Natural Attractions on Grand Cayman

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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.  

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Governor Gore's Bird Sanctuary

Do you want to spend 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 situated 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.

Vacationers looking to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring choices like Mastic Reserve. Many years of deforestation for logging purposes during the 18th and 19th centuries led to a loss of one of the Cayman Islands important eco-zones, the dry forest. Mastic Reserve is one of the few remaining dry forests throughout the islands.

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 a moment to read the chart below to see nature preserves and hiking spots.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Grand Cayman
Name Type Location
Barker's National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.7 mi. North of Central downtown Georgetown
East End Marshland Natural Habitat 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
Mastic Trail Hiking Trail North Side, Central Grand Cayman
Meagre Bay Pond Animal Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 9.2 mi. East of Central Georgetown
Turtle Reef Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 mi. West of Central West Bay

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef

Vacationers can visit a few parks, or a botanical garden on Grand Cayman.

Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef is West Bay, in western Grand Cayman. 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 available are provided down below.

Parks and Gardens On Grand Cayman
Name Type Location
Garvin Park 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
Trafalgar Square Park 3.5 mi. North of Central downtown Georgetown

Zoos and Aquariums

Cayman Turtle Farm

If the thought of spending some time with interesting 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 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.

You can look through the table just below for more information about what's available.

Zoos On Grand Cayman
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 visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Grand Cayman can be seen here:

Land Formations On Grand Cayman
Name Type Location
Coral Garden Reef 3.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Georgetown
Dowry Pond Pond 0.6 mi. West of Central Old Man Bay
Jackson Pond Pond 1.1 mi. South of Central West Bay
Malportas Pond Pond Central Grand Cayman
Matilda Ponds Pond 3.7 mi. East of Central Georgetown
Matilda Ponds Pond 3.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown
Meagre Bay Pond Pond 9.6 mi. East of Central Georgetown
Pease Bay Pond Pond 8.8 mi. East of Central Georgetown
Sea Pond Pond 1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central West Bay
Turtle Reef Reef 6.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Georgetown
Vulgunners Pond Pond 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central West Bay
Wreck of the Cali Other Natural Formation 0.3 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown

If you would prefer having more points of interest beyond what's offered in this category, you should find others. For a more thorough discussion of other attractions, check out this page.


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