Natural Attractions in Bodden Town

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Once a popular haunt for pirates, Bodden Town's natural attractions take advantage of local myths and legends by setting up sites like Pirate's Caves to resemble what could have been the hideout for mischief makers long ago.  If your interests lie elsewhere, consider the local animal sanctuary as a great way to learn about local fauna. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary

Do you like being seeing the local flaura and fauna? You can explore one hiking trail and some nature preserves in and around Bodden Town.

Mastic Reserve is a nature preserve situated in eastern Bodden Town. 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.

Adventurers hoping to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting sites like Meagre Bay Pond Animal Sanctuary. The small protected area of Meagre Bay Pond is home to a large number of waterfowl that use the shallow salt water to hunt and wade, especially waterfowl like ducks.

Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary: With a few trails that will take people to some great bird lookout spots, birdwatchers will have plenty to do here. However, if bird-watching does not interest you, then this bird sanctuary may not be the place for you.

Look through this table for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In and Around Bodden Town
Name Type Location
Barker's National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 10.5 mi. Northwest of Central Bodden Town
East End Marshland Natural Habitat Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 8.3 mi. East of Central Bodden Town
Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Savannah, 2.4 mi. West of Central Bodden Town
Heritage Beach Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 7.3 mi. East of Central Bodden Town
Mastic Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Bodden Town
Mastic Trail Hiking Trail 5.9 mi. Northeast of Central Bodden Town
Meagre Bay Pond Animal Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Bodden Town

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Visitors can visit several parks, as well as a botanical garden nearby.

If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which is located 7.2 mi. East-Northeast of central Bodden Town. On the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Garden visitors will find the Floral Colour Garden, Heritage Garden, Orchids in the Park, Virtual Herbarium, a lake, the Woodland Trail, and a variety of animal life. Additionally, in an effort to save the world's most endangered iguana, the Cayman Islands government made over 200 acres of government land available to act as the Blue Iguana Nature Reserve.

A second popular choice in this category is Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef. Kittiwake Shipwreck and Artificial Reef is the remains of the sunken ship Kittiwake, which is now developing into an artificial reef. With the assistance of licensed diver operators, tourists are invited to snorkel and scuba dive around the wreck.

The parks and gardens worth considering are shown right below.

Parks and Gardens Near Bodden Town
Name Type Location
Garvin Park Park 9.6 mi. Northwest of Central Bodden Town
Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef Park 10.2 mi. Northwest of Central Bodden Town
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park Botanical Garden 7.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Bodden Town
Trafalgar Square Park 8.6 mi. Northwest of Central Bodden Town

Zoos and Aquariums

Cayman Turtle Farm

If the concept of spending part of a day with interesting animals sounds like fun, consider visiting Cayman Turtle Farm. The Cayman Turtle Farm: Island Wildlife Encounter is the largest land attraction in the Cayman Islands, featuring both entertaining and education programing that touches on not only turtles, but other Cayman marine life.

Zoos Near Bodden Town
Name Type Location Island/th>
Cayman Turtle Farm Zoo 11.8 mi. Northwest of Central Bodden Town Grand Cayman

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Bodden Town are listed directly below.

Land Formations In Bodden Town
Name Type Location
Meagre Bay Pond Pond 2.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Bodden Town
Pease Bay Pond Pond Central Bodden Town

Of course, Bodden Town has other attractions. You can read this extended discussion regarding even more attractions if you want to find out more details.


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