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 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 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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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 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.
|Cayman Turtle Farm||Zoo||1.6 mi. West of Central West Bay|
|Dolphin Discovery||Zoo||West Bay|
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.
|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|
Keep in mind, The Cayman Islands offers other attractions. To see our guide to other attractions, visit this page.
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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