Mastic Trail, Grand Cayman

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Walk in the footsteps of natives some 200 years ago as you explore the restored Mastic Trail. Containing one of the largest examples of native Caribbean dry forest, as well as subtropical mangrove swamps, this 3.7 km (2.3 mi) hike meanders across a patchwork of terrains, up to the low-lying island’s highest point. Hike through black and yellow mastic trees and watch for many species of indigenous birds, which are often hidden among the wild orchids and flowering vines. A 170 m (557 ft) hand-built rock causeway flanks the southern side of the walk through a black mangrove forest. The trail has mixed terrain so wear appropriate footwear and carry water with you; allow three to four hours. Guides are available from the National Trust. Using our online itinerary creator, Bodden Town attractions like Mastic Trail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We arrived on the island and our first stop was at the national trust location to be sure to book our mastic trail hike, and what a lucky thing — only one more guided tour going out during our stay an...  more »
  • Nice hike to get away from the hustle and bustle of things. I suggest going early in the morning prior to the heat of the day. Take water and wear good walking shoes - no sandals/flip flops!  more »
  • We took the 3 hour guided walk with Stuart. He was awesome with his knowledge and showed us many interesting trees and birds. The area is SO interesting - like nothing else we had seen. Trail can get ...  more »
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  • If you're a nature lover, you should definitely add the Mastic Trail to your list of Cayman Island must-dos. The trail is a 200-year-old gravelly path that winds through a native mangrove swamp and a 2 million-year-old woodland area, surrounded by some of the island's most colorful and rare plant life. The trail is preserved as a flat, beginners hike by the Cayman Islands National Trust, which also sponsors guided tours. Recent travelers found the hike challenging but worth the trek, especially with a guide. You'll need at least two or three hours to enjoy the Mastic Trail on a guided tour (held Tuesday through Friday mornings); each tour costs $30. Contact the Cayman Islands National Trust to arrange your visit. You can also choose to hike the trail on your own for free, just make sure to pick up a map.
  • Cool trail but will get boring after a while. It’s not a loop, so once you get to the end you get to turn around and do the whole thing again. It’s about 2 miles each way. Not a lot to see. We did see a pair of Grand Cayman parrots, a Caribbean dove, and some other species on the trail.
  • We walked for approx an hour each way as far as the Mastic Tree and then returned to have lunch as we didn’t want to carry lots of things with us (apart from essential water). The first part was a red dirt track, followed by a more difficult ironshore path. We did see lots of wildlife including flowers, frogs, snakes, birds of various types. Not sure I’d rush back, but was a good hike in the jungle so just what we expected I guess.
  • Nice trail that starts out with a white rock path do you know where to walk. It might be best to wear pants and closed shoes to walk the trail I'd say. There are some plants you may not want to touch per the info board at the beginning of the trail. It's pretty long so we walked half way and turned around back to our scooter. Nice sights to take in. I imagine if you come during a better time when certain flowers bloom or animals are out, you'll see more things. We saw a snake and a pretty bird species. And these red barked trees. Overall cool trail. Especially for the free.99
  • There aren't many hikes in Grand Cayman but this trail doesn't provide much worth seeing in my opinion. It travels through a mangrove swamp and doesn't offer any vistas. There was some wildlife and the trail is well maintained. There is much more to see on the beach and in the water.
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