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, North Side attractions like Mastic Trail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The trail involves 1/4 easy gravel path, 1/8 board walk over seasonal wet spots and the rest is moderate coral path. Nice to have a free self guided activity. Our group had mixed feelings particularly...  more »
  • This is a relatively easy hike with somewhat interesting foliage, but ultimately we didn't feel like it was anything special. We also didn't do the tour, so if you're interested maybe look into that o...  more »
  • Through the central part of the island, this trail is well marked and maintained. Parking are wither trailhead is free. It is best to trek early before it gets to hot and humid out. Be absolutely sure...  more »
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  • Wasn't much to see when we went. Got a nice case of poison ivy rash. Long sleeve shirts and long pants are required. Really secluded area with no one else around. Probably skip this one.
  • We walked for approx an hour each way as far as the Tree and then returned to have lunch. Beautiful place
  • 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.
  • Very good place to eat. Reasonable prices and wide variety on their menu. Thoroughly enjoyed being there.
  • 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.
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