Landmarks in the Cayman Islands

Landmarks in the Cayman Islands allow visitors to peek into the history and culture of the country

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The Cayman Islands attracts all types of vacationers: those who are interested in history, others who marvel at architecture, and those who would prefer to learn about island agriculture. Luckily, the islands have landmarks that will keep people of every persuasion occupied.


Cayman Islands National Museum

Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation. To obtain additional information about each museum, click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is National Trust House. It is found within Blossom Village, the Cayman Islands. Also known as Mission House, the National Trust House brings visitors back to a much earlier time in island history by allowing them to explore a home that three prominent families were known to inhabit over the years.

A second choice is National Trust Visitor Center. It's a museum just on the edge of the Cayman Islands. The National Trust for the Cayman Islands works to share the history of the islands through the preservation of historic landmarks and natural sites. At the National Trust Visitors Centre, visitors will gleam first hand information on the importance of each site, and learn which are best for them to visit based upon their interests.

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands: The permanent collection of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is housed on the second floor and features important pieces of Cayman artwork that has been growing since the inception of the National Gallery. Additionally, the gallery tries to host at least six rotating exhibits each year.

The following chart enables you to learn more details concerning museums you might enjoy in the Cayman Islands.

Museums In the Cayman Islands
Name Phone Location Island
Cayman Brac Museum (345) 948-2622 1.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Cayman Brac Cayman Brac
Cayman Islands National Museum (345) 949-8368 Downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman
Cayman Motor Museum (345) 947-7741 West Bay Grand Cayman
Little Cayman Marine Museum -- 0.5 mi. West of Central Blossom Village Little Cayman
Little Cayman Museum (345) 948-1033 0.4 mi. South West of Central Blossom Village Little Cayman
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (345) 945-8111 1.4 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman
National Trust House (345) 749-1123 0.5 mi. West of Central Blossom Village Little Cayman
National Trust Visitor Center (345) 749-1121 0.9 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman

Historical Sites

Fort George

If you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of a foreign place, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites while on vacation in the Cayman Islands.

Many travelers choose to visit Fort George. It is found in downtown Georgetown. Visitors will find Fort George mostly in ruins, and a tour guide may tell tale of three canons that can no longer be traced, as well as four solid walls that were only about five feet tall each. At one time, local school children would play in the sandy grounds, and it did serve as a lookout point during World War II, but has otherwise seen no action throughout its history on the island.

Another landmark worth visiting is East End Lighthouse Park. It is western the Cayman Islands. Although the lighthouse has fallen much into disrepair, the National Trust of the Cayman Islands was given special permission to clean up the area surrounding the lighthouse so that tourists may enjoy a visit. Pathways, flower beds, and a 1,000 gallon water tank for irrigation were installed, and now the grounds welcome guests who can't help but exalt in the beautiful view that awaits them.

Dr. Roy's Ironshore: Once upon a time, Dr. Roy's House stood as an important landmark in the eyes of the people of the Cayman Islands -- but unfortunately it was torn down in order to build a financial center. Though many people are still distraught over the building's demise, its memory lives on across the street on an interpretative sign overlooking the "Ironshore."

Review the following chart for a listing of historical sites in the Cayman Islands.

Historic Sites In the Cayman Islands
Name Phone Location Island
Bodden Town Guardhouse Park -- Bodden Town, Western part of the Cayman Islands Grand Cayman
Captain Charlie Kirkconnell's House -- 0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Cayman Brac Cayman Brac
Dr. Roy's Ironshore (345) 749-1135 0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman
East End Lighthouse Park (345) 749-1121 0.6 mi. East of Central East End Grand Cayman
Fort George (345) 749-1121 Downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman
Heritage House (345) 948-0563 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Creek Cayman Brac
Lighthouse Steps -- 1.4 mi. East of Central Spot Bay Cayman Brac
Mission House (345) 749-1121 8.3 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman
Mule Enclosures -- 1.8 mi. West of Central Blossom Village Little Cayman
Old Savannah Schoolhouse (345) 749-1121 5.2 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman
Pedro St. James National Historic Site (345) 947-3329 5.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman
Rebecca's Cave -- 0.9 mi. East of Central West End Cayman Brac
Spellman Mclaughlin Home (345) 949-0121 0.1 mi. North of Central Creek Cayman Brac
Watler Cemetery (345) 749-1121 3.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Guests will enjoy some other interesting local attractions in the Cayman Islands.

If the nitty gritty aspects of life by the sea interest you, consider visiting Cayman Brac Lighthouse. Cayman Brac Lighthouse isn't the most elaborate of its kind, but it is definitely worth a visit for the views and photo opportunities alone.

If you'd like to observe the beer-making process, another destination you might consider heading to is Cayman Islands Brewery. Tours of the brewery are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and private tours are available for 10 people or more after hours.

The other kinds of landmarks in this area. can be seen in the following table.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In the Cayman Islands
Name Type Location Island
Cayman Brac Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.7 mi. East of Central Spot Bay Cayman Brac
Cayman Islands Brewery Brewery 2.9 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman

Keep in mind, The Cayman Islands includes other attraction types. To read our guide to other attractions, see this page.

Historic Homes & Buildings

Back in 1780 when only 400 people lived on the entire island of Grand Cayman, and in thatched houses, no less, a home was built using slave labor, called Pedro St. James. Later, on December 5, 1831, the house served as the site of the election of the island's first legislature election. Though a fire damaged the property in 1970, it was restored to its original greatness and now stands as a popular tourist attraction. Not only can visitors tour the house, making note of the magnificent view and mahogany floors as guides dressed in period costumes provide you with details about life in the house, but there is also a theater, gift shop, and cafe on site. The Pedro St. James National Historic Site is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and costs CI$10 for adults over the age of 12.

Meanwhile, on Cayman Brac, the Spellman Mclaughlin Home stands as the only remaining piece of architecture from the Bracker era. Between 1926 and 1930, Captain Spellman McLaughlin built his home by hand from timber he brought home with him from Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. In fitting with the custom of the time, the kitchen was the center of the home, and all other rooms surrounded it. Brunzil Rivers, the youngest daughter of Captain Spellman McLaughlin inhabits the home to this day, and happily gives tours on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., as well as on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free of charge.

National Trust Heritage Properties

If you visit the National Trust Visitor Center on Grand Cayman, you can pick up a map that details all of the important natural and historical sites in the Cayman Islands. These sites include:

Cayman Islands' National Trust Heritage Properties
Property Significance
Bodden Town Guardhouse Park  Cayman Island's first capital and historical military post
Dr. Roy's Ironshore  Provides a great view of George Town Harbour
East End Lighthouse Park  Cayman Island's first lighthouse
Fort George  18th century military fort
Old Savannah Schoolhouse  First one-room schoolhouse in the Cayman Islands
Watler Cemetery
 Traditional island cemetery featuring house-shaped gravestones
Mission House  Replica of one of the oldest buildings in the Cayman Islands

For a list of the natural National Trust properties, visit our guide to Nature in the Cayman Islands.

Touring the island is just another way to enhance your vacation in the Cayman Islands. Between brewery tours and historic homes, nothing is off limits to visitors who want to learn everything they can about life on the islands.


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