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 like being outside? You can experience one hiking trail and some nature preserves on Grand Cayman.

Heritage Beach is a nature preserve situated in eastern Grand Cayman. 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.

Travelers looking to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing sites 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.

Glance through the chart below if you want more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Grand Cayman
Name Type Location
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

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Visitors can spend some time in either of two parks, or a botanical garden on Grand Cayman.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which is situated in eastern Grand Cayman. 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.

A second popular choice in this category is Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef. 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.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are listed in the following chart.

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

Zoos and Aquariums

Cayman Turtle Farm

If the concept of spending some time with interesting animals tickles your fancy, 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 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 look through this table for more information.

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 are summarized in the following table.

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 want to learn about a wider selection of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you can look farther afield. To visit our complete guide to other attractions, click here.

 

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