While the real beauty of Grand Cayman lies beneath the water, there is still plenty to see on land. Some of these attractions include:-
The 65-acre Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in Frank Sound. This heritage attraction was officially opened on 27th February, 1994 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and named in her honour. The next milestone was reached in May 1997, when Hon. Thomas Jefferson, Minister for Tourism, Commerce & Transport, officially opened three new attractions there: the Visitors Centre, Floral Garden and Heritage Garden, representing the Park's $1.75 million, second phase expansion program.
The National Trust's Mastic Trail, a 2 mile traditional footpath through unspoiled woodlands in North Side.
Cayman Turtle Center in West Bay, is the only one of its kind in the world. It is home to over 16,000 sea turtles, ranging in size from six ounces to six-hundred pounds each! The center is a modern-day reminder of the turtle's role in the history of the Cayman Islands. When Christopher Columbus first discovered the islands in 1503, he named them "Las Tortugas," meaning The Turtles. According to legend, there were so many turtles that the islands looked like they were covered with rocks.
Hell; in West Bay, send a postcard from Hell!
National Trust historic walking tours of central George Town and West Bay. The Blowholes in quaint East End.
District and historic buildings now being restored under the direction of the National Trust and National Historic Sites Committee, including the Old Savannah Schoolhouse.
The Pedro St. James Historic Site, at Pedro is the Cayman Islands' most important national landmark. It features a historically accurate restoration of the early 19th century Pedro St. James great house and grounds in Savannah, Grand Cayman. The site features a visitor centre and multimedia theatre, gift shop and exhibits. Revered as the "Birthplace of Democracy in the Cayman Islands," the historic landmark building formerly known as Pedro Castle, is now one of Cayman's premier heritage attractions.
The Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are just a 40-minute plane trip away, approximately 89 miles northeast of Grand Cayman. Island Air offers three daily service between Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands and Cayman Airways also provides Cayman Brac with a daily service to Grand Cayman.
Diving is the main attraction for most people on this small island. The latest attraction for divers is the wreck of the 330ft. M/V Captain Keith Tibbetts, a Russian built Cuban naval frigate which was sunk off the island's northwest coast. It is now the home for a variety of marine life. There are two other small wrecks off the Brac's coast.
Onshore, attractions include the Cayman Brac Museum at Stake Bay, a variety of dramatic caves; such as Rebecca's Cave, Peter's Cave and Skull Cave; nature trails; exploring the bluff and ironshore beneath it at the eastern tip; small, charming homes restored in traditional seafaring architectural styles - and of course the delightful local people of this unusual community are its main attractions.
The National Trust chapter has activities scheduled throughout the year. A two-mile long nature trail on the bluff adjacent the 180-acre Parrot Reserve was opened in July 1996. Bird watching has long been considered an excellent attraction of this tiny island.
Deep sea and bone fishing are also available with excellent local guides.
At West End, the Community Park features indigenous local plant and tree life identified with wooden signs; a nature trail; playground and picnic/ barbecue facilities. Members of the National Trust visit the DIVI Tiara Beach Resort on Monday evenings to display local crafts and meet with visitors, offering additional information on local Trust projects, activities and points of interest.
Again diving, especially on famous Bloody Bay wall and Jackson Point, is the main attraction. Bird watching, and light tackle fishing action for bonefish; small tarpon etc. particularly in South Hole Sound lagoon are exciting activities here.
Little Cayman also has the largest known breeding colony of the Red Footed Booby and only breeding colony of Magnificent Frigate Birds in this hemisphere, the country's first RAMSAR site, the 202-acre Booby Pond Nature Reserve, now under National Trust protection. The Little Cayman Trust House, a Caymanian-style building overlooking the rookery, serves as the headquarters for Little Cayman National Trust activities. It also provides an observation deck with high-powered telescopes for year-round viewing the sanctuary's bird life.
Little Cayman now has its own museum, located across from the Booby Pond Nature Reserve. Little Cayman also has a resident indigenous Little Cayman Rock Iguana population estimated at 2,000. There are signs painted by local artists, cautioning motorists to watch out for iguanas along the main coastal road.
The local chapter of the National Trust organizes outings and activities on a regular basis. The mile-long Salt Rock Nature Trail provides glimpses of Little Cayman's natural habitat.