Beachcombing, snorkeling and scuba

Beachcombing, snorkeling and scuba are the most popular activities on the Cayman Islands, but there are plenty of other options if you need a break.

The 65-acre Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park, located on the Queen’s Highway and open 7 days from 9-5:30, is a lush and colorful park with many native plants, flowers, and wildlife. Call (345) 947-3558 for more information.

The two mile Mastic Trail passes through Royal and Silver Thatch Palms, Black Mangrove wetland, and dry woodland. Not suitable for children under 6 or the elderly. Contact the National Trust (345-949-0121) for a guided tour or a self-guided pamphlet. The National Trust has also produced self-guided walking tour booklets for George Town and Central West Bay, providing explanation and anecdote.

Pedro St. James, built in 1780, is the oldest stone building in the Cayman Islands. It was fully restored in 1998 by the National Trust, with a visitor center, state-of-the-art multimedia theater, gift shop, café, and gardens. Open 9-5 daily. Call (345-947-3329) for information.

The Turtle Farm (345-949-3894) is home to 21,000 turtles, most of which are Green Sea turtles. You can pick up the turtles and see them at various stages of breeding. Open daily 8:30 AM-5:00 PM.

Pirate’s Caves (345-947-3122), located in Bodden Town, are a series of underground caves where legend has it that pirates hid their treasure.

A number of companies offer horseback riding for novices to experienced riders. Call Honey Suckle Trail Rides (345-947-7976), Nicki’s Beach Rides (345-945-5839), or Pampered Ponies (345-945-2262).

Grand Cayman Wanderer provides information on activities, must see things, and places to stay. Let their time on Grand Cayman help you plan your vacation there.

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