As advertised, reefs and walls healthy and critters cooperated. Valet diving at best with great staff.
Little Cayman Beach Resort
Little Cayman Beach Resort is in the Caribbean ocean just south of Miami and Cuba. This boutique scuba diving resort has 40 rooms with either an ocean view or pool view. Each room has a ceiling fan, private bathroom with hair dryer, and a mini fridge. The resort is next to the ocean with a very long and picturesque sandy beach. Enjoy our article on Little Cayman.
Little Cayman Beach Resort Diving...
our trip was enhanced by the very professional boat crew: Neil and Sharon. all of the instructors were great, very friendly, helpful, safety conscious, and determined to make our dive trip an excellent experience for everyone. The dive sight briefings were top notch and very thorough from description of the site to the best way to dive it. The area itself is one of my favorites because of the 2 reef systems that come together at Mixing Bowl. some of the best u/w topography anywhere. The accomodations were new and most confortable. Hopefully they have corrected the water smell by now, as that was awful! Sausan always is very helpful, reassuring, courteous, and prompt in her replies about the trip. She is very knowledgeable about the destinations and travel routes and we appreciate her expertise! Thank you.
Rick and I found the LCBR to be a great place. The service of the diving staff was great. The food was good and there was plenty of it. The room was perfectly adequate. We were not expecting fancy anyway. Internet service was weak. We had a fair amount of wind during the week so the seas were rough. Some days we could not get to the better dive sites on the north side of the island. Since I get seasick fairly easily, I skipped a couple of afternoon dives. All in all the diving was good. We did see a lion fish which was totally unexpected. All the transportation you arranged went off without a hitch - thank you.
The trip was awesome! Little Cayman Beach Resort is wonderful. Great rooms, wonderful food, and who can complain about a beach! It was windy, but no one has control over that!
Our condo was clean, well-furnished, up to date and wonderful. Service at the resort was universally friendly, efficient and quick to please. Food was spectacular in variety, quality and quantity. Dive operator was professional, friendly, safety conscience, and helpful. I didn't realize there were flaming scallops in the Caribbean. I strongly feel that the preservation of the large groupers is vital to keeping the lionfish in check. They are devastating other reefs.
We enjoyed our trip to LCBR and want to go back. The room was great, the I-pod dock was nice for music. Glad for the A/C, though we did not spend time in the room, but glad for a beach front room to be away from the bar patrons at night. Food was excellent. Service was excellent, bartenders were friendly. Dive operation was very efficient, nitrox a plus, grease board pre-dive briefings helpful for exploring on our own, DM short tours great option, varying sites great. No complaints. For us who dive in the pacific tropics and first time to the Caribbean, we liked the different sea life, especially the friendly pettable groupers, but notably fewer sharks. We loved the dramatic wall diving against the contrasting blue and deep, especially "Lea Lea's Lookout" dropping down a canyon to 110 feet and then out to the wall. I think we lucked out because all the divers we met on our boat were experienced, extremely good on air, very friendly, helpful and people we enjoyed diving with. We especially enjoyed the evening talk, very well attended to, by a physicist who worked on the Voyager project and spoke about astronomy with slides, though it was too cloudy for his star gazing explanation. We would have liked more evening talks, perhaps a naturalist or a historian or a culturalist. We suggest doing more talks like this by the LCBR management.
- Carol & Paul
LCBR is a gem. A diving oasis with great walls, healthy reefs and abundant marine life. The boats and staff are great, food is awesome, and everyone is pretty much family after a week. I can't say enough good things and can't wait to go back.
Little Cayman trip was excellent!!!!!!!! Room and accommodations were very good! Food was excellent with plenty of great selections, well prepared and presented. Best buffet food I've had at a dive resort in 25 years of diving. Dive operation was excellent. One of the best that I've seen. Very professional and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. P.S. I'm a PADI instructor with over 25 years of diving.
We had an amazing trip and will go back for sure! Our room was perfect and highly recommend the 300 block away from the main rooms and on the beach. The diving was some of the best we have seen! The dive staff was amazing!!! We had a turtle on almost every dive, a few sharks, octopus on the night dive, lobsters, and many more. The food was incredible!! And desserts even better!! Our only complaints were the beds are a little hard and the beach has short seaweed so not a place to wade out in, but you can go off the end of the dock and it is clear and even has good snorkeling.
My first trip to Little Cayman was terrific. This was also my fist dive trip since I was certified in September 2013. The accommodations, food and staff were wonderful. The dive shop staff, dive masters and dive boats were terrific. Since this was my first dive trip, everything under the water was new, awesome and exceeded my expectations.
It was great, wondering what they have open cause we want to go back the week after new years.
