East End Tour
Duration: Half Day
Among the three Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman is the largest and most visited, offering a vast array of activities for visitors. This tour will enable you to explore the less developed East End of the island, where you can learn about the native wildlife at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park before relaxing on the beautiful eastern beaches. This memorable excursion is the perfect way to discover the natural treasures of the Caribbean in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Although popular with divers, the East End of Grand Cayman is often sidelined by visitors, who tend to prefer the shopping facilities and major attractions on more developed sides of the island. But this is a great shame because it has much to offer. Blessed with stunning, white-sand beaches, warm crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, the East End is an unspoilt paradise just waiting to be explored.
Before you find that idyllic, secluded spot to relax and soak up the sun, a visit to Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is highly recommended. This lush, 65-acre woodland reserve hosts an abundance of wildlife, which visitors can admire along miles of hiking trails. The landscape frequently changes throughout the park, from wetland to cactus thicket, so there is always something new to see. Hundreds of endemic plant species can be spotted on the way, including palms, cacti, impressive mahogany trees and hundreds of orchid species, as well as a myriad of birds, animals and butterflies.
Along the famous Woodland Trail lies the Blue Iguana Habitat, a captive breeding ground for this fascinating reptile species which was on the brink of extinction 20 years ago. Visitors can often see these ‘blue dragons’ roaming freely around the grounds. Other park highlights include the Floral Colour Garden, which is awash with vibrant tropical flora; the Heritage Garden; Herbarium; Queen Elizabeth II Monument and the lake, a natural wetland area that serves as an important sanctuary for many aquatic birds and animals. Walking around this beautiful botanic park enables visitors to appreciate the wild natural beauty and wildlife of the Cayman Islands in one paradise location.
Heading back to the beautiful East End shoreline, let your cares float away as you finally sink your feet into powdery soft white sands, or take a refreshing swim in the crystalline azure waters. If you have time afterwards, immerse yourself in the local culture at Castro's Hideaway, where you can enjoy some of the finest Caymanian and Caribbean cuisine overlooking the ocean. This is a great opportunity to sample authentic home cooking whilst meeting some of the island’s colourful characters, which will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in the Cayman Islands.
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