A Knack for Nature
Many of Cayman’s best attractions are found away from the hustle and bustle of Seven Mile beach. In Grand Cayman, hikers will delight in a trip down the Mastic Trail, a two-mile stretch through one of the last remaining dry, subtropical forests in the Caribbean. For an easy-going encounter with nature, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is an enthralling showcase of tropical color and native vegetation. With 35 acres of gardens, natural wetlands, an herbarium and Woodland Trail, observe 56 species of butterflies, 10 types of orchids, blue iguanas and many other creatures in their natural habitats, many of which are endemic to the island.
A great way to see the island is on horseback. Whether you crave a family excursion or a romantic couples retreat, an equestrian adventure will surly be an unmatched memory. If you’re an avid bird watcher, Grand Cayman has seven protected sanctuaries, including the QE II Botanic Park, Colliers Pond, Salina Reserve and the Majestic Reserve that are home to 200 different species in peak season.
On the Sister Islands, there are many terrestrial treasures to stumble upon. Cayman Brac’s namesake bluff juts off at a breathtaking 140 ft. Endless niches and caves run throughout begging to be explored. The endangered Brac Parrot also calls this island home. Little Cayman boasts the largest colony of Red-Footed Boobies in the Western hemisphere. From glistening lagoons to salt ponds, hikers can stroll along one of more than a dozen secluded beaches on a mostly undeveloped coastline, or spend time exploring the mangrove forests and pristine wetlands that make up this tiny island paradise.