Gladys Howard

Gladys Howard

Gladys B. Howard bought Pirates Point Resort in Little Cayman in 1986. It had been a resort before she bought it, but it did not ever become anything, under the original owners. Gladys came onto the resort, with energy, enthusiasm, and a concept that was very unique. She catered to guests, and provided them with homemade breads and desserts done daily, with only fresh ingredients.

The resort had its own generator for power, has always made its own water, and of course found the supplies through boats from Cayman Brac, or by customers going and collecting conch or fishing to provide the evening meal. The guests have always felt a part of the experience at the resort. This created an atmosphere that folks wanted to book again for next year and over the years the clientele have become 80% repeat and with no advertising or marketing being done.

For the diving part of the resort, Gladys brought her original dive instructor Larry Smith with her, and he did all of the diving until 1988, which is when Gay and Ed Morse came to join Gladys, as the resort was starting to grow. The diving has always been about catering to guests. The boat leaves at 9:00 and she put as many guides in the water to make sure that everyone has a great experience.

Gladys donates "yellow rose”, the dive boat, for the weekly lionfish cull and this has gone on for 4 years. She has been given many other honours, including the Badge of Honour, and a National Trust Caymanite Octopus that was hand carved to honour her and her efforts in Little Cayman .