National parks and reserves in the Cayman Islands
Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park lies halfway between the Eastern edge of North Sound and the East coast of Grand Cayman, about 20 minutes ‘ walk from Georgetown. The Park is built among the spurs of low hills in the area of charming “light” landscape, and contains about 300 species of trees and shrubs peculiar to these Islands. The Park is famous for its orchids (bloom from may to June), iguanas (which are, for obvious reasons, often called “elusive”, and which can be seen infrequently), as well as parrots and other birds. The nearby mastic Trail passes through the old picturesque forest, which once supplied the early settlers with wood and resin, and is now carefully guarded.
Cayman brac is the smallest and most “wild” of the Islands, densely overgrown with fruit trees, orchids and cacti, and surrounded by excellent shores. Fans of Speleology can explore the caves and numerous caverns on the Northern shore of the island and under the bief, where according to legend, pirates hid the loot from passing ships treasures. The road to the top of the beef passes through the national Trust Park Parrot – a land of emerald green endemic vegetation of the Islands, inhabited by millions of birds. Unfortunately, most of the parrots seem to have moved to the city, where the choice of food in landfills is richer, but nevertheless, more appropriate to the original appearance of the Islands of the site is not found here. The Park also provides an opportunity to make excursions along two-kilometer trails through the most interesting places of the reserve. You can also explore the collection of characteristic shipbuilding tools and cookware at the tiny Cayman Brac Museum in Steak Bay on the North shore of the island.
Cayman Brac is best known as the best site for snorkeling – in addition to traditional reefs and lush underwater life, the waters of the island is another unique attraction – the Russian destroyer, specially flooded in 1996, to give tourists the opportunity without unnecessary risk to life to try yourself as underwater archaeologists, as well as the basis for an artificial reef.
Small Cayman, in addition to its reputation as a great place for beach holidays and dives, is also known for its relatively untouched nature. The population here is small (40-60 people), and the island itself has a fairly large number of swamps and wastelands, where thousands of birds live. There are such wonderful dive sites Bloody Bay wall and Jackson point on the northwestern coast. The Bludy Pound Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest colonies of red-legged boobies in the Western hemisphere and a large colony of frigates. You can also visit the lighthouse at the Western end of the island, which offers a magnificent panorama of the nearby (10 km) Cayman Brac and the azure blue waters of the Caribbean sea.
The Islands also have several marine parks, bird sanctuaries and other reserves, but all of them are small in size and local in nature.