The trip was great. The weather was awesome. The flights. Ugh. I will book little cayman air first so we don't have a huge layover. But other than that all ok.
The Little Cayman Beach Resort was great. The food was excellent, the rooms were very nice, the bar excellent, the front desk was always very helpful. The dive boat was wonderful. The dive masters were very instructive on upcoming dives. They were very good on giving no decompression diving guide lines. They would just help us into the water and let us dive where we wanted or guide us around for half a dive and then let us go on our own. I knew that Little Cayman was not going to have any night life but I still wanted some if that makes any sense. We did rent a scooter and toured the island. There was not much to see as we assumed there wouldn't be.
Top notch, smooth running dive operation. We had an emergency recall situation for a diver in need of care. They executed it flawlessly, exactly how they briefed us it would go. The diver was fine. All of the staff across the resort were great. The food was good; but in my last visit it was exceptional. Others in my party commented that the food wasn't as good as previous. This time it was good buffet food; last trip it was 5 star cuisine served in a buffet. I would go back again without hesitation. When booking leave at least 3 hrs for connecting in grand cayman to come home; The cayman airways island hopper runs late, and the ticket desks in grand cayman can be jammed with people, and it can take another hour to get through that.
Our trip to Little Cayman Beach Resort was FANTASTIC!! Everybody in our group would like to go back again. The food is fabulous, the service and cleanliness was great, and the diving wonderful. We did have mosquitoes this year, but the resort provided spray and you have to expect that when you travel to an island as remote as Little Cayman. We saw turtles on every dive, some sharks, eagle rays and all of the beautiful juvenile fish. We are hoping to return next year but maybe later in the summer.
Our trip was wonderful. It was my first diving trip since treatment for pancreatic cancer so it was quite a thrill to be able to do it again. We loved the resort, food, service and the dive operation was tops! I loved the idea of not having to walk all over the boat with my tank, etc on my back. Of course, not enough adjectives to describe Bloody Bay Wall and the preserve. It was the first time we saw a fireworm, a Goliath grouper, a fingerprint cyphoma, a minute pipe horse and fringed filefish! So lots of new things, as well as our old favorites....including the biggest peacock flounder ever! Lots of rays. We didn't have any problem with the airlines and Clyde was quite accommodating as our ground transfer in Little Cayman. All and all, we look forward to going back.
With the exception of them being fully booked and a little hectic. This was an excellent trip and probably the best one ever. They did a fantastic job, the place just keeps getting better. It was a little too many people for my taste but they handled it well. They get a 10 in all areas.
Had an awesome time.. Beach Resort was great would go back in a minute.
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Little Cayman trip. Diving was great, the accommodations were clean and well-kept, and the food was fantastic. Hard to believe they can serve such good food when they are in such a remote area.
Well...the trip actually turned out to be very good! My guests were great and they loved it!! No major problems once we hit the road (or air). Good weather, good accommodations, good food, good people!
We had a fantastic trip. All went well.The stay at LCBR was a perfect 10... "No worries man"... (acting like a Little Cayman native)
We had a great time at Little Cayman Beach Resort. We definitely will go back there. The room was really good. We were right on the beach with a beautiful view of the ocean and dock. The food and service was great. The diving was incredible. The walls on Bloody Bay and Jackson bight are beautiful. The dive masters were great . There were a lot of divers from Europe. We enjoyed talking to them about their dive adventures. I found 2 fire clams. Glenn found a seahorse..twice. We got to see sea spiders for the first time too. The reef system there is in such good shape. We hope Little Cayman stays undeveloped.
Valet diving on Little Cayman is awesome. The crew pick your gear up from your room and store it on board. They change over tanks after each dive and bring your tank to you when it's time to get in the water. The crew are not only accommodating but make you feel like you are diving with your best friends. The food was delicious. A good variety with lots of fresh fruits. The dining staff was very attentive. Service was excellent. We got good bye hugs when we left. Rooms are good size and comfortable. Our room was cleaned everyday by the time we came back from lunch.
Our trip to Little Cayman Beach Resort was fantastic. The rooms were clean and large. The ocean view room with doors opening to the sand and personal lounge chairs was well worth the extra money. The food was like a 5 star restaurant. We had 2 vegans in our group and chef made special meals for them and frequently brought them out personally and explained what he had made for them. The restaurant service was quick and friendly. The dive staff was personable and safety conscious. Diving was great - walls, swim through and coral reefs and including one wreck. The valet diving service was especially helpful for a couple of our people who have back problems. It made their entries easier. My new fish was a juvenile Longfin Damselfish. Unfortunately, they are pretty small and move fast so I was unable to get any close-up pictures. I asked all the people on my trip and we all agreed we would come back again.
