Despite rapid growth that has occurred in the last 30 or so years, Grand Cayman still remains a great destination for eco-tourism. Natural attractions are plentiful, you just have to know where to look. Biking and hiking are great ways to experience the local terrain up close, and must-see sites include half a dozen nature preserves and sanctuaries, carefully-planned botanical gardens, and a turtle farm.
Do you like spending time seeing the local flaura and fauna? There is one hiking trail and some nature preserves on Grand Cayman.
Heritage Beach is a nature preserve located in eastern Grand Cayman. 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.
Those looking to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing choices like Mastic Reserve. Over time, a trail that existed through the Mastic Forest was lost to lack up upkeep, but the National rust decided to reopen the trail as an attraction that would promote awareness about the important of the dry forest. In 1994, the path was painstakingly cleared, with 8,000 feet of fallen trees and shrubbery cleared, rocks smoothed, and a flat walking surface created. By 1995, the trail was once again open, allowing visitors from around the world a chance to stroll through the forest. Now, you can pick up a pamphlet from the National Trust to embark upon a self guided tour, or you can sign up for a tour with an expert.
Meagre Bay Pond Animal Sanctuary: The small protected area of Meagre Bay Pond is home to a large number of waterfowl that use the shallow salt water to hunt and wade, especially waterfowl like ducks.
Take some time to look through the following table to see nature preserves and hiking spots.
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||6.7 mi. North of Central downtown Georgetown|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.6 mi. West of Central East End|
|Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||4.6 mi. East of Central Georgetown|
|Heritage Beach||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.4 mi. West of Central East End|
|Mastic Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Old Man Bay|
|Hiking Trail||North Side, Central Grand Cayman|
|Meagre Bay Pond Animal Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||9.2 mi. East of Central Georgetown|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.6 mi. West of Central West Bay|
Visitors can enjoy a few parks, as well as a botanical garden on Grand Cayman.
Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef is West Bay, in western Grand Cayman. 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.
A second attraction 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 worth considering are shown in the following table.
|Park||5.8 mi. North of Central Georgetown|
|Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef||Park||1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central West Bay|
|Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park||Botanical Garden||2.0 mi. South of Central Old Man Bay|
|Park||3.5 mi. North of Central downtown Georgetown|
If the idea of passing some time surrounded by animals sounds like fun, consider visiting Cayman Turtle Farm. Car and bike parking is available for free directly across from the farm.
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.
Take a moment to read this table if you want more information.
|Cayman Turtle Farm||Zoo||1.6 mi. West of Central West Bay|
|Dolphin Discovery||Zoo||West Bay|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on Grand Cayman can be seen here:
|Reef||3.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Georgetown|
|Pond||0.6 mi. West of Central Old Man Bay|
|Pond||1.1 mi. South of Central West Bay|
|Pond||Central Grand Cayman|
|Pond||3.7 mi. East of Central Georgetown|
|Pond||3.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown|
|Pond||9.6 mi. East of Central Georgetown|
|Pond||8.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown|
|Pond||1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central West Bay|
|Reef||6.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Georgetown|
|Pond||0.7 mi. Northeast of Central West Bay|
|Other Natural Formation||0.3 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown|
If you would prefer having a wider range of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you can look farther afield. Click this link to find our page concerning other interesting attractions for Grand Cayman.
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