GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
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A large farm with vats for different turtle sizes on Grand Cayman Island
GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND ATTRACTIONS
Begun in 1985, Atlantis Submarines is the world leader in tourist submersibles that reveal the most amazing marine habitat on the planet - the Cayman Trench. Since those early years there have been many exciting additions to Atlantis Submarines Cayman; the ultra modern, 48 passengers Atlantis XI Submarine, replaced the Atlantis I and the new Seaworld Observatory has joined the fleet. These unique vessels cover the full underwater experience from the teeming shallow reefs and shipwrecks of George Town harbour, to the coral canyons at 100 feet. These adventures are available to virtually everyone, all in air-conditioned comfort, with no pressure effects on ears and you don’t even get wet.
An authentic replica of the 17th century Galleon called the Nina, the Jolly Roger offers afternoon Cayman Pirate encounters & Sunset Evening cruises. You can have dinner or just cocktails. The price includes an open bar for your enjoyment
Brac Parrot Reserve
Glimpse the rare Cayman Brac parrot among ancient woodlands on Grand Cayman or Little Cayman that support breeding birds such as the Red-legged Thrush, White crowned Pigeon ("Bald Pate")and Black-whiskered Vireo. Parrots are often seen and heard around the Reserve, especially in the early morning and late afternoon.
Pedro St. James Historic Site
At the end of a mango and mahogany tree-shaded road in Grand Cayman, high atop a limestone bluff, lies one of the Caribbean's most spectacular historic restorations. After seven years and a $7.5 million transformation, this national historic site overlooks the Caribbean Sea with the best view in Grand Cayman. Pedro St. James Historic Site was the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands in 1831. Visitors can stroll through the edifice built along the lines of the Caribbean plantation Great Houses containing antique furniture and interesting artifacts. The gift shop features an hourly multimedia show worth seeing.
Grand Cayman's Q. E. II Botanic Park
Located in Grand Cayman's North Side, this heritage attraction opened in 1994 as a botanic garden. In 1997, a $1.75 million expansion opened the Visitors Centre, Floral Garden and Heritage Garden. The Visitors Centre is a contemporary interpretation of Colonial Caribbean and Caymanian architecture, with wooden shuttered windows, wide verandah and brick courtyard with waterfall and fountain. And thats just the beginning until you see the dazzling flora and fauna on display in their natural habitats
Cayman Islands National Museum
As the Caymanians say, make the Cayman Islands National Museum the first stop to begin seeing the real Cayman. Opened in 1990 in the restored Old Courts Building in George Town this attractive building overlooks Hog Sty Bay, and is one of Cayman's few remaining 19th century structures. During its 150 years, it has served as a jail, courthouse and place of worship. Meticulous restored the museum contains over 2,000 items, from a 14-ft. traditional hand made catboat to old coins, rare documents and natural history specimens. The museum handsomely explains how Cayman Islands came to ranks as the world's second largest captive insurance domicile and fifth largest international banking center and one of the Caribbean's leading economic success stories.
Boatswain's Beach - Cayman Turtle Farm
Pronounced ‘Bo-suns’ Beach, this 23-acre adventure marine park celebrates Caymanians’ stewardship of the seas and relationship with nature through tactile, educational and memorable experiences. The park allows visitors to experience the rich history of Caymanian life in a fun and safe environment while providing opportunities to observe and interact with native flora, fauna is the new home of the world renowned Cayman Turtle Farm. The expanded facilities at Boatswain’s Beach ensure visitors continue to learn more about these amazing sea creatures as well as our new additions including the predators, birds, cayman, and other exciting creatures. See 16,000 sea turtles, some as small as 6 ounces, some as big as 600 pounds! The new park also houses a world-class research and educational facility that focuses on the conservation of sea turtles. Visitors can now enjoy a refreshing dip in the Breaker’s fresh water tidal lagoon and dine at Breaker’s Snack Shack.
Cayman Craft Market
Located in central George Town this market place offers locally made wood & leathering products, thatch and straw work and local visual arts. Find yourself immersed in a unique Caymanian atmosphere where you can purchase a real part of Cayman whilst learning about our past and one of a kind culture.
Hell Grand Cayman, take pictures and send postcards postmarked from "Hell" and view the spectacular rock formations created by weathered iron shore. The Hell post office opened in 1962 to accommodate requests from tourists to send post cards home to their friends and families. The iron shore formations have been estimated at 1.5 million years old.
On the north coast of Grand Cayman, lies the ever popular Rum Point. Here, flat white sands backed by shade trees lead down to the calm blue sea. Peace and quiet is just one offering you'll find at many of the Cayman Islands' beaches, and this sedate vacation style can be had at Rum Point without taking you too far away. Cities are close – without being too close – you'll have everything you need. Snorkelling in the crystalline waters is a popular activity at Rum Point, as well as, volleyball, windsurfing, and parasailing. A beach bar and grill provides food and cold drinks, including rum.
The Cayman Islands are home to 50 resident species of birds, including native brown booby, red-footed booby, least tern, and white-tailed tropicbird The West Indian woodpecker and stripe-headed tanager can also be seen in Cayman. Grand Cayman has seven protected bird sanctuaries, including the QE II Botanic Park, Colliers Pond, Salina Reserve, and the Majestic Reserve. Cayman Brac is home to a 180-acre parrot reserve, while Little Cayman's Booby Pond Reserve protects the habitat of the brown and red-footed boobies.
In Cayman Brac well-marked trails lacing the island range from easy strolls to a series of caves on the southern shoreline to two miles of nature trails through a reserve set aside for the rare Cayman parrot on the island’s bluff. Bring a pair of sturdy hiking boots, because the limestone on the bluff is rugged – and the panoramic views of the sea from the edge of the bluff reaches an elevation of 140 feet. Orchids and parrots burst with colour, doves and woodpeckers hover overhead, snakes and lizards wander the footpaths. Grand Cayman's Mastic Trail serves up all this wildlife, plus a lush forest of cedar, mahogany, and palms, along with lowlands dense with mangrove. Via the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, the Mastic Reserve has been established featuring more protected trails through portions of the original dry, subtropical forests.