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

Positioned near the heart of the island of Grand Cayman, 2.6 miles south-southwest of Old Man Bay, Mastic Reserve happily welcomes local residents and tourists who are lodging on this part of the island or close by. Even if you aren't staying very close, you should feel free to stop by to enjoy a great time. It is 5.6 miles east-northeast of Bodden Town.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most delightful options while spending some time exploring the area is enjoying a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of the nature preserve. South Coast Bar & Grill, which has a menu full of Caribbean meals, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. The Lighthouse Restaurant at Breakers and Over The Edge are some of the additional food and drink options near Mastic Reserve. At Over The Edge you will not want to leave without sampling their specialty, seafood.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that like wildlife reservations, and are interested in visiting others, ought to think about Meagre Bay Pond Animal Sanctuary and Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary; the first and closest of which is 3.1 miles away from this nature preserve. You'll find some additional activities in the area, including Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which is a mile and a half away Grand Cayman. Furthermore, you can think about making the trip to Mastic Trail, which is another attraction close by.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't run low on things to do. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.

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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