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 hope to spend more of your vacation time seeing the local flaura and fauna? There are quite a few hiking trails and some nature preserves in the Cayman Islands.

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 hoping to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing opportunities 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: When a rare species of Parrot was wiped out in 1932, the people of the Cayman Islands knew they had to do something to preserve the remaining parrots for future generations, but what? It wasn't until 1991 when the National Trust acquired the perfect parcel of land to create this natural attraction: the Brac Parrot Reserve.

View the table just below to read more about nature preserves and hiking spots.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In the Cayman Islands
Name Type Location Island
Barker's National Park 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
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

Even though most travelers have heard about the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. the Cayman Islands offers some great choices, 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 option 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 chart enables you to get more information about 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

Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef

Guests can visit one of the many parks, or 2 botanical gardens in the Cayman Islands.

Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef is West Bay, in western the Cayman Islands. Kittiwake is located 64 feet under water, just off the northern end of Seven Mile Beach.

A second attraction in this category is Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. 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.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are provided in the following table.

Parks and Gardens In the Cayman Islands
Name Type Location Island
Blossom Village Community Park Park 0.4 mi. South West of Central Blossom Village Little Cayman
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
Spot Bay Community Park Park 2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Creek Cayman Brac
Trafalgar Square Park 3.5 mi. North of Central downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman

Zoos and Aquariums

Cayman Turtle Farm

If the concept of spending part of a day with interesting animals sounds like fun, you should visit Cayman Turtle Farm. Car and bike parking is available for free directly across from the farm.

Another related option is Dolphin Discovery. Dolphin Discovery offers several different programs in which guests learn about the life of dolphins, both in and out of captivity, how they are cared for, and more -- all of which end in a chance to swim with a dolphin.

Check the following table for more information.

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 idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in the Cayman Islands are provided right 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

Keep in mind, The Cayman Islands offers other attractions. To see our guide to other attractions, visit this page.

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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