What is unique here?
The Cayman Islands is not only a thriving offshore zone with high levels of per capita income, but also a prestigious resort in the world with unique attractions.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park
In the middle of the 17th century, the park was part of the Hope Estate. The commander of the British army became the owner of the land, receiving it as a reward for helping the British Crown in the colonization of Jamaica. Sugar cane plantations were established here. In 1881, 80 hectares were bought by the government for the territory of experimental gardens for the cultivation of rare plants.
The park is home to relict trees that were previously used for construction and are now under protection. In total, the botanical garden presents about 300 names of various exotic plants. Rare animals also live here: blue iguanas, rabbits of various breeds, parrots.
Interesting fact: In the middle of the last century, Queen Elizabeth II visited the Garden of Hope and gave the official permission to name the garden “Royal Botanical Gardens, Hope”. The park stretches from Frank Sound in the south to Old Man Bay in the north.
Parrot National Park at Cayman Brac
The 180-acre Parrot National Trust Park opened in 1996. Tourist routes have been formed for those wishing to see millions of exotic birds. Hiking trails, two kilometers long, pass through the most beautiful parkland. Most of the bird species inhabiting the archipelago live here, including the green cayman parrot, the national bird of the Cayman Islands.
Interesting fact: It is allowed to take pictures in any corner of the tropical paradise. Pictures with parrots in the background are just fabulous.
Bludy Pound Nature Reserve National Bird Sanctuary
More than two hundred species of birds live in the reserve on Little Cayman. Here is the world’s largest population of red-footed boobies and frigates, several species of ducks, skuas and herons.
The creation of such a unique protected area carries with it a noble goal – protection from the extermination of seabirds. Tourists can not only take a fascinating excursion around the Bludy Pound Nature Reserve and see rare species of birds with their own eyes, but also visit the library. The rich book fund of the reserve is used by ornithologists from all over the world.
Pirate Caves (Piraeus Cave)
The famous City Pirate Caves are located near the city of Bodden, on Grand Cayman Island. Locals tell tourists many different legends and stories about Piraeus Cave. Many of them are fictional, but it is known that pirates actually used these caves to hide looted goods.
Now the underground passages have been converted into exciting attractions. Everyone can safely take part in the treasure hunt. Thousands of adventure lovers come here every year. The owners of the attraction often toss old coins to provoke visitors.
An old lighthouse rises not far from the pirate caves. It houses a restaurant with delicious cuisine. This is a great place to watch a spectacular nautical show that shows pirates hijacking merchant ships.
Interesting fact: They say that inside the cave labyrinths are the bones of people who could not get out of the caves, carried away by the search for treasures.
Mustique Trail hiking trail
Grand Cayman is famous for its natural attractions. The island is covered with relict forests. They were once a source of building material and resin for the island’s early settlers. Now deforestation is prohibited, trees are under state protection. So that tourists can admire this beauty, the Mustique Trail hiking trail with a length of 5 km has been laid. Despite the fact that a walk through the forest takes a lot of time, there are always those who want to be alone with the wild nature.
The main entertainment in the Caymans is a seaside vacation on numerous beaches with clear water and white sand, surrounded by coral reefs. 10 amazing beaches are especially popular.
What to see?
Most of the sights are located on the largest island, where architectural monuments and museums are concentrated. However, excursions for tourists take place on the territory of all three islands.
Castle (mansion) of Pedro Saint James
In the resort town of Savannah, east of Georgetown, rises a three-story mansion made of massive blocks of fossilized coral. It was erected in 1780. It is one of the oldest structures on the island and is associated with key historical events. Once it was the seat of the parliament, which in 1831 passed the law on the first independent elections. In 1835, the historic Abolition of Slavery Act was proclaimed within the walls of the castle.
The castle changed its purpose many times. It housed a prison, parliament, court and restaurant. In 1991, the authorities bought the building, carried out a large-scale reconstruction and made a multimedia Visitor Center inside. In the museum complex you can learn the history of the state and the mansion itself, visit a cinema equipped with the latest technology. The Mansion of Pedro St. James is the most popular wedding venue on the island.