The resort is a 5-star resort and lives up the groups expectations. Bookings a dead on. Everyone received 5-star service and all the accommodates were as Diving, Lodging and Meals were amazing and the entire trip went on without a hitch. I would totally recommend staying with Little Cayman Beach Resort.
This was our 3rd trip down, resort and dive operation are a well oiled machine. All staff is very attentive and gave us a good trip. Divemasters were very knowledgeable about each dive site. Food was good, but not great, consistent with buffet expectations. Would definitely go back for a 4th trip sometime in the future and would highly recommend the resort.
My trip was great!! Loved every bit of it. The accommodations were perfect, food was excellent, and diving was excellent!
Just returned from Little Cayman and 10 days of diving. WONDERFUL!
Highly recommend Little Cayman Beach Resort. Beautiful, clean, up-to-date resort. The staff is extremely amenable and everyone wants to please. Rooms are clean, comfortable. Poolside rooms have coffee/hot water and fridges. Oceanview rooms also have a microwave. The all inclusive package provides three fantastic meals each day. Excellent food, beautifully prepared and presented. Hot beverages and ice water available throughout the day at no additional cost. The resort bar is full of friendly staff and lots of good cheer. I was here for Halloween and they did a bang up job of celebrating the holiday. The dive operation - REEF DIVERS - is excellent as well. Three big boats. Dive crew are very helpful, go out of their way to help and fix gear problems (and we had a few on this trip). We hit some rough weather and missed a day of diving but everyone was very accommodating to ensure that we could make up the lost dives. Dive sites on both sides of the island are beautiful.
I loved everything about Little Cayman Beach Resort, except for my travel experience with Cayman Airways. They didn’t deliver my scuba gear for the second time, plus the travel was fraught with delays and confusion. The only consolation for the delay leaving GCM was that my connecting United flight was also delayed departing from IAH. The friendly staff at LCBR did a great job to ameliorate our travel problems. The Reef Divers shop went above and beyond expectations and offered me gear to use (for free!) while Cayman Airways sorted out the luggage issues. I love the resort, and I think the dive operation is possibly the finest I have ever seen in my many dive adventures. That being said, if I get the chance to return to the Cayman Islands, I will most likely return to Cayman Brac Beach Resort, if only to try to avoid flying with Cayman Airways.
We had rough seas two afternoons and the boat did not go out for the pm dives. We felt this was great of Reef Divers to forward the credit. The dive operation was excellent overall. They considered themselves "concierge" divers which meant you sat at the end of the boat and put on your fins while they brought you your gear. This was great! A lot less stress on my old guy back. Diving was good. Lots of groupers, sting rays and turtles, but not as many little fish as in Curacao. We saw just one lion fish the whole week! I am really happy that we got the ocean side room which itself was very nice. The food was the absolute best we have ever had in the Caribbean. The only negative that I can think of is that they really like to pack the dive boats with people and I felt at times a second dive master in the water rather than the just one would have helped the group spread out a little better, but we did a pretty good job of spreading out ourselves. To sum it up, it was an excellent trip. We will go there again, but will go somewhere with a good house reef next time we dive and return to Little Cayman.
This was my second stay at LCBR. They consistently run an excellent operation. The buildings are well maintained, the staff is well trained, the food is excellent and the dive operation is very well run. Our ocean view room was in excellent shape, well appointed, and housekeeping did a great job.
This is a dive resort. Which means, everything in the resort orbits around diving, divers, dive schedules and dive stuff. Divers will have a good time here; non-divers will probably find it lacking/boring. Reception staff is very friendly and helpful. Check-in/out was smooth and hassle-free. Our room (pool view) was spacious and well-appointed, cleaning staff was always on time and never missed a thing. Despite being exactly behind the dive shop and very close to the pool/bar area, we were never bothered by any outside noise. Meal times and dive schedules were in sync - others may find they open and close earlier than other places. Food was buffet-style, always plentiful and good. Restaurant staff was super attentive. The bar is the heart of the place and bartenders were quick to learn our names and tastes. The food was good. The drinks were even better. Entering the water, there is almost no wading area because it is extremely shallow, there is a lot of sea grass and rocks/reef section very close to the beach. The best way to enjoy it is putting on your snorkeling gear, entering it at the pier area and exploring it. The dive operation works like a charm. Well-appointed gift shop, kayak rent available, comfortable and roomy spaces to rinse/dry gear, large boats with plenty of space, knowledgeable instructors. Dive sites are not far away, and the wall/reefs are healthy. All in all, an extremely efficient operation.
