Natural Attractions in the Cayman Islands

Nature lovers and eco-tourists will find several opportunities to explore Mother Nature in the Cayman Islands

Photo credit: © Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
 

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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary

Do you want to enjoy more of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You can choose from quite a number of hiking trails and some nature preserves in the area.

Salt Water Pond is a great 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.

Those hoping to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places like Heritage Beach. Although it has not yet been designated as a conservation area, the National Trust of the Cayman Islands expects that it will be soon. The unique plant life found here may even have placards explaining their heritage.

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.

View the following chart if you want more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In the Cayman Islands
Name Type Location Island
Bight Road Trail Hiking Trail 1.1 mi. South West of Central Tibbetts Turn Cayman Brac
Bloody Bay Marine Park 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
East End Marshland Natural Habitat 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
Hemmington Road Trail 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
Mastic Trail 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
Salt Rock Nature Trails 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
The Splits Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tibbetts Turn Cayman Brac
Turtle Reef Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 mi. West of Central West Bay Grand Cayman

Caves

Although most visitors are attracted by the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. the Cayman Islands offers some interesting options, including 3 caves.

You should consider visiting 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.

A second place worth considering is Peter's Cave. It is Spot Bay, in eastern the Cayman Islands. Peter's Cave is accessible via a rocky hike, but you can drive there as well. Many people visit because of the unique history, which is that many islanders have used this cave as a hideout during hurricanes and floods since it was first discovered.

The following chart summarizes more details on caves.

Caves In the Cayman Islands
Name Type Location
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

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Visitors can experience several parks, or 2 botanical gardens in the Cayman Islands.

If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which is western the Cayman Islands. 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.

Another popular choice in this category is Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef. Kittiwake is located 64 feet under water, just off the northern end of Seven Mile Beach.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are listed down below.

Parks and Gardens In the Cayman Islands
Name Type Location Island
Cayman Brac Community Park Park 0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central West End Cayman Brac
Christopher Columbus Gardens Botanical Garden 1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Tibbetts Turn Cayman Brac
Garvin Park 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

Zoos and Aquariums

Cayman Turtle Farm

If the concept of passing some time surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, 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.

Another similar attraction 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.

Take a look at the table below to learn more.

Zoos In the Cayman Islands
Name Type Location
Cayman Turtle Farm Zoo 1.6 mi. West of Central West Bay
Dolphin Discovery Zoo West Bay

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in the Cayman Islands are listed directly below.

Land Formations In the Cayman Islands
Name Type Location Island
Bloody Bay Bay 2.2 mi. Northwest of Central Blossom Village Little Cayman
Cat Head Bay Bay 2.0 mi. Southeast of Central Creek Cayman Brac
Dowry Pond Pond 0.6 mi. West of Central Old Man Bay Grand Cayman
Grape Tree Bay Bay 1.4 mi. Northwest of Central Little Cayman Little Cayman
Jackson Pond Pond 1.1 mi. South of Central West Bay Grand Cayman
Jackson's Bay 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
Jackson's Pond Pond 1.7 mi. West of Central Little Cayman Little Cayman
Malportas Pond Pond 1.8 mi. West of Central Old Man Bay Grand Cayman
Matilda Ponds Pond 3.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman
Meagre Bay Pond Pond 9.6 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman
Pease Bay Pond Pond 8.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman
Pollard Bay Bay 1.8 mi. Southeast of Central Spot Bay Cayman Brac
Preston Bay Bay 1.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Blossom Village Little Cayman
Sea Pond Pond 1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central West Bay Grand Cayman
Stake Bay Bay 2.2 mi. Northeast of Central West End Cayman Brac
Vulgunners Pond Pond 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central West Bay Grand Cayman
Wearis Bay 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
Westerly Ponds Pond 1.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central West End Cayman Brac

Bear in mind that The Cayman Islands has additional attractions. Visit this extended discussion about even more attractions if you want to find additional specifics.

National Trust Heritage Properities

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.

National Trust Heritage Sites
Destinations
Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary
Heritage Beach
Mastic Reserve
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
Brac Parrot Reserve
The Splits
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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