Cayman Brac Through the Eyes of the Brackers
Duration: Half Day
This memorable tour of Cayman Brac will enable you to view this beautiful island through the eyes of its inhabitants. Known as "Brackers", these friendly local people are more than happy to share their homeland and experiences with visitors. Gain an insight into their history and culture at the Cayman Brac Museum before visiting Brac Trust House and Aunt Sha's Kitchen. This authentic experience will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in the Cayman Islands.
Aside from its dramatic scenery, one of the most appealing aspects of Cayman Brac is the fact that it still retains the charm and friendliness of a traditional seafaring community, and the warm and welcoming “Brackers” are extremely proud of their island and heritage. Our first stop of the tour is Cayman Brac Museum, the oldest museum in the Cayman Islands. Step back in time and let the enthusiastic staff guide you through the story of their island, which is revealed through fascinating exhibits that showcase historical events, turtling, ship-building and home life, which depict the seafaring days and traditional daily lives of the Cayman Brackers in the past. The museum houses everyday implements used by previous generations of Brackers, as well as a beautifully crafted scale model of the Caymanian schooner Alson and ancient artifacts that date back over several thousand years.
Moving onwards, we take a short drive from Stake Bay to the West End to visit Brac Trust House, where guided walking tours and nature hikes are organised for visitors. This is an invaluable way to see the main attractions on the island whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery and wildlife. During the tour you can also meet the local people and immerse yourself in the island culture to gain a fascinating insight into life on Cayman Brac today.
At the end of the tour we make our way to Aunt Sha's Kitchen, which is also located in the West End. Housed in a colourful old shack, this authentic restaurant serves traditional Caymanian cuisine which has been eaten by islanders for decades, including homemade turtle stew with rice and beans, conch fritters, sweet-and-sour chicken with fried rice and the delicious Key lime pie. Daily seafood dishes such as fresh shrimp, kingfish or lobster often depend on the catch that day. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the best home cooking in the Cayman Islands whilst getting to know the warm and welcoming Brackers. What’s more, visitors can enjoy dining on the romantic patio area overlooking the water, where sharks are often spotted at high tide.
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