The Cayman Islands Landmarks

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.

Museums

Cayman Islands National Museum

Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in the Cayman Islands. Just click on each place's name for additional information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is National Trust House. It is located in Blossom Village, the Cayman Islands. The house is a traditional two story Caymanian home set among both dry and wetlands, and is known to have been living in during the 18th and 19th centuries. The tour gives guests an oral history of the area and the families who lived there, and there are many genuine artifacts to view that were once owned by the Watler Family who lived in the home for 77 years.

Another option is National Trust Visitor Center. It's a museum on the outskirts of the Cayman Islands. The Centre is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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 chart below enables you to get some details concerning some available museums 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 enjoy experiencing the history of foreign countries, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions during your stay.

Many travelers choose to visit Fort George. It is found within downtown Georgetown. Although landlocked and mostly in ruins, Fort George stands as an important historical landmark that tells the tale of a Cayman Islands once protected from this very spot by the local militia. The fort was built by locals using limestone and coral, though nobody can be sure exactly when, and after many years of little to no use, it was handed over to the National Trust.

Another common landmark for vacationers is East End Lighthouse Park. It is western the Cayman Islands. The park is open to guests daily.

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."

View the table just below to learn more about historic sites in the area.

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 0.7 mi. East-Northeast 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

Visitors can experience some other worthwhile landmarks in this area.

If the more functional aspects of living by the sea intrigue you, consider heading to 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 want to observe the beer-making process, another destination you might consider visiting is Cayman Islands Brewery. Tours of the Cayman Islands Brewery are conducted by the brewing staff, and take guests through the whole production process from brewing to bottling. The tour lets out into the gift shop, where guests can purchase a brew to take home.

Other kinds of landmarks in the Cayman Islands are summarized in the table below.

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

Luckily, there are a nice selection of kinds attractions available. To navigate to our complete page about 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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