To do

The Best Parks in Cayman

It's no secret that parks are important contributing factors to the overall health of our communities and environments. Parks play a vital role in our everyday lives, improving mental health and providing us with all manner of social, environmental, economic, and health benefits.

Parks and protected public lands not only assist with our mental and physical wellbeing, but they benefit our environment - providing habitats for wildlife and protected species (in our case the Blue Iguana) and offering people a place to connect with nature and each other. Though Cayman is small and suffers similar sustainable development challenges as most islands, it prides itself on it’s parks and the efforts made to preserve their natural, exotic beauty.

Dart Park

The Dart Family Park was founded in 2005 and has been a favourite amongst families ever since.  The Dart Family Park is one of the largest public parks in Grand Cayman. The park has 180-degree ocean views, a 'lickle' beach area as well as an amphitheatre. The picturesque picnic spots are shaded by wild almond trees, towering palms and dotted throughout with indigenous, sweet-smelling tropical flowers.

Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a two-acre park boasting exotic tropical wildflowers, lush greenage and some of Cayman's most beautiful native birds. The Botanic Park is home to the Woodland trail, the Blue Iguana breeding programme and all the indigenous fauna and flora of the Cayman Islands. Take a stroll or relax under a shady palm while you take in the beautiful surrounds.

Photo from botanic-park.ky

Photo from botanic-park.ky

Barker’s National Park

This park runs over 261 terrestrial beachside acres and is accessible from a barely noticeable path near Pappagallo Restaurant at the farthest end of West Bay. The park offers stretches of secluded space for leisurely activities like splashing in the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean, lounging on its beaches shaded by large mangrove trees or exploring the grounds in search of its variety of indigenous wildlife.

Butterfly Garden

Full and plentiful blooms in springtime in Cayman herald in the arrival of butterfly breeding season at the Cayman Turtle Centre's Butterfly Garden. These fragile little creatures are integral part of the Cayman ecosystem and responsible for the vital process of pollination necessary to keep our biodiverse tropical island region healthy.

Photo by Cayman compass

Photo by Cayman compass

Mastic Trail and Reserve

Cayman's most iconic and well-known hiking trail can be found in an expansive nature reserve. The Mastic Reserve is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora unique to the Cayman Islands and or the Caribbean. Though the Cayman Islands are no longer abundant in the larger tree types like mahogany and logwood trees, the nature reserve and some smaller parks protect the remaining species and some smaller Caribbean varietals such as coconut, thatch palm, seagrape, almond and casuarina (Australian pine). An afternoon meandering through the rich tropical nature reserve is an afternoon well spent, by far one of Cayman's most enjoyable inland activities.

For more information on Cayman's protected parks and nature reserves contact the Cayman Islands Tourism Association or visit their website: www.visitcaymanislands.com



Things to do with Kids in the Cayman Islands

Things to do with Kids in the Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman is renowned for being one of the most family-friendly holiday destinations in the Caribbean. The small paradise island is essentially a sunny playground fringed with tropical waters and palm trees, overflowing in fun activities for children of all ages.

A Guide to Pirates Week

A Guide to Pirates Week

Pirates Week is a personal favourite for many of the locals in Cayman. It’s become a lovely tradition for families, teenagers and adults alike. It’s been going on for over 40 years and is still wildly popular. 

The traditional activities begin with the ‘invasion’ of the pirates, capturing the Governor and taking him/her on-board their pirates ship. Everyone lines the streets in town to watch this light-hearted, pirate-filled showcase. Following this, the festivities are kicked off with a bang! Quite literally, as wonderful fireworks light up the night.

How to spend the perfect weekend in Cayman

How to spend the perfect weekend in Cayman

Life on a tropical island revolves around laidback activities like strolling along the sandy shorelines in search of sunset spots and shore-side snacking. But on the weekends the island awakens from its tropical slumber and offers up a myriad of activities that appeal to individuals of all sensibilities.

From the locals: Cayman Cookout round-up

From the locals: Cayman Cookout round-up

When you come to  Cayman cookout, you'll experience the world’s most talented chefs, culinary influencers, wine and spirit experts coming together at The Ritz-Carlton with a backdrop of beautiful seven mile beach. You'll meet world renowned chefs, hosted by Eric Ripert, José Andrés,  Emeril Lagasse and too many others to name. Make sure you get a picture with them.

From the locals: What to expect at Taste of Cayman 2019

From the locals: What to expect at Taste of Cayman 2019

‘Mystery bus tour invite’ popped up in my inbox one sleepy Monday morning peaking my interest and distracting me from my video editing timeline. Full of intrigue, I clicked to find details of a Taste of Cayman media bus tour to sample some of the culinary offerings we’ll see at this year’s festival. Free food & drink and an afternoon out of the office - why not?

Stingray City: What you may not know

Stingray City: What you may not know

A floating city in the middle of the turquoise Caribbean sea, Stingray City in the Cayman Islands is a natural wonder where stingrays glide through the shallow clear waters beneath you. It’s a must-do & must-see when you’re on the island, so here’s a few things that you might not know about the home of these gentle giants and this slice of paradise Cayman is so famous for.

31 Things To Love About Cayman

31 Things To Love About Cayman

Phenomenal beaches, the year-round sunshine and hospitable people is what this peaceful island is famous for, but its the little things in the Cayman Islands that really makes it special.

10 Reasons To Visit The Cayman Islands

10 Reasons To Visit The Cayman Islands

Swanky mega-resorts, sparkling waters and sugary-white coastlines, the Cayman Islands effortlessly lures visitors to its pristine beaches year after year.

Top 10 Romantic Things To Do in Cayman

Top 10 Romantic Things To Do in Cayman

The Cayman Islands is famous for its year-round tropical climate, tranquil beaches and exclusivity; so it comes as no surprise that where romance is concerned, for tourists and locals, this island is brimming with love.

10 Must-Do Experiences In Cayman

10 Must-Do Experiences In Cayman

The Cayman Islands is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. Incredible food, mind-blowing beaches and glimmering, translucent waters.

10 Things To Do In Cayman That Are Completely Free

10 Things To Do In Cayman That Are Completely Free

It's often considered one of the most expensive Caribbean islands to visit and to live on and yes, there are swanky, upscale restaurants and luxury yachts you can tan on, but the Cayman Islands actually has a lot on offer for the more curious traveler.