Fantastic resort! Staff was most helpful and friendly; dive masters extremely knowledgeable and great to dive with; dives were interesting and different each day; food was excellent, rooms were clean and comfortable, but the best part were the hammocks, where we spent each afternoon after diving all morning! 5 Stars all the way!
Little Cayman was awesome for a diver as well as a non-diver.
Accommodations: Little Cayman Beach Resort was our choice for the week and we were very happy with the entire experience. It is a small and compact resort boosting only 40 rooms. The room was spacious enough for all of our essentials as well as plenty of plugs for all your charging needs. Beds were a bit on the hard side, but when diving I can sleep almost anywhere. The showers were always hot, and you can actually make the room too cold. I was impressed by that. There is Wi-Fi available in each room but, at times can be spotty. Local cable TV had a mind blowing 9 channels, same as Brac, so this must be a Cayman wide service. There is quaint outdoor bar near a small pool and hot tub where some form of entertainment is provided each night. I had heard rumors about the restaurant before I got there and I have to agree they were mostly accurate as to the food being pretty darn good. A few items were questionable, but I would never complain with eggs Benedict for breakfast, and lamb or fresh carved roast beef for dinner! The staff, all the way around, were nothing short of excellent. Everyone you met always had a smile, and was more than willing to go out of their way for you. Dive Operations: Reef Divers was the on-site dive operator with a full service dive shop. There are several other options on the island, but Reef Divers has operations on all the Cayman Islands and we dove with them in Brac last year so we had an idea of what to expect; and we were not disappointed. They boast valet diving which essentially means they do the brunt of the work for you and you hardly ever have to touch your gear. They currently have four Newton 42’ custom dive boats with another one on the way. Their staff is well educated about each site and they produce very extensive and detailed dive briefings before each dive. There are 58 moored sites on the island. Typical boat rides are 15 minutes through a natural barrier reef cut, and then around the tip of the island to the best sites. Boats leave around 8am for a two- tank dive and return around 12:30 for lunch, and then back out at 2pm for the third dive. The only personal issue with me overall was their insistence of ending dives at 1,000 psi. Now they did do a great job at consistently filling tanks to 3100 psi, but taking a quick tour and ending up back under the boat for up to 15 minutes and expected to surface at 1000 psi was not what I am accustomed to as when I pay for a tank I like to burn it. If they truly are “Valet” they should have no problem waiting for my safety stop at 500 psi like normal folks.
The dive trip was fantastic. Great set up and excellent service. The dive staff were exceptional. The BEST to have valet diving!! The food was very good and lots of choice. We attended the presentation on the iguanas and that was very interesting as was the visit to the study center on tech island where they research the coral. Perfect time of year to go as the sea was calm and warm and great visibility.
This is my 9th trip to Little and things are even better this year. I didn't think Mick, Sharon, and Karen could improve on perfection, but they have. Our room was spotless and well furnished, the diving was fabulous and the new guides and dive staff are well-versed in making the adventure a valet-service. The food was varied, I sampled Caribbean, American. The bar staff is superb. I hope the wine list gets expanded.
Always a fantastic time diving at Little Cayman Beach. Accommodations are excellent, the food is also excellent.
LCBR completed a major remodel of the restaurant, indoor bar (both coffees and alcohol), reception area and walkways. Looks beautiful and very efficient. As always, the food, service and cleanliness is spot-on. Our room was attended to daily and the housekeepers do a great job. The dive service, my main interest, was fabulous. All new staff are well-integrated into the dive and resort family.
As advertised, reefs and walls healthy and critters cooperated. Valet diving at best with great staff.
The room was great, nice and comfortable. The service at the resort was great. Several things at the buffet line needed to be worked out which will no doubt be noticed by management as they progress. Lines for food were bumping into each other with lines for desert and getting water. Space for travel needs to be wider. The remodel looks great nice job. The diving as usual was excellent. As usual we had a great time and are looking forward to next year.
We enjoyed Little Cayman! The resort was very nice and well maintained. The staff were all wonderful. The food was great. We will go back again for a 6th time.
Our trip to Little Cayman was terrific. All the staff were very welcoming and pleasant. Coved tests were done without any interference with our vacation time. The food as always was excellent and a good verity of choices of entry's. The rooms were nicely air conditioned and very clean. The bar served many choices of cocktails and beer even with some pop corn. The diving was out of this world. Valet service, dive sites (Wall and Reef), fast boats no down time and short distance to dive sites. This is my 12th trip and I keep going back you should try it.
- David P.
This was our eighth trip to the Resort. The staff is wonderful, food is great and the rooms are well appointed. Diving is always amazing. Looking forward to returning for again.