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Wreck of the Ten Sails Park

Wreck of the Ten Sails Park (Gun Bay, East End, Grand Cayman) – this park was set up to commemorate the Cayman’s best-known shipwreck.  On February 8, 1794, the Cordelia, heading a convoy of 58 square-rigged merchant vessels en route from Jamaica to England, foundered on one of the treacherous East End reefs.  A total […]

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Pirate’s Caves

Pirate’s Caves (South Shore Road, Bodden Town, Grand Cayman) – these are natural limestone caves located on Grand Cayman’s south shore, and are a nod to the island’s history of pirate activity during the 17th & 18th centuries.  To accommodate the family-friendly tourist traffic, there’s a gift shop with pirate paraphernalia and a petting zoo.  […]

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Pedro St. James Castle

Pedro St. James Castle (Grand Cayman) — Originally built by an Englishman who arrived in the islands in 1765, it is the islands’ oldest surviving building. Local stories also associate it with the pirate Henry Morgan and a 17th-century Spaniard, Pedro Gómez, though there’s no proof. The house is touted as the islands’ ‘birthplace of […]

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National Gallery

National Gallery (Esterly Tibbetts Highway at Harquail Bypass, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman) – established in 1996, this museum displays and promotes the range of Caymanian artists and craftspeople, both established and grassroots.  As part of its mission to “promote and encourage the appreciation and practice of the visual arts, of and in the Cayman […]

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Mission House

Mission House (63 Gun Square Road, Bodden Town, Grand Cayman) – this is a classic two-floor gabled Caymanian house on wooden posts, dating back to the 1840s and restored by the National Trust.  The building got its nickname from early missionaries, teachers, and families who lived there while helping establish the Presbyterian ministry and school […]

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Little Cayman National Trust

Little Cayman National Trust (Blossom Village, Little Cayman) – this old school Caymanian cottage overlooks the local Booby Pond Nature Reserve.  There are telescopes on the breezy second-floor deck that allow close-up views of their markings and nests, as well as the other feathered friends.  Within the cottage, you’ll find shell collections, panels and dioramas […]

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Little Cayman Museum

Little Cayman Museum (across from Booby Pond Nature Reserve, Blossom Village, Little Cayman) — The museum displays relics and artifacts, including a recently added wing devoted to maritime memorabilia, that provide a good overview of this tiny island’s history and heritage.

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Heritage House

Heritage House (218 North East Bay Road, Spot Bay, Cayman Brac) — This museum and event centre sits on grounds landscaped with native flora. The reproduction Cayman cottage is located on a large lot on the north side of Cayman Brac edging up to the bluff. Historical and cultural features along with narrative panels reveal […]

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Cayman Motor Museum

Cayman Motor Museum (864 North West Point Road, West Bay) – on display are 80 vehicles that collectively provide a historical tour of motoring throughout the world, starting with the very first car ever made – an 1886 Benz.  There’s also a replica of a 1905 Cadillac – the first ever vehicle in existence in […]

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Cayman Islands National Museum

Cayman Islands National Museum (Harbor Drive, George Town) – located within the Old Courts building in the island’s capital, the Museum building not only houses Caymans’ national treasures today, but is the oldest public building in the Cayman Islands.  Once used as a jail, courthouse, dancehall, and postal office, among other functions, the Museum building […]