Bluff View, the Climbers’ House


There are only three main roads on the Brac and the Bluff View House is on the South Side road, towards the east end of the island.  This is the quiet end of the island, far from the noise of the airport and what little traffic there is.  It’s also very dark for good stargazing.

Bluff View backs up against the bluff and is nestled between coconut palms, agave and cacti. It’s 60 yards to the water, and the sound of the waves and palm fronds lull you to sleep.

Tired, happy climbers with drinks in hand at the end of the day.

The house has two independent units: one up, one down.  It’s nothing fancy, but it’s comfortable and has everything you need including a fully equipped kitchen (fridge, stove, blender, coffee maker, pots, dishes, etc.), sheets, towels, etc.  After a day of climbing, the outdoor shower is not to be missed!

For a long-term staycommercial Daycare is available and requires the usual proof of vaccinations and paperwork.  An alternative is for you to hire a “Gramma” to come to Bluff View and watch over your children while you climb.   The usual cost is US$30 to $37/day.   Let me know if you want a Gramma.

So bring your clothes, toothbrush, CDs, Ipod (and cable with male connector on both ends), snorkel, scuba and climbing gear.  There’s no TV and no internet, and trust me, it’s better that way.

The rate for the Bluff View house, per floor, is US$115 per night with a 3-day minimum. If you stay longer than six nights, every seventh night is free ($690/week).


Never snap a wet kitchen towel at a guy you know has a black belt!

For more information and reservations contact:

Update Feb 15: I will be on Cayman Brac Feb 22 – March 31 and will not have internet access (I like it that way).  There are openings at Bluff View  from Sunday, April 5 through the end of April.   Please call to make a reservation.

John Byrnes, 46246 Weld CR #13, Ft. Collins, CO USA 80524      (970) 897-2787

Or on the Brac (345) 948-2288 (Feb 22 – March 31, 2015)


 |washer  |
 |        |
 |        |               |           |                      |-----
 |        |  Toilet       |  _________|                      |outdoor
 | Closet |    Tub        |  |                               |shower
 |  /     |  /  Shower    |  | KITCHEN         DINING        |-----
 |_/   _____/  ___________|  |                               |
 |                        |  |                               |---
 |                        |  |                               |---
 |                        |  |                               |---
 |                        |---                               |---
 |                        |              LIVING ROOM         |---
 |       BEDROOM          |                                  |---
 | queen                  |                                  |---
 | size                   |                                  |---
 | bed                 \     \                foldout Futon  |---
 |                      \     \                queen size    | stairs to
 ________________________\_    \______________________________  upper floor
 |                                                           |
 |             Large Covered Porch = 7' x 32'                |
 |                                                           |
 |                                                           |

Both floors are identical. The outdoor shower and shed with the washer are shared. One bathroom per floor. Room for 4 people on each floor: 2 in the bedroom and 2 on the double futon.  We also have an air-bed for the occasional extra person.


Other climber-friendly places to stay

The Cayman Breakers and Kings Point condominiums run by Robert and Nina Banks are just down the road from Bluff View.

Phone: 1-345-948-1463


The Brac Reef Resort is a comprehensive resort at the west end of the island.  While it caters mostly to divers, everyone is welcome by the excellent friendly staff.



  • [...] to stay:  John Byrnes not only offers the climbing guide, but you can rent a floor of his house, the Bluff View.  It has one bedroom, a futon, and I believe an air mattress (we only had three [...]