Daniel Tibbets

Daniel Tibbets

Dan Tibbetts was the son of the late Linton and Polly Tibbetts. Dan grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida but he cherished his Caymanian heritage from a young age and when he wasn't living in the Islands, he visited often. He attended Stetson University where he studied business and then went to work at his father's lumber company, Cox Lumber. In the early 1990s, Dan began focusing his efforts on developing a dive resort in Little Cayman. He completed the Little Cayman Beach Resort in 1993 and launched Reef Divers, a valet dive operation on both Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Over the course of his career, Dan also built the Conch Club Condominiums and The Club Condominiums in Little Cayman, Lakeshore Villas in Grand Cayman and numerous other building projects on all three islands. He acquired Bob Soto's Diving in the early 2000s and expanded the operation, but the fleet was devastated by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and he decided to refocus his efforts in the Sister Islands. Sadly Dan passed away at the age of 52 in 2006. He was survived by his children, Michael Tibbetts, Emily Tibbetts Allenbach and Jessica Tibbetts Buchanan, who have continued their father's legacy by expanding resort operations across all three Islands.