Whether you strike out on your own or hire a tour guide, there are several tours in the Cayman Islands that guide vacationers through some of the natural habitats that exist on the island. Visitors might also get the opportunity to make friends with a few local animals as well.
Land preservation is important in the Cayman Islands. Nature Preserves set aside desgnated areas that help to promote conservation and create bountiful lands in which local animals can thrive and prosper. Fortunately, most of these nature preserves allow visitors, which means you can see what island life was like before man took over.
Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time outdoors? You can experience a range of different hiking trails and some nature preserves in the area.
Salt Water Pond is a popular nature preserve West End, in eastern the Cayman Islands. Once designated as an Animal Sanctuary, Saltwater Pond was stripped of that recognition in 2012. Even so, it remains a tranquil spot to check out on your tour of Cayman Brac's south coast.
Adventurers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring sites like Heritage Beach. When the people of the Cayman Islands realized the potential the tourism industry had was largely effected by the quality of the beaches, they worked hard on the landscaping and atmosphere of each beach on the island. Often, this included importing coastal flora, many times from Australia.
Brac Parrot Reserve: In order for the people of the Caymans, and their visitors, to truly benefit from the Bac Parrot Reserve, a nature trail is available through the reserve. The trail loops through a varied terrain including a mango garden on red soil, old farm lands, and a full forest.
Take some time to look through the table just below for a listing of nature preserves and hiking spots.
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||6.7 mi. North of Central downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Bight Road Trail||Hiking Trail||1.1 mi. South West of Central Tibbetts Turn||Cayman Brac|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.1 mi. Northwest of Central Blossom Village||Little Cayman|
|Booby Pond Nature Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.8 mi. South of Central Little Cayman||Little Cayman|
|Brac Parrot Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.9 mi. South West of Central Creek||Cayman Brac|
|Deadman's Point Bluff Road||Hiking Trail||1.2 mi. South West of Central Cayman Brac||Cayman Brac|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.6 mi. West of Central East End||Grand Cayman|
|Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||4.6 mi. East of Central Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Hiking Trail||1.0 mi. South West of Central Cayman Brac||Cayman Brac|
|Heritage Beach||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.4 mi. West of Central East End||Grand Cayman|
|Mastic Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Old Man Bay||Grand Cayman|
|Hiking Trail||5.9 mi. Northeast of Central Bodden Town||Grand Cayman|
|Meagre Bay Pond Animal Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||9.2 mi. East of Central Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Hiking Trail||1.7 mi. West of Central Blossom Village||Little Cayman|
|Salt Water Pond||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central West End||Cayman Brac|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tibbetts Turn||Cayman Brac|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.6 mi. West of Central West Bay||Grand Cayman|
Although most tourists have heard about the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. the Cayman Islands offers some great options, including 3 caves.
You might want to visit Bat Cave, which is Cayman Brac, in eastern the Cayman Islands. Although it looks like a bat cave on the exterior, Bat Cave does not, in fact, have any bats inside. It is, however, accessible by an easy 20 minute bike ride or slightly longer hike with great views and an interesting site to explore.
Another attraction worth considering is Peter's Cave. It is Spot Bay, in eastern the Cayman Islands. Great from both a historical and natural perspective, Peter's Cave is a great hiking destination, the end point of a scenic drive, one of the island's top North Wall dive spots, and a past hurricane and flood shelter for islanders.
The following table lists some details concerning caves.
|Bat Cave||Cave||1.5 mi. South West of Central Cayman Brac|
|Half Way Ground Cave||Cave||0.6 mi. West of Central Cayman Brac|
|Peter's Cave||Cave||1.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Creek|
Visitors can visit one of the many parks, as well as 3 botanical gardens in the Cayman Islands.
Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef is West Bay, in western the Cayman Islands. 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.
Another popular choice in this category is Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Queen Elizabeth II herself was there on opening day of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in 1994, and since then the grounds have further developed. This spot is now a full-fledged tourist attraction featuring an abundance of flourishing flora and the Woodland Trail.
The parks and gardens you'll be able to find can be seen here:
|Botanical Garden||Grand Cayman||Grand Cayman|
|Park||0.4 mi. South West of Central Blossom Village||Little Cayman|
|Park||0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central West End||Cayman Brac|
|Botanical Garden||1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tibbetts Turn||Cayman Brac|
|Park||5.8 mi. North of Central Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef||Park||1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central West Bay||Grand Cayman|
|Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park||Botanical Garden||2.0 mi. South of Central Old Man Bay||Grand Cayman|
|Park||2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Creek||Cayman Brac|
|Park||3.5 mi. North of Central downtown Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
If the concept of spending some time at the zoo sounds like fun, you should visit 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.
A second related venue is Dolphin Discovery. Dolphin Discovery on Grand Cayman allows visitors to get up close and personal with the marine world's favorite mammal, the dolphin, through a series of well-supervised encounters.
Be sure to look through the following table to learn more.
|Cayman Turtle Farm||Zoo||1.6 mi. West of Central West Bay|
|Dolphin Discovery||Zoo||West Bay|
Another idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in the Cayman Islands are provided in the following chart.
|Bay||2.2 mi. Northwest of Central Blossom Village||Little Cayman|
|Bay||2.0 mi. Southeast of Central Creek||Cayman Brac|
|Pond||0.6 mi. West of Central Old Man Bay||Grand Cayman|
|Bay||1.4 mi. Northwest of Central Little Cayman||Little Cayman|
|Pond||1.1 mi. South of Central West Bay||Grand Cayman|
|Bay||1.7 mi. North of Central Blossom Village||Little Cayman|
|Jackson's Point||Point||1.8 mi. West of Central Little Cayman||Little Cayman|
|Pond||1.7 mi. West of Central Little Cayman||Little Cayman|
|Pond||1.8 mi. West of Central Old Man Bay||Grand Cayman|
|Pond||3.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Pond||9.6 mi. East of Central Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Pond||8.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown||Grand Cayman|
|Bay||1.8 mi. Southeast of Central Spot Bay||Cayman Brac|
|Bay||1.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Blossom Village||Little Cayman|
|Pond||1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central West Bay||Grand Cayman|
|Bay||2.2 mi. Northeast of Central West End||Cayman Brac|
|Pond||0.7 mi. Northeast of Central West Bay||Grand Cayman|
|Bay||1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Little Cayman||Little Cayman|
|West End Point Outlook||Point||1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central West End||Cayman Brac|
|Pond||1.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central West End||Cayman Brac|
Luckily, you'll be able to find additional kinds attractions available. Click here to check out our page about other interesting attractions for the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands National Trust has designated a collection of sites that are important natural and historical sites. Some of the included sites can be found on the table below.
|Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary|
|Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park|
|Brac Parrot Reserve|
|Booby Pond Nature Reserve|
Wherever you go in the Cayman Islands, the beauty and bounty of nature is all around you. It is up to you to take it a step further and make a point to look closer and learn all you can about the natural side of the islands.
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