Mastic Reserve

Many years of deforestation for logging purposes during the 18th and 19th centuries led to a loss of one of the Cayman Islands important eco-zones, the dry forest. Mastic Reserve is one of the few remaining dry forests throughout the islands.

As you walk the trail, take note. Plants include Royal Palms, Cedar, Mahogany, Wild Banana Orchids, and the Mastic Tree. You will also encounter a Black Mangrove wet land, and a huge display of lizards, butterflies, non-poisonous snakes, and birds.

Over time, a trail that existed through the Mastic Forest was lost to lack up upkeep, but the National rust decided to reopen the trail as an attraction that would promote awareness about the important of the dry forest. In 1994, the path was painstakingly cleared, with 8,000 feet of fallen trees and shrubbery cleared, rocks smoothed, and a flat walking surface created. By 1995, the trail was once again open, allowing visitors from around the world a chance to stroll through the forest. Now, you can pick up a pamphlet from the National Trust to embark upon a self guided tour, or you can sign up for a tour with an expert.

Location

Mastic Reserve is situated on the island of Grand Cayman, 2.6 miles south-southwest of Old Man Bay; it is five and a half miles (nine kilometers) to the east-northeast of Bodden Town.

Nearby Restaurants

If you've worked up an appetite during your visit to the wildlife reserve, don't worry -- you'll find a great concentration of food and beverage places in the vicinity. South Coast Bar & Grill, which serves Caribbean meals, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation. Also within a short distance, you and your companions will encounter restaurants like The Lighthouse Restaurant at Breakers and Over The Edge where you and your companions should make it a point not to ask for your check without trying their specialty seafood.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who enjoy wildlife reservations, and are interested in visiting others, might consider a trip to Meagre Bay Pond Animal Sanctuary and Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary; the first of which is 3.1 miles away from this page's attraction. Additional local activities include Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which is a mile and a half away Grand Cayman. You might also think about heading over to Mastic Trail, which is another attraction nearby.

Wildlife reservations are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

Attractions Near Mastic Reserve
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park -- 1.6 mi. (11.5 km) E 7.2 mi. East-Northeast of Bodden Town
Mastic Trail GeoFeature 2.1 mi. (9.5 km) NNW 5.9 mi. Northeast of Bodden Town
Mission House Historic Site 4.4 mi. (2.1 km) SW 1.3 mi. East of Bodden Town
Bodden Town Guardhouse Park Historic Site 5.6 mi. (0 km) WSW Bodden Town

More Information

Policies

The trail is not recommended for the handicapped, the elderly, or children under the age of six. It is also important to remember that it is a criminal offense to remove a plant or animal from the property.

Location: Grand Cayman

Phone

(345) 749-1121

(345) 749-1129

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.ky/index.php/info-sheets/mastic-reserve-trail

Email

info@nationaltrust.org.ky

 

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