Mastic Trail, Grand Cayman

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#14 of 42 in Parks in Grand Cayman
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, North Side attractions like Mastic Trail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • My husband and I hiked this trail on Tuesday on our own. We did not do the guided hike which may have been a good idea so we knew what we were looking at. The tour price was $24 or 25 ci and just seem...  more »
  • This is not a stroll... there will be a little climbing, but nothing too strenuous, but it is four miles, mostly through dense forest. If you are very quiet you may see some wildlife, but it's really ...  more »
  • Not a difficult hike........not real thrilling either. No one else was there when we arrived.....the path wasn't too worn down. Lots of bites when we got out of there.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great adventure. Saw a lot of local wildlife and a great way to get away from the crowds. Make sure you wear good shows because the trail is treacherous.
  • Wonderful trail...to get the full experience make sure you schedule a guided tour with Stuart. Great views of local birds, trees, reptiles and plant species. Trail is rocky and moderate difficulty. Not too tough but likely difficult for young children or those in below-average physical health. Bring water.
  • If you're looking for something less beach and more "great outdoors" then the mastic trail is for you. This hiking trail is about two miles long (one way) bearing in mind you have to turn back to get to your starting point (total of four miles). Its not difficult, just a bit humid and the occasional mosquito. Please bring at least one liter of water per person and DEET based mosquito repellant. The trail is very defined with markers every few hundred yards. You may spot the elusive Agouti and of course the cayman famous Blue Iguana. Be sure to go in the morning/evening when the sun isnt too hot or during winter when there is a ever present cool breeze. The best starting point is at the Northern End (North Side) Tip: Take two cars. Park one at the South End and Drive to the other to the North End. Walk the trail and then drive back. Enjoy some mudslides at Rum Point. Sounds lazy but trust me, you will thank me.
  • Amazing to see and feel how the island was before man and with the first inhabitants. PLEASE wear good footware. Some Very rugged areas of limestone spikes. No great lookout points but I loved the hike across the island. Hope it gets preserved.

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