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.
Mastic Reserve is located near the heart of the island of Grand Cayman, 2.6 miles south-southwest of Old Man Bay; it's five and a half miles (nine kilometers) to the east-northeast of Bodden Town.
Of course, one of the most enjoyable options while spending some time exploring the area is sharing a meal at a restaurant within traveling distance of this nature preserve. The most convenient place to eat to Mastic Reserve is South Coast Bar & Grill, which serves Caribbean meals. The Lighthouse Restaurant at Breakers and Over The Edge offer additional restaurant options close to Mastic Reserve. At Over The Edge you can not end your meal without trying their specialty, seafood.
Those who enjoy nature preserves, and are interested in visiting others, should consider Meagre Bay Pond Animal Sanctuary and Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary; the first and closest of which is three miles to the west-southwest of Mastic Reserve. Additional nearby attractions include Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which is a mile and a half away Grand Cayman. You might also think about visiting , which is another attraction nearby.
If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the following table shows the closest options.
|Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park||--||1.6 mi. (11.5 km)||E||7.2 mi. East-Northeast of Bodden Town|
|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|
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.
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