La Esperanza

Stake Bay, Cayman Brac, KY2-2101, Cayman Islands

This seaside cluster of mango-and-teal buildings with magenta accents is run by industrious, affable owners who also rent cars and offer free use of (and sometimes transportation to) their private beach 6 miles (10 km) away on the gentler south shore. Apartments and houses (No. 1 has the best view) are surrounded by towering shade trees and across the street from a restaurant and rocky beach. Accommodations are attractive if worn, favoring clashing lemon, burnt orange, and fuchsia fabrics with gaudy, often religious artworks and garage-sale furnishings; the houses include washer/dryers. For years this was one of the few spots where folks could mingle and exchange news over drinks (remember, even TVs were few until the mid-1990s), and the restaurant-bar remains a favorite. Two of the founders, Bussy and Velma Dilbert, still run the place and ensure personalized attention (they're always handy with advice and local lore). It's a tranquil spot, at least until weekends, when it's usually party central.


  • fun ambience
  • good snorkeling
  • party time on weekends
  • grocery on-site


  • slightly threadbare
  • weekend parties get loud


Phones: 345-948–0591


4 2-bedroom apartments, 2 3-bedroom houses
Rate Includes: No meals