful and were very responsive to our needs. When booking, e.g., they always emailed back within a few hours, and even called us to confirm things. They booked all of our diving trips upfront, and were also very helpful and friendly whilst we were there.
All in all, we found Little Cayman to offer the perfect diving and beach holiday, and would certainly recommend staying at Paradise Villas whilst there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our twelve oceanfront villas are located a mere 50 feet from the Sea. They each feature a large front and back porch, air conditioning, and a kitchenette equipped with a coffee maker, toaster, microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer, as well as necessary kitchen dishes and utensils. Our "Hungry Iguana" Restaurant & Bar serves lunch & dinner with daily specials and special requests! So if small, quiet & private appeals to you....contact us today! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Paradise Villas Hotel Little Cayman
- Paradise Villas Little Cayman, Cayman Islands