Interesting fact: The doors of the castle are open to visitors every day, from 9 am to 5 pm. A souvenir shop on the territory of the mansion sells souvenirs.
Elmsley Memorial Church
There are many churches in Georgetown, but all of them are located in the depths of the neighborhoods and do not catch the eye of tourists. Standing out from this row is the Elmsley Memorial Church, which is located a few blocks from the National Museum.
The temple was erected a hundred years ago. The mastermind and project leader was the renowned architect and shipbuilder Captain Ryan. The building does not belong to the historical monuments of antiquity, but attracts with its architectural feature. If you look closely, you can find ship motives in the external appearance of the structure.
Interesting fact: On Edward Street, there is another interesting creation by the architect Ryan – the building of the Public Library, which resembles a church. A large book fund about the Cayman Islands is collected here.
Cayman Maritime Thrash Museum
The capital of the Cayman Islands has many museums. The Maritime Treasure Museum, located on North Church Street, will appeal to the nautical adventurer. A large-scale diorama tells about the fascinating events of those times when the Caymans were the center of attraction for seafarers.
Interesting fact: The museum is equipped with an electronic guide – the Blackbird cybernetic system. The interactive exhibition is impressive for both adults and children.
National Museum of the Cayman Islands
The main island museum is housed in the historic Old Court Building, which is over 150 years old. There was once a court, a prison, a dance floor and a temple. Reconstruction was carried out in 1990. The museum contains more than 4 thousand exhibits from various historical eras, attributes of the colonial time, collections of coins from sunken ships. For tourists who are interested in the topic of sea travel, the collection of documents will become a real klondike.
Interesting fact: The museum is worth visiting not only for the sake of viewing the unique exhibits. In the former prison casemates, one of the best original gifts store on the islands is open.
A colonial fortification located on the Grand Cayman has survived to this day. The restored fortress stands at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Fort Street. It is one of the first fortifications built to defend against invading raids, based on the islands during the early colonial period.
Documents have survived showing how in 1662 the governor of Jamaica, Lord Windsor, received royal instructions to defend Cayman Island by “raising the Fortifications on them.” However, the construction of the fort was delayed until 1790. The design of the fortress was copied from the English fortifications of that era. The perimeter base of the fortress is 57 feet by 38 feet.
Interesting fact: Limestone and local coral rock were used as building materials for the construction of the fortress. Time has shown that the combination was not chosen in vain. The building is perfectly preserved.
Quaint geological formations of calcareous origin in the northwestern part of Grand Cayman Island attract many tourists. This mystical place, called Hell, makes an ambiguous impression and is steeped in mystery.
The total area occupied by sharp-toothed black rocks is 2 thousand square meters. It is forbidden to go directly to the “hellish” limestone area. A free observation deck is equipped for viewing. There is a souvenir shop and a post office in the town.
Interesting fact: Tourists send their friends postcards with the inscription: “I went to hell and returned alive.” Hell is translated from English as “hell”.
Green turtles are hunted for the shell, from which souvenirs are made, and meat. The most famous dish in the Caymans is turtle soup, which is why the green turtle is also called soup.
In connection with the increased demand for this representative of the genus of reptiles, there was an urgent need to protect them from complete extinction. For this purpose, a turtle farm was built in 1968. Research conducted here helps not only replenish, but also expand the population. Every year, thousands of young turtle are released from here into the open ocean.
The farm can accommodate up to 16 thousand turtles. They are located in special pools and are distributed by weight and age. Small turtles are allowed to be picked up and scratched on their necks. Employees forbid tourists from approaching huge adults. Turtles can easily bite off their fingers if something goes wrong. The old-timers of the farm are “Tartillas” weighing 200 kg, which have already celebrated their 50th anniversary.
There is a sandy beach for laying eggs. Small turtles are carried in the hands. The heavy ones are moved with a small crane.
Interesting fact: Tourists enjoy watching how little turtles, hatched from eggs, briskly run across the sand to the ocean waters.