Top Things to Do in the Cayman Islands
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Top Things to Do in the Cayman IslandsPosted on April 24. 2015
The three islands that compose the Cayman Islands are full of beaches, wildlife and activities to keep you busy for the duration of your stay. To simplify things for you before you board the plane or the boat, here are our picks for best things to do in the Cayman Islands.
Cayman Islands Turtle Farm
The Cayman Islands have long had a history with turtles, as the islands were so populated with the graceful shelled creatures that Christopher Columbus originally called the islands Las Tortugas (the Turtles). There aren’t quite as many turtles in the wild as there used to be but the Cayman Islands Turtle Farm is doing its best to change that and educate visitors about these fascinating members of the animal kingdom. In addition to observing and learning about turtles from a far, Turtle Touch tanks and the Turtle Lagoon gives visitors the chance to swim with and stroke turtles. Cayman Islands Turtle Farm isn’t just about turtles -it also offers interactive and educational displays on crocodiles, birds, and sharks.
Pedro St. James (Pedro’s Castle)
Dating from the 1700s, Pedro St. James is a fully restored island Great House that offers a true insight into the Cayman Islands’ past and is without a doubt one of the best educational things to do in the Cayman Islands. Pedro’s Castle has been the site of many monumental events in the island’s history like the historic votes for democracy and the abolishment of slavery. On the lush grounds of Pedro St. James, guests will also find a tropical park with flora native to the island and multimedia attractions about the island’s rich history.
After decades of observing fishermen empty their equipment at a specific shallow sandbar just offshore, stingrays started gathering everyday there creating Stingray City. A few local divers took notice and started swimming with the stingrays and after an article was published about them, Stingray City became the Cayman Islands’ number one tourist attraction. Trips to Stingray City offer a chance to stand in shallow water with stingrays and even pet them. Some of the stingrays will even rub against visitors to show them they like them.
Mastic trail is a nearly 200 year old footpath on Grand Cayman that traverses through lush and colorful landscapes including a mangrove swamp. The trail was once used by islanders to reach into the interior of the island to source timber, but now it is strictly a recreational pursuit. Colorful birds, plant life, and even wild coffee can be spotted along the way, and in case you are worrying, swampy portions of the Mastic Trail are covered by wooden walkways. Cayman Islands National Trust sponsors guided tours, but the trail can also be explored independently.
Cayman Islands Dolphin Cove
Cayman Islands Dolphin Cove offers another opportunity to get up close and personal with island sea life, this time with the most intelligent and friendly animals in the sea: dolphins. At Cayman Islands Dolphin Cove you get the chance to swim with dolphins, get pulled by them, and if you are lucky, maybe even get a dolphin kiss. The staff is always eager to snap a picture or two for you so you can fully remember your experience as well.
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